Northridge, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$10,984 ($6,520)
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Reviews 3019 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's pretty hard to find a job or internship on campus that can help you towards your future career. Most jobs are part-time and in campus buildings such as the library, student recreation center, or offices. I feel that the school should offer more on campus jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus restaurants available. Most are fast food/chain restaurants such Chipotle or The Habit. However, they are fairly cheap and provide many options.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There aren't many huge parties that you hear about. Most are hosted by sororities or frats. Hollywood is not too far away so most clubs in the Hollywood area are within 15-20 miles away.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is average, there are many different apartment buildings to choose from, however, there is little variety between each building. There are some safety concerns with living off-campus as well.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: For the most part, the campus is not that strict and students feel at ease on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The athletic center, student center, and library are all excellent. However, student life is a bit dull considering many students are commuter students and do no take the time to participate in campus activities or events.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Any shape,size,age apartment you want at basically any price you want and all within 7-10 minutes from the main CSUN campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The campus security officers were non-existent during my entire time at CSUN.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I wish there would be more security ambassadors for the students who take evening classes and don't feel like taking the risk of getting mugged in the evening because the campus is open-entry meaning anyone can come onto the campus with no problem.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: 30 Minutes from the center of Hollywood and Los Angeles which is one of the biggest cities in the country.You will never get bored in this town.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I actually really enjoyed all of my classes because of the professors who taught them , you can really tell that each professor that was employed at CSUN really actually wanted to be there to teach students and not just for the paycheck.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had to build my own network because the business alumni community is pretty much non-existent while you are a student unless you are involved in various extra curricular clubs and organizations which wasn't the case for me because I was already on the varsity tennis team.

1 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: I think that CSUN might have the most "confused" group of students all over campus, there is a lot of aimless wandering going around the campus without much of anything getting done.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: My tennis team was great because of the coaches and my teammates which really brought the term "teamwork" into full play because I could not have asked for a better set of coaches and teammates to compete alongside for CSUN.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Classes fill up so fast that if one was to actually take the classes he/she was interested in completing ( of course these would also be classes corresponding to her major) then it would take the student 10+ years to graduate.NOT ENOUGH Classes Offerings and way too not students.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I had to force myself to take random business classes just so I could finish , but all of

which could have been avoided if my desired classes had space in them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diversity of the student body is great at CSUN definitely one its strongest attributes.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Studying at the campus Is never a problem at CSUN. Here you could focus right about anywhere the environment is perfect for any type of study

College Senior

Nightlife: I do not go partying so I do not know the nightlife really well.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is very easy to adjust to and enjoyable once adjusted.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really enjoy what I am doing here, and feel like I would make the same decisions about my education if I had the chance to redo the past two years.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Library is beautiful, acting as a central point on campus. The Valley Performing Arts Center is the most astounding building on campus, and is a phenomenal sight on the inside.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I really enjoy being on campus. It makes me feel safe and prideful in being surrounded by so many different intelligent people.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: CSUN is the most diverse place I have ever been.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: From what I know, our sports teams are descent and provide activities for students.


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Matador Gymnasium
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Matador Gymnasium Matador Gymnasium aka the Matadome
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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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