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California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA

About This Campus

California State University Northridge is situated in the heart of the west San Fernando Valley which has a population of 1.8 million. The Valley is in the northern section of Los Angeles, but is within easy driving distance of the city’s attractions. Moreover, an easy two-hour drive provides opportunities for visit to mountain ski areas, beaches, hiking trails, and camping areas, as well as Disneyland, San Diego and Santa Barbara. CSUN is a 350-acre campus with a population of nearly 40,000 students and over 2,000 Faculty. It is one of the largest schools in the California State University System and consists of eight colleges - Arts Media and Communications, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Human Development, Humanities, Science and Mathematics and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Location Information

Northridge is located in the San Fernando Valley. It is about 20 miles from the beach at Santa Monica and 14 miles from Hollywood. There is a wide variety of entertainment to suit everyone. Public transportation is not always the most reliable, so students are advised to bring their own car where feasible.

Helpful Information

Course flexibility is the key to success at CSUN! It is recommended that students pre-approve more courses than they plan on taking while at CSUN. Some CSUN courses may have specific prerequisites, so students should be prepared to submit official transcripts to the CSUN NSE coordinator and may need to submit further documentation, such as course syllabi, to show prerequisites are met. Please note that enrollment in courses is not guaranteed even if the prerequisite is met at the home campus.

Chance of Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good
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and choosing back-up options.

Fast Facts

Location | Northridge
Population | 61,993
Enrollment | 39,816
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/25-12/18
Spring | 01/22-05/17

Campus Diversity

White | 23%
Black | 5%
Hispanic/Latino | 46%
Asian | 11%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 10%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Business, Cinema and Television Arts (Film), Education, Nursing and Physical Therapy

Music, Kinesiology, Biology, Communication Studies, Health Administration, Public Health, Radiologic Sciences and Psychology

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: African Studies, Afro-American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Interior Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Movement Studies, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Science/Services

Criminal Justice: Criminology

Education: Child Development

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature

Environmental Studies: Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Studies

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), Classical Languages, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (some courses), Spanish

General Studies: Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Urban Planning

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Environmental Health, Exercise Science, Health Science, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health, Radiologic Science

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, Music/Jazz Studies, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Recreation Management

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Science, Social Welfare, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies



Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, N/A computer or 61 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 05/30/18.
  • Estimated cost: $3444.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 16
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/30/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $55 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card $5.00 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $198 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001153

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/30/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 6% living on campus
  • Double: $5561 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $1000
  • Proximity to campus: 1-2 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Fall and All Year students are required to sign a full year contract. Fall students will be notified by Housing on how to cancel their contract before returning to their home campus. Spring students apply for on-campus housing in the fall semester-NSE coordinator will notify them when the application has opened. How To Apply For On-Campus Housing (note: you can only apply after you have received your CSUN username and password) Go to CSUN's housing website at www.csun.edu/housing to apply online. Applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited, and fills up fast, so you are encouraged to apply early. For questions about housing, please contact the Student Housing Office at 818-677-2160. Off-campus housing price does not include utilities.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $2192 declining balance plan.
  • $1984 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal Plan descriptions can be found here: http://www.csun.edu/csundining/mealplan-descriptions Meal Plan Rates can be found here: http://www.csun.edu/csundining/mp-rates

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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