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California State University – Northridge

Address: 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330, United States

Description California State University – Northridge

  • Location: Northridge, CA
  • Year of foundation: 1958
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: more than 38 000
  • Type of training: mixed.

California State University – Northridge (CSUN) – was originally founded as an auxiliary campus of the Valley of the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1958, CSUN became an independent educational institution – San Fernando Valley College with portable classrooms on former agricultural land. In 1972, the college was transformed into the current CSUN. In 1969-1970, there were several mass anti-war demonstrations, for various reasons, leading to campus closures, police riots, clashes, hundreds of arrests. Despite the riots, the university continued to grow and develop.

Today, about 38,000 students from different countries study here, disciplines are taught by the teaching staff (about 2,000 people). The university annually graduates more than 11,000 students, who further lead a variety of industries: technology, entertainment, business, education, healthcare.

CSUN is divided into nine colleges:

  • Mike Kerb Arts, Media and Communications
  • Humanities
  • Natural science, mathematics
  • Social, behavioral sciences
  • Business, Economics named after David Nazaryan
  • Michael D. Eisner College of Education
  • Engineering, Computer Science
  • Health, human development
  • Advanced training by Roland Tseng.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in California State University – Northridge

Program name


  • Age – from 18 years (completed secondary education)
  • The term of training is 4 years.

Departments of training:

  • Department of Cinema, Television Art
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Design, art, technology
  • Enterprise
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Primary education
  • Special education
  • Criminology, Justice Studies
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Urban research, planning
  • Geography, environmental studies.
from 3 588 $ / semester


  • Age – from 22 years (completed bachelor's degree)
  • The term of training is from 1 year.

Some programs:

  • Public administration
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Modern classical languages, literature
  • Biology
  • Chemistry, biochemistry
  • Geological sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics, astronomy
  • Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Informatics
  • Civil engineering
  • Engineering of production systems.
from 5 119 $ / semester


  • Age – Masters
  • The term of training is from 2 years.

Some specializations:

  • Leadership in Education
  • Audiology
  • Physiotherapy.

Accommodation, housing and food

The university offers several dormitories with the indicated price for the year of residence.

University Park provides ordinary and luxury apartments:

  • Double apartment – 9074$
  • Double apartment with kitchen – 7316$
  • Double suite – 7050$
  • Single apartment – 15 431$
  • Single apartment with kitchen – 12 449$.

Summer accommodation in University Park:

  • Double room with kitchen – 2702$ for 12 weeks, 1376$ for 6 weeks.

Family Housing Village Apartments is a family residential complex with single and double apartments in the northern part of the campus. The building has a laundry, postal services, a large lounge available for events. Next to the hostel there is an outdoor swimming pool and a modern playground.

  • 1 bedroom – 14 940$ per year
  • 2 bedrooms – 19 620$ per year.


  • Guarantee fee - $ 500, the amount of fines (loss of keys, damage to property, etc.) - from $ 30
  • No furniture
  • All apartments have direct access (entrance)
  • Kitchens are equipped with refrigerator, stove, garbage chute
  • The ground floor apartments have patios and the top-floor apartments have terraces.
  • It is possible to accommodate people with disabilities.

Together with housing, students can arrange any of the types of meal plans with payment for the entire academic year:

  • Full access to unlimited meals + 600$ MataCash: 4506$
  • 12 lunches per week + 700$ MataCash: 4186$
  • 10 meals per week + 700$ MataCash: 3970$
  • 200 lunches per year + 500$ MataCash: 2562$.

Types of MataStyle meals for off-campus residents:

  • 10 courses + 390$ MataCash: 500$
  • 20 courses + 280$ MataCash: 500$
  • 30 courses + 170$ MataCash: 500$.

The meal plan is drawn up from August to May.

Items marked with icons are included in gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, balanced diets.

Events California State University – Northridge

Options to actively spend extracurricular time in CSUN:

  • Hiking with CSUN Outdoor Adventures
  • Equipment rental: mountaineering, tents and sleeping bags, shoes, backpacks, etc.
  • Membership in the university committee (with good academic data)
  • Virtual events: "Earth Fair", "Sol Fest", Colorful Conversations, etc.
  • Sports clubs: archery, dancing, team sports, mountaineering, e-sports, water polo, etc.
  • Thematic exhibitions: "100 years of women's participation in civil and public life", "Jack Kirby: 100 years", "Sources of information: studying the basics of primary and archival research", etc.
  • Group fitness classes
  • Student associations of various directions: Alliance of Women in Entertainment, American Marketing Association, Association of Medical Women, League of Animation Students, Art Education Club, etc.
  • Volunteering.


  • Academic national, regional rankings Forbes, US News & World Report, The WSJ
  • Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • Best Engineering Undergraduate Programs
  • Ranked 29th among the top 750 colleges of 2020-2021
  • One of the best film schools and music schools in the United States
  • 3rd in the country and 1st in California in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Latinos.

Equipment California State University – Northridge

The CSUN University Library provides students and faculty with educational, cultural, and information services and resources. The teaching materials are housed in the University Library, a modern building of 234,712 square feet.

Also on the territory are located:

  • Student Health Center
  • Center for Asian-American Activities
  • Art Gallery
  • Adaptive Water Therapy Hall
  • Donald Bianchi Planetarium
  • Theatre on campus
  • Children's Center
  • Fitness Centers
  • Water pool
  • Outdoor gym
  • Marilyn Magaram Center – Food Sciences, Dietetics, Nutrition
  • Treadmills
  • Interuniversity Athletics Center
  • Residential buildings
  • bookshop
  • radio station
  • Shop, repair center of bicycles
  • parking
  • Many educational buildings with lectures, laboratories of practice.

The CSUN Children's Center accepts children aged 18 months to 5 years for the duration of their student parents' classes.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Important dates in the school year:

  • Autumn semester: August-end of December
  • Final autumn exams: December 14-20
  • Spring semester: January-end of May
  • Final Spring Exams: May 14-20
  • Summer session: June-August.

Holidays are held on national, calendar international holidays during the year: Labor Day, New Year, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, etc.

Additional expenses during the year of study:

  • Books, consumables – from $ 1000
  • Accommodation, meals – from 11 000$
  • Transport – from 1300$
  • Parking for car
  • Activities
  • Personal expenses (mobile communication, clothes, rest, etc.) – from 2500 $
  • Student Associations
  • Medical care
  • Registration, regular annual fees.

Additional costs start from $ 15,000.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

For future freshmen of undergraduate programs, the requirements are as follows:

  • Certificate of secondary education
  • Completed preparatory courses at the college of the university with a grade of C- or higher: English (4 years), mathematics (3 years), social sciences/history (2 years), science (2 years), foreign language (2 years), visual/performing arts (1 year), elective course (1 year)
  • Qualifying score from 2.65
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Social Security Number, Citizenship Status
  • Paid registration fee = $70.

Application dates:

  • Autumn: October 1-December 15
  • Spring: August 1-31.

For foreign applicants, you will need an additional certificate of knowledge of the English language:

  • TOEFL (61 Internet options, from 500 paper)
  • Cambridge C1 (from 172)
  • DET (95)
  • IELTS (from 6.0)
  • PTE (from 50)
  • iTEP (from 3.8).

Application dates:

  • Autumn reception: October 1-May 31
  • Spring reception: August 1-October 31.

For applicants entering the magistracy or doctoral studies:

  • Diploma of completion of a four-year bachelor's degree
  • Good academic performance
  • GPA = minimum 2.5 points
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Health certificate
  • Minimum 1 year of work experience.

Application dates:

  • Autumn: from October 1
  • Spring: August 1.

Scholarships California State University – Northridge

Financial assistance is provided to students in need. The student should submit academic documents and income certificates to the financial department of the university.

Grants for training:

  • Federal: Pella grant, additional education, grant of Iraq and Afghanistan, etc.
  • State: Cal Grant A and B, California Chaphy Grant, Child Development Pay, California National Guard Education Support Program, etc.
  • California State University: SUG for undergraduate, EOP for low-income students
  • MataCare for emergency care.


  • Federal direct
  • Federal PLUS – for parents of dependents
  • Loans for private education
  • California Dream
  • Emergency loans are emergency loans.

On-campus scholarships:

  • GE Honors Rising Scholar Award – from $5,000 for freshmen with academic achievement
  • Matador Scholarship Program – from $ 2500 to $ 8000 for financial needs and academic success
  • Outstanding Veteran Graduate Award – $1,000 for students who have demonstrated achievement, strength of character, commitment to service
  • Presidential scholarship for bachelors with success in training
  • University Scholarship
  • CSUN Dreamer Scholarship – $1200 to $12,000 for motivated students
  • CSUN Foundations, Faculty and College Scholarships – incentives for students who are successful in selected programs.

Off-campus scholarships:

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
  • Governor's Scholarship Program
  • Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award.

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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