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California State University, Northridge - 2016

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General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


You will qualify for regular admission as a first-time freshman if you
(1) graduate from high school or equivalent,
(2) have a qualifiable eligibility index, and
(3) Have completed, with a grade of "C" or better, each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements:

* English: 4 years
* Mathematics: 3 years. Algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra
* Social Science/History: 2 years, including 1 year U.S. history or U.S. history and government
* Science: 2 years. 1 biological and 1 physical with both labs.
* Foreign Language: 2 years in the same language (subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
* Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year. Art, dance, drama/theater, or music
* Electives: 1 year. Selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science/history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, and agriculture
(4)All first-time freshmen are required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
(5)Earn a qualifiable eligibility index. The CSU statewide eligibility index is a weighted combination of high school grade point average during the final three years of high school and a score on either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). All grades earned in "a-g" college preparatory courses taken in 10th through 12th grades are used to calculate the grade point average (GPA).

* For California residents in Tier 1, inside the Local Guarantee Admission Area, a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT is required. See resident eligibility index table.
* For California residents in Tier 2, outside the Local Guarantee Admission Area, a minimum CSU Eligibility Index of 3340 using the SAT or 780 using the ACT is required (index subject to change):

Note: The academic characteristics of the Tier 2 freshman applicant population will determine the Eligibility Index cut-off, which may vary from year to year. Learn more at Freshman Impaction.
* For out-of-state nonresidents, a minimum index of 3502 using the SAT or 842 using the ACT is required. See non-resident eligibility index table.

The eligibility index is calculated by using either the SAT or ACT as follows:

* SAT (scores in mathematics and critical reading) + (800 x high school grade point average)
* (10 x ACT composite score with out the writing score) + (200 x high school grade point average)

All upper division transfer students need to:

* have completed a minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) with a grade point average of 2.0 or better (2.4 for non-residents)
* be in good standing at the last college or university attended
* have completed the CSU General Education Writing, Mathematics, Critical Thinking and Speech Communication courses with a C or better*
* submit all official college transcripts including Work in Progress to Admissions and Records

Official transcripts showing completion of 60 units and the 4 basic subjects must be postmarked or hand delivered to Admissions and Records by the due date posted by Admissions and Records.

To be admitted to CSUN as a graduate student, students must meet one of the three requirements shown below:

* The applicant has an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all units attempted as an undergraduate, independent of when the degree was granted;
* or, the applicant has an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units attempted from all post-secondary institutions attended. The entire semester or quarter in which the 60/90 units began will be used in the calculation;
* or, the applicant holds an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree earned at a regionally accredited institution.

The applications of students meeting University requirements for admission and desiring admission to a master's program will be reviewed in the appropriate department. The department will determine whether or not the student meets requirements for admission to its program. SOME DEPARTMENTS MAY REQUIRE A SEPARATE DEPARTMENTAL APPLICATION. Students who meet departmental and University requirements will be admitted as either Conditionally Classified or Classified graduate students.


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