California State University, Northridge (CSUN or Cal State Northridge) is a leading public university located in the U.S. state of California. It was founded in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College. CSUN is the second largest university in California State System and 4th largest in the State of California.
The university has nine colleges:
- College of Business & Economics
- College of Engineering & Computer Science
- College of Health & Human Development
- College of Humanities
- College of Science & Mathematics
- College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Michael D. Eisner College of Education
- Mike Curb College of Arts, Media & Communication
- Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning
The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the State Board of Education. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The bachelors degree programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Manufacturing Systems Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The BS in Industrial Hygiene is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology.
- Placed in the Tier 3 among the Best Master’s Universities in the West ("America's Best Colleges" 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report).
- 87th in the US News Ranking of Top Speech-Language Pathology Schools (USNWR 2009).
- Rated 5th in the nation, and 1st among California institutions for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (2009).
- 2nd in the nation among more than 550 master's-level colleges and universities in graduating students who went on to earn doctoral degrees (according to data of 1995-2004), according to the National Science Foundation's June 2006 Survey.
- The College of Engineering and Computer Science is placed among the nation's best engineering programs at 39th in the U.S. News and World Report's 2005 "America's Best Colleges".
- The College of Business and Economics is placed in the top tier business school, and ranked 31st among public institutions in the US News 2006 edition.
- Rated 2nd among U.S. master’s level institutions hosting students from foreign countries (Open Doors 2006).
- According to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education 2006 issue, it was placed among the top 100 universities for awarding bachelor's degrees. It was in the top 10 with 2nd nationally for awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics in Hispanic studies; 4th in psychology and home economics; 5th in social services; 6th in social studies, visual and performing arts and communications; 8th in English literature; and 9th in business and marketing.
- Ranked 11th in the nation in Diverse Issues in Higher Education for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to all minority students by colleges and universities (2006 issue). Among bachelor's degree awards for individual ethnic groups, Diverse Issues ranked CSUN as:
- 5th for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students
- 24th for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Asian American students
- 55th for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to American Indian students
- 100th for bachelor's degrees awarded to African Americans students.
- Rated 1st nationally among 529 master's colleges and universities for producing undergraduates who go on to obtain doctoral degrees in science and engineering fields (National Science Foundation 1997).