Are your academic programs competitive?

Yes they are. 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 Cal State Northridge 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.

Cal State Northridge has nine colleges offering 70 baccalaureate degrees, 55 master's programs and 27 teaching credential programs. Many programs rank high in national surveys. For example, The Princeton Review recently included Cal State Northridge's College of Business and Economics in "The Best 301 Business Schools."

Cal State Northridge 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.

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