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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are difficult but there is help available.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Library is always a good place to study.

5 College Student

Academics: Home is heart is important matters

3 College Junior

Academics: There is a heavy workload with many teachers having the mentality of there class being the only important one you have. The registration process can be a bit of a handful, especially when dealing with payment and financial aid. There are special study options, though, with much help to those with disabilities. The main drawbacks are half of the teachers being quirky in a bad way or just being disinterested, or the registration process being hectic. So it's only okay at best.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: This can vary by program and interest in the subject. But theres nothing bad about the programs.

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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
26:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
850
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
972
Total FT Faculty
850
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$77,354
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
45%
Transfer-Out Rate
10%
Graduation Rate
48%
Programs/Majors Offered
82
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 292 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.

How often do you:    Based on 188 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 188 responses

  • 9% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 34% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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