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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Cal State Northridge is an above-average public university located in Los Angeles, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 29,739 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Northridge acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Psychology, Sociology, and Business. Graduating 51% of students, Cal State Northridge alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,700.
About California State University - Northridge...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
Website
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California State University - Northridge Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
910-1120
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$5,958/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,782/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.293 responses
36%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.318 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.319 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,739Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6,100
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
62%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 211 responses
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  • Diverse
    41%
  • Each student has his or her own style.
    26%
  • Friendly
    15%
  • Unique
    10%
  • Keeps to themselves
    6%
  • Stressed
    1%
  • Diverse
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.370 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.459 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 226 responses
Report
  • Diversity
    61%
  • Educational
    12%
  • Average
    9%
  • Quality Professors that care about their students!
    9%
  • Amazing
    5%
  • They should really put more effort in teaching
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
51%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.208 responses
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Cal State University Northridge is a fantastic college! Even though I’m only halfway through my first semester I feel right at home! So many people I know have graduated from CSUN and I only found out once I started attending, I love the comradery! The campus is beautiful with tons of trees and grassy patches as well as a pond with ducks, perfect for outdoor studying. There are tons of places on campus to eat at and within walking distance to many more restaurants off campus. Even though I’ve only been there a few months the Professors are fantastic! Incredibly smart, helpful and inspiring. The culture and student life are vibrant with many local and international students. CSUN offers a vast number of clubs, activities and events for students with much of them free of cost.
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Absolutely in love with this University! Besides all the great professors I have encountered, the wide variety of resources they offer is amazing. Financial Literacy classes, Cooking 101, Sex Ed, tutoring in all subjects and more that you do not even think you need. The staff at CSUN genuinely cares about you being the best you can be. Counselors are easy to communicate with and have even been in your same shoes which helps the most. When it comes to student life, the majority of the people you meet are helpful and nice. CSUN has that welcoming environment that every college student should feel in stressful times.
Overall, Cal State Northridge is amazing! I was working both full time and going to school full time...craziest time in my life, so I never got to experience too much with new friends. It was a great school and offered so many great classes, clubs and programs. If you get to have some fun in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle, join the Outdoor Adventures and make some new friends out in nature. Professors were great and passionate, some of my favorite courses were Modern Art History, Women Studies, and a Philosophy class. I swear each of those professors were so giving with their information which made my semester worth the drive and sleepless nights. I'm sure living on campus would have been quite the experience.