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CSU Northridge
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330

Official telephone: (818) 677-1200

Website: www.csun.edu


Screen last updated on: October 7, 2015

The admissions information below is valid for the 2016-17 academic year.

CSU Northridge

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Patricia Lord,
Director of Admissions
Contacting the office:
818 677-3700
818 677-3766 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Final filing date for fall:
November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:
Admissions requirements:
Minimum grade average of C in listed secondary school units required. Minimum Tier 1 eligibility index of 2900 for SAT Reasoning (694 for ACT) required of in-state applicants; Tier 2 applicants must meet a higher Eligibility Index. The minimum Eligibility Index to be given admission consideration for the SAT or ACT is to be determined for fall 2016. Please note that information posted here may change due to impaction. For the most up-to-date information on CSUN's admission requirements, please visit http://www.csun.edu/admissions-records/applicants.
High school graduation is:
required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
Interview is:
required of some
Off-campus interview:
can be arranged with admissions representative
Standardized test requirements:
SAT or ACT required
School's test preference:
no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
counseling, placement
Dates test scores should be received:
February 2, 2016 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
2 required, 2 recommended
8 required, 8 recommended
Foreign language:
4 required, 4 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
6 required, 6 recommended
2 required, 2 recommended
Social studies:
2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives:
2 required, 2 recommended
30 required, 30 recommended
School has formalized early decision program:
School has early action program:
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Average SAT:
461 verbal, 465 math, 926 combined
Combined SAT middle 50% range:
800 - 1000
Average ACT:
19 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range:
16 - 21
Test taken by majority of applicants:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission:
must accept by May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
15,701 (45%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
5,639 (36%)
School has a waiting list policy:
Percent of freshmen who came from public schools:
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:
Room deposit amount:
nonrefundable; A non-refundable processing fee of $50 is due with your license agreement. The initial payment may be made on-line during the application process. Contact the Student Housing office to make special arrangements to pay by money order. The $50 processing fee is non-refundable even if the license agreement is cancelled. For the latest information on housing policies, visit www.csun.edu/housing.
Admission may be deferred:

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