California State University - Northridge

California State University - Northridge Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is California State University - Northridge Ranked?

2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

California State University - Northridge was awarded 506 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is radiologic technology.

Overall Quality

CSUN is ranked #495 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CSUN held the #891 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 203 colleges in California, CSUN is ranked at #82.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSUN?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at California State University - Northridge is a competitive 58%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to CSUN submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 570. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 460 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 450 to 550 )
CSUN received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Northridge  ( 17 to 22 )

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California State University - Northridge Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At California State University - Northridge, this rate is 27 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Northridge is 44%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  44 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Northridge

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Northridge has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 11% for first-time, full-time students at CSUN, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

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California State University - Northridge Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 34,799 undergraduates at CSUN with 29,320 being full-time and 5,479 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Northridge Cost?

The overall average net price of CSUN is $8,414. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSUN

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,945 $6,883 $10,783 $15,346 $18,261

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSUN, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CSUN, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $5,008 a year. That adds up to $20,032 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSUN is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSUN Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CSUN with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,400 in their early years. That's great news for CSUN students since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of California State University - Northridge

California State University - Northridge is a public institution located in Northridge, California. The location of CSUN is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for CSUN are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: 818-677-1200

California State University - Northridge Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 72 majors graduated from California State University - Northridge. Of these students, 9,262 received undergraduate degrees and 1,600 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 804 $25,700
Business Administration & Management 740 $38,600
Sociology 531 $30,900
Health & Physical Education 443 $26,300
Finance & Financial Management 402 $37,900
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 396 $25,700
Marketing 384 $36,900
Communication & Media Studies 369 $32,200
Public Health 358 $31,600
Teacher Education Grade Specific 352 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Northridge along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CSUN

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 21,755 students took at least one online class at California State University - Northridge. This is an increase from the 20,755 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 21,755 1,506
2017-2018 20,755 1,304
2016-2017 20,127 1,112
2015-2016 17,384 369
2013-2014 9,152 348

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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