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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.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: we constantly get emails about internships to gain experience for our career path.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: CSUN may not be academically prestigious in comparison to UC campuses and other CSU's, I feel like I have enjoyed relative academic success and found majority of the courses to be enjoyable and rewarding.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Film production is my major and there is plenty of professors with actual film making/directing experience to teach the students.


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While CSUN isn't known for being where the brightest minds in the country go, students still receive a quality education, with professors that want to see their pupils succeed. Students are pretty grateful for their education, too, especially since it can be rather difficult to register for classes. Classes are almost always fully enrolled, so being in a class you want or need to take is a wonderful privilege. The kinesiology department is especially popular, being one of the top programs of its kind in California.  

Even though there may not be enough classes for students, there are plenty of other resources, including tutoring services, of which students can take advantage. You'll find that the professors in the classes are pretty friendly and welcoming; they work hard to educate, not just lecture and instruct students. Plus, they are generally available to students during office hours. Workloads and classes vary by major, with some students saying that they have an average amount of work, and others, like engineering majors, complaining that they are bogged down with courses and studying.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 16%
  • 20 to 49 students: 67%
  • 50 or more students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business & Economics
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Health & Human Development
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Sciences & Mathematics
  • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Michael D. Eisner College of Education
  • Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
  • Tseng College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate – Research/scholarship
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 2%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Sociology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social sciences
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Chicano Lobby
  • An empty classroom
  • Freudian Sip
  • Library
  • Outside on the benches or on the grass
  • Sierra Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Get a College Campus Directory your first week of school. They are in front of the bookstore, and they are free!
  • Get an internship in the field you are interested in. This is important because you might find that your career wasn't what you thought it was.
  • Go to your professor's office hours. They are usually eager to help you, and it pays off in the end.
  • Join a group or club because making friends only through classes can be difficult.
  • Make friends with people in classes and exchange emails or phone numbers because you never know when or why it might come in handy.
  • Stop by the Career Center and pick up their four-year guide. Meet with a career counselor to talk about career options. Don't wait until you are a graduating senior to do this.
  • Talk to people in your major about which professors to take. That can save you a lot of trouble.
Did You Know?
  • The Association of Independent Feature Film Producers named CSUN's Arts, Media, and Communication Department the top television and film school in the state.
  • The National Science Foundation ranks CSUN first, second, and fifth among comprehensive universities that prepare graduates for Ph.D.s in science and engineering.
  • CSUN's Jazz "A" Band has been the only collegiate band to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
  • Cal State Northridge educates more teachers than the collective UC system combined.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 140 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 30 responses

  • 31% Eva mendes
  • 26% Paula Abdul - pop star, television judge
  • 10% Eva Longoria
  • 9% Scott Horowitz - astronaut
  • 7% Robert Englund - "Freddy Krueger" actor
  • 6% Alyson hannigan
  • 4% Diane Warren - musician, songwriter
  • 3% Mike Elizondo - record producer
  • 1% Richard Dreyfuss - actor
  • 1% Scotty Morris - Musician, Composer, Band Leader

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 141 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 40 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 28% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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