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About California State University, Northridge

Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


4 Years

Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

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On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


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.


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.

Location & Contact


18111 Nordhoff St


Email: N/A
Phone: 8186771200
Fax: 8186771200
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As per the US News, the university has received these rankings given below.

  • The university has been ranked 73rd in 'Regional Universities-West'

  • It also received 21st tank in 'Top Public Schools' and 35th rank in 'Engineering Programs'.

  • It ranked 199th in 'Business Programs'.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

30th Nov

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

930 - 1130

ACT Range

16 - 22

Application Fee




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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.

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Academic Calendar


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Non-traditional Learning

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Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Psychology, General

846 Graduates


657 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

604 Graduates

Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

477 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

448 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

382 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

343 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

335 Graduates


327 Graduates

Teacher Education and Professional...

296 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

285 Graduates

Biology, General

268 Graduates

Public Health

260 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

242 Graduates

Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

235 Graduates

Health and Medical Administrative S...

207 Graduates

Political Science and Government

188 Graduates

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human...

183 Graduates


181 Graduates

Mechanical Engineering

177 Graduates

English Language and Literature, Ge...

158 Graduates


121 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

120 Graduates

Communication Disorders Sciences an...

104 Graduates


100 Graduates

Computer Science

95 Graduates

Registered Nursing, Administration,...

95 Graduates

Civil Engineering

91 Graduates


87 Graduates

Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

76 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

63 Graduates

Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

59 Graduates

Public Administration

56 Graduates


49 Graduates

Geography and Cartography

41 Graduates


39 Graduates

Linguistic, Comparative, and Relate...

36 Graduates

Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

34 Graduates

Computer Engineering

33 Graduates

Manufacturing Engineering

28 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

24 Graduates

Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

23 Graduates


21 Graduates


18 Graduates

Construction Engineering Technologi...

18 Graduates

Urban Studies/Affairs

17 Graduates

Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

15 Graduates


14 Graduates

Religion/Religious Studies

12 Graduates

Area Studies

10 Graduates

Engineering-Related Fields

8 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

2 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




21% White

4% Unknown

5% Black

49% Hispanic

3% Two or more races

8% Non Resident alien

10% Asian

0 American Indian/Alaska native

0 Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

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Unknown Location


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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$64,055 per year

Campus Life


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Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $4,224/year.

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red, black, and white

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Cross Country



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Cross Country





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Water Polo

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Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


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24-Hour Escort Safety rides


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After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$0 $100,000



Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$113 - 290

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

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and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

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< $30K


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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.