College Portrait

Parents and Guardians

As the parent or guardian of a student preparing for his or her college journey, you're bound to have a lot of questions. Will my student get a good education? Are there academic and personal services available for my student? And, most importantly, will my student be safe? Select the topics below to find answers.

Campus safety

Safety is a top priority at CSUN. Our Department of Police Services is an accredited law enforcement agency staffed with sworn peace officers with full police powers. Officers patrol our campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are available at any time by calling 911 or stopping by the Police Services Building. All universities — whether in small towns or big cities — experience unwanted crime from time to time, and CSUN is no exception. Parents should encourage their students to become informed, responsible members of the campus community and take advantage of the Department of Police Services' many programs in crime prevention and personal safety. The department's experts will teach your student how to defend himself or herself against an assault and deter identity or property theft.

A student group called the Matador Patrol provides personal security escorts. On our campus, your student is never far from an emergency call box. We have dozens of blue-light emergency phones across campus, as well as TTY call boxes for the deaf and hard of hearing. These devices connect directly with police dispatchers. 

Did you know that your student can get a free vehicle battery jump or assistance with a key lockout simply by calling the police dispatch center at (818) 677-2111 (nonemergency)? Visit the Department of Police Services online to learn more about our commitment to public safety.

Competitive academic programs

California State University, Northridge is a comprehensive, master's-level institution that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC evaluators have praised CSUN as a university that "stands as a model to other public urban institutions of higher education [that] have the mission of establishing a learning-centered institution."

What does it mean to be learning-centered? It means our primary mission is to provide high-quality instruction to each and every student. While our faculty members are engaged in important scholarship, research and creative work, their first priority is the student. Overall, this means that students get more individual attention from faculty and greater opportunities for mentoring. Our commitment to mentoring is so strong that one of our biology professors was recognized by the president of the United States for his outstanding work as a mentor to young people.

CSUN has nine colleges offering more than 60 baccalaureate degrees, 58 master's programs and 24 teaching credential programs. Many programs rank high in national surveys. For example, The Princeton Review has included CSUN's David Nazarian College of Business and Economics in its "The Best 301 Business Schools" list.

CSUN plays an important role in preparing the scientists of tomorrow. The university is one of the nation's top, master's-level producers of students who go on to earn research doctoral degrees. We also are a leading institution in awarding bachelor's degrees to minority students. 

Service learning, community engagement and learning by doing are emphasized at our university. By the time they graduate, many of our students have already tested their newfound knowledge in real-life job settings as interns, community service workers or part-time employees.

Famous alumni

Our graduates are leaders, game changers, innovators and creators. You'll find proud Matadors everywhere — in scientific laboratories, the entertainment world and high-level government posts.

Just a few of our many prominent alumni are former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, Executive Vice President Bruce K. Rosenblum of Warner Bros. Television Group, CBS Studio Center President Michael Klausman, former NASA astronaut Scott J. "Doc" Horowitz, former California Lt. Gov. Mike Curb, KFI radio host Bill Handel, international opera star Carol Vaness, the Honorable S. James Otero, U.S. District Court judge, actors Cheech Marin, Debra Winger and Teri Garr, and musicians Andy Summers of The Police and John Densmore of The Doors.

Visit the Alumni Association to learn more about our alumni and to find out how your student can make a lifelong connection to CSUN.

Student services

Many students need a little extra help from time to time. The Learning Resource Center is the place to go for tutoring, supplemental instruction, test preparation and study strategies. Graduate students and part-time faculty from the English department will help your student with writing projects or writing-based exams. Many individual departments, such as math, chemistry and business, offer their own tutoring and supplemental instruction courses.

At CSUN, we strive to create an inclusive environment in which people of all abilities can achieve their goals. Disability Resources and Educational Services serves students who have a wide range of visible and hidden disabilities. Services and accommodations include alternative testing, note taking, Braille or other alternate media, American Sign Language interpreters, ergonomic chairs and tables for the classroom, and assistive computer technology.

These services are part of the reason CSUN is such a popular choice among students who are deaf and hard of hearing. We offer academic advisement, interpretation, career counseling and tutoring by subject-field experts, all in American Sign Language. Interpretation in American Sign Language is available for classes and on-campus activities and events. Many of these services for deaf students are offered through our National Center on Deafness.

Good health promotes academic success. At the Klotz Student Health Center, students can obtain free and low-cost care for routine or urgent medical matters. The student health center also has dental and optometry clinics, and offers integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage and chiropractic. Smoking cessation tools such as counseling, treatment, quit kits and nicotine replacement therapy products are also available for those who need help adapting to CSUN’s smoke- and tobacco-free policy. For more information about smoking cessation services, visit the Clear the Air website and look for the link Tools for Quitting. 

If your student is struggling with an emotional problem, or need guidance in coping with overwhelming personal issues, licensed professionals at University Counseling Services can help. Services are free and confidential.

Urge your student to stop by the student health center and University Counseling Services to pick up free material on health and wellness issues.

To provide a break from the daily stress of college life, CSUN’s Oasis Wellness Center opens in fall 2015. The Oasis Center offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for rest, relaxation and quiet contemplation, as well as wellness-focused services, including massage, small-group yoga sessions, acupuncture and peer nutrition counseling.