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Reviews 3180 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is such a long process that makes me feel like I will never get that desired scholarship. However, if persistent then the chances of getting the scholarship should be underway. Some tips for getting financial aid would be to search for the best scholarship that suits you, meaning that you meet all the requirements in attaining that certain scholarship. Another tip would be to build connections with your professors so that an excellent letter of recommendation can be received, so that your scholarship could be that much stronger.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living in housing at California State University of Northridge can be quite peaceful, given the spaciousness of the facility. We are provided with a swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court, and so much more. The food is amazing and always makes me feel like I am home. However, my biggest concern is that the housing is far from my classes and that really takes a toll on me.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Some advisors are very helpful while others are not

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live on campus or near campus so I am going to say that it is okay

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I've never been to a party on campus so I am going to say that they are okay

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I've never eaten off-campus before so I am going to say that it is okay

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a variety of foods/dining options available on campus. There is even a farmers market that comes every Tuesday and students are able to buy wholesome, fresh vegetables and fruits

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My process in receiving financial aid went very smoothly. I am looking forward to receiving financial aid again this fall semester.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's a lot of crime on campus, especially in the dorms, but during the day, I feel safe on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: After the earthquake buildings were updated, and some still are today, but there are also plenty of older-looking buildings & classrooms. The computer labs are all up to date however, and the SRC can't be beat.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm a huge athletics fan, and for such a big student body CSUN falls well short in promoting the games. There is little to no fan support at many events.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of options to help you prepare for a career path, and courses that also prepare you for that. Counselors are there to guide you as you transition from college into the real world.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors are hard to understand, others are great and effectively communicate material. Workload seems a lot easier than when I was in high school, though there are a few professors that assign lots of homework.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They have their priorities mixed up sometimes. They banned smoking but smoking marijuana occurs all over campus for example.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Some food is fresh, other food sits in the heating rack for hours. Most of the time I get the grab and go stuff for convenience, but it gets old after awhile.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: I hate the area and can't wait to leave. Will never return.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are not very social. It's show up to class then leave attitudes.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Basically very few dorm parties and all the house parties get shut down early.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get a scholarship but that could be my fault.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I never really ate on campus but I heard the food was alright.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The curfew sucks and people aren't very social.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Not a strong Greek Life, but not difficult to get

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Close proximity to campus, but crowded streets

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Not much of a party guy, but most occur off campus

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The process was not difficult, just long lines.

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Matador Gymnasium Matador Gymnasium aka the Matadome
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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.

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