California State University-Northridge

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$8,882
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
3.79%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
65.8%
27,765 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
40,381
79% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
54.6%
2,977 Graduates

About

California State University-Northridge is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California State University-Northridge were General Psychology (804 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (740 degrees), and Sociology (531 degrees).

In 2020, 10,877 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California State University-Northridge. 59.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (4,717 degrees), 1.81 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2606 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Northridge is $5,742, which is $−16,788 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Northridge is $5,742, which is $−16,788 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,882.

In 2020, 75% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 27% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at California State University-Northridge was $5,742. The cost of tuition at California State University-Northridge is $−16,788 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$8,882
2020 Value
2.16%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 California State University-Northridge had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,882. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of California State University-Northridge grew by 2.16%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,758
Room and Board
$2,058
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-Northridge was of $13,758 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,058. The cost of room and board increased by 4.74% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.8% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

75%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
27%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

75% of undergraduate students at California State University-Northridge received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 2.74% with respect to 2019, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.79%
2018 Default Rate
250
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at California State University-Northridge was 3.79%, which represents 250 out of the 6601 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

California State University-Northridge received 27,765 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 9.45% annual decline. Out of those 27,765 applicants, 18,271 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 65.8% acceptance rate.

There were 40,381 students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in 2020, and 95% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California State University-Northridge has an overall enrollment yield of 22%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

65.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
18,271
Accepted Out of 27,765

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California State University-Northridge was 65.8% (18,271 admissions from 27,765 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 59.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −9.45%, while admissions grew by 0.423%.

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SAT Scores

95%
Submission Percentage
3,821
Scores Submitted

95% of enrolled first-time students at California State University-Northridge in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California State University-Northridge has a total enrollment of 40,381 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Northridge is 31,893 students and the part-time enrollment is 8,488. This means that 79% of students enrolled at California State University-Northridge are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California State University-Northridge, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.1% Hispanic or Latino, 21.6% White, 8.9% Asian, 4.53% Black or African American, 2.86% Two or More Races, 0.131% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0867% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (32.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (21.7%) and White Female (10.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (27.8%), followed by White Female (20.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (11.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California State University-Northridge, both undergraduate and graduate, is 40,381 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Northridge is 31,893 and the part-time enrollment is 8,488. This means that 79% of students enrolled at California State University-Northridge are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California State University-Northridge was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), California State University-Northridge had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    20,221
  2. White
    8,713
  3. Asian
    3,592

The enrolled student population at California State University-Northridge is 50.1% Hispanic or Latino, 21.6% White, 8.9% Asian, 4.53% Black or African American, 2.86% Two or More Races, 0.131% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0867% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2,296 students (5.69%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 2023 more women than men received degrees from California State University-Northridge. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at California State University-Northridge is hispanic or latino (4,717 degrees awarded). There were 1.81 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2606 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California State University-Northridge is General Psychology (804 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (740 degrees) and Sociology (531 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at California State University-Northridge, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (286 degrees awarded), Communications (922 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (461 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Other managers (419,769 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (382,511 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (262,221 people), Postsecondary teachers (187,105 people), and Chief executives & legislators (179,134 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Cultural & Gender Studies (286 degrees awarded), Communications (922 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (461 degrees), Social Sciences (984 degrees), and Psychology (849 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Cultural & Gender Studies (286 degrees awarded), Communications (922 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (461 degrees), Social Sciences (984 degrees), and Psychology (849 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Elementary & secondary schools (766,649 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (509,373 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (341,055 people), Legal services (318,959 people), and Computer Systems Design (297,517 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Cultural & Gender Studies (286 degrees awarded), Communications (922 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (461 degrees), Social Sciences (984 degrees), and Psychology (849 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California State University-Northridge.
Most Common
  1. 804 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 740 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 531 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California State University-Northridge was General Psychology with 804 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,427
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
6,450
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 4,427 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Northridge, which is 0.686 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,450).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 397 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Northridge in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.04 times more than the 383 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 613 degrees were awarded to women at California State University-Northridge in General Psychology, which is 2.93 times more than the 209 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%
100% Completion Time
54%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 14% of students graduating from California State University-Northridge completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 54% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 60% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California State University-Northridge is Female and Asian (75.2% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.12% of graduates (93 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    4,717 degrees awarded
  2. White
    2,606 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,121 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California State University-Northridge is hispanic or latino (4,717 degrees awarded). There were 1.81 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2606 degrees).

6.8% of degree recipients (740 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    2,985 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    1,732 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    1,495 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at California State University-Northridge is hispanic or latino female (2,985 degrees awarded). There were 1.72 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (1,732 degrees).

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Operations

California State University-Northridge has an endowment valued at nearly $140M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.72M (5.53%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, California State University-Northridge had a total salary expenditure of $728M. California State University-Northridge employs 384 Professors, 185 Associate professors, and 173 Assistant professors. Most academics at California State University-Northridge are Male Professors (209), Female Professors(175), and Female Associate professors (96).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Northridge are: Business and Financial Operations, with 378 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 314 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 300 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$140M
2020 Endowment
23.1%
growth from 2019

California State University-Northridge has an endowment valued at about $140M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of California State University-Northridge grew 23.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $99.9M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, California State University-Northridge received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$251M
2020 Salaries
2.09%
growth from 2019

In 2020, California State University-Northridge paid a median of $251M in salaries, which represents 34.5% of their overall expenditure ($728M) and a 2.09% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.987% growth from 2018 and a 5.77% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$86.7M
Instructional Salaries
906
Number of Employees

In 2020, California State University-Northridge paid a total of $86.7M to 906 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
384 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
378 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at California State University-Northridge were Professor with 384 employees; Associate professor with 185 employees; and Associate professor with 173 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Northridge were Business and Financial Operations with 378 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 314 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 300 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California State University-Northridge was Male Professor with 209 employees, Female Professor with 175 employees, and Female Associate professor with 96 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at California State University-Northridge.

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