Northridge, CA
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$10,984 ($6,520)
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4 Recent Alumnus

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

5 College Sophomore

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

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: People say CSUN is full of ratchets and hispanics but actually it's extremely diverse. There isn't a dominating race, really. I have a whole bunch of white friends, black friends, asians, hispanics, christians, jews, muslim friends. It's REALLY diverse. Everyone is really friendly too.

College Freshman

Diversity: Once again, it's not "great" or "bad" that students are liberal, conservative, black, white, etc. Very diverse campus.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I love the vast diversity of students are at the campus. I like how I don't stand out within the group, because of its vast diversity in race, and the range of clubs that the school offers.

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  • 134th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 147th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1247th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
English/Liberal Studies
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Walking around campus, CSUN students will see a variety of different faces from different walks of life. But it's not just ethnicity that varies: Students have a lot of unique interests and political/religious beliefs, too. The University is a huge melting pot and has even been described as a "rainbow" campus—not "rainbow" in an LGBT sense, but in a sense of representing a variety of colors and nationalities (although LGBT students are most definitely represented on campus!).

Most students give CSUN high marks in the area of diversity. This diversity also brings about a sense of welcoming, as there isn't a certain mold that students have to fit in order to be an CSUN student. Also, because the school is a commuter campus, many students have separate lives outside of the University, which also brings some added uniqueness to the table. 

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 29%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 12%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 67%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
CSUN has a very relaxed vibe. This makes CSUN a very tolerant atmosphere where you will find all types of people comfortable with who they are, including people who are gay, bisexual, transgendered, or just metrosexual. The LGBTA is one organization where people of all different types of sexual preferences congregate. Upon occasion, you might even see a gay marriage taking place on the fields of the campus.
Political Activity
Although many students at CSUN are apathetic, you can usually find a political group assembling on campus to have a protest, make people aware of its cause, or promote a political speaker coming to campus.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Catholicism, Judaism
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many different groups from American Indian Student Association (AISA) to the Turkish Student Association. CSUN is a very eclectic campus.
Did You Know?
Cal State Northridge has one the largest populations of deaf students in the country, and the University was among the first schools in the nation to mainstream deaf students by providing support services and translators in classrooms.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 155 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 29% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 155 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 28% Not sure
  • 35% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 157 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 157 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 40% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 60% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 60% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 40% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 155 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 27% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 70% Very accepting.



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