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California State University - Northridge Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about California State University - Northridge. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is California State University - Northridge Ranked?

2021 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 106 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked CSUN as #891 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

CSUN is also ranked #74 out of 116 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSUN?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to California State University - Northridge you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 58%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 at California State University - Northridge is 26 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Northridge

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 80% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California State University - Northridge enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  80 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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Good Overall Diversity at CSUN

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.

CSUN Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for CSUN is 81.50 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.50 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - Northridge Cost?

The overall average net price of CSUN is $8,243. 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 +
$5,767 $6,943 $11,046 $15,292 $17,892

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 3.7%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CSUN make around $45,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for CSUN students since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at California State University - Northridge make the most money.

Location of California State University - Northridge

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

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Location of California State University - Northridge

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, 9,062 received undergraduate degrees and 1,731 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 885 $25,700
Business Administration & Management 684 $38,600
Sociology 539 $30,900
Health & Physical Education 479 $26,300
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 399 $25,700
Marketing 395 $36,900
Finance & Financial Management 365 $37,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 361 $31,000
Communication & Media Studies 354 $32,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 349 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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 20,755 students took at least one online class at California State University - Northridge. This is an increase from the 20,127 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 20,755 1,304
2016-2017 20,127 1,112
2015-2016 17,384 369
2014-2015 16,130 418
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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