Profile: California State University, Northridge

Fast Facts

On Campus:6%
  • Fall 08/26-12/17
  • Spring 01/20-05/18

Tuition & Payments

You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
1:1 EVEN - Host campus accepts students first from campuses that accept its students.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

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Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
1%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
3%Two or more races

Campus Profile

California State University Northridge is situated in the heart of the west San Fernando Valley which has a population of 1.8 million. The Valley is in the northern section of Los Angeles, but is within easy driving distance of the city’s attractions. Moreover, an easy two-hour drive provides opportunities for visit to mountain ski areas, beaches, hiking trails, and camping areas, as well as Disneyland, San Diego and Santa Barbara.

CSUN is a 350-acre campus with a population of nearly 40,000 students and over 2,000 Faculty. It is one of the largest schools in the California State University System and consists of eight colleges - Arts Media and Communications, Business Administration and Economics, Communication Health and Human Development, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Science and Mathematics and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Campus Location - Northridge is located in the San Fernando Valley. It is about 20 miles from the beach at Santa Monica and 14 miles from Hollywood. There is a wide variety of entertainment to suit everyone. Public transportation is not always the most reliable, so students are advised to bring their own car where feasible.

Helpful Information - Course flexibility is the key to success at CSUN! It is recommended that students pre-approve more courses than they plan on taking while at CSUN. Some CSUN courses may have specific prerequisites, so students should be prepared to submit official transcripts to the CSUN NSE coordinator and may need to submit further documentation, such as course syllabi, to show prerequisites are met. Please note that enrollment in courses is not guaranteed even if the prerequisite is met at the home campus.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology

Area Studies: Afro-American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Japanese Studies, Jewish Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Interior Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Athletic Training, Movement Studies, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Journalism, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Science/Services

Criminal Justice: Criminology

Education: Child Development

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature

Environmental Studies: Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), Classical Languages, French, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (some courses), Spanish

General Studies: Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Urban Planning

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Environmental Health, Exercise Science, Health Science, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health, Radiologic Science

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Information Studies: Computer Science

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Mathematics

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Therapy, Music/Jazz Studies, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Recreation Management

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Science, Social Welfare, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies

Closed Programs
Business, Cinema and Television Arts (Film), Education, Nursing and Physical Therapy

Music, Kinesiology, Biology, Communication Studies, Health Administration, Public Health, Radiologic Sciences and Psychology

Special Options
RA Exchange: Yes

Registration Priority GPA and Other Academic Requirements Exchange Preferences Mid-Year Exchange Non-Native English Speakers Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students Summer Exchange International Students (Visa Students)
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 6/14/2017.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee: $55 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee: $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit: $50 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
ID Card: $5 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $189 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

Use FAFSA CODE: 001153

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Fall and All Year students are required to sign a full year contract. Fall students will be notified by Housing on how to cancel their contract before returning to their home campus. Spring students apply for on-campus housing in the fall semester-NSE coordinator will notify them when the application has opened. How To Apply For On-Campus Housing (note: you can only apply after you have received your CSUN username and password) Go to CSUN's housing website at to apply online. Applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited, and fills up fast, so you are encouraged to apply early. For questions about housing, please contact the Student Housing Office at 818-677-2160. Off-campus housing price does not include utilities.

Meal Plans Per Semester

Notes About Meal Plans
Meal Plan descriptions can be found here: Meal Plan Rates can be found here:

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.