California State University-Northridge

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
4.93% growth from 2016
2017 Average Net Price
$5,958
After Financial Aid
2016 Student Loan
3.79%
Default Rate
2017 Acceptance Rate
57.7%
30,165 Applicants
2017 Enrolled Students
41,319
77.5% Full-Time
2017 Graduation Rate
51.3%
2,647 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 (846 degrees awarded), Sociology (657 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (604 degrees).

In 2017, 10,434 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California State University-Northridge. 58.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (3,931 degrees), 1.36 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2887 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Northridge is $5,742, which is $-14,991 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Northridge is $5,742, which is $-14,991 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $5,958.

In 2017, 70% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 30% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at California State University-Northridge was $5,742. The cost of tuition at California State University-Northridge is $-14,991 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$5,958
2017 Value
9.37%
1 Year Growth

In 2017 California State University-Northridge had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $5,958. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of California State University-Northridge grew by 9.37%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,815
Room and Board
$1,600
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-Northridge was of $10,815 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,600. The cost of room and board increased by 3.21% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 14% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

70%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
30%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

70% of undergraduate students at California State University-Northridge received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.45% with respect to 2016, when 69% 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%
2016 Default Rate
264
Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at California State University-Northridge was 3.79%, which represents 264 out of the 6973 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 30,165 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 8.35% annual decline. Out of those 30,165 applicants, 17,391 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 57.7% acceptance rate.

There were 41,319 students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in 2017, and 91% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California State University-Northridge has an overall enrollment yield of 30.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

57.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2017
17,391
Accepted Out of 30,165

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California State University-Northridge was 57.7% (17,391 admissions from 30,165 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 48.2%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -8.35%, while admissions grew by 9.54%.

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SAT Scores

91%
Submission Percentage
4,777
Scores Submitted

91% of enrolled first-time students at California State University-Northridge in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California State University-Northridge has a total enrollment of 41,319 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Northridge is 32,005 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,314. This means that 77.5% 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 45.3% Hispanic or Latino, 22.5% White, 10.2% Asian, 4.69% Black or African American, 3.32% Two or More Races, 0.114% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0968% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (28.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (20.3%) and White Female (10.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (22.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (21.8%) and White Male (10.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

77.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California State University-Northridge, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41,319 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Northridge is 32,005 and the part-time enrollment is 9,314. This means that 77.5% of students enrolled at California State University-Northridge are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2017 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 80%. 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
    18,716
  2. White
    9,290
  3. Asian
    4,218

The enrolled student population at California State University-Northridge is 45.3% Hispanic or Latino, 22.5% White, 10.2% Asian, 4.69% Black or African American, 3.32% Two or More Races, 0.114% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0968% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 2,297 students (5.56%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 1754 more women than men received degrees from California State University-Northridge. The majority of degree recipients at California State University-Northridge are hispanic or latino (3,931 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2887 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California State University-Northridge is General Psychology (846 degrees awarded), followed by Sociology (657 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (604 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 (250 degrees awarded), Communications (1,051 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (500 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (344,836 people), Other managers (324,031 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (266,087 people), Social workers, all other (230,946 people), and Chief executives & legislators (129,428 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Cultural & Gender Studies (250 degrees awarded), Communications (1,051 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (500 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (563 degrees), and Social Sciences (1,063 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 Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Sales managers, Surgeons, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Cultural & Gender Studies (250 degrees awarded), Communications (1,051 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (500 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (563 degrees), and Social Sciences (1,063 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 (525,306 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (367,319 people), Legal services (288,333 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (257,437 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (223,750 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Cultural & Gender Studies (250 degrees awarded), Communications (1,051 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (500 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (563 degrees), and Social Sciences (1,063 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. 846 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 657 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 604 degree-majorss awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California State University-Northridge was General Psychology with 846 degree-majorss awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men
  1. 4,340
  2. 6,094

In 2017, 4,340 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Northridge, which is 0.712 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,094).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 346 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Northridge in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.15 times more than the 301 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 643 degrees were awarded to women at California State University-Northridge in General Psychology, which is 2.81 times more than the 229 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%
100% Completion Time
50%
150% Completion Time

In 2017, 11% 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, 50% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 57% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (72.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California State University-Northridge is Female and Asian (72.7% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 2.72% of graduates (72 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    3,931 degrees awarded
  2. White
    2,887 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    1,095 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California State University-Northridge is hispanic or latino (3,931 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2887 degrees).

7.85% of degree recipients (819 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    2,482 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,655 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    1,449 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at California State University-Northridge is hispanic or latino female (2,482 degrees awarded). There were 1.5 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,655 degrees).

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Operations

California State University-Northridge has an endowment valued at nearly $96M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.02M (2.11%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, California State University-Northridge had a total salary expenditure of $600M. California State University-Northridge employs 389 Professors, 201 Assistant professors, and 175 Associate professors. Most academics at California State University-Northridge are Male Professors (206), Female Professors(183), and Female Assistant professors (108).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Northridge are: Business and Financial Operations, with 370 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 334 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 292 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$96M
2017 Endowment
11.2%
growth from 2016

California State University-Northridge has an endowment valued at about $96M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of California State University-Northridge grew 11.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $62.9M 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 2017, 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

$230M
2017 Salaries
5.63%
growth from 2016

In 2017, California State University-Northridge paid a median of $230M in salaries, which represents 38.4% of their overall expenditure ($600M) and a 5.63% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.62% decline from 2015 and a 6.17% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$85.4M
Instructional Salaries
945
Number of Employees

In 2017, California State University-Northridge paid a total of $85.4M to 945 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
389 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
370 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at California State University-Northridge were Professor with 389 employees; Assistant professor with 201 employees; and Assistant professor with 175 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Northridge were Business and Financial Operations with 370 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 334 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 292 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California State University-Northridge was Male Professor with 206 employees, Female Professor with 183 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 108 employees.

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

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