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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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CSUN's Impact
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Top 20

impact on upward
social and economic
mobility for students
CollegeNet/Payscale

Top 5%

internationally
for business
program
AACSB International

Top 25

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

Number 1

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

Top 15

Online MPA program
in the country
GraduatePrograms.com

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
BestCollegeReviews.org

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.
Number 7

Top College
for Hispanics
Hispanic Outlook
Magazine

Number 2

nationally in
Pell Grant
dollars awarded
at four-year
public universities

50+

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

Number 11

Online
MSW program
in the country
BestColleges.com

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
Globally
Variety

34 years

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

number 1

Most affordable
online masters
in taxation
College Choice

top 25

Most affordable
online masters
in Public health
Healthcare Management
Degree Guide

40,000 students
11,000 graduates
360,000 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.”

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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.”

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

A therapist and child in the pool.
Number 2

Largest
international
student population
of any U.S. master’s
level institution
Chronicle of
Higher Education

Number 1

Graduates more
teachers than
the entire
UC system
combined

Number 16

Nationally awarded
bachelor's degrees Top Ranked

Top 25

Comprehensive
university in the
nation in number
of grads who go
to earn doctorates
in research
and sciences National Science
Foundation

4th

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

Top Ranked

Recipient of
Champion of
Access Award
from Institute
for Higher
Education Policy

Number 1

CSUN leads
the CSU
system with its
CPA pass rate,
and CSUN graduates
make up one-third
of accounting
professionals in
the Los Angeles
region.

Number 1

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

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 360,000 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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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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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 360,000 alumni use to solve local, national and global issues.

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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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Michael McNally
Photo of Micheal McNally.
Protecting Integrity

CSUN alumni like Michael McNally use cutting-edge technology to develop bold and innovative programs that shape the future. McNally positively impacts billions of people, playing a central role in the rapidly changing world of online communication. His teams of software engineers write algorithms to protect users and defend the integrity of online content, using artificial intelligence to rapidly scan billions of posts to ensure a relevant and meaningful online experience. His work exemplifies the ways CSUN alumni in engineering, computer science and many other high-tech fields develop groundbreaking solutions to elevate California and improve the lives of people around the world

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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.

PROVIDING A BASE FOR ALL TO ASCEND

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 360,000 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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