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CSU Northridge: Admissions

Admissions Office

Admissions officer​:Patty Lord,
Director of Admissions and Records
Contacting the office:818 677-3700
818 677-3766 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Application fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Supplemental forms required for those using Common Application:no
High school graduation is:required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:required
Campus visit is:recommended
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:​January 15 for SAT/ACT​​​
​​​High School units required or recommended:​​​English:​​8 required
​Foreigh Language:​4 required
​Lab:​4 required
​Science: ​4 required
​Social Studies:​4 required
​Academic Electives:​2 required
​​​Total:​​30 required

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:3.2
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:100%
Average SAT:455 verbal, 465 math
Average ACT:19 composite
Combined ACT middle 50% range:16 - 22
Test taken by majority of applicants:SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:90%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:24%

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:​35,145​​
​Number of applicants offered admission:​15,687 (45%)
​Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:​5,347 (34%)
​Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:​1%
​Room deposit amount:​partially refundable
​Admission may be deferred:​no