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California State University - Northridge Overview

California State University - Northridge is a public institution situated in Northridge, California. The city atmosphere of Northridge makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is California State University - Northridge Known For?

9,062 Undergraduate Awards
$25,033 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at CSUN have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at CSUN.
  • In 2017-2018, 45% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from CSUN with a bachelor's degree make about $45,400 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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California State University - Northridge Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

CSUN has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#19 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#146 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CSUN.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Manufacturing Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Construction Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Engineering-Related Fields Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Value Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#81 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#104 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#142 Best Value Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards CSUN has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Highest Paid Engineering Technologies Graduates College Factual
#11 Best Allied Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#40 Best Value Colleges for Sociology College Factual
#48 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#52 Best Accounting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#73 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual

Where Is California State University - Northridge?

Location of California State University - Northridge

Contact details for CSUN are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: 818-677-1200
Website: https://www.csun.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Northridge-CA/California-State-University-Northridge/6684699242
Twitter: http://twitter.com/csunorthridge

How Do I Get Into CSUN?

You can apply to CSUN online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for CSUN

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into CSUN?

58% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
CSUN has an acceptance rate of 58%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to CSUN submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 570. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 460 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 450 to 550 )
200
800
CSUN received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 17 and 22.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 15 to 22 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 16 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 17 to 22 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Northridge?

$25,033 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CSUN is $25,033. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CSUN, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $5,008 a year. That adds up to $20,032 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSUN is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - Northridge Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,320 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 34,799 undergraduate students at CSUN, with 29,320 being full-time and 5,479 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CSUN

There are also 5,111 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,320 full-time undergraduates at CSUN, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CSUN

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Northridge students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CSUN Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,757
Black or African American 1,451
Hispanic or Latino 15,501
White 5,654
International Students 2,147
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,810

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Northridge. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 107 countries are represented at CSUN. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Kuwait, China, and India.

Online Learning at California State University - Northridge

1,304 Took All Classes Online
20,755 Took At Least One Class Online
56.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at CSUN. In 2017-2018, 20,755 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CSUN has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 28th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of CSUN

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Northridge was 56.8%. This is the #464 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSUN regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CSUN majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 16%
Liberal Arts General Studies 16%
Public Administration 33%
Public Administration & Social Service 16%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CSUN ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CSUN.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Communication Sciences #3
Public Administration #5
Social Work #6
Public Health #6
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #8
Engineering-Related Fields #8
Engineering Technologies #14
Public Administration & Social Service #20
Health Professions #124

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Northridge Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Psychology 885 0 27 0 912
Business Administration & Management 684 33 44 0 761
Sociology 539 0 10 0 549
Health & Physical Education 479 0 25 0 504
Public Health 322 5 96 0 423
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 399 0 0 0 399
Marketing 395 0 0 0 395
Communication & Media Studies 354 0 26 0 380
Liberal Arts General Studies 361 0 13 0 374
Finance & Financial Management 365 0 0 0 365
Teacher Education Grade Specific 349 0 0 0 349
General Biology 306 0 25 0 331
Public Administration 31 25 263 0 319
Accounting 263 0 36 0 299
Fine & Studio Arts 268 0 20 0 288
Health & Medical Administrative Services 240 25 20 0 285
Communication Sciences 124 26 99 0 249
Mechanical Engineering 224 0 19 0 243
Ethnic Studies 228 0 8 0 236
General Family & Consumer Sciences 209 0 19 0 228
Political Science & Government 179 0 9 0 188
Music 133 0 49 0 182
General English Literature 140 0 31 0 171
Criminal Justice & Corrections 163 0 0 0 163
Journalism 156 0 0 0 156
Social Work 0 0 154 0 154
Computer Science 120 0 24 0 144
Computer Information Systems 141 0 0 0 141
Electrical Engineering 92 0 31 0 123
Educational Administration 0 0 109 11 120
History 89 0 24 0 113
Civil Engineering 91 0 21 0 112
General Education 0 0 102 0 102
Economics 99 0 0 0 99
Student Counseling 0 0 96 0 96
Drama & Theater Arts 49 0 14 0 63
Hospitality Management 50 0 12 0 62
Mathematics 48 0 12 0 60
Anthropology 54 1 1 0 56
Nursing 53 0 0 0 53
Computer Engineering 37 0 13 0 50
Geography & Cartography 41 0 9 0 50
Romance Languages 30 0 9 0 39
Allied Health Professions 38 0 0 0 38
Taxation 0 0 37 0 37
Special Education 0 7 30 0 37
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 31 0 5 0 36
Physics 17 0 15 0 32
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 24 0 7 0 31
Chemistry 26 0 5 0 31
Engineering-Related Fields 2 0 26 0 28
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 28 0 28
Manufacturing Engineering 14 0 13 0 27
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 1 1 25 27
Philosophy 25 0 0 0 25
Geological & Earth Sciences 15 0 10 0 25
Teaching English or French 0 7 17 0 24
Religious Studies 24 0 0 0 24
Urban Studies 23 0 0 0 23
Construction Engineering Technology 15 0 0 0 15
Area Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 13 0 13
Human Resource Management 0 10 0 0 10
Materials Engineering 0 0 10 0 10
Nutrition Science 0 0 8 0 8
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 0 0 0 1
Quality Control Technology 0 1 0 0 1
Health Sciences & Services 1 0 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9,062 141 1,695 36 10,934

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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