California State University, Northridge

With nearly 36,000 students, California State University, Northridge is one of the nation’s largest public universities. Located in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, it is one of 23 campuses in the California State University public university system. Programs are designed to develop academic and professional skills, critical and creative abilities, and ethical values in a technological age. The curriculum focuses on the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.

Programs Offered

Cal State Northridge has nine distinct colleges that offer 64 bachelor’s degrees, 52 master’s degrees, and 55 teaching credential programs. The most popular majors are business and marketing, social sciences, psychology, and communication technologies. Select courses are also available online via distance learning, including master’s programs in public administration, public policy, and social work, and a variety of courses through the school’s Open University.


The public school has been regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1960. The institution also holds specialized accreditation for specific programs form the following associations: the American Physical Therapy Association; the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Education for Public Health; Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology; National Association of Schools of Art and Design; National Association of Schools of Music; National Association of Schools of Theatre; and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


To apply as an undergraduate freshman, prospective students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent — such as a GED certificate — by the end of their first term, obtained a C or higher in each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements as determined by California, submit SAT or ACT scores, and earn a qualifiable eligibility index (a weighted combination of your high school GPA and SAT or ACT score). Prospective graduate students must have earned a bachelor’s degree and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 as an undergraduate, or hold an acceptable post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admissions Contact

California State University, Northridge
Admissions & Record
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-3700

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