• Address: 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330

  • Phone Number: (818) 677-1200

  • Website: https://www.csun.edu/

About

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is a public type institution which has a vibrant campus located in the heart of San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, United States. The campus is over 356 acres and the university was established in the year 1958. It began as San Fernando Valley College in portable classrooms. 

The university was first founded as the Satellite Campus of CSU, Los Angeles. Later on, after being independent, the university changed its name as San Fernando Valley State College. The current name came to existence in 1972. The National Centre for Deafness was established in 1972 in the university. This center has since then been a blessing for deaf-students who wanted to complete their quality university education.

  • The university has been regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

  • The total student population of the university is 39,916 which includes 31,253 full-time and 8,663 part-time students.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 26:1.

  • CSUN acceptance rate is 48%.

  • The graduation rate of the university is 50%.


Online Education at CSUN

 The credits for the online courses can be transferred conveniently.

  • The university offers programs in Bachelors and Masters level along with a few certificate and graduate-certificate courses.

  • The various majors offered by the university are Engineering, Health Science, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Public Administration.


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The reviews of the university are mentioned below. 

  • The university has an inclusive campus where students get a lot of opportunities to work together.

  • A lot of workshops on a variety of topics are arranged which help the students with the academics. 

  • The large library, pool, and gym are centers of people-involvement in the campus.

Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Public

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Headquartered at

Los Angeles, California

FAFSA/Federal School Code

001153

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Institutional Accreditation

WSCUC

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Historically Black College or University

No

Data Source: https://www.csun.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 26: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 77 % Part Time: 53 %
Total Population 39,916
Student Population Full Time: 31,253 Part Time: 8,663
Gender Division Male: 45 % Female: 55 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 42 %

The College Monk

Female: 56 %

Total Graduation Rate: 50 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Majors and Online Programs

California State University, Northridge offers 16 online programs across 5 Majors

Human Services

Offering 3 programs accross 1 degrees

Engineering

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Interdisciplinary Studies

Offering 1 programs accross 1 degrees

Health Science

Offering 7 programs accross 3 degrees

Public Administration

Offering 4 programs accross 2 degrees

Admissions

California State University, Northridge Acceptance Rate is 48%

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $55
Graduate Application Fee $55

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission Statistics
Total Applicants 32,913
Total Applicants Admitted 15,876
Applicants Enrolled 4,499
Full time Applicants Enrolled 4,422
Part Time Applicants Enrolled 77
Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

California State University, Northridge Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 4,090
Number of students submitting ACT scores 1,151
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 91%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 26%
SAT Math 450 average 400 - 500 range
SAT Critical Reading 450 average 390 - 510 range
ACT Composite 19 average 16 - 22 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.

Admission to California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge offers numerous online courses for the students to improve their credentials and to aim higher at their career prospects. It has been main vision and mission of the college to promote a higher quality of education from everyone to everyone. Getting admissions into the University is a soft and simple process if you have the basic requirements for joining a course.

Admission Requirements

  • For admission into any of the courses offered an applicant has to be 25 years or older with a high school diploma or has established uniformity through either the General Education Department or the California High School Proficiency. 
  • The administration board enables a specific number of campuses under the University to pledge programs for first-time students who are focused and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in four years. 
  • The applicants who are not proficient in maths or English have to undergo an early start program before their regular classes begin. The aim of the early start program is to prepare the students in Maths and English rigorously before the fall semester of freshman year.
  • For Non-Residents or Non-graduates of California, they have to maintain an ACT Score A GPA of 3.61 and above for qualification and GPA New SAT Score A GPA of 3.61 and above for qualification. As a freshman, the applicants will qualify for admission if the following requirements are met i.e.,
    • She/he must have been graduated from high school
    • She/he must have earned a Certificate of General Education Department or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination
    • She/he should have qualifiable minimum eligibility index
    • She/he must have completed with grades.
  • The applying candidates must demonstrate competency in writing skills which are required for graduation. The Learning Resource Centre and the Testing Centre will avail to the guidance or information regarding this section.
  • For International Students

    • They must comply with the University as well as the U.S Department of Homeland Regulations and should also possess F-1 and J-1 visas to enroll full-time
    • Undergraduate applicants must submit all official and original secondary school records and yearly records of each postsecondary or university attended with the semester hours dedicated and the original grade cards.
    • Graduate or Post-Baccalaureate applicants must submit all official yearly records from each postsecondary college or University attended with the semester hours dedicated and the original grade cards.
    • Documents that confirm awarding the degree, certificate, or diploma with the title and the date.
    • A TOEFL score of 61 in the internet based test and 500 in the paper-based test for Undergraduates and a score of 80 in the internet based test and 550 in the paper-based test is required for graduate students.
    • Several CSU Campuses may also use alternative methods to assess the English proficiency of the candidate such as the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP)
    • Those who do not have English as their native language and their preparatory education happened in other languages should possess a score of 79 on the Internet Based Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT).
    • Other than this the CSU International Office will inform the applicants if additional records are expected from them.
  •  For returning students

    • The admission requirements for the returning students depend upon their academic standing in his/her last semester's attendance.
    • Returning students in good standing are not required to meet additional admission criteria.
    • Nevertheless, students have to provide the office with admissions or records with official transcripts of any coursework completed since last attending CSUN.
  • Test Requirements

    • Applicants who are fresh and want transfer are strongly urged to submit their scores if 60 semesters or 90 quarter units.
    • Applicants applying to an impacted program are instructed to submit their test scores. This test will be very useful for the advising and placement purposes
  • Transfer Policies

    • CSUN uses college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency
    • Sometimes, each campus in CSU authorizes the decisions regarding the transfer
    • Applicants who have less than 60 transferable college units are considered lower division transfer students
    • Applicants more than 60 transferable college units are considered higher division transfer students
    • The campus will take a final call to monitor the students and make sure that they finish all the required courses efficiently
  • Other Undergraduate applicants

    • Such applicants who are not admissible failing to the above requirements should enroll in any other suitable institution
    • Only under certain special cases will such students be granted admission at CSUN
    • Such permission will be authorized only under special gesture

Admission Procedure

  • She/he should have a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • She/he should have a good academic ranking or profile at the last college/University attended.
  • She/he should have satisfied at least one of the below conditions
    • At least a GPA of 2.5 in a baccalaureate degree program.
    • At least a GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted.
    • Should hold a post-graduate degree in a regionally accredited institution with 2.5 GPA in either the undergraduate cumulative GPA or the last 60 semester units attempted.
    • She/he should meet all the professional/personal/scholastic and other criteria’s needed for graduate study.
    • This may include qualifying examinations or other screening processes as the campus authorities may prescribe.

Additional information

  • A second master’s in the same degree/program is prohibited.
  • Baccalaureate candidates must use the graduate CSUN application.
  • General post-baccalaureate eligibility should be met by second baccalaureate candidates.
  • Second baccalaureate candidates are not permitted to certain programs.

Other than these, the University offers Information Technology services to students seeking admissions. The services provided by this hub are

  • Five Computers are installed up with MS-Office.
  • Web-conferencing and zoom video.
  • Portfolium electronic portfolio.
  • Software downloads for antivirus installation and spyware removal.
  • Online training videos on a variety of topics and software.
  • General computer and technology assistance such as Wi-Fi, CSUN ID, CSUN password and CSUN Gmail.
  • CSUN mobile app is made available for everyone in the app store and Google play store.
  • Canvas
  • MyCSUN software.
  • My Northridge Software and Solar student center support.

An Information Technology help center is made available to all the students. This center is available all the time and counsels as well as guides the students regarding various aspects such as how to set up the username and password, accessing the Wi-Fi network, adding or dropping a class, checking their grades, finding the nearest computer lab on campus etc.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Scholarships, Grants, Work-Study Program and Loans are the provisions of financial aid. Students looking for financial aid facilities can fill the FAFSA form. California State University (CSUN) federal school code is 001153.

  • The scholarships available are Chowksi Family Scholarship Endowment for Disability Resources and Educational Services, DRES Jain Small Scholarship for Advocates for People with Disabilities, DRES Scholarships, NSP University Scholarships, CSUN Distinguished Lifelong Learner Award, Marino J Riccomini Family Scholarships and many more.

  • The various grants available include Federal Grant, State Grant, California State University Grant and MataCare Emergency Grant.

  • The various loans available include Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Private Education Loan, California Dream Loan Program, Bookstore Debit Card Loan, Emergency  Loan and many more.

Contact the university to know more about financial aid information. California State University Northridge Financial Aid Phone Number is 1.818.677.4085.

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,967 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. March 2nd, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $500 Undergraduate. U.S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. March 2nd, 2019
TEACH Grant $4,000 Undergraduate or Graduate. Students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school. 3.25 CGPA. March 2nd, 2019
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant $5,920 Students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Must be ineligible for the Pell Grant. March 2nd, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct PLUS Loans $8,576 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Dependent students. March 2nd, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized loan $4,473 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. March 2nd, 2019
Direct Subsidized Loan $4,473 U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. March 2nd, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Enrolled at least half-time. Satisfactory academic progress. March 2nd, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Grants and Scholarships

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Cal Grant A and B Varies California residents. Maintain Half time enrollment. March 2nd, 2019
California Chafee Grant Program $5,000 Enrolled Half time. California residents. March 2nd, 2019
Child Development Grant Varies Student Enrolled in a fields of child care and child development. Enrolled Half time. March 2nd, 2019
California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP) Varies Student Should give Statement of Understanding. California residents. June 1st, 2019
Middle Class Scholarship (MCS) Varies California resident or eligible AB 540 student. Satisfactory Academic Progress standards. Enrolled Half time. March 2nd, 2019
State Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
California Dream Loan Program Varies California Resident. Enrolled Half time. Good Satisfactory Academic Progress. March 2nd, 2019

Data Source: https://www.csun.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Scholarships and Grants

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
State University Grant (SUG) Varies California residents. Satisfactory Academic Progress. March 2nd, 2019
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) $800 California residents. Satisfactory Academic Progress. March 2nd, 2019
MataCare Emergency Grant $550 Enrolled in required minimum of 6 units. Good Academic Standing. Varies
Institutional Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Bookstore Debit Card Loan $300 Enrolled at California State University. Enrolled at least half time. Varies
Emergency Loan Varies Students with unforeseen changes in circumstances. Enrolled at California State University. Varies
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Presidential Scholarship Varies Undergraduate student. Enroll Full time. Minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average. February 17th, 2019
University Scholarship Varies Undergraduate Student. Student complete at least 24 units with a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average. January 25th, 2019
Matador Scholarship program Varies Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Full time enrollment. March 2nd, 2019
CSUN Dreamers Scholarship Varies Undergraduate Student. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Enrolled part time. Varies
Outstanding Graduating Veteran Award $1,000 Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. CSUN student who is currently or has formerly been placed on active duty as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Reserve or National Guard. You must be enrolled full time. Varies

Data Source: https://www.csun.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military and Veteran Benefits

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Tuition Assistance Program $3,205 Eligible Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Varies
Post 9/11 GI Bill $3,919 Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. Honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Varies

Data Source: https://www.csun.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $4,197
$30,001 - $48,000 $5,324
$48,001 - $75,000 $9,503
$75,001 - $110,000 $13,896
Over $110,000 $16,113

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 54% $4,513
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 80% $9,818
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 63% $5,063
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 57% $5,511
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 35% $4,709
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 35% $4,509
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 6,574
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 437 $4,953
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 388 $4,762
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 49 $6,466

Data Source: https://www.csun.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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