A History of Forging Futures
Upon the ancestral land of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, CSUN’s history begins in fall 1956 as the San Fernando Valley campus of the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences. Soon afterward, the California Legislature passed an assembly bill, which decreed that the campus would separate from its parent college on July 1, 1958—the founding date of the present university. The college was renamed San Fernando Valley State College.
By the dawn of the 1970s, San Fernando Valley State College had established a solid foundation and began honing an identity that would be recognized both regionally and nationally. On June 1, 1972, by action of the Legislature and the Board of Trustees of the California State University, the college was renamed California State University, Northridge, known affectionately and for evermore as CSUN.
Today, CSUN attracts students determined to create thriving careers, purposeful lives and to build a brighter and more equitable future for all.
By the Numbers
From diversity, equity, inclusion and justice to putting thousands of graduates out into the workforce each year, CSUN leads the pack among some of the best and most respected colleges and universities in the country. This is who we are.
of students are first-generation college students
master's degree programs
total number of students, fall 2021
Top 5 Represented High Schools
- Granada Hill Senior High
- Birmingham Community Charter
- Francis (John H.) Polytechnic
- Cleveland (Grover) High
- El Camino Real Senior High
Top 3 Most Popular Majors
- Radio Television Broadcast
- Criminal Justice
Student Population by Gender
- 59 Nonbinary
- 21,537 Women
- 16,055 Men
Average Student Age
Student Population by Ethnicity
- 55.2% Latino/a
- 21.5% White
- 9.3% Asian American/Pacific Islander
- 4.6% African American
- 3% Multi-ethnic
Meet Our Leadership
Leading a dedicated and compassionate team of higher education professionals, CSUN President, Dr. Erika D. Beck is a champion for the power of education to improve lives, transform communities and advance social mobility. She and the entire leadership team are tenaciously committed to providing students with the guidance and resources they need to turn dreams into dream jobs, and long successful careers.
Picture Yourself Here
From the heart of the San Fernando Valley, CSUN's beautiful and expansive 353-acre campus and top-notch facilities attract students from all over Southern California and around the world.
We're glad you're here. And we encourage you to explore even more to learn what makes CSUN so special.