Facilities

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

Facilities: The library is where everyone hangs out

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is wonderful and the SRC is fantastic.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: I don't think there is anything super special about CSUN. It's a good school but that's about it.

3 College Senior

Facilities: we have a lot of options for rec centers and hangout sports

4 College Senior

Facilities: we have a great library and learning resource center. we have writing labs with great tutors. the student rec center is amazing and new

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 34th
    Best Library
  • 35th
    Best Student Centers
  • 148th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 330th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
Major
English/Liberal Studies
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The facilities on campus have gotten better in recent years, especially with the addition of the Student Recreation Center, which opened in 2012. The center includes two outdoor pools, courts for badminton/volleyball/basketball, weight-training areas, a running track, and a climbing wall. Students have offered rave reviews about this center, as they appreciate the new equipment and spaciousness. The other building that often gets talked about is the Oviatt Library. The library is pretty big, offering many computers and a peaceful place to study and get work done. Plus, one of the many Freudian Sips resides in the library, which means if you need a pick-me-up while studying, you can grab a cup of coffee or another snack.

Overall, students have few negative things to say about the facilities on campus. While CSUN doesn't have a movie theater or bowling alley, students can most definitely find such establishments off campus. In addition to the buildings being taken care of, the people who work in the offices and centers are also very accommodating and helpful. 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
128
Campus Size
353 acres
Student Centers
University Student Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Oviatt Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Freudian Sip
  • Game room
  • Sierra Center
  • University Student Union
Bar on Campus
The Pub Sports Grill
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Freudian Sip has multiple locations on campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
None
School Slang
  • Ambassador: An ambassador works through the recruitment office and gives guided tours to prospective students. They also work with students throughout orientation and are given priority registration.
  • AS: Associated Students; the elected or volunteer students who govern the school, put on events, and represent the student interests to the University Corporation
  • ASREC Sports: Associated Students Recreational Sports; the organization responsible for coordinating intramural, club sports, open gym, and the fitness center
  • The Big Show: An annual concert that is becoming more popular each year, featuring famous musicians, singers, and bands.
  • The Bull Pit: A group of students that supports the athletes by standing during the entire game and heckling the opposing team
  • Crashing: When you couldn't register for a class, so you show up on the first day of school and ask the professor to add you
  • ITR: Computer help desk
  • Matadancers: A CSUN group that performs dance routines at all major events including Homecoming, carnival, and halftime shows
  • Matamaniacs: A group of student athletes that supports other athletes by traveling to away games, wearing costumes, and heckling the opposing team
  • Solar: The CSUN portal that allows students to register for classes, view their grades, request transcripts, pay tuition, and so on
  • SPACE: Student Productions and Campus Entertainment responsible for such events as the Big Show, which brings entertainers such as Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, and Mates of State to campus
  • SSU: Satellite Student Union, the student hangout in the dorms
  • TTR: Phone registration
  • UPC: Union Program Council responsible for coordinating activities in the Satellite Student Union and the University Student Union such as cultural nights, trips to the lake, horseback riding getaways, and movie nights
  • USU: University Student Union where students eat, hang out, study, and where the majority of events are held
Traditions
  • The Big Show: This event is one of the most popular at CSUN. With bands such as Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday, The Big Show attracts a lot of students—especially since it is free to all CSUN students and a guest.
  • Carnival: The event celebrates the multicultural community through performances by the Capoeira Club, the Matadancers, hip-hop dancers, step dancers, the steel drum ensemble, and even reggae singers. There is also multicultural art, arts and crafts corners, and caricature artists, at no cost to the students.
  • Homecoming: Since CSUN does not have a football team, Homecoming is celebrated at the peak of basketball season and marks the peak of CSUN spirit. Bonfires, pep rallies, free food, and CSUN gear, "yell like hell" contests, halftime shows, and concerts by famous artists including Shaggy are the reasons for the amazing turnout at CSUN's Homecoming events in the past.
  • Matamaniacs: The Matamaniacs are a group of athletes who support other athletes by wearing crazy wigs, outrageous makeup on their faces, and dressing up as clowns. Once, during the fall, the swim team will attend a men's soccer game dressed up as clowns, wearing their swimsuits on the outside of their clothing. It's hilarious.
  • President's Picnic: Part of Welcome Week's special events to help students get back in the swing of things, this picnic offers a free lunch to whomever is willing to stand in line for five minutes. The food is awesome, with a choice of hamburger or hot dogs; students are also given a drink, chips, and fruit.
  • Up All Night: Up All Night is a hiatus for students during finals week in the Satellite Student Union, where students receive free massages, free brain food, and the opportunity to talk with other students and relieve some of the stress that accompanies finals week.
  • Welcome Back Week: Designed to help students become accustomed to school life again, Welcome Back Week holds a number of concerts, free movies, outside fairs, and other events including Meet the Clubs Day.
Favorite Things To Do
Gym, swimming pool, open gym, participate in demonstrations, activities, hang out at Sierra Center, Freudian Sip, bookstore, view art gallery (regularly showing international exhibitions and student and community art), play pool and arcade games in the game room, plan a trip with the on-campus travel agency that gives student rates
Student Organizations Web Site
www.csun.edu/~mic/clublisting/directory.php
Student Newspaper
Daily Sundial
sundial.csun.edu
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 145 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 29% Bookstore
  • 17% Library assistant
  • 12% Computer lab assistant
  • 8% Veterans Resourse Center Peer Mentor
  • 8% Freudian Sip
  • 8% Student Assistant at NCOD
  • 8% Resident assistant
  • 4% Mail room assistant
  • 4% Athletics Department

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 32% Matador nigt
  • 28% The Big Show
  • 16% Welcome Back Week
  • 8% Up All Night
  • 8% Carnival
  • 8% President's Picnic
  • 0% Homecoming
  • 0% Matamaniacs

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 13 responses

  • 36% Library
  • 24% University Student Union
  • 20% Freudian Sip
  • 12% Sierra Center
  • 4% Sitting area at Education Building
  • 4% Game room

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 35% Walk around and try out all the restuarants around
  • 24% Shop at the mall
  • 18% Walk around for exercise and sit in the orchard
  • 12% Enjoy the botanical garden
  • 12% Go to the SRC

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 165 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 13% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 38% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 48% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 152 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 12% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 49% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 37% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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