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Location
Northridge, CA
Undergrads
25,641
Tuition (in-state)
$10,984 ($6,520)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: School provide the necessities need for student to work and able to graduate.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Have a complete program dedicate for my major that allows student to work and experience hand on with their perspective majors.

4 College Freshman

Academics: So far I've only had one professor because I am taking a summer class but he is a very good teacher who pushes us to ask questions and get extra help with tutoring. Tutoring is offered everyday, all day.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Haven't experienced this yet because fall semester hasn't started.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel like I am learning a lot, and that the workload is fair. The professors are friendly and helpful. And the registration process is quick and easy.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 271st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 442nd
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 550th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 834th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 972nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
Major
English/Liberal Studies
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While CSUN isn't known for being where the brightest minds in the country go, students still receive a quality education, with professors that want to see their pupils succeed. Students are pretty grateful for their education, too, especially since it can be rather difficult to register for classes. Classes are almost always fully enrolled, so being in a class you want or need to take is a wonderful privilege. The kinesiology department is especially popular, being one of the top programs of its kind in California.  

Even though there may not be enough classes for students, there are plenty of other resources, including tutoring services, of which students can take advantage. You'll find that the professors in the classes are pretty friendly and welcoming; they work hard to educate, not just lecture and instruct students. Plus, they are generally available to students during office hours. Workloads and classes vary by major, with some students saying that they have an average amount of work, and others, like engineering majors, complaining that they are bogged down with courses and studying.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
26:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
850
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
972
Total FT Faculty
850
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$77,354
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
45%
Transfer-Out Rate
10%
Graduation Rate
48%
Programs/Majors Offered
80
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 16%
  • 20 to 49 students: 67%
  • 50 or more students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business & Economics
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Health & Human Development
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Sciences & Mathematics
  • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Michael D. Eisner College of Education
  • Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
  • Tseng College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate – Research/scholarship
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Sociology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social sciences
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Chicano Lobby
  • An empty classroom
  • Freudian Sip
  • Library
  • Outside on the benches or on the grass
  • Sierra Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Get a College Campus Directory your first week of school. They are in front of the bookstore, and they are free!
  • Get an internship in the field you are interested in. This is important because you might find that your career wasn't what you thought it was.
  • Go to your professor's office hours. They are usually eager to help you, and it pays off in the end.
  • Join a group or club because making friends only through classes can be difficult.
  • Make friends with people in classes and exchange emails or phone numbers because you never know when or why it might come in handy.
  • Stop by the Career Center and pick up their four-year guide. Meet with a career counselor to talk about career options. Don't wait until you are a graduating senior to do this.
  • Talk to people in your major about which professors to take. That can save you a lot of trouble.
Did You Know?
  • The Association of Independent Feature Film Producers named CSUN's Arts, Media, and Communication Department the top television and film school in the state.
  • The National Science Foundation ranks CSUN first, second, and fifth among comprehensive universities that prepare graduates for Ph.D.s in science and engineering.
  • CSUN's Jazz "A" Band has been the only collegiate band to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
  • Cal State Northridge educates more teachers than the collective UC system combined.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 135 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 31% Eva mendes
  • 28% Paula Abdul - pop star, television judge
  • 13% Robert Englund - "Freddy Krueger" actor
  • 10% Scott Horowitz - astronaut
  • 8% Alyson hannigan
  • 5% Mike Elizondo - record producer
  • 3% Diane Warren - musician, songwriter
  • 3% Richard Dreyfuss - actor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 136 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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