In-state Tuition: $6,296.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,632.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 26:1
SAT / ACT / GPA: / / 3.18
Male/Female Ratio: 46:54
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 52%
California State University, Northridge (also known as CSUN or Cal State Northridge) is a public university in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States in the San Fernando Valley. CSUN is one of the 23 general campuses of the California State University system. Cal State Northridge is the third largest university in California in terms of enrollment, just behind Cal State Fullerton and UCLA.
California State University, Northridge exists to enable students to realize their educational goals. The Universityï¿½s first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. To fulfill this mission, we design programs and activities to help students develop the academic competencies, professional skills, critical and creative abilities, and ethical values of learned persons who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world, and a technological age; we seek to foster a rigorous and contemporary understanding of the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines, and we believe in the following values.
The establishment of CSUN began in 1952 with the proposal of a new satellite campus for Los Angeles State College (now known as California State University, Los Angeles).A Baldwin Hills location was planned in 1955, but San Fernando Valley advocates persuaded state officials to change the location to Northridge. 1958ï¿½1964 In July 1958, the campus separated from the Los Angeles State College and was renamed San Fernando Valley State College (popularly abbreviated to Valley State College, Valley State, or SFVSC), with enrollment reaching 2,525 and tuition reaching $29 per semester.In 1959, it became the first State College to have its own computer.In 1964, this pioneering computer lab was moved into quarters in the newly completed Sierra Hall building complex. In the same year, student enrollment reached nearly 12,000. 1964ï¿½1972 The campus's quiet, moderately conservative and overwhelmingly white suburban setting did not shield it from a share of the noise, strife and social upheavals of the Vietnam War era. As on many college campuses, there were increasingly large antiwar demonstrations and occasional draft card burnings. Due to complaints of low minority representation, the college decided to boost enrollment of Latinos and Blacks in 1967. In March 1968, a presidential primary campaign speech by Robert F. Kennedy drew an orderly crowd of 10,000, but in the wake of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April and Robert Kennedy himself in June, some other events were not so peaceful. Later in 1968, the Black Student Union held 30 staff members hostage. Nobody was hurt and the administration agreed to increase minority enrollment and investigate discrimination complaints.Some of the students involved were prosecuted for false imprisonment. 1972ï¿½1988 The college officially named itself California State University, Northridge in June 1972. In 1975, the construction of the CSUN sculpture began at the southeast corner of campus. By 1977, enrollment at the university was 28,023, with tuition at $95.In 1981, the campus officially established a foreign exchange student program with Japan, China, Ukraine, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil and the Netherlands.In 1988, the campus had an enrollment of 31,575 and a $342 tuition fee. 1988ï¿½1997 In 1990, the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics was established; the Oviatt Library east and west wings were added; and the campus could boast of having the California State University system's only fully established astronomy department with a planetarium. The 1994 Northridge earthquake struck on January 17th and caused $400 million in damage to the campus, the heaviest damage ever sustained by an American college campus. The epicenter was less than two miles (3 km) away on a previously undiscovered blind thrust fault. Later the same month, Vice President Al Gore visited with a promise of funds to help with the reconstruction.Entire sections of the main library, the art building and several other major structures were either physically unusable or too hazardous to occupy, but classes soon continued in alternative locations and hastily erected temporary facilities. The art courtyard survived. Among the structures judged to be so seriously damaged that repair was not a practical option were the Fine Arts building, designed by noted modernist architect Richard Neutra, and the South Library, the oldest permanent building on campus. Due to inadequate earthquake engineering, the parking structure next to the Matadome was completely destroyed. It is currently a grass field used for kinesiology instruction, though the driveway formerly used to enter it is still visible from Zelzah Avenue. As of August 22, 2007, the University had completed the rebuilding project. In the aftermath of the 1994 earthquake, CSUN civil engineering faculty and students enthusiastically took part in the research on earthquake protection of building structures, in particular, in the field of seismic performance, vibration control, and base isolation. On January 17, 1995, President Bill Clinton visited the campus to commemorate the first anniversary of the quake. 1997ï¿½present In April 1999, the Board of CSU trustees decided to give $27 million to construct post-earthquake projects.The University opened the first Central American Studies program in the nation on May 2000.In fall 2006, the University had a 34,560 enrollment and a tuition of $1,260. The University in 2007, with clean energy advocates built the new 1 megawatt fuel cell power plant which was the largest of its kind in any university in the world. California State University trustees on March 15, 2006 voted their unanimous approval of Envision 2035, the Cal State Northridge planning initiative that will help frame the universityï¿½s physical development for the next several decades. The vote approved the revised master plan as well as an increase in the campusï¿½ master plan enrollment capacity from 25,000 to 35,000 full-time equivalent students (FTEs). That growth is equivalent to 1.6 percent annual growth over 30 years. The trustees also certified the final environmental impact report on the plan. Specifically, the plan defines sites for about 1,900,000 square feet (180,000 m2) of future campus academic and support facilities to accommodate the increased FTE enrollment. Near-term projects will include a 1,700-seat performing arts center; a 163,000-square-foot (15,100 m2) arts, media and communications complex; a parking structure for nearly 2,000 spaces and a centrally located mass transit hub for students, faculty, staff and community members. It also proposes the development of about 600 on-campus faculty/staff housing units, mostly on the North Campus, and allows for student housing, parking and transportation sufficient to handle enrollment growth while maintaining desirable open space.
Suburban, 353 acres (143 ha)
Paula Abdul: Entertainer; singer, dancer, judges for television series American Idol and The X Factor. (1980) Richard Alarcon: Former California State Senator and Los Angeles City Council member. (1971) Ariane Andrew: Wrestler. (2005) Judy Baca: Artist, civil rights activist (1964) Mark Balderas: Musician, keyboardist and songwriter with the rock band Human Drama. (1982) Gene Baur: President and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary. Jim Berk: CEO, Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman, The Soloist, Good Night & Good Luck) Stephen Bollenbach: Co-Chairman & CEO of Hilton Hotels. (1960) Sherdrick Bonner: Athlete; quarterback for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League (1986) Lyman Bostock: Athlete; star outfielder for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels (1968) Marcus Brady: Athlete; quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (1997) Deanne Bray: Actress (1989) Richard Bullock: United States Marine and CIF Champion Football Coach Joan Chen: Actress, Filmmaker (1979) Morris Chestnut: Film and television actor (1987) Karin Anna Cheung: Actress (1992) Marc Cohen: Radio personality Kevin Corcoran: Actor, entertainment producer-director (1967) Frank Cubillos: Artist, Athlete; forward and attacking midfielder for the Hollywood Kickers of the Western Soccer Alliance Mike Curb: Musician, record company executive, 42nd Lieutenant Governor of California (1962) Jamshid "Jimmy" Delshad: Mayor of Beverly Hills (1958) John Densmore: Musician; former drummer of The Doors (1962) Bobby Diamond: Los Angeles attorney and former film and television actor (1961) Daryl Dragon: Musician, "The Captain" of Captain and Tennille fame (1960) Richard Dreyfuss: Actor (1965) Jenna Elfman: Film and television actress, Dharma and Greg series star. Mike Elizondo: Record producer (Eminem, Alanis Morissette, Pink, Natasha Bedingfield) Robert Englund: Actor best known for his role as Freddy Krueger Christine Essel: Senior Vice President, Paramount Pictures Greg Evans: Cartoonist, artist Pamm Fair: Deputy National Executive Director, SAG Screen Actors Guild,2002-2009 Robert Fick: Athlete; catcher and first baseman for the Washington Nationals Shannon Fill: Actor; played "Ensign Sito Jaxa" in Star Trek: The Next Generation film. James Fortune: Musician; Gospel singer (1996) Sean Franklin: Professional soccer player; defender for Los Angeles Galaxy Teri Garr: Film actress, comedienne, Academy Awards nominee (1962) David Gerrold: Science fiction author and screenwriter Tod Goldberg: Author and journalist Gordon Goodwin: Big band composer, arranger, and saxophonist Alex Goyette: Director, actor, writer, and producer Andy Grammer: Singer (2007) Bill Griffeth, Sue Herera, and Ron Insana: Actors; from the cable TV network CNBC Florence Griffith Joyner: Athlete; Olympic track and field champion Gene Haas: NASCAR team owner, Haas Automation, Inc. president D.J. Hackett: Athlete; wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers Bill Handel: KFI morning talk show host, attorney Alyson Hannigan: Actress (1992) Phil Hartman: Film and television actor, comedian, and producer (1966) Scott Horowitz: Space Shuttle astronaut Helen Hunt: Film and television actress (1981) Ron Insana: CNBC Analyst Kalani: Musician; percussionist Ana Kasparian: Internet personality, co-host of The Young Turks. (2004) Fred Katz, jazz cellist Thom Kaufman: Geneticist and professor (NAS) Adam Kennedy: Athlete; second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers David C. Lane: Author/Professor of Philosophy and Sociology Ralph Larkin: Sociologist Charlotte Laws: Author, Politician and Animal Rights Advocate Lillian Lehman: Film and television actor Minnette Gersh Lenier: teacher who used magic to improve studentsï¿½ learning skills Nicole Linkletter: Cycle 5 America's Next Top Model Winner Olympia LePoint: American author, professional public speaker and award-winning rocket scientist Linda Lingle: Former Governor of Hawaii Kameron Loe: Athlete; pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers (1999) Eva Longoria: Actress Ken Lubas: Photographer, Photojournalist Andy Luckey: Television Producer, Children's Book Author & Illustrator Cheech Marin: Actor, comedian, co-star of Cheech and Chong film and television team Rory Markas: Play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Charles Martin Smith: Actor Paul McCracken: NBA and Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball player Eva Mendes: Actress (1992) Jillian Michaels: Personal Trainer and Biggest Loser coach Mohamed Morsi: 5th President of Egypt Don Hahn: Film producer, film director. Best known for being the producer of Beauty and the Beast (1991 Academy Awardsï¿½Best Picture), The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Esha Momeni: Iran detainee David Mullich: Game designer and producer Wendi Deng Murdoch: Media executive, wife of News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch Kevin Murray: former California State Assemblyman and Senator Robert Newman: Actor, on Guiding Light television series Harry Northup: actor, "Taxi Driver" and "The Silence of the Lambs"; & poet, "Red Snow Fence" Charles Noski: AT&T Corporation CFO Cubby O'Brien: Musician; drummer, original member ("Mouseketeer") of The Mickey Mouse Club (1955ï¿½59) William Paparian: lawyer and former mayor of Pasadena, California Steve Pavlina: Self-development professional Chuck Pfarrer: Screenwriter, Author, former SEAL Team commander Eve Plumb: Actress; "Jan" on the The Brady Bunch television series (1976) Jim Pons: Musician; bass guitarist and singer for The Leaves, The Turtles, and The Mothers of Invention (1961) Daniel Ramos: Graffiti Artist better known as Chaka Rick Rollens: former Secretary, California State Senate, Autism health and research activist Anita Sarkeesian: Blogger, media critic (2002) Kentaro Sato: Musician; Composer Mark Saul: Actor, in All That, Grey's Anatomy, and The Social Network Scott Shaw: Author, actor, filmmaker (1976) Lloyd Sherr: Voice actor Toshiyuki Shimada: Music Director, Conductor and Professor, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Yale School of Music (1977) Paul K. Siegele: President and Chief Technology Officer, Chevron Energy Technology Company Amanda Simpson: Test Pilot, first openly transgender female presidential appointee Willie Sims: Professional soccer player; former forward for New England Revolution Leland Sklar: Musician; Session Bassist Barry Smolin: KPFK radio D.J., Musician, Teacher Phil Snyder: Voice actor -- voice of Disney character, Jiminy Cricket, Professor, University of Houston. Lee Soo-Man: Founder and Chairman of SM Entertainment Barbara Steele: Journalist, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Andy Summers: Musician; guitarist with The Police Serj Tankian: Musician; System of A Down James Taranto: Columnist for the Wall Street Journal Jeri Taylor: Co-creator of Star Trek: Voyager Brian J. Terwilliger: Producer/Director of One Six Right (1994) Jason Thompson: Athlete, first baseman for the Detroit Tigers, California Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates & Montreal Expos Tim Toyama: Playwright, producer C. Richard Tracy: Ecologist and professor Carol Vaness: Opera singer Diane Warren: Musician; Grammy-winning songwriter, music publisher Frank K. Wheaton: Sports agent and personal manager Larry Wilcox: Actor Debra Winger: Film and Stage Actor Alex Yemenidjian: Chairman/CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
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