Application Deadlines for Fall 2020

priority deadline final deadline online application
March 24, 2020 June 23, 2020 OPEN

To best facilitate a timely and successful application process, we encourage you to finish your application before the priority deadline. By applying early, you also facilitate more time for financial aid decisions.

If you experience any technical issues, please email collexl@csun.edu and a staff member will assist you (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Application Instructions

STEP 1: Submit Online Application

To start your application, please click on the link below, and then register as a new user or log in with an existing username and password. After you register, please complete your online application, including all of the following steps:

  1. Online application
  2. Statement of purpose - 300-400-word statement of purpose describing and explaining the applicant's interest in the CSUN DCDL program and how the applicant feels that enrollment in the program will contribute to her/his desired academic/professional growth and success (format: double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, PDF/Word format).
  3. Recent writing sample - 500-800-word essay explaining the applicant's stance on one of the following topics (format: double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, PDF/Word format).
    • Your vision as a leader in building and strengthening communities of diversity
    • Your experience as a leader and/or member in communities of diversity
    • Your ideas about the most pressing issues affecting communities of diversity and their solutions
  4. Application fee – $70 non-refundable payment by credit card

STEP 2a: Submit Official Transcripts

After completing your online application, please submit official academic records/transcripts electronically or by mail to:

  • Electronic documents*: exl@csun.edu
  • Mail-in documents (sealed official):
    Tseng College
    California State University, Northridge

    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, California 91330-8343

Note: Transcripts are required from ALL institutions that you have attended, not only those from which you earned a degree. Be sure to notify us of any prior names under which you may possess a transcript. Previous CSUN students do not need to request CSUN transcripts, and should submit only documents related to course work completed after leaving CSUN.

 
*If you attended a California community college, your institution might be able to send e-transcripts on your behalf, free of charge. Please visit the eTranscript California page to determine your eligibility.

STEP 2b: For Non-U.S. Degree/International Students Only

When submitting transcripts, please include two official copies: one in the original language and one in an official English translation.*

In addition to the above requirements, applicants with a degree from outside the United States must also submit the following:

  • Official or certified copy of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic scores – Scores can either be sent electronically to CSUN’s school code (4707) or mailed to the address below:
    Tseng College
    California State University, Northridge

    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330-8343

Note: Degrees from outside the United States must be equivalent to a U.S. 4-year degree.

If you attended an institution that does not report course grades in a letter format corresponding to a four-point numerical scale (i.e. A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0), you must submit the results of a third-party official transcript evaluation. Visit the NACES home page to obtain a listing of member evaluation services.

 
*Translations must be completed by a member of the American Translators Association; a certified court interpreter or translator; or a staff member of a foreign consulate.

STEP 3: Activate Your Account

After submitting your application, you will receive an email within 2-3 business days containing your username, CSUN email address, and student ID.* Please follow the email’s instructions to activate your CSUN email account and gain access to the myNorthridge Portal.

Note: If you are a returning student or reapplying, please use your existing CSUN username and password.

 
*If you do not receive an activation email from the Tseng College, please contact tsengarc@csun.edu.

STEP 4: Check Your CSUN Email and myNorthridge Portal

Please regularly check your CSUN email for updates. The university uses this email for all communications, including notification of whether you are accepted into the program.

To reiterate: Updates on your application status will only be sent to your CSUN email account.

Along with your CSUN email, you should regularly use the myNorthridge Portal to access important information and complete necessary tasks. The portal is where you can find your student schedule and access or update your personal and academic records.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL APPLICANTS: Please be advised that all communications with University employees, including emails and phone conversations, are considered in admissions decisions.

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