California State University--Northridge

2014 Quick Stats
18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330

Phone: (818) 677-1200
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#60 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Northridge is a public institution that was founded in 1958. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,119, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 356 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Northridge's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 60. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,296 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,716 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

CSUN's alumni include past state Teachers of the Year, Grammy Award winners, noted public officials including a state governor, nationally-known cable news personalities, and a space shuttle astronaut. Their success reflects the hard work and determination of Cal State Northridge's diverse student body and the commitment of the University's faculty and staff to help students fulfill their goals and dreams.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1958
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $58,459,860


When applying to California State University--Northridge, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at California State University--Northridge is $55. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.2%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Northridge is 26:1, and the school has 11.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Northridge include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Psychology; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 26:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Social Sciences 15%
Psychology 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 7%

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Student Life

California State University--Northridge has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,119, with a gender distribution of 45.3 percent male students and 54.7 percent female students. California State University--Northridge is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 36,164
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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In-state tuition and fees $6,296 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,716 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,404 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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