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California State University - Northridge Overview

California State University - Northridge is a public institution situated in Northridge, California. Northridge is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is California State University - Northridge Known For?

29,739 Full-Time Undergraduates
$8,243 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at California State University - Northridge 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%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at California State University - Northridge.
  • In 2017-2018, 45% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from California State University - Northridge with a bachelor's degree make about $45,400 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from other schools.

California State University - Northridge Rankings

California State University - Northridge is ranked #891 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. Out of the 116 colleges in California, it is ranked at #74.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that California State University - Northridge has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for California State University - Northridge

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 108
Best Colleges for Veterans 122
Best Colleges for International Students 548
Best Colleges for the Money 609
Best Colleges for Diversity 651
Best Colleges 891

Where Is California State University - Northridge?

Location of California State University - Northridge

Contact details for California State University - Northridge 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 California State University - Northridge?

You can apply to California State University - Northridge online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for California State University - Northridge

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 California State University - Northridge?

58% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
California State University - Northridge 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 California State University - Northridge 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
California State University - Northridge 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?

$8,243 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of California State University - Northridge is $8,243. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for California State University - Northridge

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,767 $6,943 $11,046 $15,292 $17,892

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 California State University - Northridge, 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 California State University - Northridge 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

29,739 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 35,839 undergraduate students at California State University - Northridge, with 29,739 being full-time and 6,100 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  California State University - Northridge

There are also 5,480 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 29,739 full-time undergraduates at California State University - Northridge, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  California State University - Northridge

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of California State University - Northridge Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3,102
Black or African American 1,479
Hispanic or Latino 14,613
White 5,787
International Students 2,670
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,088

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 California State University - Northridge. 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 California State University - Northridge. 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 California State University - Northridge 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 California State University - Northridge

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 California State University - Northridge regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of California State University - Northridge 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 California State University - Northridge 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 California State University - Northridge.

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, California State University - Northridge awarded 18,124 undergraduate degrees and 3,462 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 263 36 0
Allied Health Professions 0 38 0 0
Anthropology 0 54 1 0
Area Studies 0 14 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 24 7 0
Business Administration & Management 0 684 44 0
Chemistry 0 26 5 0
Civil Engineering 0 91 21 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 28 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 354 26 0
Communication Sciences 0 124 99 0
Computer Engineering 0 37 13 0
Computer Information Systems 0 141 0 0
Computer Science 0 120 24 0
Construction Engineering Technology 0 15 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 163 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 49 14 0
Economics 0 99 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 109 11
Electrical Engineering 0 92 31 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 2 26 0
Ethnic Studies 0 228 8 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 365 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 268 20 0
General Biology 0 306 25 0
General Education 0 0 102 0
General English Literature 0 140 31 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 209 19 0
General Psychology 0 885 27 0
Geography & Cartography 0 41 9 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 15 10 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 240 20 0
Health & Physical Education 0 479 25 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 1 0 0
History 0 89 24 0
Hospitality Management 0 50 12 0
Journalism 0 156 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 361 13 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 31 5 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 14 13 0
Marketing 0 395 0 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 10 0
Mathematics 0 48 12 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 224 19 0
Music 0 133 49 0
Nursing 0 53 0 0
Nutrition Science 0 0 8 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 2 0 0
Philosophy 0 25 0 0
Physics 0 17 15 0
Political Science & Government 0 179 9 0
Public Administration 0 31 263 0
Public Health 0 322 96 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 399 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 1 25
Religious Studies 0 24 0 0
Romance Languages 0 30 9 0
Social Work 0 0 154 0
Sociology 0 539 10 0
Special Education 0 0 30 0
Student Counseling 0 0 96 0
Taxation 0 0 37 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 349 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 1 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 17 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 13 0
Urban Studies 0 23 0 0
Total 0 18,124 3,390 72

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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