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California State University-Northridge&

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$16,632 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
32,913 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
78.3% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
2,536 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at California State University-Northridge is $5,472, which is $1,519 less than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $16,632, which is 303% of the cost for in-state students, and is $1,744 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,574.

In 2016, 69% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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California State University-Northridge received 32,913 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.44% annual decline. Out of those 32,913 applicants, 15,876 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 48.2% acceptance rate.

There were 39,916 students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in 2016, and 91% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California State University-Northridge has an overall enrollment yield of 28.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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California State University-Northridge has a total enrollment of 39,916 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Northridge is 31,253 students and the part-time enrollment is 8,663. This means that 78.3% 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 43.9% Hispanic or Latino, 23.2% White, 10.8% Asian, 4.62% Black or African American, 3.35% Two or More Races, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.11% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (20.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (14.1%) and White Female (7.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (1.19%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (1.12%) and White Male (0.61%).

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In 2016, 1,772 more women than men graduated from California State University-Northridge. The majority of students graduating from California State University-Northridge are Hispanic or Latino. These 3,328 graduates mean that there were 1.17 times more Hispanic or Latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2,854 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at California State University-Northridge is General Psychology with 769 graduates, followed by General Business Administration & Management with 616 graduates and Sociology with 540 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at California State University-Northridge, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Communications, with 960 graduates, followed by Cultural & Gender Studies with 100 graduates and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure with 412 graduates.


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California State University-Northridge has an endowment valued at nearly $89.7M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.14M (2.38%), compared to the 1.44% average return ($414,206 on $28.9M) across all Master's Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, California State University-Northridge had a total expenditure of $516M. Of that $516M, they spent $221M on salaries and $84.4M on benefits.

California State University-Northridge employs 376 Professors, 212 Assistant professors, and 175 Associate professors. Most academics at California State University-Northridge are Male Professors (203), Female Professors (173), and Female Assistant professors (122).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Northridge are: Office and Administrative Support, with 331 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 317 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 274 employees.



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