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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
    B+
  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 29,104 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Northridge acceptance rate is 48%. Popular majors include Psychology, Sociology, and Business Administration and Management. Graduating 50% of students, Cal State Northridge alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,800.
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
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
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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
34%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.301 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.302 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,104Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
63%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 194 responses
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  • Diverse
    41%
  • Each student has his or her own style.
    25%
  • Friendly
    15%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Keeps to themselves
    6%
  • Diverse
    1%
  • 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.353 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.442 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 209 responses
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  • Diversity
    63%
  • Educational
    12%
  • Average
    9%
  • Quality Professors that care about their students!
    9%
  • Amazing
    5%
  • They should really put more effort in teaching
    1%
  • Overrated
    0%

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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My overall experience with California State University Northridge has been outstanding. This school has everything you need and is covered in your tuition. Before college I was looking for a diverse and aesthetically pleasing campus, and this gave me all of this and more. Northridge has one the best art school in the country. They offer several free tutoring, therapist, doctors, and more. The professors have great credentials and want the best for your learning experience, one just needs to look at their background prior to the class. They do not have the best sport team but this an easy fix to their overall performance. They have a high-tech gym that offer numerous classes, equipment, and facilities. The party scene is great. It is not too much or less but the right amount. Overall everything is quite great!
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For a state school, I feel as though Northridge is definitely one of the best- if not the best. The academics are fantastic and the staff tries to work with the students in order to meet all of our needs. This school offers so many wonderful programs, and the professors are phenomenal. If you are a Journalism major or interested in the arts, CSUN offers the best program! I also hear that the business programs are super great as well! Academics aside, CSUN is a great socializing school. The parties are always fun and there is literally always something to do in the area. On top of that, CSUN is such a diverse school. You'll meet so many people from all over the world which is another huge part of why I chose to go here. Overall, I'd say choosing to go to CSU Northridge will definitely be worth it. This school has taught me so much in just three years and I am so thankful. I can't wait to say I got my bachelor's degree here!
Very inclusive, there's something for everyone. There is always events happening around campus so there are no boring days at CSUN. There's always new additions being added to the school that help it become a safer, cleaner, and more efficient campus, such as CSUN becoming a smoke-free school. The professors at CSUN are your best friends when it comes to your academics, their door is always open to their students wether it be for help on a topic discussed in class or if you have something on your mind and want to talk to someone about it. CSUN has a very friendly and welcoming environment!