California State University-Northridge

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$5,472

0% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$6,574

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

5.47%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

48.2%

32,913 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

39,916

78.3% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

50.1%

2,536 Graduates

About

California State University-Northridge is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California State University-Northridge were General Psychology (769 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (616 degrees), and Sociology (540 degrees).

In 2016, 9,890 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California State University-Northridge. 59% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (3,328 degrees), 1.17 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2854 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Northridge is $5,472, which is $-14,688 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Northridge is $5,472, which is $-14,688 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,574.

In 2016, 69% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,472

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at California State University-Northridge was $5,472. The cost of tuition at California State University-Northridge is $-14,688 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$6,574

2016 Value

7.08%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 California State University-Northridge had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,574. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of California State University-Northridge grew by 7.08%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,479

Room and Board

$1,860

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-Northridge was of $10,479 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,860. The cost of room and board decreased by 12.8% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.86% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

69%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

33%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

69% of undergraduate students at California State University-Northridge received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 4.17% with respect to 2015, when 72% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

5.47%

2015 Default Rate

413

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at California State University-Northridge was 5.47%, which represents 413 out of the 7546 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

California State University-Northridge received 32,913 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.44% annual decline. Out of those 32,913 applicants, 15,876 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 48.2% acceptance rate.

There were 39,916 students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in 2016, and 91% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California State University-Northridge has an overall enrollment yield of 28.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

48.2%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

15,876

Accepted Out of 32,913

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California State University-Northridge was 48.2% (15,876 admissions from 32,913 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 45.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants declined by -4.44%, while admissions grew by 1.08%.

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SAT Scores

91%

Submission Percentage

4,090

Scores Submitted

91% of enrolled first-time students at California State University-Northridge in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California State University-Northridge has a total enrollment of 39,916 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Northridge is 31,253 students and the part-time enrollment is 8,663. This means that 78.3% of students enrolled at California State University-Northridge are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California State University-Northridge, both undergraduate and graduate, is 43.9% Hispanic or Latino, 23.2% White, 10.8% Asian, 4.62% Black or African American, 3.35% Two or More Races, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.113% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at California State University-Northridge in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (27.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (19.3%) and White Female (10.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (22.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (20.9%) and White Male (11.3%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

78.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California State University-Northridge, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39,916 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Northridge is 31,253 and the part-time enrollment is 8,663. This means that 78.3% of students enrolled at California State University-Northridge are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%

2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California State University-Northridge was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), California State University-Northridge had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    17,530

  2. White

    9,265

  3. Asian

    4,304

The enrolled student population at California State University-Northridge is 43.9% Hispanic or Latino, 23.2% White, 10.8% Asian, 4.62% Black or African American, 3.35% Two or More Races, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.113% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,946 students (4.88%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1772 more women than men received degrees from California State University-Northridge. The majority of degree recipients at California State University-Northridge are hispanic or latino (3,328 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2854 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California State University-Northridge is General Psychology (769 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (616 degrees) and Sociology (540 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at California State University-Northridge, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communications (960 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (100 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (412 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Miscellaneous managers (372,204 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (328,681 people), Social workers (256,822 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (246,129 people), and Marketing & sales managers (150,633 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Communications (960 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (100 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (412 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (579 degrees), and Social Sciences (938 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Public relations specialists, Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Sales engineers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Communications (960 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (100 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (412 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (579 degrees), and Social Sciences (938 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Elementary & secondary schools (495,414 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (353,385 people), Legal services (275,463 people), Hospitals (265,846 people), and Insurance carriers & related activities (215,241 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Northridge are Communications (960 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (100 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (412 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (579 degrees), and Social Sciences (938 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California State University-Northridge.

Most Common

  1. 769 degrees awarded

  2. 616 degrees awarded

  3. 540 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California State University-Northridge was General Psychology with 769 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,059

  2. 5,831

In 2016, 4,059 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Northridge, which is 0.696 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,831).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 380 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Northridge in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.36 times more than the 280 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 589 degrees were awarded to women at California State University-Northridge in General Psychology, which is 2.87 times more than the 205 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

12%

100% Completion Time

47%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 12% of students graduating from California State University-Northridge completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 47% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 54% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Masters Colleges and Universities Carnegie Classification group.

Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (69.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California State University-Northridge is Female and White (69.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3.63% of graduates (92 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    3,328 degrees awarded

  2. White

    2,854 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    1,079 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California State University-Northridge is hispanic or latino (3,328 degrees awarded). There were 1.17 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2854 degrees).

10.9% of degree recipients (1,079 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Hispanic or Latino Female

    2,128 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    1,622 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    1,232 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at California State University-Northridge is hispanic or latino female (2,128 degrees awarded). There were 1.31 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,622 degrees).

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Operations

California State University-Northridge has an endowment valued at nearly $89.7M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.14M (2.38%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, California State University-Northridge had a total expenditure of $516M. Of that $516M, they spent $222M on salaries and $516M on benefits.

California State University-Northridge employs 382 Professors, 212 Assistant professors, and 164 Associate professors. Most academics at California State University-Northridge are Male Professors (198), Female Professors(184), and Female Assistant professors (119).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Northridge are: Business and Financial Operations, with 349 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 344 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 281 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$89.7M

2015 Endowment

10.3%

growth from 2014

California State University-Northridge has an endowment valued at about $89.7M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of California State University-Northridge grew 10.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $60.9M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $0 - Federal

  2. $0 - State

  3. $2.5k - Local

As of 2015, California State University-Northridge received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $2.5k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$222M

Salary Expenditure

$516M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, California State University-Northridge had a total expenditure of $516M. Of that $516M, they spent $222M on salaries and $516M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at California State University-Northridge as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$222M

2015 Salaries

6.17%

growth from 2014

In 2015, California State University-Northridge paid a median of $222M in salaries, which represents 42.9% of their overall expenditure ($516M) and a 6.17% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.9% growth from 2013 and a 1.3% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$75.9M

Instructional Salaries

937

Number of Employees

In 2015, California State University-Northridge paid a total of $75.9M to 937 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

382 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

349 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at California State University-Northridge were Professor with 382 employees; Assistant professor with 212 employees; and Assistant professor with 164 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Northridge were Business and Financial Operations with 349 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 344 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 281 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California State University-Northridge was Male Professor with 198 employees, Female Professor with 184 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 119 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at California State University-Northridge.

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