California State University Northridge

California State University Northridge

California State University, Northridge, also known as CSUN, was founded in 1958 under the name San Fernando Valley State College. It attained university status in 1972, and in the same year, adopted its current name. CSUN offers more than 60 bachelor's degree programs and over 40 master's degrees. The current enrollment figures of CSUN are over 30,000. Courses are taught in 9 colleges:

  • Mike Curb College of Arts, Media & Communication
  • College of Business & Economics
  • Michael D. Eisner College of Education
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Health & Human Development
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Science & Mathematics
  • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning

CSUN ranks among America's Best Colleges, and the sports teams are referred to as the Matadors. There are over 18 sports teams including the basketball, golf, soccer, cross country, swimming, track and field, baseball and volleyball teams.

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California State University-Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge , CA 91330
General Phone: (818) 677-1200

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Cal State Northridge Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,202Latin American studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Asian-American studies, women's studies, history, foreign language and literature, linguistics, French language, ...
Business and Management1,493knowledge management, marketing, business management, accounting, finance
Education and Teaching967education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, early childhood education
Therapy and Counseling723psychology, communication disorders, genetic counseling, physical therapy
Media551communication studies, journalism, radio and television
Family and Social Work453family and consumer science, public administration, social work
Engineering296engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management
Science293biology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, geology, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy255parks and recreation studies, health and physical education
Art Studies252art studies
Computer Science and Engineering181information technology, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering
Music130music, music performance
Medical Support and Technology114health service and sciences
Medical Administration57health care administration, environmental health
Drama and Performing Arts54drama, playwriting and screenwriting
Religion and Philosophy46philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Medicine24public health
Nursing and Emergency Medicine21registered nursing
Engineering Technician7construction engineering tech
Fine Arts2fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Cal State Northridge in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree6,61959
Master's degree1,54347

Cal State Northridge Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cal State Northridge had a total enrollment of 35,446 students (28,284 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 32%
Black 8%
Hispanic 27%
Asian 12%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 19%
20-21 19%
22-24 28%
25-29 17%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Cal State Northridge Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 49 %

Cal State Northridge Room and Board (2007)

Cal State Northridge offers campus housing for 2,436 of its 28,284 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Los Angeles, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cal State Northridge Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal410520
SAT Math410540
ACT Verbal1521
ACT Math1621
ACT Composite1621

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT75%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT17%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cal State Northridge Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,696
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,872
Room and board $ 10,152
Room charge $ 5,684
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,075
Books and supplies $ 1,564
Other expenses $ 3,920

Financial Aid:
Cal State Northridge participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 115300)

Cal State Northridge Faculty

Cal State Northridge has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track116104
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5368

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year36$116,79217$114,798
Associate professorcalendar year7$92,7814$90,888
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year1*6$65,048
All faculty totalcalendar year44$112,30728$99,658

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year149$94,535100$92,187
Associate professoracademic year116$76,953102$73,628
Assistant professoracademic year101$68,46692$64,732
Lectureracademic year50$60,54358$56,421
All faculty totalacademic year416$79,218352$73,740

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cal State Northridge Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big West Conference
Baseball Big West Conference
Track Big West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports60113173

Cal State Northridge Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Knowledge Management
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Special Education and Teaching, General

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Asian-American Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Genetic Counseling/Counselor
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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