California State University - Northridge Summary

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Matador Gymnasium

Basic Statistics

Northridge, CA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
62 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Wireless Internet connection anywhere on campus
  • The events—film festival, The Big Show, free concerts, art exhibits, craft corners
  • The weather—never too cold
  • Diversity

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Parking
  • Lack of school spirit
  • Printing costs—10 cents a page adds up.
  • Campus is very cliquey.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

On the whole, students most satisfied with their experience are very involved in the heart of the school. Many students choose to become RAs or ambassadors, work in the Matador Involvement Center or the Design Factory, join a sorority/fraternity, or get involved in intramurals or club sports. CSUN is a commuter school, meaning that most students live at home and commute to school. Because so many students are native to the area, they are not compelled to meet new people and participate in school activities. Years later, many of these commuter students say that the school lacks a social scene and they wish they had moved away from home to go to college. On the other hand, other CSUN students move from small, rural towns to go to a college in the city, and they absolutely love the campus. However, students are correct when saying that Northridge isn't a typical college town. Most of the partying takes place in Los Angeles. Many students also acknowledge that the school has a laid-back atmosphere about academics, which allows students to work and live a life beyond their computer screen. Students cite the school's ubiquitous diversity as a pinnacle example of how students can learn from their environment by hearing the voice and seeing the values of different cultures.

Cal State Northridge Student Reviews

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I love Greek life. It's made my college experience even better.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict, which also keeps it safe. The dorms are incredibly strict and RA's and campus police are always making rounds. The dorms try their best to pair you with someone who has the same study habits as you.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The campus dining options are spread out all along the school. There are a few value markets that sell food as well as scantrons and other items needed for class and studying. There's a good balance between chain restaurants and dining owned by the school. The menus are pretty much the same, with Mexican, Asian, American restaurants and a Pub. I used my meal plan at the dorms and used my dining dollars on campus for snacks, water, and pens.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I like the off-campus food options. There's a good balance between chain restaurants and local restaurants as well. Most options advertise student discounts. There are always school-related fundraisers at the restaurants. The cost is average, and fit for students on a budget. The restaurants are within walking distance from campus. My favorites are Starbucks, Pizza Rev, and Get Shaved.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I enjoyed living in the dorms and I highly recommend living in the freshman buildings. If it weren't for the freshman year experience program, I don't think I would have enjoyed CSUN as much as I did. The staff and RA'S kept us very engaged and informed about school, with mandatory counseling meetings and weekly hall meetings. I felt very safe in my dorm. There isn't much parking, but it's still worth it to lie in the dorms. The food is not too bad, and there is a good atmosphere.


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