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Colleges / California State University, Northridge

CSU Northridge Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to CSU Northridge, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $55.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

CSU Northridge Admissions Stats at a Glance

CSU Northridge 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 95%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 17%
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Considering Applying Early to CSU Northridge?

California State University, Northridge does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is CSU Northridge Hard To Get Into?

CSU Northridge is a moderately difficult school to get into. CSU Northridge evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, CSU Northridge accepted 66% of all applicants, around 18,253 of the 27,738 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CSU Northridge, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student. For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into California State University, Northridge is very difficult.

What Does CSU Northridge Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at CSU Northridge

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Not Considered
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

CSU Northridge Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to CSU Northridge must submit the following items. Double check with CSU Northridge's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU Northridge?

Students admitted to CSU Northridge have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

CSU Northridge does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

CSU Northridge is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 95% of CSU Northridge's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for CSU Northridge?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CSU Northridge students scored 550 or higher and 75% of students scored 460 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CSU Northridge students scored 560 or higher, and 75% scored a 460 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for CSU Northridge?

To be most competitive at CSU Northridge, you should strive to earn between 16 and 22 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 22 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CSU Northridge's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 22, and three out of four students scored lower than 22 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CSU Northridge students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

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Transferring to California State University, Northridge

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to CSU Northridge.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is November 30. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.Applicants should hear back by March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in CSU Northridge during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

CSU Northridge Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to CSU Northridge?

Students who are admitted to CSU Northridge must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does CSU Northridge accept transfer credits?

CSU Northridge accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Northridge?

CSU Northridge is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is CSU Northridge's acceptance rate?

CSU Northridge's acceptance rate is 66%.

Want To Learn More About CSU Northridge?

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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CSU Northridge Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

66%

How hard is it to get into CSU Northridge? CSU Northridge is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU Northridge acceptance rate is 66%. This means that the institution accepts 65 out of every 100 applicants.

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CSU Northridge Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Northridge is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Northridge is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

CSU Northridge ACT Scores

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ACT Range

16 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above

Good

16 to 22

Avg

16 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to CSU Northridge is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into CSU Northridge. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

CSU Northridge SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

Not available

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Math SAT Range

440 - 550

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Reading SAT Range

460 - 560

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CSU Northridge GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.39

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU Northridge, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.39. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

39,707

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

66%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,977

Out-of-State

$18,857

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Application Deadline

Nov 30
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