Athletics

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

Athletics: It's definitely getting better as the years go on.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People are too serious about sports.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Every now and then I love to go see a good game, they are always very fun and spirited in this campus.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I've only gone to one volleyball, basketball, soccer and baseball game, if that says anything.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I feel that not much attention is shown to the athletes at school. You read about them in the school newspaper but you don't talk about it with classmates which shows how much people really don't care.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 963rd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1087th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
Major
English/Liberal Studies
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Because CSUN is mainly a commuter school, that makes it hard for students to have a lot of school spirit about sports and the school in general when they aren't all living on campus. Also, because of budget cuts in recent years, a lot of resources aren't offered to the athletic department, causing even less school spirit from students. To make matters worse, the school lost its football team in 2001, which to many ushered in the end of an era. In recent years, students have tried petitioning to bring back football, but unfortunately, they have yet to succeed.

This doesn't necessarily mean that athletics are completely lackluster at the school. Students tend to see school spirit depending on how active they are. Some bleed red, black, and white, while others aren't even aware there are sports on campus. However, there are opportunities out there. There's a gym, swimming pool, and other facilities in which students can partake. Plus, there are club sports and varsity teams, too, with most students concerned with the former rather than the latter. This kind of atmosphere is great if you are into a laid-back sports vibe, not so great if you are looking for intense rivalries and competitions.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big West Conference
School Colors
Black, red, and white
School Nickname
Matador
Men Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
200 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 3
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 59
Other Sports: 173
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 14%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 17%
Cross Country/Track: 36%
Other Sports: 30%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Ballroom dance
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Karate
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Water ski and wakeboard
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The Matadome
  • Matador Diamond
  • Matador Field
  • Matador Pool
  • Matador Soccer Field
  • Matador Tennis Complex
  • Matador Track & Field Complex
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sports at CSUN are probably baseball/softball, basketball, and soccer.
Most Overlooked Teams
It seems that no one knows that CSUN has a winning women's golf team. Also, soccer attendance is low considering the team's outstanding accomplishments.
School Spirit
There would probably be significantly more school spirit if CSUN fielded a football team.
Getting Tickets
For tickets, call (818) 677-2488. All students receive free admission to all regular season home games with a student ID.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 162 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 166 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 169 responses

  • 9% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 56% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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