California State University - Northridge

3,973 reviews
  1. Northridge, CA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
California State University - Northridge is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
53%
SAT Range
800-1030
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$7,654/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,192/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,751/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,301/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,424/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,352/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
28:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.293 responses
34%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.291 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.292 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,341Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
60%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 184 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    42%
  • Each student has his or her own style.
    24%
  • Friendly
    16%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Keeps to themselves
    7%
  • Extroverted
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.343 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.432 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 199 responses
Report
  • Diversity
    63%
  • Educational
    13%
  • Average
    9%
  • Quality Professors that care about their students!
    9%
  • Amazing
    5%
  • They should really put more effort in teaching
    2%

After California State University - Northridge

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.208 responses

Reviews

3,973 reviews
  • Excellent
    611
  • Very Good
    1445
  • Average
    1602
  • Poor
    236
  • Terrible
    79
My only problem with Cal State Northridge is that, sometimes they hire professors that teaches well, and meet the standards to teach. However, sometimes CSUN hires professors that needs a lot of work with their teaching skills. This is important because students pay for their tuition, and deserves quality classes/lectures.

For example, a professor I recently had for Math statistics that clearly have an accent that the whole class cannot be understand (or at least hear), and a writing that can't be read. This really affected my grades, and more than 50% of the class failed, leaving the professor with negative comments and bad evaluation.

On the other hand, CSUN is an awesome campus with peaceful atmosphere. Students are friendly. The campus completely stopped the smoking cigarette problem. And as an athlete, the gym is truly amazing!
  • College Freshman
  • 6 months ago
I am honestly not happy at CSUN. Even with priority registration, getting the classes you want is basically impossible. Most people graduate in 6 years because it is so hard to get classes. And the people who do graduate in 4 years had to take summer and winter classes and lots of online classes. Since CSUN is mostly a commuter school, it is really hard to make friends because most people just want to go to school and then go home. It often feels a lot like high school because most people stick with their high school cliques and won't even attempt to be friends with you. If you like diversity then CSUN is the place for you, however in a political aspect, the university is very liberal. Most students and instructors are liberal. Most discussions in class turn political. White is the minority. If you are a outdoorsy type of person or like country music, then CSUN is not the place for you. Parking on campus is a nightmare! You pay so much money for a parking pass and are not even guaranteed parking. If you show up on campus anytime after 10am you will not find parking at all. Finding a parking spot is like a sport here. It's very competitive and there have been actual fights over parking spaces. On the positive side, CSUN is very affordable and offers lots of financial aid. The location is very convenient and there are plenty of places to eat off campus that are in close walking distance. I am hoping to transfer and get as far away from CSUN as possible.

Be sure to do your research before going here. CSUN is not for everyone.
  • College Freshman
  • 9 months ago
I start School this fall but I'm currently enrolled into the early start program, this summer. I feel that it is very resourceful! In terms of the people who are willing to help you. As well as, the diverse students attending and I believe that it encourages people to become a lot more open-minded. That is crucial to learning both educationally and socially because once it guides everyone enrolled there to spread that positive experience in other places outside the campus. Personally, it's a great school so far and I cannot wait to start!
  • College Freshman
  • 5 months ago