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
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
California State University - Northridge is ...
Public
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
48%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
800-1030
ACT Range
16-23
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No
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Cost

Net Price
$6,574/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,197/ year
  • $30-48k
    $5,324/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,503/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,896/ year
  • $110k+
    $16,113/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
27:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.293 responses
34%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.294 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.295 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
30,281Undergrads
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 187 responses
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  • Diverse
    41%
  • Each student has his or her own style.
    25%
  • Friendly
    16%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Keeps to themselves
    6%
  • Extroverted
    1%

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.346 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.435 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 202 responses
Report
  • Diversity
    63%
  • Educational
    13%
  • Average
    9%
  • Quality Professors that care about their students!
    9%
  • Amazing
    5%
  • They should really put more effort in teaching
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
50%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.208 responses
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Attending Cal State Northridge has been an amazing experience. Coming from a low income high school and family, I had no prior knowledge on anything related to college. I entered college confused and scared. I did not know what career I wanted to pursue or how to pay for school. The faculty is incredible! They provided resources and guidance, which was very beneficial. I could not ask for a better college experience. I am now a Senior at CSUN, graduating Spring 2018 with a 3.5 GPA. I will definitely walk out of college feeling accomplished and prepared for the outside world.
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A lot of people talk down about CSUN but it's actually a not a bad school. It's in the heart of Northridge and there's plenty to explore. Campus is clean, diverity is high,and people are friendly. While it may not be a UC, CSUN does offer a lot of programs specifically designed to help you graduate and succeed. I myself am a part of one of their programs designed to help you achieve a bachelors and a teaching credential within four years. There are a variety of resources to help you on your path and with so many students involved on campus its likely you'll see a friendly face ready to help. Although sometimes I do wish they had more professionals working instead of just students, that only insures that if you'd like to be involved or get a job on campus it's possible!
I am currently still enrolled in Cal State Northridge and have had an overall positive experience. This was not my first choice college but it proved to be the most affordable given my means. One of the most frustrating things about CSUN has to be the parking lots as during the first couple of weeks of the semester it can take almost 2 hours to find parking. Other than that, I don’t have too many complaints. The structures are a little outdated but the campus is always clean and is now a smoke free campus, which I think is great! It can be a little difficult to find healthier food options but on the main streets there are great restaurants. I have yet to have a professor that I absolutely love but I have two more years to go so I remain optimistic.