California State University, Northridge: Narrative Description

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18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
Tel: (818)677-1200
Admissions: (818)677-3700
Fax: (818)677-3766
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1958. Setting: 353-acre urban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $25.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $66,989. Total enrollment: 31,448. Faculty: 1,746 (841 full-time, 905 part-time). 10,600 applied, 83% were admitted. Full-time: 18,321 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 6,141 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 7 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 26% Hispanic, 8% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 14% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the California State University System, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action. Required: high school transcript. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 11/30, 8/30 for early action. Notification: continuous, 9/30 for early action. Preference given to state residents for business administration, engineering, computer science, economics programs.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,848 full-time, $339 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2778 full-time, $900 per term part-time. College room and board: $8216. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities; 6% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. Option: coed housing available. Oviatt Library with 1.2 million books, 3 million microform titles, 2,754 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $7.1 million.

Community Environment:

Located north of Los Angeles and part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Climate is mild; all modes of transportation available in the Los Angeles area. The community facilities include churches, library, hospitals and all the service organizations are represented. Part-time employment available in this center for electronic and space research and development; about three-quarters of the students work. Northridge enjoys the cultural and recreational advantages of Los Angeles and is 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean and near the mountain areas for winter sports.

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