California State University Northridge

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School Overview

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is part of the California State University (CSU) system. The city of Northridge is located in the San Fernando Valley, near Los Angeles. Originally part of Cal State Los Angeles, the school became independent in 1958 and adopted its current name in 1972.

CSUN places an emphasis on recruiting high-quality professors. Members of the Northridge faculty are routinely recognized by institutions of higher education. Eight CSUN faculty members have received Guggenheim Fellowships and 59 have won awards from the Fulbright Program.

CSUN offers 134 Bachelor’s degrees, 70 different Master’s degrees and 3 Doctorates, including Education and Physical Therapy. Teaching credentials are available in 24 different fields. Every summer CSUN hosts Teen-Age Drama Workshop (TADW), an intensive 6-week musical theater program that prepares high school students for fine arts programs.

Through the National Center on Deafness, CSUN offers specialized services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Each year the university hosts the International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities.

General Information

Admission Office

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91328-8207

(818) 677-3700

Fax: (818) 677-3766

Contact: Eric Forbes

Director of Admissions and Records
Main Address

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8207

(818) 677-1200

Total undergrads: 30,235

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,625

Degree-seeking undergrads: 30,235

Graduate enrollment: 5,973


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 75%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 73%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,350 $3,696 $4,801 $5,076 +5.73%
Books and Supplies $1,350 $1,564 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,350 $10,152 $10,872 $12,414 +14.18%
Other $3,672 $3,920 $4,138 $3,821 -7.66%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,350 $10,152 $10,872 $12,414 +14.18%
Other $3,672 $3,920 $4,138 $3,821 -7.66%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,722 $19,332 $21,449 $22,931 +6.91%
In-state Off Campus $17,722 $19,332 $21,449 $22,931 +6.91%
In-state with Family $4,700 $5,260 $6,439 $6,696 +3.99%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,816 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,285 54% $17,679,238 $7,737
• Federal grants 1,915 45% $8,801,542 $4,596
• Pell grants 1,914 45% $7,385,492 $3,859
• Other federal grants 1,782 42% $1,416,050 $795
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,484 35% $2,913,874 $1,964
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,897 44% $5,963,822 $3,144
Student loan financial aid 1,247 29% $6,020,924 $4,828
• Federal student loans 1,240 29% $5,559,078 $4,483
• Other student loans 50 1% $461,846 $9,237

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 6524 1702
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 102 12
African-american/black Studies 24
Asian-american Studies 8
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 37 12
Latin American Studies 19
Women’s Studies 14
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 246 30
Biochemistry 22 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 3
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 221 26
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1428 105
Accounting 165
Business Administration and Management 565 72
Finance 415
Knowledge Management 14
Marketing/marketing Management 283
Taxation 19
Communication and Journalism Programs 546 13
Journalism 181
Radio and Television 365
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 13
Computing and Information Sciences 107 12
Computer Science 41 12
Information Technology 66
Education 232 584
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 136
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 232
Education 116
Educational Leadership and Administration 300
Special Education and Teaching 32
Engineering 150 108
Civil Engineering 58
Computer Engineering 8
Computer Software Engineering 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 34 56
Engineering 11 11
Manufacturing Engineering 20
Mechanical Engineering 39 20
Engineering Technology 25 94
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 25
Engineering/industrial Management 94
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 415 62
English Language and Literature 189 45
Rhetoric and Composition 226 17
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 85 12
Foreign Languages and Literatures 14
French Language and Literature 5
Linguistics 21 6
Spanish Language and Literature 45 6
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 142 209
Athletic Training/trainer 16
Communication Sciences and Disorders 33 91
Environmental Health 29 11
Genetic Counseling/counselor 2
Health/health Care Administration/management 27
Physical Therapy/therapist 46
Public Health 32
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 64
History 148 24
History 148 24
Human Services 3 227
Public Administration 3 171
Social Work 56
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 521
Humanities/humanistic Studies 16
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 505
Mathematics and Statistics 43 11
Mathematics 43 11
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 75 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 75 9
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 255 24
Health and Physical Education/fitness 208 10
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 47 14
Physical Sciences 35 15
Chemistry 14 1
Geology and Earth Science 11 5
Physics 10 9
Psychology 597 21
Psychology 597 21
Social Sciences 781 26
Anthropology 45 4
Economics 71
Geography 41 6
Political Science and Government 170 12
Sociology 412 4
Urban Studies/affairs 42
Visual and Performing Arts 384 65
Art/art Studies 233 22
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 44 7
Fine/studio Arts 5
Music Performance 49 16
Music 58 2
Playwriting and Screenwriting 13
Work and Family Studies 204 39
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 204 39
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Crafts/Folk Art/Artisanry B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Banking/Financial Services B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Education of Speech Impaired B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Engineering Mechanics B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
English Literature (British) B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management B
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Community Services B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Business B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Housing Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B
Speech-Language Pathology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California State University-Northridge Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (818) 677-1200
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 39,910
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 51%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 18,155 (45% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,977
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,857
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 86%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,462

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

California State University-Northridge Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California State University-Northridge.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 71
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 22
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 255
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 41
Education 226
Engineering 68
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 121
English Language and Literature/Letters 22
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 42
Health Professions and Related Programs 497
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 112
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 22
Philosophy and Religious Studies 3
Physical Sciences 33
Psychology 12
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 112
Social Sciences 165
Visual and Performing Arts 46
Grand total 127363

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California State University-Northridge and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,977
Out-of-state $18,857
Books and supplies $2,058

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,411
Out-of-state $17,915

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 4,094 86%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,918 82% $10,462
Student loan aid 1,292 27% $5,072

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 25,570 73% $9,398
Federal student loans 9,747 28% $6,404

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California State University-Northridge. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California State University-Northridge students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 30,661 13,463 17,198
Percent admitted 100% 55% 63%
Percent admitted who enrolled 16% 15% 16%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California State University-Northridge Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 39,910
Undergraduate enrollment 34,799
Graduate enrollment 5,111

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California State University-Northridge Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPBG) - Baccalaureate and Graduate level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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