California State University, Northridge is where individuals rise — and take all of L.A. with them. And hundreds of millions of dollars are pumped back into the region’s economy annually. From the Valley, CSUN makes a world of difference radiating throughout our region — and beyond. Rise at one of the best universities in California.

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Number 4

Nationally for
social mobility
of students
and alumni.

Top 5%

Among Best
Online Colleges
and Schools
in California

Top 25

Music Schools
for Composing
for Film and TV
in the World
The Hollywood

Number 1

The National
Center on
Deafness at CSUN
serves more
students who
are deaf than
any mainstream
in the country.

Top 15

Best Online
Graduate Schools

Top 10

College of
Engineering and
Computer Science
recognized by
White House
for success in
graduating women
and minorities
into STEM fields.

Number 3

Performing arts
venue on
a college campus,
the Younes and Soraya
Nazarian Performing
Arts Center

Number 9

Among Top 20
Animation Bachelor’s
Programs of 2021 Animation Career Review

CSUN Students walking in pavilion.

Nearly $3.2 billion
of the earnings by
alumni from CSUN
are attributable
to their degrees.

CSUN Students on their way to class.

in Nation
in awarding
Bachelor's Degrees
to Hispanic Students Hispanic Outlook Magazine

Number 29

Best Public
College in America Money Magazine


Partnerships with
institutions of
higher education
in 16 countries
around the world

Number 6

"Most Transformative
College" in
the Nation
Money Magazine

Eight Consecutive Years

The David Nazarian
College of Business
and Economics
has been recognized
as a “Best
Business School”
by Princeton Review

Top 40

Film Program

36 years

CSUN leads the
world’s largest
conference on
for persons with

number 1

Most affordable
online master's
in taxation

top 25

Most affordable
online masters
in Public health
Healthcare Management
Degree Guide

Top 10

online master's
program in
the nation

40,000 students
11,000 graduates
375,000 alumni
Elevating California

Students walking and biking to class.
Students on the pavillion.

“I’m finding that teachers
coming out of CSUN are
better than those from
other universities.”


Rebecca Mieliwocki
Teacher of the year 2012

Students walking in front of the Oviatt entrance.
Students walking in front of the Oviatt entrance.

“You’re never too old
or too busy to finish
your education.”


Eva Longoria ’13 M.A.
Actress, entrepreneur, activist

A therapist and child in the pool.
Number 2

Most Affordable
Music Therapy
Degree in the nation
Best Value Schools

Top Ranked

One of Top
Adult Degree
Programs for
students 24 and older Abound

Top 5

Best Nursing
Schools in
Greater Los Angeles TopRNtoBSN.com

Top Ranked CSU

"Cool School"
by Sierra Club
for Campus Sustainability


Ranked fitness
and recreation
complex on
on a college campus BestValueSchools.com


Most Diverse
Learning Environment
in the Nation The Wall Street Journal/
Times Higher Education

Number 1

Master's in
Educational Technology
Program in the country Best Value Schools

Number 1

The total number of
CSUN Alumni Donors
Has Risen 152%
during the
last three years


CSUN alumni
awarded with
Pulitzer Prize awards
highest journalism honor

Bill Imada
Bill Imada
Giving Voice to Diverse Communities

Bill Imada, chairman and chief connectivity officer of public relations firm IW Group, helps some of the world’s best-known brands make meaningful connections with multicultural communities, giving a voice to those previously unheard and helping build a more inclusive society. CSUN students reflect the future demographics of California and the United States, building teams that work to ensure that our differences are not only heard, but embraced and celebrated.

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Andrew Anagnost
Andrew Anagnost
Engineering the Future

Inspired by CSUN faculty, alumnus Andrew Anagnost now leads Autodesk, the design and engineering software giant, as the company provides the technology to design roads, bridges, cars, buildings including One World Trade Center, special effects in iconic movies like Avatar and Harry Potter, and graphics in best-selling Call of Duty and Halo video games. His success illustrates how CSUN’s more than 375,000 alumni innovate and provide the spark to realize a new vision for the future.

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Andrea Zoeckler
Andrea Zoeckler
Shattering Glass Ceilings

Alumna Andrea Zoeckler is one of the highest-ranking women in the world of accounting and business, rising to a key leadership position of Epson America, one of the world’s largest electronics companies. Graduates of CSUN study in what the Wall Street Journal calls the nation’s second-most diverse learning environment, preparing to compete with the world's brightest and most ambitious people.

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Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
Agent of Empowerment

Robert D. Taylor is a private equity investor, management consultant and civic-minded volunteer who has devoted his life to empowering both individuals and the businesses they depend on. He has been a difference maker in the community, serving as an instrumental figure in the rebuilding of Los Angeles after the 1992 riots. Using his business acumen and leadership skills, Taylor has created opportunities for diverse entrepreneurs who in turn make their communities better places.

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Michael Grillo
Michael Grillo.
Blockbuster Film Executive

Oscar-nominated producer and executive Michael Grillo has helped create some of the biggest blockbusters in history, including Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, balancing artistry and finances to thrill record-breaking audiences. Located in Hollywood’s backyard, CSUN prepares students like Grillo for rewarding careers throughout the entertainment industry and gives students the tools they need to land their dream roles.

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Michelle Vicary
Michelle Vicary.
Visionary Television Executive

Michelle Vicary is one of the most influential executives in television, responsible for elevating the Hallmark Channel to one of the country's most-watched networks. In an increasingly fragmented media landscape, CSUN alumna Michelle Vicary built a massive, loyal audience captivated by the heartwarming programming found on the Hallmark Channel and the entire Crown Media Family Networks.

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Richard Foos
Richard Foos.
Pop Culture Entrepreneur

CSUN’s dynamic breadth of perspectives opened Richard Foos’ eyes to a world of possibilities, inspiring him to forge a career out of his enthusiasm for beloved music, movies and TV shows. Foos co-founded Rhino Records and Shout! Factory, giving fans of music and pop culture an outlet for their obsessions. Foos is one of nearly 375,000 Matador alumni driving the economy of Los Angeles and beyond — they are entrepreneurs, catalysts for new ideas, and creatives bringing art to life.

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Steve Rabuchin
Steve Rabuchin.
Leading Innovation

Steve Rabuchin and his team innovate on the leading edge of technology with Amazon Alexa, bringing to life the talking computers of futuristic fiction. At CSUN, Rabuchin gained the knowledge and encouragement necessary for his imagination and skills to flourish. Nearly 40,000 CSUN students each year continue to benefit from the programs and extracurricular opportunities devoted to invention and entrepreneurship.

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Linda Lingle
Linda Lingle.
Leadership Incubator

Leaders aren’t born. They’re forged in the crucible of life. They’re mentored and molded. They experience, learn and grow. CSUN opens the door to opportunity to nearly 40,000 students every year and serves as the proving ground where individuals gain knowledge and confidence. Linda Lingle translated her CSUN education into ownership of a community newspaper and then furthered her impact by becoming the first woman to lead the state of Hawaii as governor.

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Rebecca Mieliwocki
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Elevating The Region

Rebecca Mieliwocki—the 2012 National Teacher of the Year—teaches our future leaders that experience is the best teacher. She helps them to become their best selves and prepares these “Can Do Kids” to take on the challenges of the 21st century. Through vibrant, real-life experiences like making movies, creating charities, writing books, designing murals and keeping interactive journals, students leave her classroom with a keen set of communication skills and the ability to take on the world. They realize it’s not so much what you know, but what you do with your knowledge to make the world better that matters most.

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David Nazarian
David Nazarian
Lifting Los Angeles

With 375,000 alumni like visionary entrepreneur David Nazarian, the LAEDC recognized CSUN as the 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. David has spent his career discovering and investing in winners, but he achieved his highest ROI by investing in his alma mater. CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is one of the 10 largest accredited business schools in the nation, helping the business community connect with the wealth of talent found in our region’s diversity.

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Nicole Avant
Nicole Avant
Global Leadership

In 2009, Nicole Avant was appointed to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas, the first African-American woman — and the youngest person — to hold that position. As ambassador, she worked with the Bahamian government to advance impactful initiatives for education, small business development and women’s empowerment. Her communication, collaboration and creativity are prime examples of the leadership qualities that CSUN’s 375,000 alumni use to solve local, national and global issues.

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Shigemi Matsumoto
Shigemi Matsumoto
Lifting Audiences

Music elevates both audience and artist, forming powerful connections and stirring emotions. With a shining soprano voice once described as “polished silver,” Shigemi Matsumoto went out to share her gift with the world. She has performed with national and international opera companies and symphony orchestras, recording with opera’s biggest stars. At CSUN, she gained the experience she needed to hone her talent and make hearts soar.

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Donald Petrie
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CSUN Stars in Hollywood

Acclaimed Hollywood film director Donald Petrie ’76 has worked with everyone from Julia Roberts to Brad Pitt to Sandra Bullock. He’s best known for such films as Grumpy Old Men, Miss Congeniality, Mystic Pizza and a host of other favorites. Petrie’s unyielding commitment to always learning and never accepting “good enough” as good enough — traits he learned as a student at CSUN — created the opportunity to see his vision realized on film. Now, he’s not only elevating Hollywood, he’s elevating Hollywood’s future filmmakers by teaching two classes at his alma mater this spring.

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Fred Nigro
Fred Nigro.
Guiding the Stars

Named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful business managers in the industry, Fred Nigro is a partner in the firm Nigro Karlin Segal Feldstein & Bolno. He and his firm have represented larger-than-life entertainers such as Tom Cruise, David Letterman, Nicole Kidman, Steve McQueen, Demi Moore and Fleetwood Mac. With Hollywood in CSUN’s backyard and industry professionals serving the classroom, alumni like Nigro make stars rise and become stars themselves.

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When you invest in us, you invest in us all.

CSUN is a partner, training ground and supplier of the individuals who rise and keep this region thriving. By investing in us, you’re not just donating; you’re becoming a primary stakeholder in the region’s future — providing the base for its peak.


We’re the third-largest university in California. Graduating more than 10,000 prepared professionals a year, adding hundreds of millions back into the region annually. Yet the resources to power this economic engine are no longer a given. So by giving to CSUN you’re not only investing in us — you’re investing in yourself, the region and California. You provide the base for all of us to ascend at one of the best universities in southern California.

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Become a leading maker of economic engines

Our engineers become Boeing’s most powerful engine. Our accounting grads account for billions in the region. And our contacts in Hollywood rise on every set. From global corporations to local businesses, we partner with those ready to impact our region. To be a part of our rise, become a partner with CSUN.

When our students rise, they take Los Angeles with them

This is where more than 375,000 alumni connect and network to put this region to work. With ways to engage with one another, give back and elevate our region, the Alumni Association is where Matadors grab opportunity by the horns and charge ahead at one of the top universities in California.

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