California State University-Northridge.

California State University-Northridge

Northridge, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About California State University-Northridge

California State University, Northridge (CSUN or Cal State Northridge) is a public university in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. With a total enrollment of 38,815 students (as of Fall 2020), it has the largest undergraduate population as well as the second largest total student body of the 23-campus California State University system, making it one of the largest comprehensive universities in the United States in terms of enrollment size. The size of CSUN also has a major impact on the California economy, with an estimated $1.9 billion in economic output generated by CSUN on a yearly basis. As of Fall 2020, the university had 2,023 faculty, of which 805 (or about 40%) were tenured or on the tenure track.California State University, Northridge was founded first as the Valley satellite campus of California State University, Los Angeles. It then became an independent college in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College, with major campus master planning and construction. The university adopted its current name of California State University, Northridge in 1972. The 1994 Northridge earthquake caused $400 million in damage to the campus, the heaviest damage ever sustained by an American college campus.The university offers 134 different bachelor's degrees and master's degree programs in 70 different fields, as well as four doctoral degrees (two Doctor of Education degrees, a Doctor of Audiology, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy) and 24 teaching credentials. It is classified among "Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs".CSUN is considered to be one of the most diverse universities in the nation and currently has over 350,000 alumni. Additionally, CSUN has been consistently recognized as having one of the best film schools as well as music schools in the U.S. and in the world. It is also home to the National Center on Deafness and the university hosts the annual International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, more commonly known as the CSUN Conference. Its business school, the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, is one of largest business schools in the nation.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 35,620 students
  • 0.11 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at California State University-Northridge

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Journalism, Computer Science, and Mathematics.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

17,391 students out of 30,165 applicants were accepted into California State University-Northridge. They had an average SAT score of 1014. 91% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 24% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at California State University-Northridge was $18,755, while for in-state students it was $6,875. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $23,750.

The average financial aid at California State University-Northridge is $10,257. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $8,498 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at California State University-Northridge

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

70% of undergraduate students at California State University-Northridge received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at California State University-Northridge

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-Northridge was of $10,402 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,948.

Diversity at California State University-Northridge

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017