#24 Best Public Universities in California

California State University Northridge

Northridge, California

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California State University Northridge overview
Location Northridge, California
Online csun.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
California State University Northridge overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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California State University-Northridge (CSUN) is a public institution established in 1958 and located in the suburban setting of Northridge, California, within the San Fernando Valley, approximately 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Spanning over 356 acres, the campus reflects Modernist architectural styles and sustains a varied collection of plant life, contributing to its engaging physical environment. CSUN offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs, notably recognized for its College of Business and Economics, College of Education, and College of Engineering and Computer Science. While the university practices a moderately selective admissions process, it maintains a commitment to accessibility and diversity within its student body. The university accommodates residential students with several on-campus housing options, fostering an integrated academic and social experience. While CSUN is not particularly renowned for its athletics, it competes at the NCAA Division I level as the Matadors.

In the most recent statistical year 25,965 prospective students applied, and 23,687 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 4,972 enrolled in the school.  28,897 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 8,682 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $1,327. California State University-Northridge is ranked 900 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












California State University-Northridge is rated within the lower 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
California State University Northridge overview
SAT 900/1110
ACT 16/22
GPA 3.38

Applications Accepted

California State University Northridge overview
Applications Due Nov 30, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition

In State Costs for California State University Northridge
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,518
Other Fees$1,327
Room and Board $11,848
Budget for Other Expenses$3,272
Total One Year Cost$23,707

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for California State University Northridge
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,518
Other Fees$1,327
Room and Board $11,848
Budget for Other Expenses$3,272
Total One Year Cost$35,587

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

46% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California State University Northridge students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 21%
Social Sciences 11%
Psychology 10%
Communication 8%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110608 IPEDS survey data for California State University Northridge.

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