Campus Ramps Up for Fall Semester

Three students walk on campus in front of the University Student Union at CSUN.

Photo by Lee Choo.

The CSUN community has eagerly awaited a more robust return to campus. A large slate of in-person classes begins Aug. 28. With that also comes the return of more services and new happenings to further move all Matadors forward.

The following are some of the CSUN activities and features that will bring back the campus experience back for students and employees.

Student Recreation Center – ​After so many months from campus, the CSUN SRC is a must for those who want to participate in exercise and leisure activity. The Student Recreation Center is fully open and operational, with health and safety measures in place.

Oasis Wellness Center – The Oasis Wellness Center is the perfect place to relax and regain your sense of wellbeing in between classes. Make an appointment to enjoy the Oasis’ massage chairs and relaxation chairs.

The Soraya – The Soraya is the place for live performances from around the world. The season kicks off Oct. 16 with a FREE performance – Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s Fandango at the Wall. Reservations are required and open to the general public starting at 11 a.m. on Aug. 24. Make yours today and don’t miss out!

CSUN Library – The CSUN University Library, its collections and most services, will reopen to all current CSUN students, faculty, and staff on Monday, Aug. 30. Be sure to check the library website for the most up-to-date information.

USU Computer Lab – Both virtual and physical Computer Lab services are now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and include services such as two-hour workstations, 20-minute print stations and scanners.

Parking – All CSUN parking lots and parking structures will be open and ready for fall 2021. To obtain a parking permit, you can access the CSUN portal or visit the Parking Services Office.

Gaming  Into gaming? Whether you are a fan of competitive play, casual play, or simply being a spectator, the gaming community at CSUN is present and fun. Tournaments and special events are held weekly, and everyone is welcome to join.

Upcoming gaming events:

  • Aug. 25: Rocket League Tournament 2v2
  • Sept. 9: Super Smash Bros. Tournament Registration

Pride Center  The USU Pride Center is a place for everyone. The center supports all LGBTQIA+ students and gives people the chance to meet new friends, engage in fun and meaningful conversation, and participate in fun activities. The next in-person event will be a prize-filled scavenger hunt held on Sept. 1 and everyone is welcome! RSVP is open now.

Dining  Of course you’ll get hungry on campus sometimes. Fortunately, great food is right here on campus! With popular franchises such as Burger King, Juice It Up, Subway, El Pollo Loco and Panda Express, there are options of all kinds!

This is only a handful of the on-campus activities that the fall semester will offer. But, to kick off the fall semester successfully, we need your help now. Students, faculty, staff and student employees learning or working on campus will need to provide certification of full vaccination status or request a medical or religious exemption no later than  Sept. 30. See below for quick links and upload your information as soon as possible.

We’ve got this, Matadors. Let’s continue to watch out for one another so we can experience CSUN at its best.


If you’ve already provided your vaccination or exemption status, thank you. If you haven’t done so yet, please visit and complete the certification process now.

Not yet vaccinated? Here’s how to get your COVID-19 vaccine.  

Vaccination plays one of the most vital roles in keeping our campus and community healthy, and we encourage all who can be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. If you haven’t already received your vaccine, now is the time to get your COVID-19 vaccination!

  • Appointments are free and available through
  • If you are receiving the Pfizer vaccine, you must get your first dose by Aug. 26 in order to meet the Sept. 30 deadline.
  • If you are receiving the Johnson and Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, you must receive your single dose by Sept. 16 in order to meet the Sept. 30 deadline.

Are you vaccinated?   

  • EMPLOYEES: Log into the myNorthridge Portal.  Once logged in, go the Policies and Procedures pagelet, select the EE Vaccine Self Certification link and follow the directions to upload your information.

Are you seeking a medical or religious exemption?  

  • Students: Log into the MyHealth Portal and follow the directions to request a medical or religious exemption.
  • Faculty/staff: Log into the myNorthridge Portal. Once logged in, go to the Policies and Procedures pagelet, select the EE Vaccine Self Certification link and follow the directions to request a medical or religious exemption.

Testing (Does not apply to you if you are fully vaccinated and have submitted your certification or will not be coming to campus at all.)

Students who are not yet fully vaccinated or have received a medical or religious exemption will need to take weekly, free COVID-19 PCR tests if coming to campus for classes, labs or other activities.

  • Once a week, take a COVID-19 PCR test within the 7 days before you come to campus. For example, if you have an on-campus class on a Monday, take a COVID-19 PCR test between Monday and Friday the week before.
  • Make an appointment for free weekly COVID-19 PCR testing via the Student Health Center MyHealth Portal. Or,
  • On-campus testing will be available Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at kiosks located near the Extended University Commons and University Student Union (USU) Freudian Sip. Test results will be provided 24 – 48 hours after test date.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result is required within 7 days of coming to campus.
  • If you have questions about testing, call the Student Health Center at 818-677-3666, Option 1.

Employees who are not yet fully vaccinated or have received a medical or religious exemption also will need to take weekly, free COVID-19 PCR tests if coming to campus. Please visit the Matadors Forward website, Health and Safety section, for detailed information.

EVERYONE – vaccinated and unvaccinated – must complete this online daily screening before coming on campus.

Want more details about COVID-19 vaccinations and testing requirements? 

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