California State University-Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, California 91330
Northridge, California 91330
(818) 677-3700
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

California State University, Northridge has been serving the students of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley since 1958. Today, it is home to more than 35,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff. It is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 75 regional universities in the west and among the top 25 public schools. The university’s graduate programs for physical therapy, public affairs, social work, and speech-language pathology are also ranked by the publication as are its online engineering programs, which are recognized for student engagement and accreditation as well as student services and technology.

Programs Offered

< p>CSUN is made up of nine colleges that offer 64 bachelor’s degree programs, 58 master’s degree programs, and two professional doctorate degree programs. In addition, CSUN offers 55 teaching credential programs for those who are interested in the field of education. CSUN provides many of its online learning opportunities through Tseng College including graduate degree programs and certificate programs in areas like communications, human services, public policy, social work, speech pathology, and hospitality. Online university courses are also available through the Open University program, which allows academic-credit classes to be taken through California State University, Northridge to be taken by those who have neither formally applied nor been admitted to the university.


Since 1960, California State University, Northridge has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. In addition, some of CSU’s programs hold specialized accreditation, which can be viewed on College Navigator.


CSUN has a Nov. 30 application deadline for freshman and transfer students applying for admission the following fall. To be eligible for admission, first-time freshman must have the GPA and ACT/SAT scores necessary to earn a qualifiable eligibility index as determined by the CSU Statewide Eligibility Index and have completed college preparatory subjects with a grade of “C” or higher. In addition to the admission requirements for first-time freshman, transfer students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in all transferable courses, complete the required CSU General Education courses with a “C” or higher, and be in good standing at the last university attended. Those hoping to be admitted into graduate programs at CSUN must meet one of the following requirements: hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree earned from an accredited college or university in which they earned a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate units or the last 60 semester units attempted at all postsecondary schools attended, or hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.


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