California State University-Northridge

18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330

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California State University, Northridge is a public university located in Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley that was established in 1958. Formerly San Fernando Valley State College, this school originated as the first satellite campus of California State University. In 1972, the University changed its name to the current name, California State University, Northridge. CSUN has nine colleges, combined offering over 60 undergraduate degrees, 42 graduate degrees, several education degrees, and a DPT degree.

In 1978, CSUN created the National Center on Deafness in order to serve students who are deaf. Services offered include sign language interpreters, real-time captioners, academic advisors, and note takers.

In 1981, the campus officially announced its foreign exchange student program with Japan, China, Ukraine, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, and the Netherlands.

In 1994, the campus experienced the Northridge earthquake, causing $400 million in damages, which was the heaviest damage experienced by any American college campus at the time. In 1999, the Board of CSU trustees gave $27 million to construct projects to fix some of these bigger, more expensive damages.

CSUN’s admission program isn’t seen as being very selective but most students are in the top third of their high school class and earn a GPA of at least 3.0. Around 75% of students who apply at CSUN will be admitted. Applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendation or an application essay, and extracurricular involvement is not part of the standard application. Applications costs $55 and are due by November 30 of each year.

Over 200,000 alumni are from CSUN and currently 36,911 students attend the school. On average, 45% of these students are male while 55% are female. Approximately 80% of students are studying full-time. In-state tuition costs $6,488 and out-of-state tuition costs $17,650. If students choose to live on campus, room and board equals $12,276 for the year. This school operates on a semester calendar. Students who graduate have been very satisfied with CSUN, rating their entire educational experience at the school as 84% and 81% of students would attend CSUN again if they had to start over again.

Northridge attracts a young student body with the average age being 23 years old. Many students attend CSUN through its Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which offers academic opportunities to highly motivated low-income, first-generation college students, further enriching the school's diversity. EOP students receive a modest grant and have access to several transfer and transition programs as well as a Faculty Mentor Program for additional training and resources. There is a rich research program at CSUN, where the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects assists faculty and staff in obtaining funding for research and creative activities, which also benefit and involve the students. The majority of classes have between 20 and 49 students (72.8%) and there are 16 students for even faculty member

In recent years, 71% of students at Cal State Northridge earn financial aid, 60% of financial aid given is from grants, 37% is from loans, and the remaining 3% of financial aid comes from various sources. The average amount received from grants and loans are $10,225 and $4,921, respectively. The four-year graduation rate is low at 14% and the six-year graduation rate is higher at 46%.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), requires the colleges and universities under its jurisdiction to be re-accredited every 10 years. Cal State Northridge was last re-accredited in 2000 and has been preparing for its next review since mid-2006.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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