California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge
Established 1958
Type Public university
Endowment $48.9 million[1]
President Jolene Koester
Academic staff 1,700
Students 36,207
Location Northridge, California, United States
Campus Suburban, 353 acres (143 ha)
Former names San Fernando Valley State College (1958-72)
Colors Red, Black & White               
Mascot Matadors
Affiliations California State University system

California State University, Northridge (also known as CSUN, Cal State Northridge) is a public university in Northridge, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, United States.

CSUN is a campus of the California State University (CSU) system. It was founded first as the Valley satellite campus of Cal State Los Angeles (CSULA) amongst old walnut and citrus groves. It then became an independent college in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College, with major campus master planning and construction. The University adopted its current name of California State University, Northridge in 1972.[2]

CSUN offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor's degrees in 61 fields, master's degrees in 42 fields, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. The university has over 200,000 alumni. It's also home to a summer musical theater/theater program known as TADW (TeenAge Drama Workshop) that leads teenagers through an intensive 6-week training of the fine arts. Cal State Northridge is home to the National Center on Deafness, and each year the university hosts the International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities.




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).[3] Thanks to Valley advocates, state officials decided in favor of a valley campus (originally planned in Baldwin Hills on 1955).[3] In July 1958, the campus separated from the Los Angeles State College and was renamed San Fernando Valley State College with enrollment reaching 2,525 and tuition reaching $29 per semester.[3] In 1959 the College had its first computer (a first among all State Colleges).[3] In 1964, the Sierra Hall building Complex was completed and enrollment reached nearly 12,000.[3] Due to complaints of low minority enrollment, the college decided to boost enrollment of Latinos and Blacks in 1967.[3] In March 1968, Presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy drew a crowd of 12,000 with student demonstrators burning draft cards.[3] Later on in the year, the Black student Union held 30 staff members hostage. Nobody was hurt and the administration agreed to increase minority enrollment and to investigate discrimination complaints.[3] Some of the students involved were prosecuted for false imprisonment.[4]


The college officially names itself California State University - Northridge on June 1972.[3] In 1975, the construction of the CSUN sculpture begins at the southeast corner of campus.[3] By 1977, the enrollment at the University is 28,023 with tuition at $95.[3] On 1981, the campus officially establishes the foreign exchange student program with Japan, China, Ukraine, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, and the Netherlands.[3] On 1988, the campus has 31,575 enrollment with a $342 tuition rate.[3]


In 1990 the campus establishes: the Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition, and Dietetics; the Oviatt building east and west wings are added, and the CSU's only fully established Astronomy department with planetarium.[3]

The 1994 Northridge earthquake, caused $400 million dollars in damage which was the heaviest damage ever experienced by an American college campus at the time[18]. The epicenter of the quake is within two miles of the campus. On that same month, then Vice President Al Gore visited the campus with promises of funds.[3] The campus was heavily damaged by the earthquake, including entire sections of the main library, art building, etc., but classes continued in alternative structures. The art courtyard survived. Among the structures that were considered too heavily damaged for repair were the Fine Arts building, which was designed by Richard Neutra, and the South Library, which was the oldest permanent building on campus. Due to inadequate earthquake engineering, the parking structure next to the Matadome was completely destroyed, and is currently a grass field used for kinesiology instruction, though the driveway formerly used to enter the structure is still visible from Zelzah Avenue. As of August 22, 2007, the University has 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, then President Bill Clinton visited the campus to commemorate the first anniversary since the quake.[3]


In April 1999, the Board of CSU trustees decide to give $27 million dollars to construct post-earthquake projects.[3] The University opens the first Central American Studies program in the nation on May 2000.[3] On Fall 2006, the University had a 34,560 enrollment and a tuition of $1,260. The University on 2007, with clean energy advocates build the new 1 megawatt fuel cell power plant which is the largest of its kind in any University in the world.[3]

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 university’s physical development for the next several decades. The vote approved the revised master plan as well as an increase in the campus’ 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.



  • Mike Curb College of Arts, Media & Communication
  • College of Business & Economics
  • Michael D. Eisner College of Education
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Health & Human Development
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Science & Mathematics
  • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning

Cal State Northridge faculty have been recognized for their high quality. Eight faculty members have been awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships for research and creative activity, while 59 have won Fulbright awards to conduct research or teach abroad.


The university draws its freshmen from the top one-third of California high school graduates. CSUN's admissions program is rated as "less selective" in most major fields, but admissions to "impacted" majors, such as accounting, finance, music, computer science and cinema and television are more selective. For the fall of 2009, the university admitted 14,984 out of 20,657 applicants. The average GPA was 3.13[5] and the average SAT score was 926.[6] Seventy-four percent of incoming freshmen required remediation in either English, or math or both.[7] Nearly eight in 10 CSUN students rate the university's quality of instruction as good or excellent, and the same share say CSUN was their first choice of a university to attend[citation needed].

The Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning is a division within the university aimed at addressing the educational needs of mid career professionals. The college develops and offers study opportunities which are designed to ensure that the individuals, communities and organizations served by the university achieve their lifelong learning goals.

CSUN's Chicana and Chicano Studies Department is the largest in California.[8]


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Recent rankings

Open Doors 2006, an annual report on international educational exchange, records CSUN’s climb from sixth to second place among U.S. master’s level institutions hosting students from foreign countries.[9]

The Department of Music at California State University, Northridge is ranked amongst the top 25 accredited university programs in the nation,[10] boasting an array of options beyond the typical "music major", such as music education, music therapy, music industry, music performance, and jazz studies. In June 2003 the university's acclaimed choral group, the Northridge Singers, took the top prize in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and the title "Choir of the World".[11] In 1991 the Northridge Singers, then under the direction of John Alexander, also won the first prize for chamber chorus in the 1991 Tallinn (Estonia) International Choral Festival.[12]


Locations of interest

  1. The CSUN Botanic Garden is located in the southeast quad (near Zelzah & Nordhoff).[13] It is part of the Biology Department for university curriculum, and also a regionally important demonstration garden and educational resource for the community.[14] It has new focus projects for:
    1. Plants usable for regionally local sustainable landscaping using sustainable gardening techniques
    2. Studying and 'planting' ethnobotany insights and links.[15]
  2. One of the few remaining historic (circa 1920s) orange groves is thriving on southeastern campus quad. The citrus industry was formerly had groves covering much of the San Fernando Valley. The rows of large eucalyptus trees, historic windbreaks for agricultural fields from the late 19th century, are found towering over the perimeters of the campus, surviving planners developing campus expansions with valor.[16]
  3. The Robotics program features a FIRST robot designed by Team 599, the Robot Doctors or RoboDox of nearby Granada Hills High School known as the D.O.C.T.O.R.
  4. The "CSUN Sculpture" was designed by artist John Banks, in 1976 while in the school's Fine Arts Dept. The sculpture was created so that travelers approaching the campus from the east, west, and north streets will see the abstract sculpture at the edge of the historic orange grove on the northwest corner of Nordhoff Street and Zelzah Avenue. It can be read from these directions as the CSUN acronym identifying the university. Being an 'impossible shape,' it's a purely abstract aesthetic form when seen from the campus amongst the orange trees. It's becoming iconic.


Oviatt Library

Oviatt Library in 2009.

The California State University, Northridge's Oviatt Library provides educational, cultural and information services and resources to the students and faculty. Its primary mission is to support and supplement classroom and independent learning; facilitate student and faculty research; and provide students with lifelong skills in identifying, locating, evaluating and synchronizing information.

All library materials are housed in the Delmar T. Oviatt Library, a 234,712-square-foot (21,805.5 m2) state-of-the-art facility. There are over 1,600 seats for in-house study. Of note are the Collaboratory with its 170 multipurpose computer workstations, 3 computer equipped library instruction labs, and 200 computer workstations devoted to library information resources. Specially equipped computer workstations are located throughout the Library for individuals with disabilities, including four assistive technology equipped study rooms for students. During Fall and Spring semesters, the building is open 90 hours a week. The Library maintains its own server and web pages providing access to online electronic information and archives 24 hours a day for students and the public at the Oviatt Library Digital Collections. The library also maintains its own AS/RS (Automatic Storage and Retrieval System).

The Oviatt Library has a physical collection containing 1.3 million volumes, of which over one million are books, and over 245,000 bound periodical volumes.[17] The Library subscribes to 25,000 online journals, 1,779 print journals, 200 online databases and more than 13,000 ebooks. The microform collection contains 3.1 million pieces. There are over 12,500 sound recordings, 10,000 film and video recordings and nearly 60,000 pictures and other graphic materials. The Special Collections & Archives' holdings exceed 4,000 feet (1,200 m) of materials. The library also has a large collection of materials on Human Sexuality—possibly the "second largest private collection on human sexuality" behind the Kinsey Institute.[18] In addition, the Teacher's Curriculum Center provides a circulating collection of curricular materials for education students and local educators.

The Library is heavily used with 8.2 million uses of its web pages annually, an annual gate count of 1.4 million, and over a half a million interactions per year with Library personnel.

Other Collections

Other campus departments and centers with collections:

  • The Aronstam Library, devoted to communication studies research and scholarship for Communication Studies Department undergraduate, graduate, and faculty members
  • The National Center on Deafness Library, housed in Chisolm Hall
  • The Geography Department's Map Library, housed in Sierra Hall


CSUN Parking

  • Lots B1 and B2, B3 parking structure & B5 parking structure, located off of Darby Street.
  • Lot B6, located off Plummer Street, Lot E6 on Halsted Street.
  • Lots G3 and G4, and G3 parking structure, located off Zelzah Street.

Student Semester Permit: $ 180.00 & Daily Permit: $6.00 All lots and structures are open 7 days a week and parking permits are required at all times in all areas of campus. Parking permits must be properly displayed to avoid parking citations. For more info refer to CSUN's Parking page.[19]

CSUN Public Transportation

CSUN is served by

Metro Bus Lines

  • 152 North Hollywood Station via Fallbrook Ave. - Roscoe Blvd (Connection needed at Reseda Bl with Line 240/741)
  • 158 Chatsworth Station – Sherman Oaks via Devonshire St & Woodman Av
  • 166 Chatsworth Station – Sun Valley via Nordhoff St, Osborne St
  • 167 Chatsworth Station - Studio City via Plummer St, Coldwater Canyon Av
  • 168 Chatsworth Station - Pacoima via Lassen St & Paxton St
  • 239 Sylmar Station - Encino via Rinaldi St, Zelzah Av, Lindley St, White Oak Av
  • 240 Northridge - Universal City Station via Reseda Bl, Ventura Bl
  • 353 North Hollywood Station via Roscoe Bl. - Lankershim Bl. Limited (Connection needed at Reseda Bl with Line 240/741)
  • 364 Chatsworth Station – Sun Valley via Nordhoff St, Osborne St Limited
  • 741 Northridge - Tarzana via Reseda Bl Rapid-Limited

Lines 240/741 connects with the Metro Orange Line at Reseda Station. The Metro Orange Line (Warner Center - Van Nuys - North Hollywood) connects with the Metro Red Line (North Hollywood - Hollywood - Downtown Los Angeles) & Santa Clarita Bus Line 757 at North Hollywood Station.

AVTA Bus Line

  • 787 West San Fernando Valley - Lancaster/Palmdale Express.

Route Stops at Plummer St & Reseda Bl.

LADOT Bus Lines

  • DASH Northridge - serves Northridge Metrolink Station, Northridge Fashion Mall, and Reseda Community.
  • 419 Chatsworth - Mission Hills - Downtown Los Angeles via Devonshire St Express

Metrolink/AMTRAK Shuttle

  • CSUN - Northridge Station.

Proposed: CSUN Transit Center

In a presentation to the San Fernando Valley Governance council, CSUN revealed the proposal for a Transportation Center on Vincennes Street between Darby St and Etiwanda Ave. The Transit Center will most likely look like that of North Hollywood Red Line Station. The Center will give access to Metro, LADOT and other bus services. The transit center will also include bicycle parking and a CSUN Tram stop as well.[20]

Metro is already including bus line changes to serve the Transit Center in its June 2010 service changes.[21]

National Center on Deafness

The National Center on Deafness was established in 1978 as a way to serve deaf students at the university. Support services such as sign language interpreters, real-time captioners, and notetakers are coordinated from this center, as well as serving as a location of academic advisement and gathering of deaf students. For the 2008 Fall semster, approximately 200 deaf students are served by the National Center on Deafness.

Film and television shoots

Because of its proximity to Hollywood, the campus has been featured in dozens of films and television shows, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Commander in Chief, Van Wilder, Six Feet Under, The Karate Kid, Battlestar Galactica, The Office, McMillan & Wife, Son in Law, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, The Glass Bottom Boat, Legally Blonde 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, The Nick Cannon Show, Quincy, M.E., Georgia Rule, and Sky High (where the Oviatt Library is prominently featured). Recently, the Barry Levinson directed What Just Happened filmed at the Oviatt Library and featured Robert DeNiro and Sean Penn. The pilot of the remake of the television series "Knight Rider" filmed a car chase on campus, acting as Stanford University. During spring break 2008, the library acted as Starfleet Academy for Star Trek (the 2009 version).[22] The parking lots to the north of the campus were featured in the movie, Superbad.

Groups and organizations

Demographics of student body
African American 9.0%
Asian American 12.7%
White American 29.2%
Hispanic American 30.2%
Native American 0.4%
International 5.4%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 13.1%


  • KCSN radio
  • The Daily Sundial - college newspaper
  • Valley View News- student television station
  • Scene Magazine - student-created magazine
  • Northridge Magazine

CSUN Model United Nations

CSUN at NMUN 2007

The Political Science Department's Model United Nations received first-place honors at the National Model United Nations Conference of 2000, 2007, 2008, and 2010 in New York. The team has also won first place awards in the international conferences in Xian, China (2008) and in Ecuador (2010).


CSUN fields 18 sports at the NCAA Division I level. The university has won 30 NCAA national titles at the Division II level. The mascot for CSUN is the Matador, which was suggested in 1958 by student submissions. The Matador was chosen over the other four finalists, the Apollos, Falcons, Rancheros and Titans. The Matador is said to reflect the region's Hispanic heritage. CSUN fields both men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. CSUN has a men's baseball team, and women's softball, tennis, and water polo teams. Currently, Men's Soccer is the powerhouse of the school, reaching the NCAA 3rd Round in the 2005-2006 season, knocking out Big West Conference rival UC Santa Barbara in the 2nd Round. However, both the men's and women's Track & Field teams won Big West titles in 2007. In 1978, 1979 and 1980, the women's outdoor track and field team won AIAW national championships. CSUN has seen some sports being dropped due to Title IX mandates including football and men's swimming in 2001 and 2010 respectively. Men's Volleyball dominated the last few years, especially in 2010, when they were in the Final Four.

CSUN joined the Big Sky Conference in 1996 and was a member for for five years; it joined the Big West Conference in the summer of 2001. The men's basketball team won the 2001 Big Sky in its final season there. CSUN made the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament during the 2008-09 Basketball season seeded #15 in the Western Region losing to #2 Memphis Tigers in the first round of play.

Student organizations

The University is also home to many fraternal organizations including twelve North-American Interfraternity Conference members such as Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, along with six National Panhellenic Conference members, which includes Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Zeta and Kappa Kappa Gamma. The campus also has seven United Sorority and Fraternity Council members, such as Gamma Zeta Alpha Fraternity and Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, two Armenian Greek Council members, seven National Pan-Hellenic Council members. There are also many political and cultural clubs on campus including Students for Justice in Palestine and MEChA.

Notable alumni and former students

See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Posted November 24, 2005 12:31 PM (2005-11-24). "The Valley Observed: San Fernando Valley history and sense of place". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "CSUN History". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  4. ^ John Chandler, "Professor's Chronicle Takes a Hard Look at History of CSUN," Los Angeles Times (12 December 1993).
  5. ^ "California State University, Northridge Admissions - Northridge, California - Undergraduate Search at". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  6. ^ "CSU | AS | CSRDE - First-Time Full-Time Freshmen 2000-2008". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  7. ^ "CSU | Analytic Studies | Fall 2009 Final Regularly Admitted First-time Freshmen". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  8. ^ largest Chicano Department in the nation
  9. ^ Cal State Northridge:) Rises in Ranks as Hosting~! for International Students. CSUN News Releases. Accessed March 17, 2007.
  10. ^ Department of Music Graduate Program Accessed June 2007
  11. ^ Choir of the World at Llangollen Accessed June 2007
  12. ^ [1] Accessed February 2011
  13. ^ MAP
  14. ^ INTRO
  15. ^ NEW
  16. ^ Oviatt digital archives: "Valley Citrus" access date: 5/30/2019
  17. ^ Collection Statistics
  18. ^ Dave MacNeal, "Porn Connection: A Tale of two stashes," Daily Sundial (4 December 2008).
  19. ^ "Parking, Transportation and Special Events". 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  20. ^ "No Slide Title" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  21. ^ "LA Metro Home". 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  22. ^ Ain't It Cool News Accessed March 2008
  23. ^ Todd Baker (I)
  24. ^ Fred Katz at All About Jazz

External links

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