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Colleges / California State University, Northridge

About CSU Northridge

California State University, Northridge is a public, state school in an urban setting in Northridge, California. CSU Northridge was founded in 1958 and now enrolls around 39,707 students a year, including 34,703 undergrads. CSU Northridge offers housing for students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at CSU Northridge! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of CSU Northridge's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? CSU Northridge students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? CSU Northridge has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? CSU Northridge has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at CSU Northridge on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at CSU Northridge on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! November 30, 2022 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by March 1.

2021 CSU Northridge Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 66%
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 95%
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $17,622
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,731

Is CSU Northridge a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a closer look at to get a clearer idea of what CSU Northridge offers and if it could be a good choice for you.

CSU Northridge Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into CSU Northridge. Around 66% of applicants get into CSU Northridge each year. Last year, 27,738 students applied to CSU Northridge and 18,253 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CSU Northridge

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 83% of students who start at CSU Northridge come back for their second year of college. Around 55% of students who started at CSU Northridge earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for CSU Northridge Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Northridge

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. First-year students that attend CSU Northridge full-time are awarded $11,731 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Northridge. Based on this information, how does CSU Northridge sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is CSU Northridge a good school for you?

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Where is California State University, Northridge Located?

CSU Northridge is located in the urban setting of Northridge, California, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

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College Info

18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330

Campus Setting: Urban

CSU Northridge Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Northridge is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Northridge is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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CSU Northridge ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 22

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to CSU Northridge is 19. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into CSU Northridge. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

CSU Northridge SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

440 - 550


Reading SAT Range

460 - 560

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CSU Northridge Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at CSU Northridge is like? There are approximately 39,707 students enrolled at CSU Northridge, including 34,703 undergraduate students and 5,004 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 97% percent are from CA and 3% percent of students are from other states.


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