Transitioning from the IEP into a CSUN degree program is easy.

Many IEP students choose the program’s Conditional Admission plan. Through the Intensive English Program's (IEP) Conditional Admission plan.  This option pre-approves students for admission to degree programs even before they meet CSUN’s English-language proficiency requirements. Once the student achieves proficiency — or receive a TOEFL Waiver* — they can quickly enter their desired degree program. Interested students must apply to both the Intensive English Program (IEP) with Conditional Admission and to the CSUN degree program.

*TOEFL Waiver, is available to students who apply for conditional admission to the university and complete the university bridge levels of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students completing University Bridge A in all courses are eligible for an undergraduate TOEFL Waiver and students completing University Bridge B are eligible for a graduate

How Conditional Admission Works

STEP 1

Apply to IEP with Conditional Admission for desired session.

Visit the program requirements page for information about all documents required to be submitted at the time of the online application. If you have any questions/concerns and/or unable to attach required documents to the application, please email us at iep@csun.edu .

STEP 2

IMMEDIATELY, complete and submit a CSUN online application at Cal State Apply to the desired degree program*.
To help with completing the application, use the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center .

If you are having difficulty with the new application, please email iep@csun.edu and request a paper application.

  • To browse a complete list of CSUN undergraduate degree programs, select BACHELOR DEGREES .
  • To browse a complete list of CSUN graduate degree programs, select MASTER DEGREES . *NOT all graduate degree and certificate programs are open for conditional admission. Contact  iep@csun.edu for an updated conditional graduate major list. After a semester's admissions cycle has closed, some majors may still be accepting students. Look for these exceptions in the  ADMISSIONS CALENDAR .
STEP 3

See After Applying instructions to complete the following and receive an acceptance packet:

  • Set up a CSUN account by activating your CSUN username and password,
  • Make an online Program Tuition payment.

IMPORTANT: Program tuition must be received in full and successfully posted on the student’s account before a Form I-20 will be issued.

STEP 4

If qualified for conditional admission to CSUN, applicant will receive TWO letters in their acceptance packet, along with a Form I-20:

  1. IEP Admission Letter
  2. CSUN Conditional Admission Letter with "pre-approved" status
STEP 5

Review the visa requirements and related information page for visa requirements, essential documents, steps, and other important information.

STEP 6

Attend orientation and IEP classes. See Upon Arrival to the US.

STEP 7

Upon completing the current IEP session, achieve either the required English-language proficiency score (see below) OR receive approval for the TOEFL Waiver (see information below), to be admitted into the "pre-approved" CSUN degree program.

For admission questions, please contact us by email at iep@csun.edu or by phone at 818-677-2504.

Note: Also available is conditional admission to partnering institutions. For a list and details about applying to partnering institutions, visit our Apply page .

CSUN's English-Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants can be pre-approved for admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree program of their choice through IEP's Conditional Admission plan if they have not yet met the English-language proficiency admission requirements of their target educational institution. Interested students must apply to both the Intensive English Program (IEP) with Conditional Admission and to the CSUN degree program.

Test UNDERGRADUATE
Minimum Score
GRADUATE**
Minimum Score

IELTS
International English Language Test System

6.0 or higher 6.5 or higher

TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language

  • Internet-Based Test (IBT)
  • Paper-Based Test (PBT)
61 (iBT) 79 (iBT)
500 (PBT) 550 (PBT)

**NOTE: Some graduate programs may require a higher TOEFL/IELTS scores. Reference the program requirements in the university catalog.

Exceptions for English-Language Proficiency:

CSUN does not require proof of English-Language Proficiency if the student earned a degree outside the U.S., where English is the principle language of instruction.

CSUN interprets "where English is the principal language of instruction" to mean that a school is located in a country where English is the daily medium of communication for the majority of residents, and that students receive academic instruction in English at all levels of education.

Countries currently meeting the above requirement are: Australia, Belize, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, plus a few nations in the Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago).

TOEFL Waiver

The TOEFL Waiver Option is available to students who apply for conditional admission to the university and complete the university bridge levels of the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students completing University Bridge A in all courses are eligible for an undergraduate TOEFL Waiver and students completing University Bridge B are eligible for a graduate TOEFL Waiver. For more about TOEFL Waivers, contact the IEP Academic Office at (818) 677-5938.


 

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