First-Time Freshman Admissions
You're the type of student we're looking for. You're talented, passionate and inquisitive. You want to make a difference in your community and in the world. You're determined to succeed and you won't let anything stand in your way. You're ready to become a Matador.
How to Apply as a Freshman
You'll apply as a first-time freshman if:
- You're a current high school student on track to graduate the spring before you plan to attend CSUN.
- You've already earned your high school diploma but haven't taken any college courses since graduating.
- You've earned a certificate for one of the California state high school proficiency exams — General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
If you are an international student, please visit the International First-time Admission page to find information to help you apply.
f you are a veteran student, please visit the Undergraduate Veteran Students Admission page to find information to help you apply.
Typically, we accept first-time freshman applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission the following fall semester. The deadline for fall 2023 applications is now extended to Jan. 31, 2023.
You'll also want to make sure you apply for financial aid and scholarships in a timely fashion.
Make sure you've taken the required high school courses. Find out if you're in our local admissions area and what that means. Learn what our Eligibility Index is and how it differs if you're a California resident or an out-of-state student.
Explore our majors and decide which program you'll select on your application. If you don't know what major to choose, don't worry. You can choose "Exploratory" and change your major later. Every year, some competitive majors receive more applicants than we can accept. These majors will have higher Eligibility Index minimums. Review this year's impacted programs.
It's a good idea to get everything you'll need for your application ready. As a first-time freshman applicant, you'll need:
- Unofficial transcripts. You will be required to enter all completed courses as well as those currently in progress and those you plan to take in the future.
- Social Security number, if you have one.
- Your citizenship status. Please note this is for CSU tuition purposes and will not affect your admission application.
- A credit or debit card. The $70 application fee is due at the time of submission and can only be paid by credit or debit card. If you are a California resident, the online application will automatically calculate your eligibility for an application fee waiver.
- Annual income. If you are a dependent, then you'll report your parents’ or guardian’s income. If you are independent, report your income.
Educational Opportunity Program applicants: You will be required to report your parents' or guardian’s educational and employment background and also submit two letters of recommendation.
Once you're ready, create an account and complete your application on Cal State Apply, the CSU's online application system. Be sure to carefully review your information before submitting.
After you apply, watch for an email from our office with the info you'll need to create an account in our CSUN Portal. Once you've set up an account, you can check your application status. You can expect your admission decision to be available in the CSUN Portal by mid-March.
Any courses listed as "in progress" or "planned" on your admissions application must be completed with a grade of C- or higher by the end of your spring semester of high school. Additionally, you must maintain the overall GPA reported on your application.
If your GPA drops below that reported on your application, you earn a grade of D or F during your senior year or you misreported a required course, your admission could be withdrawn. Should your admissions status change to denied due to one of the aforementioned items, your only option would be to go through an appeals process.
International First-time Students
As an incoming international student, you'll have a few extra steps to follow. Get the information you need to apply.
If you're a first-time freshman who is a veteran or the dependent of a veteran, our Office of Veterans Affairs will review your benefits documents and guide you through the application process.
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
As one of the largest communities of Deaf and hard-of-hearing college students in the country, we have tons of extra resources. If you're an incoming first-time freshman who is Deaf or hard-of-hearing, explore NCOD: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and fill out our supplemental application.
Find out everything you need to know about the cost of attendance, and get help applying for financial aid.