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  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 29,289 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Northridge acceptance rate is 51%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Sociology. Graduating 54% of students, Cal State Northridge alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,700.
18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference

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.

CSUN Admissions

Acceptance Rate
51%
Application Deadline
December 4
SAT Range
930-1130
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$8,549/ 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
$10,222/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

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.329 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.330 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    54%
  • On Campus
    45%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,289Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
5,762
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
63%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 219 responses
  • Diverse
    40%
  • Each student has his or her own style.
    27%
  • Friendly
    16%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Keeps to themselves
    5%
  • Extroverted
    0%
  • Outgoing
    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.381 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.470 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 237 responses
  • Diversity
    60%
  • Educational
    12%
  • Quality Professors that care about their students!
    9%
  • Average
    9%
  • Amazing
    6%
  • 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
54%
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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My overall opinion about CSUN is that it is very culturally diverse, which is great! What I like most about my school is the people, I have made great friends by joining and eventually leading some organizations. Additionally, we have great study places with computers available virtually anywhere. My favorite thing about CSU Northridge is that they are such a nurturing school. There are many many resources to help students succeed. There are a lot of different places where you can get free tutoring for whatever subjects you are struggling with.
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What I like about California State University Northridge is it feels like a family to me. Some peers turn to real college friends that you are able to hang out with on/off-campus. The food court is great. I definitely recommend trying Freudian Sip Cafe, I especially love Wednesday's happy hour 50% off! What I also love most about CSUN is they have a duck pond which includes turtles, ducks, and squirrels, I can't forget about these squirrels, who are around the area so beware of these little critters when you have food around! There's so much green grass that you would just want to lay down and take a mini nap before your next class. I'm already in my third year and CSUN has been great to me.
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.