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.


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Additional Details


total number of students, fall 2023

Top 5 Represented High Schools

  1. Granada Hill Senior High
  2. Birmingham Community Charter
  3. Francis (John H.) Polytechnic
  4. Cleveland (Grover) High
  5. El Camino Real Senior High

Top 3 Most Popular Majors

  1. Psychology
  2. Radio Television Broadcast
  3. Computer Science

Student Population by Gender

  • 125 Nonbinary
  • 19,523 Women
  • 16,720 Men

Average Student Age

23.6 years

Student Population by Ethnicity

  • 55.8% Latino/a
  • 19.7% White
  • 8.9% Asian American/Pacific Islander
  • 5.0% African American
  • 3.1% Multi-ethnic
CSUN President Erika D. Beck

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.

an aerial view of the CSUN campus

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.

two students walking on the CSUN campus

Opportunity for All

Diversity, equity, inclusion and justice is at the core of CSUN's values. CSUN is dedicated to a campus culture where everyone feels valued and engaged.

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