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Campus Quality

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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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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The student life campus is full of adventures because you discover things and you enjoy it.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The campus is great. Over the past few years i have watched the transformation of favorite student spots such as the library to the recreation. Im excited for the students coming in, because the campus is a great place to be.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The school is always improving every aspect of the campus. We have modern technology and an awesome fitness center ad well as library and study areas.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Facilities are modern, some being built just a few years ago. Very accessible to students as well as faculty.

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The facilities on campus have gotten better in recent years, especially with the addition of the Student Recreation Center, which opened in 2012. The center includes two outdoor pools, courts for badminton/volleyball/basketball, weight-training areas, a running track, and a climbing wall. Students have offered rave reviews about this center, as they appreciate the new equipment and spaciousness. The other building that often gets talked about is the Oviatt Library. The library is pretty big, offering many computers and a peaceful place to study and get work done. Plus, one of the many Freudian Sips resides in the library, which means if you need a pick-me-up while studying, you can grab a cup of coffee or another snack.

Overall, students have few negative things to say about the facilities on campus. While CSUN doesn't have a movie theater or bowling alley, students can most definitely find such establishments off campus. In addition to the buildings being taken care of, the people who work in the offices and centers are also very accommodating and helpful. 

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
128
Campus Size
353 acres
Student Centers
University Student Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Oviatt Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Freudian Sip
  • Game room
  • Sierra Center
  • University Student Union
Bar on Campus
The Pub Sports Grill
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Freudian Sip has multiple locations on campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
None
School Slang
  • Ambassador: An ambassador works through the recruitment office and gives guided tours to prospective students. They also work with students throughout orientation and are given priority registration.
  • AS: Associated Students; the elected or volunteer students who govern the school, put on events, and represent the student interests to the University Corporation
  • ASREC Sports: Associated Students Recreational Sports; the organization responsible for coordinating intramural, club sports, open gym, and the fitness center
  • The Big Show: An annual concert that is becoming more popular each year, featuring famous musicians, singers, and bands.
  • The Bull Pit: A group of students that supports the athletes by standing during the entire game and heckling the opposing team
  • Crashing: When you couldn't register for a class, so you show up on the first day of school and ask the professor to add you
  • ITR: Computer help desk
  • Matadancers: A CSUN group that performs dance routines at all major events including Homecoming, carnival, and halftime shows
  • Matamaniacs: A group of student athletes that supports other athletes by traveling to away games, wearing costumes, and heckling the opposing team
  • Solar: The CSUN portal that allows students to register for classes, view their grades, request transcripts, pay tuition, and so on
  • SPACE: Student Productions and Campus Entertainment responsible for such events as the Big Show, which brings entertainers such as Taking Back Sunday, Jimmy Eat World, and Mates of State to campus
  • SSU: Satellite Student Union, the student hangout in the dorms
  • TTR: Phone registration
  • UPC: Union Program Council responsible for coordinating activities in the Satellite Student Union and the University Student Union such as cultural nights, trips to the lake, horseback riding getaways, and movie nights
  • USU: University Student Union where students eat, hang out, study, and where the majority of events are held
Traditions
  • The Big Show: This event is one of the most popular at CSUN. With bands such as Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday, The Big Show attracts a lot of students—especially since it is free to all CSUN students and a guest.
  • Carnival: The event celebrates the multicultural community through performances by the Capoeira Club, the Matadancers, hip-hop dancers, step dancers, the steel drum ensemble, and even reggae singers. There is also multicultural art, arts and crafts corners, and caricature artists, at no cost to the students.
  • Homecoming: Since CSUN does not have a football team, Homecoming is celebrated at the peak of basketball season and marks the peak of CSUN spirit. Bonfires, pep rallies, free food, and CSUN gear, "yell like hell" contests, halftime shows, and concerts by famous artists including Shaggy are the reasons for the amazing turnout at CSUN's Homecoming events in the past.
  • Matamaniacs: The Matamaniacs are a group of athletes who support other athletes by wearing crazy wigs, outrageous makeup on their faces, and dressing up as clowns. Once, during the fall, the swim team will attend a men's soccer game dressed up as clowns, wearing their swimsuits on the outside of their clothing. It's hilarious.
  • President's Picnic: Part of Welcome Week's special events to help students get back in the swing of things, this picnic offers a free lunch to whomever is willing to stand in line for five minutes. The food is awesome, with a choice of hamburger or hot dogs; students are also given a drink, chips, and fruit.
  • Up All Night: Up All Night is a hiatus for students during finals week in the Satellite Student Union, where students receive free massages, free brain food, and the opportunity to talk with other students and relieve some of the stress that accompanies finals week.
  • Welcome Back Week: Designed to help students become accustomed to school life again, Welcome Back Week holds a number of concerts, free movies, outside fairs, and other events including Meet the Clubs Day.
Favorite Things To Do
Gym, swimming pool, open gym, participate in demonstrations, activities, hang out at Sierra Center, Freudian Sip, bookstore, view art gallery (regularly showing international exhibitions and student and community art), play pool and arcade games in the game room, plan a trip with the on-campus travel agency that gives student rates
Student Newspaper
Daily Sundial
sundial.csun.edu
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 121 responses

  • 15% Go to the SRC
  • 12% Explore the Library
  • 12% Walk around and try out all the restuarants around
  • 11% Explore the campus
  • 10% Shop at the mall
  • 8% Enjoy the botanical garden
  • 8% Walk around for exercise and sit in the orchard
  • 6% Oasis
  • 6% Hang out in the Game Room
  • 5% Sit by the duck/turtle pond
  • 2% Dance Studio in SRC
  • 2% Sit and listen to music students in Cypress Hall
  • 1% Hang with new friends at the dorm.
  • 0% Be in the Botanic Garden
  • 0% Find new relaxing spots on campus
  • 0% Play volleyball at the dorms
  • 0% Watch squirrels
  • 0% Watch Acasola perform on Thursdays
  • 0% Look at interesting exhibitions at the Art Gallery

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 258 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 110 responses

  • 23% Matador nigt
  • 17% The Big Show
  • 13% Last day of school
  • 9% Events planned by my major department
  • 9% Welcome Back Week
  • 8% Carnival
  • 6% First day of school
  • 6% Up All Night
  • 4% President's Picnic
  • 2% Homecoming
  • 1% Matamaniacs
  • 1% Theatre productions

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 131 responses

  • 66% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 27% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 5% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 1% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 252 responses

  • 39% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 13% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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