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

Academics: i love being in the liberal studies department my advisers take care of me and any questions i have. I am going to be apart of the Itep program and its where i combine my general eds and my credentials in one so the work load will be more but to me it is worth it

3 College Freshman

Academics: There are great professors! I had some who aren't so good, not very helpful at all.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Its pretty easy as of now

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There is a wide range of major offered each with their own unique curriculum. Although registration is the worst when it ridiculous that all of the courses offered are already unavailable when one is looking for their classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is awesome but loads of stress.

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 135 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Paula Abdul - pop star, television judge
  • 27% Eva mendes
  • 13% Robert Englund - "Freddy Krueger" actor
  • 10% Scott Horowitz - astronaut
  • 7% Alyson hannigan
  • 3% Diane Warren - musician, songwriter
  • 3% Mike Elizondo - record producer
  • 3% Richard Dreyfuss - actor

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 136 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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