California State University-Northridge: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about California State University in Northridge. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About California State University

California State University in Northridge (CSUN) is a public university founded in 1958. It is located in the center of the San Fernando Valley, on 356 acres. Life on campus includes a game room, recreation center, student union, dining hall, intramural sports, and 250 different clubs and organizations. The University Police Department provides 24-hour patrol of the campus including housing facilities.

California State University in Northridge is a member of the NCAA. They offer seven men's sports teams and nine women's teams. CSUN's official mascot is The Matador, and the school's colors are white and red.


The university, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, offers 64 undergraduate degree programs, 55 teaching credential programs, two doctorate programs, and 58 master's programs. The student to faculty ratio is 26:1.

There are 9 colleges within the university. These include colleges in business and economics, engineering and computer science, health and human development, humanities, science and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. Other colleges include the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education and the Tseng College for mid-career adults seeking graduate degrees.

10% of the bachelor's degrees awarded in 2010-2011 were in the field of general psychology. Other popular degrees were Business Administration, Management and Operations (8%), Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities (7%), Sociology (7%), and Radio, Television, and Digital Communications (6%).


CSUN operates on a semester basis, with fall semester starting in late August. Initial filing for fall semester is generally October and November of the prior year. All incoming freshman are required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Those wishing to start the fall semester must submit scores no later than around mid-January of that same year. Applying as early as possible may be recommended as incoming freshman spots cane get filled prior to the end of the submission period.

As of 2011 indicated 36,911 students were enrolled at CSUN, including 31,891 undergraduates. Of the nearly 37,000 students, 55% were female and 45% were male. The largest ethnic groups within the student population are Hispanic (36%), White (28%), Asian (11%), and African American/Black (7%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2011-2012, the typical cost to attend CSUN for an in-state undergraduate student without financial aid was $24,885. Nearly half of those costs, $12,234, were for on-campus room and board. Tuition costs were $5,472. Additional fees were $1,021, while books, transportation and other expenses were $6,116.

State of residency and other factors may affect the costs for an individual student. Grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs are available to help reduce costs. In 2010, 71% of new full-time students received some kind of financial aid.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's-research/scholarship**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting 356 Acres*
Student Body 31,893 Undergraduates, 36,911 Total Students**
Schools and Programs 9 Schools, 179 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 26 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010/2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (658)
Master's: Public Administration (305)
PhD: Educational Leadership and Development (8)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 13% in four years
46% in six years
52% in eight years**
Admission Rate 74% in Fall 2010**
Entering Class Size 5,269 in fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 75% (full-time students)
45% (part-time students)
Application Due Date Applications for fall semester accepted October 1 - November 30*
Tuition (2011-12) $6,488 for CA residents and $17,648 for non-residents (including fees but not room and board, books or course materials)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (55%), Pell grants (55%), other federal grants (53%), state and local grants/scholarships (40%), institutional grants/scholarships (51%), federal loans (37%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 71%**

Sources: *University of California, Northridge, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education.

School Contact Information

  • Mailing Address: California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
  • Phone: (818) 677-3700
  • Website:

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