Northridge, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$10,984 ($6,520)
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Reviews 3063 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is going around all the time, they are also available during the nights to walk you to your dorm or parking lot.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is delighted to help you out with any economic problem or for a job in need the career center is very helpful.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My summer courses went smoothly. A couple of problems but the professor is always there to help you out. Great experience so far.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't turn it in at the last minute, it causes your fafsa to take a while to receive.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: So far the campus is great, no complains yet.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love Greek life. It's made my college experience even better.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict, which also keeps it safe. The dorms are incredibly strict and RA's and campus police are always making rounds. The dorms try their best to pair you with someone who has the same study habits as you.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The campus dining options are spread out all along the school. There are a few value markets that sell food as well as scantrons and other items needed for class and studying. There's a good balance between chain restaurants and dining owned by the school. The menus are pretty much the same, with Mexican, Asian, American restaurants and a Pub. I used my meal plan at the dorms and used my dining dollars on campus for snacks, water, and pens.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I like the off-campus food options. There's a good balance between chain restaurants and local restaurants as well. Most options advertise student discounts. There are always school-related fundraisers at the restaurants. The cost is average, and fit for students on a budget. The restaurants are within walking distance from campus. My favorites are Starbucks, Pizza Rev, and Get Shaved.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I enjoyed living in the dorms and I highly recommend living in the freshman buildings. If it weren't for the freshman year experience program, I don't think I would have enjoyed CSUN as much as I did. The staff and RA'S kept us very engaged and informed about school, with mandatory counseling meetings and weekly hall meetings. I felt very safe in my dorm. There isn't much parking, but it's still worth it to lie in the dorms. The food is not too bad, and there is a good atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love the gym/workout facility. It's not intimidating and it's always clean. The staff are friendly and approachable. I enjoy attending intramural sports games, as they're very exciting.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: As a member of Greek life, there is always something to do! Whether it be parites, fundraisers, philanthropy events, dances, date nights, there's lots to experience! The school itself hosts a few events that are campus-wide and receive very good feedback from my peers. Campus police is very adamant about safety and drinking, especially in the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school more than I ever thought possible. I love the area, my peers, the campus, and I feel safe and at home. I enjoy my classes and the constant challenge, as it helps keep me motivated to earn my degree. The school has countless resources for success, and none of my questions go unanswered. The class sizes are never a problem, although I had expected them to be. Most of my professors have been very reachable and always at their office hours. There is a wide variety of classes offered, and I have enjoyed a lot of classes that I didn't expect to care for.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although I am an undergrad student, I have been well informed about networking and life after graduation. The school provides you with many opportunities for post-grad work. The career center is very helpful with finding jobs while in school, as well as how to obtain a job once graduated. The mentors and counselors help keep students on track with checklists, emails, and personal appointments.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: AlthoughI am still taking GE's and lower division classes, I am well informed about my major. There are countless resources for information about classes and internships. I would say that the work load is challenging but expected for a state university. The school is very helpful with many counselors and professors who go above and beyond to assist with any questions that students have. The facilities and class rooms are modern and many of the teachers I have use current technology.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't experienced an internship while in school. However, many of my professors and sorority sisters are always willing to help me network. Any questions that I have are answered, and I have spoken to a few people in my intended major who have had an internship.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We receive texts and phone calls about safety issues as they happen. We are constantly updated within a reasonable amount of time whenever there is a security issue. Students are very well informed about the area, especially at the dorms. The police and safety services are very engaged and polite with students. I feel very safe on campus because I was informed as an incoming freshman about the school's safety services, including the call boxes and hotlines.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I had read very poor reviews about student life. However, I have always felt welcomed on campus. There is a strong sense of school spirit. The gym and student centers are very modern, buildings are constantly being updated. many of the programs for tutoring and study groups have improved. The library is undergoing a very nice remodeling. There are lots of places for students to relax and hangout on campus and near the school as well.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The rent is very expensive for the quality of the city, but that is most likely because of the convenience of being close to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone that i encountered was polite and respectful towards other cultures and beliefs.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't wait until the last minute, of course and constantly check your school portal for any problems. Some things that you need to know aren't sent to your school email all the time so keep tabs on it for yourself to avoid missing dates and deadlines that could jeopardize you staying in school.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The campus is located within the San Fernando Valley and in the summer it could get sweltering hot. It is also within arms reach of nice restaurants and shopping malls, most students either live in the dorms or at home, making the campus a commuter school.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Emergency posts are placed throughout the campus and security escorts are available to walk individuals back to their cars in case it is too late at night and the possibility of assault increases. There are still instances on campus, especially in the dormitories, where sexual assaults occur and the news is printed on the campus paper, which is a shock considering the amount of resources that are available throughout the school.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are rallies held at school in honor of the LGBTQ community but it is not a widespread message on campus. The diversity varies in ethnicities and background and beliefs are respected.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports that are both professional and recreational are an important part of campus life due to its effect on the various individuals that participate in them. The facilities that are provided are a great way of staying in shape and involved in the campus life.


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Matador Gymnasium
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Julie Ritchie
English/Liberal Studies
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On the whole, students most satisfied with their experience are very involved in the heart of the school. Many students choose to become RAs or ambassadors, work in the Matador Involvement Center or the Design Factory, join a sorority/fraternity, or get involved in intramurals or club sports. CSUN is a commuter school, meaning that most students live at home and commute to school. Because so many students are native to the area, they are not compelled to meet new people and participate in school activities. Years later, many of these commuter students say that the school lacks a social scene and they wish they had moved away from home to go to college. On the other hand, other CSUN students move from small, rural towns to go to a college in the city, and they absolutely love the campus. However, students are correct when saying that Northridge isn't a typical college town. Most of the partying takes place in Los Angeles. Many students also acknowledge that the school has a laid-back atmosphere about academics, which allows students to work and live a life beyond their computer screen. Students cite the school's ubiquitous diversity as a pinnacle example of how students can learn from their environment by hearing the voice and seeing the values of different cultures.

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