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California State University-Northridge Reviews

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  • 07/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 out of 44 people found this review useful. 1 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking for a career in business, teaching, art, and media.

    Tips for prospective students

    You might be thinking this is not a grand school considering its not a UC, but don't let that discourage you. CSUN is one of the top CSU's in the state and is considered the best business related schools on the west coast. If you live close to CSUN then your doubts must be higher because the school is so close. I use to think that way too, but once I read into their programs and met their professors and students, I decided this was my college. Being able to live so close to school and not have to pay a large tuition makes my life a lot easier. It could be the same for you if you gave CSUN a chance.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot cheaper than UC's with the same education.

    Am enjoying being here

    The activities and parties are a lot of fun to participate in and the people are really fun to hang out with.

  • 07/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 17 people found this review useful. 2 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the opportunities. Volunteer, join a club you find interesting, take a class about something you are unfamiliar with, and don't be shy to talk to people. Make the most of your college experience. Have fun! :)

    Am enjoying being here

    CSUN has given me the opportunity to explore my many different interests. I have helped out with student elections, blood drives, etc. I recently joined the New Student Orientation Team and J.A.D.E Program which has been an incredible experience so far. I have met some amazing, caring people through these programs and hope to befriend many more.

    Am learning a lot

    Almost all my professors have been extremely helpful, I have learned a lot not just from my professors but also my classmates. I have also learned a lot about the campus as well as myself in and out of the classroom.

  • 06/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 19 people found this review useful. 3 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like excitement but can still be commited to school cal state Northridge is where you want to be

    Tips for prospective students

    It's easy...don't be nervous!!!!

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    We have the best Cinematic Television and Arts out of all the California State Universities for students who are interested in film. Living on campus at California State University, Northridge is the best thing you can do if you really want to experience college and get away from your natural living environment, as the dorms are really nice and diverse.

    Tips for prospective students

    First and foremost, prospective and current students should prioritize their studies and not procrastinate. When you are given your registration appointment for classes, sign up for classes on the date and time they give you because classes fill up fast. Get involved on campus to get the best college experience. There are many different options: Associated Students (A.S), Greek life, clubs and organizations, and intramural sports. Make sure you attend Big Show, because it is the biggest and best event our campus has to offer; artists such as Lupe Fiasco, LMFAO and Kanye West have performed! Try to attend the lecture series, because in years past we have had speakers such as Maya Angelou and Cornell West.

    Bang for the buck

    At California State University, Northridge you really do receive your bang for the buck. The price of tuition is definitely worth it because you are receiving the same or better quality education as you would receive at a University of California campus. There is an unlimited amount of resources here on campus which gives you every opportunity to do well.

    Am enjoying being here

    First off, the campus is beautiful. I love being on campus, whether to hang out with my friends in the quad or to do homework and study at our Oviatt Library. Also, I really like the various clubs and organizations that our college has to offer, especially the Greek community. I am currently a brother of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity here on campus and enjoy playing various intramural sports such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, football, soccer, softball and volleyball.

    Am learning a lot

    My first semester I had amazing teachers and I was able to achieve a 3.29 GPA. My second semester a few of my teachers lacked in certain areas and I wasn't able to learn as much as I did my first semester. Overall the teachers are really good at instilling information in your head and getting you to master the subjects.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet new people. There are many things to do on this campus even though it is a commuter school mainly. I recommend rushing a fraternity or sorority. It is an amazing opportunity to meet people and network.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes can be hard to obtain because of the large amount of students attending. I've had to take a couple filler classes because I couldn't get into the ones I wanted.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a large campus and therefore I have met a bunch of new people. I joined a sorority and have made wonderful new friends in the greek system as well, along with great networking opportunities.

    Am learning a lot

    I have had amazing professors this past academic year. Each of my classes had been engaging and the prfoessors have been very diverse and knowledgeable about their subject of expertise.

  • 10/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is great for students who don't mind crazy weather, it gets very hot in the summer, cold in the winter, and in between the weather changes a lot from sunny to windy. CSUN provides dorms for freshmens and transfer students, and provides a place to know a diverse of college students. CSUN is a great college and less expensive than a UC. It's also, great for students that will want a college that is not to big to get lost or small to know everyone but perfect. Students who love to rest under a tree shade on a sunny day then CSUN is perfect!

    Bang for the buck

    Its fun, less expensive, cool resources, lots of activities, and awesome when you dorm at campus. Perfect For You !

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy CSUN because of the great activities and the environmental space to study outside. Since I am a freshman at CSUN, the activities that the staffs prepared for the freshman's are fun, and also great to know new students and feel comfortable. I also dorm at CSUN and the RA's make you feel at home like having games or just talking about anything which is great if you want to relax and step away from the stress.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot at CSUN like the different majors the college offers and the interesting classes and clubs. The professors have office hours so you know they are their to help you when you need help. I learn that I don't have to do all the work on my own when CSUN has all this cool resources like the library, information canter, and advisers.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have Blue call boxes everywhere you just hit the button and someone is on the way and they can see what is around you. They also have people that walk you to your car, just in case. We have our own police station and the Army ROTC on campus. We have had some scares, but were taken care of in seconds and no one was ever hurts since I have been there.

    Greek Life

    there are always events and they are on fire! the Greeks know how to throw a party, raise money and just make everyone feel good. There is a week where all the guys give girls roses and tell them what is beautiful about them, its cute to see random people feel good about themselves of all different backgrounds and orientations.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs week and Greek week are the best there is a wide variety for serious to funny, from education to religion, to sports and adventure.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to be on campus way before class, there are couches and study areas always available.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many hidden kick back spots on of the best is in the tree circle.

    Bang for the buck

    Tut ion can fully be covered by FAFSA, and everything is included! Plus free stuff!!

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on at CSUN during the day and even bigger ones at night. they have carnivals, shows, games, food, and fair all for free. There is the new recreation center that if free with tuition, gyms fields, pools game room and always something new to explore. Any big event on a weekend or in the evening are mostly free, except for events like the big show, but tickets are only 5 to 10 dollars for students. They have had many artist preform like LMFAO, Lupe Fiasco, Ludacris, Big Sean and then some

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food on and off campus. CSUN is located in a neighborhood with a wide variety of food including McDonald's, Chipotle, Subway, Panda Express, Chili's Alessio's and many many more. The school is filled with their own restaurants and students food centers and stores as well as outside restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living the dorm life at CSUN is just like people expect college to be. There are always parties, but students do make time to study individually, in small groups and in large groups. There are areas made just for study groups.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very demanding and expect you to give them the best. The material maybe complex, but the professors are very knowledgeable from what I have encountered.

    Tips for prospective students

    After you first semester is done and you no longer have to see your adviser, go anyways! Your adviser will always have helpful information for you and help to keep you on track and inform you of any changes within the major.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a smaller university, but has a lot to offer and is close to home for many people. The advisers are always there to help and make sure you are on task and recommend programs to get into that help accelerate your graduation process. There are always events and giveaways going on that you can do whenever you are bored waiting for class.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everyone knows that college, while fun, can get a little crazy. Sometimes parties get out of hand and potentially lead to dangerous situations. That's why the Matador Patrol and the RA's (resident advisors) of the dorms team up to enforce safety on the campus. Matador Patrol is on duty from the hours of 8pm to 3am. They ride around on bikes and in patrol carts to make sure uninvited guests trying to sneak into the dorms are caught. CSUN also has its very own police unit dedicated to making sure students aren't under the consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol. RA's perform frequent checks of dorm rooms to make sure no objects are hanging on the water sprinklers that could potentially cause flooding. We have one of the best methods of security in the CSU system to assure students that they have every reason to feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    CSUN is home to fraternities and sororities such as Delta Sigma Theta and Kappa Sigma. During RUSH week, huge painted symbols and booths are displayed all over campus to persuade people to join sororities and fraternities. Although I am not in a sorority, I have friends who are, and it's amazing to see how bonded they are with their sisters and how they are building connections and lifelong friendships for their futures. Many of the fraternities are present at parties and always hype the crowd up by performing their designated step routines. Whether you're in a fraternity or sorority at CSUN or not, seeing everyone represent their sister and brotherhoods on campus won't fail to put a smile on your face.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of amazing clubs on campus dedicated to the well being of the community and CSUN as a whole. The BSU (Black Student Union) brings awareness to issues happening in the African-American community, and at graduation time hosts a separate graduation for students of color! United We Stand is a club focused on bettering the community by holding clothes giveaways and participating in events such as AIDS WALK LA. Whether your interest be in clubs or sports, CSUN has the perfect club geared to getting you involved on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is the perfect school for students who love to be surrounded by multicultural people. Students of all backgrounds come to CSUN for one thing, education and fun! Whether you join a sports team, a sorority, or become an RA for the dorms, you'll meet some of the most influential people in your life who are sure to become life long friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Although the official mascot at CSUN is Matty the Matador, our unofficial mascot is a squirrel. Why, you ask? Visit the campus and you'll see why! CSUN is home to thousands of squirrels. You can't even walk a few feet without coming in contact with one. Think that's weird? Wait until you see squirrels eating lunch with people on the grass!

    Bang for the buck

    Many people believe that to get a top of the line education you have to attend prestigious universities such as USC, UCLA, UCSD or even Ivy League colleges like Harvard or Yale. Not true! CSUN has professors who have taught at universities such as UC Berkeley and Harvard right here on campus. It is a myth that if you go to a university you'll be in a classroom with 200 other students with a boring teacher who doesn't even care about your education. This is so wrong! Many of the classroom settings at CSUN are small and intimate and you have opportunities to really bond with your professors. Did I mention that tuition is only around $4000 a semester? Some of the most successful people in America have come right out of CSUN. It just goes to show how the professors and staff at CSUN shape students to be successful in life after college.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, but close enough to Los Angeles to really get a chance to experience the city life of LA. However, if you're not able to travel to Los Angeles, the city of Northridge and the campus itself has a slew of events to keep you entertained. On Friday nights, there are comedy shows where local, upcoming talent and even big time comedians come out to provide free laughs. Every year in the beginning of the semester CSUN hosts the Big Show where huge performers such as B.O.B and LMFAO come out for a concert for only $10! There are numerous movie theaters and places like bowling rinks to go to for a night out with friends. Off campus, fraternities and sororities throw parties to showcase the Greek lifestyle. And for those who are gym rats, CSUN recently opened the top of the line, three story gym, the SRC, which has an indoor track, basketball, volleyball, and soccer courts, and an indoor rock climbing wall. Yes, you read it right. AN INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING WALL. Honestly, there is not one night of my whole freshman year at CSUN that I can recall being bored. Ever.

    Food and Dining

    The food was great, and it was almost as good as my grandma's home-cooked food! Every night there was an assortment of different food such as tacos, pasta, pizza, chicken strips, french fries, baked and fried chicken, an extensive salad bar, and other entrees. Every Wednesday night a specific culture's food was represented, such as Thai food, Filipino food, Mexican food, and Italian food. There is a cereal dispenser for those nights where you crave breakfast for dinner, and there is always an assortment of pastries like fresh baked cookies and also donuts. There is a sandwich making center that features fresh fruit!

    Dorm Life

    Amazing. CSUN is known for having the most extravagant dorms in the CSU system. During my freshman year I lived in an apartment style dorm with three other roommates. We had a full kitchen, living room, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The buildings are grouped by categories like music, deaf studies, and kinesiology. There are events held at the dorms such as the spring rallies where there are large jumpers and movie screens set up. There are ice cream socials and movie nights held in the community center. The Matador Patrol is on duty at night to assist students in walking to their dorms if they feel unsafe, and we have our own cafeteria at the dorms, Geronimoes, where we eat food from all sorts of cultures like Mexico and the Philippines. Everyone should experience the dorms at CSUN!

    Academic Rigor

    While many of the classes offered at CSUN are hard, they are designed to challenge you intellectually. We have professors who have taught all around the country at universities like USC and Stanford! Basically, you're getting a UC education for a CSU price!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in everything CSUN has to offer. There are all sorts of clubs for all types of people. We are ranked as one of the best universities in the country for the Deaf Studies Program at CSUN. Don't be afraid to get outside of the box and meet new people. We have one of the most diverse CSU campuses, and there is always booths and tents set up around campus to help you get involved.

    In three sentences

    The perfect university in all aspects! Whether it be through sports, education, clubs, or connects, CSUN is guaranteed to get you ready for the real world, and you'll have fun doing it! In just one year, I have discovered my perfect school, and I'm proud to say I'm a Northridge Matador!

  • 07/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 10 people found this review useful. 9 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Its great for students who are very social and like meeting new people, if not attending with some friends might make it better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its easier than you would think. There is not need to be nervous =)

  • 06/19/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 10 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those seeking a great experience, who do not need a football team to be happy, and don't mind large classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research! CSUN is cutting down on the number of students they admit! It may be perfect for some people, especially those looking for the California life, but for others it may just be too big.

    Bang for the buck

    Inexpensive.

    Will enjoy being here

    Great town, area! Very big, lots to offer!

    Will learn a lot

    Some of my friends attending are unable to even get into their core classes. My parents who attended recieved and excellent education!

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 11 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CSUN has its own police force and they are quick to respond to any disturbance.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life on campus is very active and there are always fundraisers and parties going on.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for commuter students and those who want the big university type of college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a duck and turtle pond. It is a very peaceful place to eat your lunch!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is rising and its harder to get classes. There is also a limit on the amount of classes you are able to take.

    What to do for fun

    There are always plays, parties, and a lot of shopping in the area.

    Food and Dining

    Many if the places on campus are cheap and have decent food. But the coffee is bitter.

    Academic Rigor

    Although it is easy to get in the classes are still tough and com with a giant workload most of the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school may be easy to get into but to excel you must be willing to put in hours of hard work. Always take advantage of the free stuff and opportunities the school provides. Whenever priority registration is offered, TAKE IT.

    In three sentences

    On a scale of one to ten I would rate this school a 7. It is a great school, but also has its fair share of problems. I like the benefits of going to this school, like the free health care, but it can be a challenge staying at this school.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those who want to feel like they are welcomed and for those who want to feel like they are getting a good education with the knowledge that they are given.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be on top with getting your classes and make sure you know what needs to be done so you are able to have a nice and smooth time at college with less stress.

    Bang for the buck

    With all the budget cuts going on its been really hard to get classes and pay tuition because of tuition going up as well. Loans are barely able to cover my tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school environment is so welcoming and everyone is always eager to help when asked which makes it easier for me to enjoy school and understand the material learned in class.

    Am learning a lot

    Everything that I am learning here at school is helping me reach my degree and soon graduate.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for EVERYONE! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    This might sound cliche, but it is not the place that makes you, is what you make of that place. CSUN has more that enough to guide a student to complete success. Now, it is also your part on wanting to be successful and having the determination to do good in college. Take advantage of the opportunities given. Join clubs like the Hermanas/Hermanos Unidos. or Ambassadors or even a Sorority. Take the risk of having unforgettable experiences that are only once in a life time.

    Bang for the buck

    Come on, it is less money but same education. Professors have even clarified that many times. Some of which have even graduated from other schools and now teach at CSUN.

    Am enjoying being here

    Of course! Not only is the campus beautiful, but the community surrounding the school is amazing. There are lots of places you can go to socialize and meet new people or to try new things. Also, on campus you will always find different sorts of activities or upcoming events, which are awesome. love it!

    Am learning a lot

    Definitely! It is all about chosing your classes wisely and chosing those in which you are trutly interested in. All my current professors are amazing! I have a very good communication with all of them and classmates as well. You learn alot from a diversity of poeple. Such as, their opinions and ideas. The transition from high school to college is definitely overwheming and full of new learning experiences!

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone looking for a change and a challenge. Also, CSUN has a good art/film/business program :)

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming freshman I recommend that you stay on campus because you will definitely enjoy the school a lot more. Don't be afraid to get involved in sports(even if you aren't good) and join clubs!Also sign up for a tutoring class for any subject you are having trouble in and remember that you are responsible for all your school work now :) Don't forget to do scholarships and do your FASFA for financial aid because college is expensive.Oh!One more thing, don't be alarmed of the friendly squirrels.

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonable, but not cheap.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love CSUN,but if I were living on campus I would have a lot more fun.The sports are fun and it is easy to get involved with activities.The campus is beautiful and they are building a new Art center which is suppose to open in 2011.I also love the library because I always can find what I am looking for in there if I can't find it at my local library.

    Am learning a lot

    CSUN has a great academic program and the teachers are wonderful.Even though you can come here with an opportunity to learn you must also put in the work. The teachers and advisors are there to help guide you, but at the end of the day it is up to you to make sure you are on top of your game.

  • 04/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is a commuter school, meaning that most of the students don't live on campus. The campus is also extremely diverse.

    Tips for prospective students

    California State University of Northridge is in Northridge which is in Los Angeles. This means that a lot of stuff is far away and the public transportation sucks, so if you come because it is in Los Angeles a car is very helpful but expensive. If you desire the greatest college experience, i suggest that you become involved in the campus in any manner, but don't forget that you are adults so make sure you do good in the classes that you paid for.

    Bang for the buck

    If you wish to earn a BS or BA the CSUN tuition is pretty low when compared to other universities in the state of California. I suggest that you read exactly what you are paying for, because there is a lot of free stuff that you already paid for, and if you don't use it, you are not getting your bang for your buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    I believe that coming to this university can be as enjoyable or boring as going to any place of higher education. To have an enjoyable experience, I simply suggest for everyone to become involved in campus activities; including fraternities, sororities, and other clubs or organizations. I suggest that everyone go to Matador Nights and Welcome All Matadors once you become a student.

    Am learning a lot

    This university has many top notch colleges, so if you are interested in learning something, California State University of Northridge, or CSUN, may have the program for you. For example, CSUN has a College of Geography, with leaders such as Professor Steven Graves teaching 100 level classes as well as the higher level ones. Then there are lots of free lectures dealing with topics of today. For example, last semester I went to a lecture that dealt with Thailand and Human Trafficking.

  • 06/11/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 10 people found this review useful. 16 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    Great campus

    Will learn a lot

    It has very good teachers

  • 12/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    It's really easy. Don't stress out so much.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here. Everyone is open and there are a lot of campus activities here.

    Am learning a lot

    Here at Northridge, You learn a lot. The teachers here care about you. It's really easy your first year, well to me, and if you take the time to learn it you will learn it.

  • 02/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are interested in learning about the deaf community, I really encourage you to come here. The school is known for it's deaf community. It's a neat thing to have deaf events, and be able to see people signing all around school. Also, if you want to be part of the Greek community there are many great sororities and fraternities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to attend California State University Northridge, or as we say CSUN, I really hope you consider it, because it really is an amazing school. It in beautiful Northridge, and the professors are all really great. This is a large school, so if you are looking for a school with a large population and a large campus, this is a great choice. Everyone on campus are very helpful, and the school has a great vibe.

    Bang for the buck

    I chose to attend a California State University, because they are cheaper than a UC, and still a public four year University. I am very happy with my decision of picking Northridge, because I am still getting a good education, without paying a bunch of money. The housing is pretty expensive, but the housing community is very safe.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is definitely a beautiful school and is in a very nice community. I think it's a good place to be if you want to be in Los Angeles, but don't want to deal with all the crazy traffic. Northridge is a very nice city, and it's very close to a lot of great places in Los Angeles.

    Am learning a lot

    I have loved my classes, and my professors have been very helpful. I have been able to focus on school and get a 4.0, which was a goal for me.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are many places to dine that satisfy everyone's tastes. On campus there is a variety of appetites for those who enjoy Panda Express, to those who enjoy a healthier option like Subway, to those looking to satisfy the flame within them with El Pollo Loco. There are also many excellent off campus alternatives as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is amazing! Many of the students are friendly, engaging, and enjoy meeting new people. It's easy to make connections with anyone you meet, and the dorms are within walking distance from each other. The dorms are also apartment style so it's luxurious although it's been a little on the pricey side recently.

    Academic Rigor

    Cal State Northridge is a great place for academics, although it is a bit impacted. Many of the students who come to Cal State Northridge love the psychology and kinesiology department as well as Art and Deaf studies. I enjoy being a scholar here.

  • 01/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much anyone

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school. May not have the prestige of other schools like the UCs but it is one of the best CSUs in the state and has a great business program.

  • 03/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Music, Cinema and Television Arts

    Tips for prospective students

    Most people haven't heard of CSUN, or if they have they heard bad things. Don't pay attention to that. It is a great school filled with good people. As with any college, if you put effort into your education you'll get a lot out of it. It depends more on you than on which school you choose.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is slowly creeping up while class availability is slowly creeping down. The price of on-campus housing is going up as well. None of the California schools are doing well with the current budget and economy.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many opportunities for free or nearly free activities both on and off campus. The A Capella groups perform weekly shows, there are free concerts on a nearly weekly basis, there are free movies, game nights, clubs and organizations, outings, and so many other opportunities that I can't list them all. There is something for everybody. On top of that, the campus is generally well kept, the faculty are helpful and the weather is amazing almost year-round.

    Am learning a lot

    As a Mechanical Engineering major, I spend most of my class time in math, science, and engineering classes. I have had very helpful teachers for all but one of my classes and they have all been willing to work with me so that I passed classes I was struggling with.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone it truly is a great campus

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUN, is a great school with many great professors that actually care about you. Professors want to see you do well and want to help you out anyway possible. Just Try your best work hard stay focus and you'll do great.Don't be afraid to ask questions professor enjoy answering your questions...Most importantly have fun enjoy your college experience. and meet new people. ps-be ready for crazy weather summers are hot, winters are cold and it get windy...it gets SUPER windy here. when some one said it was gonna be windy i didn't expect this much wind. just the heads up.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper then UCs but just as good

    Am enjoying being here

    This whole college experience is all AMAZING. I'm enjoying every second of it. People here are great a

    Am learning a lot

    They have opened my eyes to all the different possibilities out there and got me interested in other majors that i would have never thought of. They made me realize thats theres a lot more out there then i thought

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's cheaper than a UC or private school but prices increase every year. The education is worth it and if you earn enough scholarships that can cover most of it.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's close to the LA area which provides a lot of fun opportunities. Living on campus also adds to the experience.

    Will learn a lot

    Northridge has excellent programs that you can't necessarily get everywhere else. The music department is very good.

  • 08/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 283

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    Great for these types of students

    This campus is perfect for everyone... The weather is amazing and the environment is beautiful and everything is near it. The people are friendly and very fun... You will looooveeee itttt

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with a mind set of education then having fun... The reason why i say this is because you will be introduced to parties and all sorts of things, but remember your only there is to get an education. Have fun and don't stress it. If you feel overwhelmed talk about it... Remember to take it one class and one assignment at a time. Have fun your in college enjoy every moment and make the initiative to meet people.... Most importantly talk to your professors and be friends with them they are always willing to help you....

    Bang for the buck

    The cost has gone up which sucks but it is much cheaper than UCs and private schools. Take advantage of taking as many classes as possible because it will be worth it...

    Am enjoying being here

    I live like 5 mins away from campus so i have seen it my whole life. I took classes there when i was younger so the environment wasn't new to me which is a great thing...

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot in my first year... I have pushed myself to take a good amount of classes which didn't overwhelm me because my teachers were willing to help me out as much as possible...

  • 09/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 283

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    Great for these types of students

    For students that let them self be help and they are not a afraid that ask for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just use your resources and do not be afraid to ask for help...!

    Bang for the buck

    In CSUN there is an unlimited amount of resources, that help you become successful in college. California State University-Northridge is a great school for everyone that wants to be successful in life.

    Am enjoying being here

    because they make you feel more than a number they look at you as a person that can be successful in live. People in CSUN make you feel like you are at home.

    Am learning a lot

    ... I learned that CSUN has a lot of programs that can help you with your problems. For example if you have health problems you can go to the Student Health Center or if you have problems understanding a class their is a program that helps you with tutorial services, note-takers, interpreter, academic/career planning,and many more great things. This great program is called National Center On Deafness.

  • 09/20/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 283

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    Great for these types of students

    Deaf students -- CSUN is home to the National Center on Deafness, and has an amazing Deaf Studies program! International students -- CSUN has students from all over the world visiting every semester, and you can get degrees in everything from Engineering and Computer Science to Film and Music! Students who want more out of their college experience -- With tons of clubs, honor societies, organizations, and ways to participate, CSUN is not your usual commuter campus; there's a dearth of activities going on at any given time, both on-campus and off, with all kinds of great people waiting to meet you!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you drive, get your parking permit early, and always, always leave much earlier than you need to. Parking will consistently be a nightmare, no matter which lot you pick, what class you're taking when, or whether it's sunny or rainy out. Get to know the campus ahead of time: go to the new student orientations, or just show up on campus one day and explore! That way when classes come, you know where all the shortcuts are, when certain areas get ridiculously busy, and where you get help when you're in a pinch.

    Bang for the buck

    Like all the other CSUs, tuition has hiked up a bit dramatically over the past several years, but it's still comparable as far as the quality of education that you'd get at some of the more prestigious universities like UCLA, USC, and others. Apply for scholarships and grants--the university offers several!--to offset the cost, especially if you're an out-of-state or international student.

    Did enjoy being here

    The weather can be unbearably hot at times, but that's no different for any Los Angeles-area school. There's great food on campus, lots of neat places to eat and have fun within walking distance, and amazing opportunities for everything from volunteering to athletics, leadership to entertainment.

    Did learn a lot

    The variety of professors from all different backgrounds, with all different teaching styles, from all around the world, is simply amazing. Never assume that a state college in the (in)famous Valley is not going for the cream of the crop. CSUN is comparable to some of the most famous universities in the world for a variety of reasons.

  • 10/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 283

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    Tips for prospective students

    Since i dorm here on campus, college has been pretty good so far. I go to class everyday and learn something new. the people are so friendly here. I simply think i found HOME.

  • 11/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 283

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    Great for these types of students

    great for students that live anywhere especially for those who live close because you'll be able to enjoy your family and having a great education at the same time

    Tips for prospective students

    research the programs available and visit the campus

    Bang for the buck

    i researched and CSUs are cheaper than UCs

    Will enjoy being here

    It seems that students who attend this school are friendly as it seems that also the professors.

    Will learn a lot

    I have looked at their programs and i found what i was looking for and i think you will too

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe because there is emergency phone booths everyone on campus and dorm. Security will walk you back to dorm at night if you don't feel safe. Dorms at night are always secured by securities.

    Greek Life

    There are so many Greeks in this campus. Fraternities and Sororities are great opportunity to get more network and great time to be around!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs on this campus. You can explore different clubs and see what is the best for you or try something new. I definitely love the diversity of this campus.

    Great for these types of students

    USU is a great place to hangout and have fun. They provide many different events every month. Great place = great time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSUN offers the best concert with different fun activities. Many different popular singers came and perform for us. It was the best night!!

    Bang for the buck

    CSUN education is a lot cheaper than any other education. We still get the same education as others.

    What to do for fun

    There are events at campus, out of campus, and around in LA. There is so many things to do in LA, go out there and have fun! Can't miss out.

    Food and Dining

    You can either cook at your kitchen or at the cafeteria. The cafeteria is getting better each year, can't complain!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely the best because you will have many different events that the Resident Advisors and RHA provide. Residents are always there and you can go out and meet them! Also, all dorms except the freshman dorms provide kitchen, own bathroom and living room. It is a great living place!

    Academic Rigor

    The education is really good and challenging. CSUN is a great place to earn your degree because it will get you somewhere in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUN is a large campus with the same size as Disneyland, study the map and resources about the campus itself.

    In three sentences

    California State University-Northridge provides the best access for students of different cultures, religions, languages especially American Sign Language. There are around 200 Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. Also, CSUN is a great environment to go out and enjoy the events at Santa Monica, Venice Beach, and so on.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 283

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    Food and Dining

    Outside and Inside sitting area to enjoy and study. Great food from different cultures.

    Dorm Life

    Fun, safe and convenient dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is very clear. The standards of expectations are clearly followed and provided.

    Tips for prospective students

    University that provides everything that the student will need to get the best education. However students must be clear on their vision and pursue their goals to the fullest.

    In three sentences

    Great University that serves ethnically diverse population. Best educators, which accordingly leads to the best education acquired. Welcoming atmosphere to all the students.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 283

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    Campus Safety

    I like how there is always security guards on there bikes because they make you feel safe. Also, the emergency stands are good because you just have to press the button and help is on its way.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs. When CSUN had their club day, i was interested in like 2 or 3 clubs. Also, the sorority or fraternity invite you places to have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Money is a big deal. The books are expensive and when I try to return them you most likely get chip out of your pocket.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun activities especially in the dorms. On campus they have little activity or Matador Nights, but in the dorms there is way more stuff to do. I like the community center, because there is a lot of games to play and you socialize with others.

    Food and Dining

    The on-campus food is good. I love Panda Express and Subway. I also like the Arbor Grill, because they sell healthy dishes so it's not always Panda, Burger King or El Pollo Loco. When I'm at my dorm and i I go to Geronimo's there food is good, but i think it could be better.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm room life is full of fun. There are a lot of activities that you get to do, especially if your RA tells you what is coming up. You also get to meet new people and have a lot of new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    There is help at the school like professor's office hours or the LRC to help you with your assignment but i think they need more like some type of program to help student's with their problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Say focus on your work and not party as your freshman year begins. Study hard for test because college is way different then high school. Also, just have fun and enjoy your freshman year of college.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Northridge has unique qualities. They also have school activities, such as Matador Nights to associate with other students. I think that CSUN is one of the best Cal State Universities.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    People offering to escort me safely to my classes in broad daylight -- hope they offer the same on Saturday nights, too.

    Greek Life

    Abundant

    Clubs and Activities

    Probably great, but I don't have time for them

    Great for these types of students

    First time undergrads

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Haven't had much time to explore campus

    What to do for fun

    Head 30 minutes south to LA for all the fun.

    Dorm Life

    Always lived off campus

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are quality -- tough but fair, with lots of help offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have several plans for courses when you go to register.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with great instructors. Offers a rare Second Bachelor's Program. My main problem is the competition to get into classes and the fact that there are very very limited night classes for those of us who have to work full time day jobs.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 283

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    Campus Safety

    This year 2012 the hired various security! Its really good.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of different types of Clubs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school is diverse, so there are a lot of different cultures coming together which I like.

    Bang for the buck

    It feels like a High School

    What to do for fun

    Shopping, studying, swimming

    Food and Dining

    The food is good.

    Dorm Life

    Really fun

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers will pass you if you talk to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit this school and attend a class to see how it is.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Northridge, is not a good school to go to if you are planning to graduate within 4-5 years. The advisers do not help you out at all. Majority of teachers that work at this school barley come to class and speak clear English.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police presence here is unmatched. This is the safest campus I have attended and it allows you to focus all of your attention on what is important. Make sure you have a parking permit, though, because you will get a ticket!

    Greek Life

    I am not part of a fraternity, though there are dozens here on campus. I have no plans to join one, but I will not rule anything out. All networking opportunities are potential gold mines.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have not joined any clubs yet, but I plan to join and participate in several. The university accommodates its culturally diverse population well. I plan to take full advantage of the different perspectives here as I attempt to market universally applicable products and services.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is great for San Fernando Valley residents. If you did not get a scholarship to a University of California school or some other major program, this is the most cost efficient education you can pay for. This is not Ivy League, but you can get a practical education at a competitive price.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When driving around the school, remember that Plummer Street is cut off in the middle of CSUN. The most efficient streets when driving east and west are Nordoff and Lassen. The best streets going north and south are Reseda and White Oak.

    Bang for the buck

    CSUN is the most economical choice of the Los Angeles area universities. It is a lot cheaper than the University of California schools, and is more academically renown than the other Cal state universities.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN has an aspiring basketball program that made waves in the NCAA a few years ago. The valley football all-star game is played here and attracts a handful of celebrities each year. Also, you can watch any of a number of performances at the newly built performing arts center.

    Food and Dining

    The campus is next to several fast food restaurants and close to many sit-down restaurants. The on-campus vending machines are not very good. I have yet to try the campus cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus with my wife and two-year-old son. I have checked out several housing options and they all seem a bit pricey. As a valley native, though, I can say that CSUN is not known for its party life.

    Academic Rigor

    I have registered for my first semester at CSUN and have yet to take a class. I have no reference as to the institution's academic standards. I am basing my rating on others' ratings of Cal State schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your classes transfer properly. I had some issues transferring several classes from an out-of-state, four-year university. Also, submit transcripts and necessary paperwork early since it may take a long time to process.

    In three sentences

    Despite having over 30,000 students, CSUN has a very personal feel when interacting with staff. The university has a well respected business program, which was an important factor in my decision to attend there. Overall, the prestige of a CSUN business degree, coupled with its proximity to home, was too good to pass up.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 283

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    Campus Safety

    There is Campus Police on site with two station and also there is a good number of emergency blue post in which i can push the button and the cops will come within minutes. Also there is Matador Patrol with are student as security guard in which they monitor the surrounding area of the dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous of clubs and organization with the CSUN campus. For almost every major, their are a clubs within the major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the interesting location of CSUN is that is right in the middle of the San Fernando Valley and as well

    What to do for fun

    On campus, the Student Body usually have big events for students like carnivals, clean parties, and concerts like The Big Show in which they bring famous artist to perform. Also the clubs and dancerooms are in Hollywood and L.A. in which they are about 15 minutes away driving so there is options and selection for fun.

    Food and Dining

    there are burger king, Panda Express, Juice it Up, Subway, and other smaller restuarant around CSUN to choose from and if you have a meal card you can eat in most place oncampus and well as the cafeteria on the dorm area.

    Dorm Life

    I highly recommend the dorms to the newly incoming freshmen so they can start many new people and have a great sense of community within the dorm life. Also there is events sponsors by the RA (Residental Advisor) with free movie screenings, ice cream parties, and even peer advisement. For exercise, their are volleyball nets, a small field for soccer, and basketball courts. The only downside is that the Matador Patrol closes the gates at 7:30 pm so if you need to enter to the dorms, you have to sign and verify with matador patrol before you enter.

    Academic Rigor

    The Acadrmic Rigor is in top shape like the rest of the campus in California but since it a bigger school with more majors, the options to majors is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    I Highly recommend students to come to study here if you want to focus on ethnic studies with Chican@ studies, Central American Studies, Pan African Studies, etc. Also the Bussiness school at CSUN is one of the best in Southern California. Deaf Studies is a very popular major and the only one in the West Coast.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great college to come with 36,000 students and great selection of majors. One of the Top ethnic Studies program in the country, its a truly a centerpiece for it commitment to the community in and out of the San Fernando Valley. I have the privilege to come to a special campus in which is growing and helping the San Fernando Valley with academic excellence.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 283

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    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other universities you are getting a lot for your education in comparison to what you are paying and all the benefits the school offers.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different activities that CSUN offers, you can find them online. Once a year they have a concert with known artists. There is also an event called Matador Nights which is like a carnival with music provided by a DJ. These are thrown every few months.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is very good. Everything is located in high foot traffic locations. The food places also do not tax which is good for those that need to save all the money they can.

    Dorm Life

    I know nothing about the dorm life since I stay off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUN's academics all depend on your field of study to me. I have a major and minor and my major was much more challenging than my minor was.

    Tips for prospective students

    Going into CSUN you have to give your all and meet everyone around. These people will build your experience there.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a very enjoyable school. The professors want the best for you and will help you get there with your effort included. To enjoy the school you must get to know people.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 283

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    Campus Safety

    There are night guards that will walk you to your car if it is dark out and there are also blue phone polls in case of an emergency all around campus. Definitely feel safe all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ranging from Archery Club to Acapella Club, this university has it all. You can find at least one club to be interested in and to join.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is the cheapest from what I have investigated and the degree's are worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Is that even a question? CSUN is 20 minutes away from Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Whatever you feel like doing is nearby. Even the beach on the weekends is perfect.

    Food and Dining

    The food is always amazing. Whatever you find good will be nearby. Never a problem when it comes to gaining to those freshmen 15.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is friendly and will always say hi. Just like high school, however, there will be drama. Nonetheless, nothing should stop you from making friends and enjoying your college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Not all classes are challenging, but most of them help improve your status as college student. They help you write essays or research even. In the long run, you learn what you need to learn to become successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have your doubts of attending this school, then really think it through. There is so much to do and it is close enough to live the nightlife in Hollywood and L.A. CSUN has a major for everything and anything. You won't be making a mistake by choosing here.

    In three sentences

    It has what any other university has. The good and bad classes with professors you should look out for and others you should avoid. Overall, it offers the perfect college experience with a taste of the valley mixed with southern California lifestyle.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    CSUN is a secure school that have campus police always at your reach when ever you need them. You can now ever call for an escort for those students who take night classes and who might feel safer to be escort by police.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is very interesting. They are very friendly students who are always looking to add.

    Clubs and Activities

    This year CSUN has over 200 active clubs who are more than welcome to show students what there made of. The Matador spirit is very much alive !!!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to have that College Experience. Student who want to learn and associate with all different types of cultures and ethnicity. Students who want to go beyond the learning.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as money, CSUN knows that majority of students have a budget and they make it within your budge it to get what you need. There are also many job and career center you can go to so you can get help paying school. while at the same time studying.

    What to do for fun

    There are several activities all throughout the semesters. From small musical entertainment to big events such As Big Show and Matador Nights. And it those not end there, there are also many events happening in the Valley Performing art Center from Ballet Shows to plays.

    Food and Dining

    Like I've mention before, CSUN have several places all around campus to stop and eat with your friends or alone. They have from a burger place to a smoothie place. The best part is you're free to eat anywhere on campus not to mention that you can eat anywhere in the Library. Since they know that sometimes you want to eat and study in a quite place.

    Dorm Life

    I have not personally experience the Dorm Life at CSUN, but I have heard a lot of great stuff about it. I've heard that their is a lounge in every building for students to study if they do not feel like studying in their dorm. As well as they have game rooms to help you blow of steam from those tough classes.

    Academic Rigor

    California State University, Northridge that pride of their seven colleges within the University. They have tons of hands on projects so that it is not all reading and essays. They also take a lot of pride in their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students at California State University, Northridge are all very approachable and friendly. If you get lost or have trouble finding your classes just ask anyone because at one point they where were you are right now. CSUN knows that there is sometimes internet access problems at home so they have internet access all around campus for free, plus they have up to 20 free paper printing everyday. CSUN also knows that students need there daily fiber to help them stay concentrated for their classes so they have several eating places that fit any budget. They have also recently open a Gym because they know that you should have your daily exercise.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Northridge is a friendly student University. The University has great clubs, organizations, and events to help your college experiences, through shows such as Matador Night and Big Show. It is also a safe school with a lot of opportunities to help you find jobs and internships while staying in school.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has recently been improved. Newly installed is called Matador Patrol, which are basically personal security guards who escort individuals to their destination upon request. These individuals can be found anywhere on campus or by calling their hotline. There are also blue towers located around the campus where individuals can call in case of emergencies.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life is huge at CSUN. Even if you are not in a fraternity or sorority, it feels as if you are because of all the people representing a certain Greek house. Whether it be a jacket or a hat or a backpack, you see it everywhere on campus. Members of Greek life also have meetings on campus especially outside the Oviatt Library Lawn.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and activities to participate in. Anything you think of probably is already a club or someone has thought of it before. For example, the video game League of Legend has a club here on campus where there are 318 members who meet up every week and play video games and talk among each other.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who love to stay in shape and work out, the SRC is a wonderful place to be. For those interested in studying and staying on top of classwork, our Library is huge and very easy to navigate around. For students who are interested in the Greek life, there are constantly Fraternities and Sororities walking around campus recruiting new people. For whatever your needs are, CSUN will provide.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In Sierra Hall the 4th floor, students have access to the roof. Once a restaurant, is now a flat surface with a couple of classrooms. On the roof once could watch the sunset or get a tan if he or she pleased. The classroom is called the Witset Room.

    Bang for the buck

    For how cheap it is to attend the school, it is worth it. This is only true if you can find somewhere reasonably priced to live. Spending all of your hard earned money on rent is something you do not want to have to do.

    What to do for fun

    Cal State Northridge has one of the best gym's in California, making it extremely welcoming, for my first year attending, i went to the gym for fun and played basketball on the new courts on the second floor. I also go iceskating from time to time which is located not too far from campus as well as the sneaking over to the Game Center which is on campus which allows individuals to play billiards, arcade games, and random video games for a dollar.

    Food and Dining

    Everywhere on campus you can find some place to eat that is delicious. Even if you can not find anything on campus worth your money, right outside the CSUN campus is various restaurants and fast foodplaces that are wonderful such as Chipotle, The Habit, Yogurt Land, Carl's Jr, The Wing Spot, and many more. What makes this even better, is that everything is walking distance from the campus.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life experience was horrible. Being bunched with three other males in a two bedroom apartment was a nightmare. Two out of the three guys that were living there were complete slobs that threw everything and anything on the floor whenever they pleased. Halfway into the semester, maggots and different species of insects roamed the cluttered kitchen floors in room 328. The bathrooms were just as bad as one would enter to see a mountain of tissues as if the individual had a continuous runny nose. Personally owned food would disappear regularly even if you yourself did not consume it. Overall that dorm life was an experience that could have been skipped.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes could be very tiresome if you do not understand the professor and the classwork. Doing research on the classes you want to enroll in could save you a lot of time and tireless nights.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending Cal State Northridge, i recommend finding an apartment close to the campus. When looking for an apartment make sure you get a fantastic deal or your school year will be miserable due to the fact you will be poor and having to pay rent. Like at all colleges before enrolling in a class get to know the professor in person, or do some research on that individual so that you get an understanding in what you are getting yourself into. Ratemyprofessor.com is wonderful for this. Be wary of drivers near CSUN, for most people are in a hurry and not paying attention. School wise, pay attention in class, and take notes. Someone close to me once said, You are already in class, why not pay attention and do the best you can.

    In three sentences

    This college is fantastic for those that live in the area. For those who are looking for the college experience, Cal State Northridge is not the college for that. To get an education without drama and distractions, CSUN is indeed the college for you.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 283

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Active greek life, maybe not as much as other schools. There are many professional and social sorority/ fraternities.

    Great for these types of students

    Is known for their deaf studies program. Also has good Cinema and Television Arts/ Music programs. The Business school is great too.

    What to do for fun

    There is a mall and bowling alley really close to the school. Hollywood and the Beach is all within a hour drive. Magic Mountain is only 20 mins away.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there is a lot of options for food, all pretty good. The cafeteria in the housing area, is overpriced for what it is. The food is always the same. It is nothing special either.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are relatively new. Rooms are big and have a ton of space. Security is also really good. The housing staff offer lots of events and programs for people to participate in. However in the apartments it is very quiet. People don't know their neighbors and its very different from the set up of the suites. No real sense of community in the apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    As a transfer student, I have only taken upper division classes here. They haven't been too far off of what I was taking at a community college. Many classes regardless of major require groups and projects. Not a lot of homework per se, so exams weigh heavily on grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure that the school has what you want. Make sure that majors you are interested in are available, and do the research. It is also always a good idea to do tours before you decide anything. Make sure the school is right for you. Wherever you go, when you get there, get involved. It is hard to make friends in classes and what not. Clubs are the way to go.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is great. It has a beautiful campus, and is has lots of resources available to help students succeed. It is also very close to LA, which provides students with many internship opportunities.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe with CSUN police and escorts on-campus at all times. Police escorts can gladly escort you back to your dorm at night if you are nervous or just want to feel secure. There are also emergency button posts located throughout the dorms if you are having an emergency.

    Greek Life

    The school also offers numerous sororities and fraternities. During fall break, they all hold rush week, which gives anybody the opportunity to rush which is basically to mingle with the sororities or fraternities you wish to be a part of in hopes you receive bids afterward. A large percentage of our school population belongs to the Greek system and each person has their own experience, but they absolutely love it. You build lifelong connections and friendships.

    Clubs and Activities

    As previously stated, CSUN includes a number of 300 clubs. There are clubs for everything it seems: sports, majors, ethnicities, religions, music, art, community service, etc. and all are extremely beneficial to you one way or another. You'll always be able to make new friends in these clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    International students, Deaf students, especially, yet Hispanics, Asians, Whites/Caucasion, African-Americans, etc. are all accepted into this school with open arms. CSUN is great for anybody, as long as you are eager to receive a great education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quite a few people, in their spare time choose to go to the duck pond on campus to feed the ducks and take a walk through the orange grove. CSUN is also flooded with hyper squirrels, so a picnic on their territory is a bit hard to do, especially if you have food. But most students nap on the lawn beside the Oviatt Library under the palm trees in between classes (mostly the students who commute).

    Bang for the buck

    Cal State Northridge offers plenty of financial aid to the average student for the most part. It is very much worth it to attend this school, as it also offers a variety of things to do and choose from. You will never be bored here. CSUN is also the largest CSU campus with the largest student population, so you are likely to make tons of new friends over the semesters here.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN has lots of events to offer throughout the school year. Each semester, the school hosts Matador Nights, which is like a carnival event with rides, roller skating rink, loud music, dancing, free junk food, cotton candy, photo booths, and a DJ with a guest performer. The event goes from 9pm until 1 or 2 in the morning. Also, each year CSUN hosts Big Show, which is the biggest school concert that is open to EVERYONE, as long as they have a ticket. In the past, Big Show has had performers like Afrojack and Big Sean. If you want to have fun in between these events, the SRC is always offering free Zumba and dance classes, as well as rock climbing, indoor basketball, intramural soccer, indoor track, or simply just running the treadmills to get the exercise you want.

    Food and Dining

    The dining at CSUN consists of Panda Express, Burger King, and El Pollo Loco, all located next to one another inside the Matador Bookstore. Freudian Sip, which resembles the school's version of a Starbucks is simultaneously located throughout campus. In the University Student Union (USU) students can also choose to eat Subway or at the Pub, which serves alcohol to those 21 and over. And Arbor Grill is located directly behind the Oviatt Library. No matter where you are on-campus, there is always an option for eating out, even if you just crave a small snack.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at CSUN offer many exciting things such as two swimming pools, basketball courts, picnic spaces, the Geronimo's buffet, La Tienda, a volleyball area, pool tables, fusball, Just Dance, public television, and DVD movies that can be rented for free at the Community Center. Students living on-campus will always have something new and fun to do. Additionally, students can utilize the free computer/printing center that is located next to Geronimo's for homework and studying. As with the dorm buildings, each one has its own 24-hour laundry service. And students have the option of choosing to live in either the Freshman Suites or apartments with or without kitchens, each one comes fully furnished with a controllable AC and heater system.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic life is often very active on-campus. During finals and midterms week, more students are seen studying in all floors of the Oviatt Library, which is very much packed but relaxing. Top floors of the library include helpful tutoring centers, quiet study areas, and group study rooms that you can rent for free. Several take advantage of these amenities. Each professor also has office hours and some take up the opportunity to offer extra credit for anybody.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips I would give to prospective students is to learn to manage your time above anything else. If you decide to commute, which the majority of the students do, select your classes accordingly and give yourself enough time, gas, and money to drive to and fro CSUN. If you choose to dorm, same thing applies, except you have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to distribute club meetings, meals, homework time, tutoring and relaxing throughout the day. This is the basic principle each CSUN student learns within the first semester.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is very diverse, consisting of a large population of international and deaf students. The school is exceptionally known for their Deaf Studies program, as well as its CTVA (film) program. It offers over 300 clubs, sororities/fraternities, several on-campus dining locations such as Arbor Grill, the Pub, and Freudian Sip, and Geronimo's which is a cultural buffet located within the dorms.

  • 04/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Despite working part time on campus and going to school full time, I think having fun is sort of difficult when you're so caught up in getting work done. But my source of having fun would have to be finding the extra time to use the Student Recreational Center (SRC) that the school offers. The SRC offers so many fitness programs, group exercise classes ranging from kickboxing, cycling, zumba, yoga to belly dancing (who doesn't love that?!) and of course the wide variety of exercise machines; all in which that I love.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining available on campus is very diverse. You have all types of food from American, to Asian Cuisine and to Hispanic. I personally have a favorite for American food but have definitely tried all different types available on campus. I think CSUN does a pretty good job balancing and offering lots of food and dining on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I honestly don't know what it feels like living the dorm life nor do I know a good amount of people that are currently living in the dorms on campus. However, if I were to live the dorm life I think it'd be a lot more convenient since it is walking distance in which you can definitely take advantage of since walking is very essential in healthy living and fitness. And who wouldn't want to save the extra money on gas driving to school?!

    Academic Rigor

    The atmosphere, the free internet and computer services and great scenic areas around campus makes it a lot easier to enjoy academic settings. I mean it is difficult for students to know how to create their own meaning of what they actually learn in which I personally have difficulty with but it's all about using the resources you have and taking advantage of those resources for example talking to your instructors and taking advantage of their office hours. I mean that's something not every student does.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say for Prospective Students coming to CSU Northridge, it's better to know what you want to do before anything else and it's normal not to know. CSU Northridge offers so many programs and workshops that help students figure out what they actually want for themselves in a career. I feel like taking advantages of the services this school has to offer is very important.

    In three sentences

    I would rate CSU Northridge on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate it a 9.5. It's a great school that offers sufficient studies on a wide variety of careers, great Professors, lots of extracurricular activities and provides numerous amounts of services for students and non-students. This school has about almost everything I could ask for as a dream school.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who want to study communications, film, or anything in the media!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club or a theatre class! It's the easiest way to meet people!

    Bang for the buck

    Okay, I love that I don't have to pay a thing for this school! The financial aid could be better though.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love how some random people stop to chat! I feel so confortable with the people here, that I could give everyone passing by a free hug!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here (the ones I have, anyways) are friendly and are willing to help a student. If not during class, they are always available during their office hours!

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students who are open to meet anyone who are different than them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not buy books and supplies on first week, Trust me. You don't want to deal with endless line of students waiting to buy their books and supplies. Buy books before school start- (You can check your portal-books) for your classes. Check it on amazon.com for discount. Don't eat at fast food place too much because they eat your money. Buy food at food stores, its will save your money so much.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition are cheaper than UC universities. It is nice to live there because it is safe and clean. Books are not alway cheap but you can find CSUN students who already taken the classes, just ask them for the book. They can give you discount or give you for free.

    Am enjoying being here

    A lot of events to attending, Which it is fun. There are so many club to choose. Varies of cool classes to pick. This campus have some nice food to pick too, Which it is nice!

    Am learning a lot

    I learn so much from my experience at this campus. Professor are incredible amazing. They want us to succeed, so they willing to help us out when we need the most. There are varies of people there, some of them can change your life.

  • 04/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will benefit from this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to meet up with counselors every semester to review educational progress and class planning. Also take advantage of the office hours given by professors and the extra help they give outside the classroom.

    Bang for the buck

    It is less expensive than private universities and UC's and get the same or even better education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have had so many opportunities since attending here because of the counselors and professors emailing students job openings in fields they are interested in.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors I have had want you to do your best. They don't want to just give you a grade on papers you turn in. They make sure you understand the subject of the class and have high expectations for the students.

  • 07/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone has the full capacity to accomplish and surpass their own goals, desired dreams and be successful in their future. Its just the act of working hard and giving it your all that will facilitate you to reach them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, become disciplined, honest and responsible for your own actions. Give it your best and never take NO for an answer. In the midst of uncertainty and dismay, be positive and stay strong. Nothing is impossible.

    Bang for the buck

    It creates many opportunities I never imagined were possible.

    Will enjoy being here

    I know this new college experience, with all of my friends who will attend or may attend here later, will be a blast.!!! : D

    Will learn a lot

    This school will fully prepare me to become a successful Psychologist, student and person for my future.

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ye who has reliable transportation, bills paid, with books in hand may just be the happy camper of CSUN. It is a question of the Deans of each college to take off the blinders and see the opportunities for undergrad and graduate research opportunities within the local area. Failure to do so will not improve the existing lab equipment which at times goes unrepaired. Thus leading to others going to different schools once the complete the bachelor then go for the masters on the basis that the lab equipment is broken or not fixed. Should the Deans remove such silly blinders they would see the benefit of improving such equipment and performing research for the local businesses thus retaining advanced students. Thus solving the repair cost concerns…

    Tips for prospective students

    Be advised that unless you are taking public transportation there is no shuttle that runs to metro link system in Northridge. As this would be a great service but the cost is too much for the university to put together leaving the other option being the bus. If you are going to drive do not park on this campus without a permit or the daily $6 permit as the parking Gestapo will remind you with a ticket costing much more. The side streets are ok but at your own risk where there is parking on the adjacent streets east, south, and west of the university. Oviatt Library has banker hours due to a female being raped a few years back so studying late on campus is hard to do along with trying to find a quite or silent place to study. Yes there are many idiots who talk in the library and they do nothing.

    Bang for the buck

    CSUN is a state school with a need to generate more money in order to continue to provide what services it does have. Therefore the parking permits go up each year like clockwork, tuition hikes are following the same clockwork, and the pricing for the items in the bookstore, other shops, and vendors will drain your wallet quickly. Make sure you can afford to get to and from the school, pay your fees, and books eventually leading to a successful life. Failure to cut yourself short or overlook the obvious will lead to your eventual frustration.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is a commuter school which has no real after hours events take place on a regular basis so do not hope for a lot of involvement. What events that do take place are indeed worth going to. The concerns are that Veterans have not been given fair treatment over the past year with regards to processing VA educational benefits. However the university is aware of this and hopefully will improve the areas where they are deficient in as soon as possible as the Veterans have been held accountable for their service as it is time the university be held accountable for inaction or lack of performance towards Veterans.

    Am learning a lot

    Based on the resources available which being a state school is limited however it is more of a factor of how seriously the professors take their job. As there are a few who the twinkle in the eye left a while ago and hopefully it has not left. I would hope that the University realizes that they can improve with not much capital investment but we shall see.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Student are all studious and keen on studying that would be great for freshmen to follow their friends' attitude.

    Tips for prospective students

    Doing lots of research and carefully to choose the fittest college of your future.

    Bang for the buck

    I love that most about CSU Northrigde

    Will enjoy being here

    CSU Northrigde will satify all your need about library,mandatory and classroom with nice and well-prepared supplies.

    Will learn a lot

    This school is quite suitable for students who are diligent in studying and researching.

  • 09/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Whether or not CSUN is your first, second or third choice for a college to attend, whatever college you do choose to go to will be a good one. I can't say that there is a bad higher education school, because there really isn't. If you choose to go to CSUN, then that would be awesome, if not then it's your choice. I know that may not sound helpful or anything, but really, choosing a college based on your preferences would be the best choice, so you know that you will have an amazing experience doing the things you love while getting a good education.

    Bang for the buck

    The only reason that I am giving it a four out of five is because of the recent CA fee increase. Compared to UCs, this is still relatively cheaper.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being a recent transfer here from a community college, I'm really enjoying the difference, not only in the coursework, but also with the experience. Yes, CSUN is a commuter school and it may seem kind of difficult to approach people since they seem like they're off in their own world, but once you are able to make bonds with the people here, school becomes exciting. I suggest joining some on campus clubs or sports.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers I've had are really passionate about their subject that they're teaching and the faculty really helpful and welcoming. Don't be shy.

  • 10/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I have visited this school once before and I absolutely loved the environment. The people were always smiling and really friendly. I was thinking they wouldnt be so happy, but as they show in movies on peoples personality, it's true! The food was great and the area is so green! LOVED IT!

    Will learn a lot

    I know plenty of people who are currently attending this school. They have gotten me very interested because they took almost the same classes I have and basically all the same grades. They got accepted so I feel that this school is great for me. They always talk to highly on the professors and the eduation they are recieving so I know i will be able to great a great education.

  • 11/06/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a exactly within my income range without bankrupting me or my family.

    Will enjoy being here

    It's a comfortable, welcoming environment and I feel right at home here.

    Will learn a lot

    From the overall experience from this school, I'm excited to apply and attend this school! The science and mathematics depart really intrigues me and I'm positive I will learn a lot.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I would recommend CSUN for students who are interested in becoming teachers or who are interested in working with children.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to prospective students is give CSUN a chance. Even though it may not be as highly recommended as UCLA or other UCs, it is still a great school and offers a great curriculum.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the tuition may be considered a lot, I think that it is still a great school and worth paying for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am really enjoying my time at CSUN. I have made many friends and the professors are great. They actually care about the success of their students.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently in a program called ITEP Freshman. It is a teaching program that allows you to get your degree and credentials faster and at the same time. Personally, I am learning a lot. Most of what I am learning I have been applying at home and in my field work. I think that even though it is a lot of work. The experience is worth it.

  • 11/28/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    for people who like to express themselves. theres tons of stuff and activities happenin in this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not feed the squirrels

    Bang for the buck

    Not so much money given to students

    Will enjoy being here

    Its alright.

    Will learn a lot

    dont go here but ive heard some professors can be pretty cool

  • 12/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types of students because there are multiple professors for the same subject every professors will have their own approach to the material, so there will a professor for every type of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend all of your classes although you have the opportunity to leave at any time or not show up at all, many times missing even one class will severely affect you and you may not be prepared for the tests. Take as many AP courses, college courses in high school so you don't have to take them in college.

    Bang for the buck

    You rarely have to leave campus for anything since they have everything there. It is well worth the cost since the education you receive there is so valuable.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students are all very friendly and so are the professors. Everything you could want is on campus, an activity center/gym, cafes, fast food restaurants, and banks. The only thing that may annoy people is the constant badgering of people that want you to sign petitions, and people handing out advertisements/coupons/bibles, religious people wanting to discuss religion.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are all extremely knowledgeable with most of them having a PhD in their field. Most professors are still active and relevant in their field, conducting research and collaborating with colleagues to make contributions to their fields. They are extremely interested in their field and come to class excited to tell you what they have been working on.

  • 01/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    delicious options for food at the food court.

    Dorm Life

    i live off-campus but the dorms look beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    its only difficult if the student doesn't put enough time and effort towards their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    staying on top of your work, set up study groups, dont procrastinate, show up to class on time with all your materials needed.

    In three sentences

    california state university-northridge is a wonderful school, the environment is beautiful and peaceful. professors and students are friendly and motivated to help students needs to fulfill our careers. students who are planning to apply to csun wont be disappointed!

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are many fun events held at c.su.n. such as concerts by well known artists like b.o.b. and the cataracs, who performed in the fall semester, 2011. they recently built the student recreational center where students can become fit and active. best part it is free for students! during the hot weathers c.s.u.n. has a big pool where students can cool off.

    Food and Dining

    c.s.u.n. has a variety of dining places that have friendly employees and the dining rooms are clean. they are great place to affiliate with friends. the dining areas do not charge tax. there is a variety of food to eat and it is well cooked.

    Dorm Life

    c.s.u.n. has some of the biggest dorms than any other college campus, they have sufficient space, private bathrooms, and a kitchen. the dorms are clean and everything is functional. there is plenty of parking space. the dorms provide a meal plan to ensure students are properly fed with delicious food.

    Academic Rigor

    c.s.u.n. has great professors, they are friendly and do their best to make class fun and hands on to ensure the students are excited about what they are learning. however, do not let their friendly personalities decieve you. they are strict on turning in late work, making up exams, and not attending class.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should attend c.s.u.n. with the mentality to succeed. attend all the classes and complete all the work on time and do not procrastinate! purchase all the required text books because they are very crucial for completing assignments and reviewing for exams. if struggling financial the best thing to do is apply for scholarships instead of applying for loans.

    In three sentences

    california state university of northridge has a prestigious business program, ranked nationally. great school to attend, the professors and faculty are helpful and promote success, campus is well built, and it has a diverse community. must importantly c.s.u.n. is affordable!

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe on the csun campus. i have never experienced problems of any kind. in they evening they have security that walks around campus which is very comferting. i have never felt threatened or concerned for my safety on campus. csun also has an amazing and quick response to any possible problems, they are very good at contacting students through phone, text, email and flyers if anything out of the norm does occur.

    Clubs and Activities

    csun offers many clubs and activities to students. they are easily accessible and often promoted on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    csun is great for students who wish to pursue their career after high school, or as a transfer from a junior/community college. also, it is great for students who work and wish to pursue their degree or futher their current education. csun is great for anyone! they have so many different offerings that can assist individuals to further their education.

    Bang for the buck

    i feel that csun truly offers an excellent program at a reasonable price. the teachers, courses, and services they provide are truly outstanding and worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    there are hundreds of extracurricular offerings ranging from clubs, sports, seminars, and even study abroad travel programs. they offer a very wide offering to students who wish to pursue interests outside of their classes.

    Food and Dining

    csun has a lot of different areas on campus in which they offer food, dining, wireless internet and areas to sit and relax. they offer many different types of food and i am quite pleased with their services.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live on campus at this time. i live with my parents. to my knowlege and understanding, off-campus housing nearby is very well kept and in a safe area.

    Academic Rigor

    csun upholds a high standard of education. i feel that they provide a positive learning environment in which we must learn and apply our knowledge to practical life situations. classes are challenging and rewarding and prepare students to enter into their field of study past graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    prospective students should submit their applications as early as possible. if you apply late, your priority for class registration may be greatly affected. apply for financial aid and scholarships. use all the helpful resources that the csun administrative office has to offer.

    In three sentences

    california state university is an outstanding colllege that offers courses with excellent and passionate teachers. the campus is beautiful and well kept. resources are readily and easily accessible on campus and through their easy to use website.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel very safe although there are your typical thefts that occur at every once in a while.

    Great for these types of students

    this is an awesome campus for junior college transfers.

    Bang for the buck

    one of the best educations you can get for the price

    What to do for fun

    northridge is in a perfect location you are not to far from hollywood if you want to go out of town and there are some fun bars right by campus too.

    Food and Dining

    lots of restaurants to choose from very good quality.

    Dorm Life

    not the best dorms but they are nice and if you get a good roommate it really helps.

    Academic Rigor

    some of the subjects can be very difficult but most of the professors have laid out a clear plan on how to pass the class and if you follow that you should have no problem.

    Tips for prospective students

    the best tip i can give is to sign about for learning disabilities help as this will give you priority enrollment. there are a lot of students competing for classes that fill up very quickly and the priority enrollment will really help you get all the classes you need to take.

    In three sentences

    csun is a great university to attend especially if you are a transfer student from a junior college as most units will transfer over. i have found that most of the professors are very good and care about helping the students. and for the price it is one of the best educations you can receive.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    student safety also play a major role in our campus where student escorts are readily available during the night time. the dorms are also secured with security's on duty during late hours.

    Clubs and Activities

    with over 270 clubs and organizations available to all students your bound to run into something you love.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the circle of tree's is one of the locations i feel in love with. the name says it all, there are trees planted in a circle. if you need any alone time or somewhere to think, this is the place to go to.

    What to do for fun

    csun recently opened a free 3-story gym to all students! it's a great way to kill time and also get back in shape now a days. there's also a garden grove where you can enjoy oranges anytime of the day.

    Food and Dining

    there are a wide variety of places to dine in on campus. what i love most about our campus dining is that there is a limited amount of fast food provided which in the long run is more beneficial to everyone's health. panda express, pollo loco, burger king and subway are the few fast food chains on campus. the rest of the food available has more of a natural food taste rather than greasy fast food and also vegetarian options play a great role on campus food.

    Dorm Life

    making friends in a classroom is not impossible but slightly harder to do so, because since a university is so big and decided majors play a critical role in determining what classes to take each semester the possibility of you retaining friends in prior classes are slim. where as dorming builds bonds. you experience greater opportunities than if your a commuter. school is less stressing and more convenient. you expand your social life more and you grow as a person and become more independent!

    Academic Rigor

    although some teachers may be very lenient with their students the majority will not tolerate tardiness, missing assinments and lack of participation. participation is actually key to passing a class, all teachers will make it clear that participating is a must.

    Tips for prospective students

    if your a recent graduating senior keep in mind that college is way different than highschool and here at csun teachers are right on point with teaching, no slacking off is permitted.

    In three sentences

    the name is csun for a reason, it's reguarly sunny here. embodying an orange grove makes the campus even more beautiful and has an excellent library. although it may seem like eveyones always in a rush, even the millions of squirrels, the ambiance is great!

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    csu northridge is a very safe campus and puts a great deal of effort into ensuring it remains that way. there is a police station right off campus and security is always enforced. in addition, for those who have late classes that end at 10pm, there is no need to worry if one is walking alone because security escorts are available all throughout campus to walk you to your car.

    Bang for the buck

    several years ago, attending csu northridge for school gave you the perfect bang for your buck. for a good education, it didn't burden you with significant tuition debt. however, within the last few years and constant rises in tuition that have nearly doubled what it was before, it is becoming difficult for many students to pay for classes when there is also the issue of not being able to find enough classes.

    What to do for fun

    once again, be involved! go to events the campus holds such as big show where popular music artists perform every year, or go to private events that organizations on campus hold! it will make your years at csu northridge memorable.

    Food and Dining

    csu northridge offers a variety of places and varieties of food to eat, equally disbursed throughout the campus. the bookstore area has popular chains, such as burger king, el pollo loco and panda express. the university student union has subway and the pub. other areas throughout campus offer dining from different cuisines, and you can find sushi, burgers, paninis, and little marketplaces all throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    although i personally did not dorm, from what i have heard the on campus apartments are nice, but many students have dealt with having issues such as problematic roommates or having items stolen.

    Academic Rigor

    having taken several courses throughout many different subject matters, the academic rigor is quite strong. although there is always room for improvement for some classes, there are many that are very challenging and provide you with a great amount of retain-able knowledge by the time the class is over.

    Tips for prospective students

    become involved!!! do not let college years go by with you simply just going to class and then back home. become involved in a club or organization, attend events at the valley performing arts center, become a new student orientation leader, and the list goes on. if any opportunity comes your way where you can get priority registration in exchange for doing something for the campus, take advantage of it because you'll need it!

    In three sentences

    csu northridge is an excellent university that does its best at preparing students for their careers. not only is there a strong focus placed onto the curriculum of several majors, but there is also the consistent encouragement to become involved with the school. students are always encouraged and given the opportunities to excel in academics and become an active member on campus through clubs and organizations and various activities.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is a fun room in the usu.

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there's escorts at night if you feel scared and a police department on campus.

    Greek Life

    not too prominent here.. no greek row first of all but it is starting to get a little better.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a lot of clubs but not as many as other college campuses.

    Great for these types of students

    people who can find their own fun outgoing people people interested in film, radio this is perfect

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the northridge seal on campus supposedly gives you good luck if you kiss it before a test.

    Bang for the buck

    not expensive at all, but extremely hard to financial aid other than athletic scholarships or outside scholarships!

    What to do for fun

    not much.. try to go to sporting events or find frat parties other than that, athlete parties but they do not like randoms.

    Food and Dining

    the dinning hall (called geronimo's) is terrible! people have been known to get food poising and the selection is extremely limited. food on campus in the sierra center is amazing, you can pay with cash, card or dinning dollars anywhere on campus.

    Dorm Life

    every now and then there are activities to do and free food. one thing i loved was the option to be in the apartment style dorms with a kitchen and living room. however the halls of the apartment style dorms weren't as social as the freshman experience ones. a huge negative is that a lot of people can't even get into the dorms, i know lots of people that got wait listed so apply for them early!

    Academic Rigor

    my classes have been pretty easy other than the comp classes. i'm a cit major, and so far the professors seem pretty knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    tour the campus first, also try to get involved, you won't make friends here if you don't. if i wasn't on a team here i would've transferred after the first semester.

    In three sentences

    it's near la so if you have a car you can go to the beach or hollywood! down-side: commuter school, barely anyone is on campus. src (student rec center) is a must, this is where everyone hangs out, only place on campus you will find people down to socialize.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there is every where guard and police station is inside the campus.

    What to do for fun

    students can get free t-shirt and pain on it. they can participate in fairs and enjoy live music sometimes.

    Food and Dining

    there is a lot of fast food restaurant and cafeteria inside the campus everywhere. their food has a good quality and fair price.

    Dorm Life

    i live off-campus. however, my friend are very satisfied being in dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    students must follow rule and avoid trouble on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    tthey can study and relax in a beautiful and big university.

    In three sentences

    i am proud to study in csun. professors at csun are very knowledgeable and helpful. this university has a high quality and is a top university.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    as for every college they should all have a campus safety. in northridge campus there are emergency posts posted everywhere around campus in case of any emergency. there is also a police station in campus for any kind of bad situation you are facing or saw.

    Clubs and Activities

    in northridge there are many clubs and activities you can attend to. there are clubs such as mecha, which is a chicano/a club were they can help you with tuition and fight for better rights. there are also sororities that you can be a part of and have a better idea of how it is like to live the college life.

    Bang for the buck

    we all know that we are facing through some bad economic time and it is times like these where we need to save every dollar we have and limit our spending. when it comes to college and your education you will need to purchase books, supplies, and tuition and it is all for the best of your education. when it comes towards spending for college it might be seem as a lot of money, but whatever you waist will end up repaying you back with much more because at the end of the day you will end up not with a job, but a career where you will be earning much more money as to how you started on the first day you attended college.

    What to do for fun

    there are many activities you can do in campus for fun. you can attend to the src(student recreation center) where you alone or with a friends can go and have yourself a great workout. you can also hang out in front of out library, hang out with friends at the dorms, and even have a great time playing sports at our field.

    Food and Dining

    there are a lot of great restaurants in campus and around it for whenever you are craving for an appetite. also, as for living in the dorms you can qualify for what it is called a meal plan. the meal plan is a great way to get food in campus cheaper or paid.

    Dorm Life

    i do not have any experience of what it is like to have a dorm life, but what i have heard is that it is great. at the dorms you are able to meet new people and have new friends. also, the dorms are real close to campus so classes are close as well, plus you can be able to attend to the event that happen in campus.

    Academic Rigor

    in college the courses are not easy as to the level of high school. these classes are much more difficult because it requires for more studying. these courses are difficult, but they are classes that will help you towards your path of your career and introduce you to what it is like living and having a job in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    for incoming students i would recommend to give it your best. as a student and experience it is hard, but nothing is impossible. all you have to do is put your mind to your goal, study, and do all your work and you will accomplish anything.

    In three sentences

    california state university northridge has a great huge campus where everybody can walk around and enjoy. it's a great campus where students can hang out, study, and have peace. northridge has great classes where you can discover what major you would like to fulfill.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Greek life

    Food and Dining

    geronimos sucks, but on campus food is great

    Dorm Life

    great community

    Academic Rigor

    some hard classes, others embarrassingly easy

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get priority registration.

    In three sentences

    Okay, great greek life dominates the social scene but there are ways to kick it with friends. Library is huge, and accessible. Great atmosphere.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Quite a few places within student budget both on and off campus

    Academic Rigor

    moderate

  • 03/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    The Professors are highly educated. Continued research is encouraged for staff and students. The professors are eager to assist the students in achieving their future goals.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There are several options for dining at CSUN. There is usually a place to grab a snack or a drink near every building on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown. CSUN is mainly a commuter school, although there are some dorms available for students.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUN has worked for several years with the surrounding businesses to help students transition into careers after graduation. The business program at CSUN is well respected locally.

    Tips for prospective students

    Transferring students from CC should meet with an adviser well before the semester enrollment date to go over the student checklist.

    In three sentences

    The school has great programs, but it is extremely overcrowded and difficult to enroll in classes. Also, tuition has increased greatly since years past.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things I like to do for fun. I like to go out to lunch with my friends, maybe go to the gym, go catch a movie, or even go to the game room and play pool. There are also activities on campus in the evening time like spoken word, or concerts at the music department, etc.

    Food and Dining

    I love to eat ! This campus has a wide variety of foods on campus, and of none of those suit your liking, there are places near by the campus for our convenience.

    Dorm Life

    I've had a horrible dorm experience. My roommates were messy and noisy, and partied all hours of the night. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't.

    Academic Rigor

    The students on campus there are very competitive and are up to any and every challenge thrown their way.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to decide upon a major as soon as possible so that from the jump, all scholarship money, grants, and loans go towards the classes necessary to graduate within four years.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and full of people who are determined to succeed. On top of that, everyone is very friendly and polite. Cal State Northridge has an excellent engineering program by the way!

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Great area.

    Greek Life

    Seem to have a pretty nice greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Has a ton of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type but football players. No football team.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Orange grove on campus with a small lake with ducks and turtles.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes its a great school and not as much as a UC's.

    What to do for fun

    They have a lot of places close buy and you can buy movie tickets and theme park tickets at inexpensive prices.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great and they give a lot of food.

    Dorm Life

    Heard its good and they have nice dorms they look more like apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Not to bad but its not too easy or to hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the campus and walk around and do not be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    It is a nice campus with friendly people. They have a brand new gym area that is state of the art and new student life facilities.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been some 'gunman' instances. BUT - they've all turned out to be false alarms. There is a campus safety unit on campus and a police station right outside the campus as well.

    Greek Life

    Sorority and Fraternities on campus and they all seem non-stereotypical and nice. They seem very accepting of all types of people and I haven't heard anything bad about the Greek system on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities on campus including The Daily Sundial, the school newspaper.

    Great for these types of students

    Cinema and Television Arts, Journalism, Communications, Business and Music majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dorms are typically a 20 minute walk away from the buildings while off campus apartments are closer so that's something to keep in mind.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a pretty good education here for a decent amount. International students have to pay a lot of money, but CSUN is mostly cheaper than anywhere else in California. The bookstore is expensive, so buy books online.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN has discounted tickets for movie theaters, Universal Studios, Disneyland and all other theme parks. There's also a midnight bus that takes students for midnight releases of movies. The new performing arts center also has lots of performances that are discounted for CSUN students.

    Food and Dining

    The marketplace and The Arbor Grill have good food and the 6 Freudian Sips on campus are in my opinion better than Starbucks. CSUN also has a dining hall near the dorms and the bookstore and other areas have your usual fastfood chains - Burger King, Subway, El Pollo Loco and Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm apartments are nice 2 bedroom apartments and dorm parties are fun. However, at $600 per person and 4 roommates to an apartment, the pricing is ridiculous and you could find a cheaper apartment elsewhere.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a debatable rating. I took a class at USC and my professor at CSUN is way better. But compared to Ivy League Schools or UC's, CSUN isn't great and also - it depends on what your major field of study is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take a meal plan - it's a rip off. Also, if you can live off campus do it because nice as the dorms are, they're more expensive than off campus apartments. If you're an international student, this is a nice university but beware the unhelpful international student office.

    In three sentences

    CSUN has a large population of really fun students that mostly party, occasionally come to class and sometimes graduate. If you're a great student and involved in the community, professors will like you and you will stand out and thrive here. If not, you'll probably do just fine as well.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very high involvement from students in the greek system.

    Bang for the buck

    Great for low income families, good education with low cost.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of great places to eat near campus. On campus food is pretty poor quality.

    Dorm Life

    Mostly a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the classes I have taken here are not as challenging as I would have thought.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to go somewhere else.

    In three sentences

    An underrated school, poor location with a good education. Staff reflects the idea that we are not getting a challenging curriculum. The students here do not seem to be the most prestigious of people.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN is a very safe place except for the occasional stealing of bikes.

    Greek Life

    I am not from a sorority but I have friends who are and they are all like a very close knit family.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is the biggest assortment of clubs and activities at CSUN.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student who can handle partying and school CSUN is definitely the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the Spring semester an Alpha frat has a yearly probate where they initiate their pledges. A place where most people hang out is the USU and occasionally in front of Sierra Hall.

    What to do for fun

    Around CSUN you can go to the mall, go out to eat, and have parties. This is definitely a party school even though not every party is safe.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the housing area is horrible. The cafeteria is Geronimo's and it is disgusting. I suggest you get Dining Dollars so you can buy food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is very fun but it can get a bit wild. This is where you will meet the people you will be friends with for the rest of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teachers are solely there to see you gain knowledge and pass their class. Although some of the classes are difficult you will learn a lot at the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before choosing your professors check them out on ratemyprofessor.com. Be prepared to meet a very diverse school.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is very focused on campus involvement. Everyday they have some sort of even going on to get the students involved. On a scale of 1-10 I give it a solid 10.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply, and enjoy.

    In three sentences

    I visited the campus and I thought it was beautiful.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Looking into Business, or any form of Media. The sociology department is awesome too!

    Bang for the buck

    You are definitely getting the bang for your buck. CSUN is in the CSU system so pricing is astonishing for such an amazing education and experience.

    What to do for fun

    Any and everything will be offered for fun! Just gotta go out and meet people!

    Food and Dining

    I hate the food at the resident dining hall! But if you must, it is manageable. Again, get an apartment style WITH a kitchen. They are offered on the housing website, you'll see what I mean once you go there.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing, but quite on the pricey side. So if you have the money or enough financial aid then go for it! It will be the best decision of your life. I also might suggest to apply for and apartment style WITH kitchen. Trust me you'll save a lot of money money.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of tough rigorous courses that may challenge you. All the better reason to attend CSUN so you get the full college experience everyone is really looking for.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUN can be/is known for a party school, so always remember to keep your studies your number one priority.

    In three sentences

    Some of the best, well prepared, and intelligent professors you will encounter are at CSUN! You will not only get an awesome education here, but meet tons of great well rounded people solely interested to help you! CSUN has the largest campus size in the whole CSU system and is the most racially divers for all kinds of races, ethnicities and cultures to surround yourself with.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's relatively safe around campus. There have been a few odd incidents where it required the S.W.A.T's attention immediately, but usually it's safe. Those odd incidents are unpredictable. It can happen on any campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's an arcade on campus. There's also galleries in the art buildings where it holds exhibitions by students and well-known artists. For those of you that are at the legal drinking age, there's a pub on campus that serves beer.

    Food and Dining

    The food quality is pretty good. You will definitely be spending more than $6 but they're generous with portion. It tastes pretty good too! They have several coffee shops dispersed on campus and we might possibly be the only school that has a coffee stand in the library! How awesome is that?!

    Dorm Life

    I felt pretty lonely at first. I wasn't quite sure how to socialize with new people because it's not like high school where the entire class knows everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    The science classes definitely show no mercy. Instead of effort and memorization, they would rather have students breathe the material as if it's a foundation for life. Do not underestimate this department.

    In three sentences

    Although my GPA wasn't great in high school, CSUN gave me a second chance. It was a great opportunity to explore my hidden talents. In essence, I found my niche and passion because of CSUN.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    food is expensive on campus. outside there is chipotle, carlos jr, and etc. better to bring food from home. you save money.

    Dorm Life

    no experience.

    Academic Rigor

    there can be better teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your a science major, the science department is expanding.

    In three sentences

    outstanding biology research team. psychology class is the biggest among all majors. needs more psychology classes that have science.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are various clubs and activities to do weekly on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of food options on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to my classes.

    Academic Rigor

    As I stated earlier, the curriculum at my high school was more difficult than that of California State Northridge.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are extreme budget cuts so you are not likely to get all the classes you need. You will spend most of the first 3 weeks trying to crash classes which hurt your learning abilities in your classes.

    In three sentences

    This school has a variety of professors, most of which are capable of teaching while others are lacking in skills. There are many activities and clubs available to join. Overall, this school has the same difficulty level as the community college I attended.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, because it is a commuter school

    What to do for fun

    working out at the new gym

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are coming here as a freshman, definitely apply for the freshman dorms, great experiences await!

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    100%

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have LGBTQII clubs, Pan-African, plenty of diversity.

    Bang for the buck

    Degrees at CSUN weigh alot in the job market.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of options from clubs to recreation.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent

    Tips for prospective students

    See advisors before you make any educational changes or hasty moves.

    In three sentences

    CSUN has inspired and helped me to continue my studies as single mother of two, I found it so hard at times to continue my education. Without CSUN's staff and advisors, I would have given up.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety is great, protection 365 days and not just that they escort you to your car from any place if you feel un safe!

    Greek Life

    there is a chapter for anyone looking to join, during rush week you will find all the chapters in front of the oviatt library mingleling with other students and introducing their chapter. don't be afraid to approach them.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is a club for everyone you just have to look .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you have to look for many spots but the most fun ones are the observatorys , duck ponds, and the wild life section of the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    there are always great deals around the campus during the first few weeks of school many coupouns and deals are seen throughout the campus and neighborhood.

    What to do for fun

    you can go to the gym , join sports, clubs, and go to partys.

    Food and Dining

    there is something for everyone from burger king to panda express to even our of coffee shop .

    Dorm Life

    you meet a lot of new people dorming as well meet people in your major and from your classes so its always good to have them handy.

    Academic Rigor

    -professors organize lectures according to syllabus so make sure you brush up on it before hand and read the required texts. - professors are very understanding so always talk to them on a one to one basis . - dont be afraid to approach professor !

    Tips for prospective students

    -make sure you check your classes a week before school starts so your more oriented with the campus. -always ask questions in lectures and don't be LATE!!! -finals week is major on campus so make sure you study and join study groups held all over the campus!

    In three sentences

    A great tight nit learning community with not only great staff but also ready to learn students. Who always are ready to help one another you just have to be willing to ask and give your time.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of food on campus and the dinning is really good.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms suck.Go for the apartments. There is more room.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had some of the best teachers at CSUN, but every school has at least one bad one.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class,it might not seem important if your teacher doesn't take roll, but it is.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school, with a wonderful campus. The teachers really care about there students and don't mind taking time out of there day to help you. Also there is a lot of diversity.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus so danger at CSUN is least likely. Does not mean there will not be danger so always be alert to expect to unexpected.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, open-minded, ready to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the left hand of the library you will see people who come from different places around the state to set up tents and sell wide range of cool rare things. They usually come once or twice a month.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition can get a little pricey, so make sure to stay on top of your finances and your FAFSA.

    What to do for fun

    Spending time getting to know the different types of students who come from all over the world, literally.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety if food selections. From fast food to healthy nutritious places.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you study and stay on top of those books you should be fine. Also make sure to note things that professors put high emphasis on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cal State Northridge is opened minded to all a student has to offer, so allow yourself to be welcomed and noticed.

    In three sentences

    California State University-Northridge has truly been welcoming to my colleagues and myself. It strives to keep each student on their toes academically and socially. I would recommend Cal State Northridge to anyone pursuing higher education.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have an amazing police facility on campus and I'm sure I haven't went to school one time without the presence of police being there.

    Great for these types of students

    There is such a wide varity of students at CSUN that I suggest anyone that has more than just school going on in their life to enroll. If your old young and anything in between your going to love it.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many activities and events when your at college, all you have to do is walk throught the center of the campus and someone willl surely be handing out a flyer or putting up a sign for an upcoming event.

    Food and Dining

    Considering your right in the middle of a huge city basically any food you can think of is within a resonable distance. Also, the selection on campus isn't bad at all. We have fast food, coffee kiosks, snack bars and more.

    Dorm Life

    I've actually only been to the dorms a few times to pick up friends before I ever was enrolled at CSUN and it was always pretty boring, but this is a good thing if you want to focus on your studies.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors teach at Universities and Community Colleges, so they have an all around knowledge of teaching students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to be directly in the San Fernando Valley,and close to home while balancing a family or job, but still in close to the Hollywood and Downtown etc. night life your going to love it. On the flipside if you want a stereotypical college experience directly out of high school I would suggest a different school.

    In three sentences

    California State University is a great school for those who have children or are trying to balance school and family. I say this because I'm a mother trying to finish as soon as possible. For someone who is on the go it's more than perfect.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is a presence on campus.

    Greek Life

    Some big greek names are on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternities, Sororites, LBGH groups, foreign exchange programs, ect.

    Great for these types of students

    Communications, physical therapy, kinesiology

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some of the Greek groups (frats/sororities) have had some attention calling pledges.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get a good education if you are the right student. Distractions may be around, yet this school has many reswources and groups to help you stay on top of your game and have fun at the same time.

    What to do for fun

    The new recreational center just opened up last year, and its masive size presents fun for anyone.

    Food and Dining

    Didn't dine in the halls.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't dorm, but heard great things about experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    Not that difficult if you read all your assignments and also the professors are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on the ball and don't slack off, even when you think everything is under control.

    In three sentences

    The school is somewhat affordable. It is also big enough for a college experince and educative as well.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a lot of security guards around campus that ride bikes, ride in police cars, or walk around. There are some people that will walk you to your car, the dorm, or where ever if you need them to for you can feel safe. Also, there are emergency stands about every five feet all around the campus and the dorms and all you do is press it in case of an emergency and they come and help you. Also, we have our own police force and they are quick to respond to any disturbance.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life on campus is good and very active. They are always on campus and in the dorms telling students about there Greek and always fundraisers and parties going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of different clubs. On campus there is a such thing called club day. All the clubs on campus come out and you can walk around each table to learn about each different club. Also you can join as many clubs as you want. Also, the sorority or fraternity invite you places to have fun.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for commuter students and those who want the big university type of college experience. This school is good for anyone looking for a change and a challenge. It has wide range of colleges for different majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Location on campus that most students love is our bookstore center. We have burger king, panda express, and juice it up. We also have a duck, orange grove, and turtle pond. It is a very peaceful place to eat your lunch and even study.

    Bang for the buck

    If you wish to earn a BS or BA the CSUN tuition is much lower than any other universities in the state of California compared to most. In tuition there is a lot covered for students such as: health center, the game room, and the recreation center which is all free for students. Our campus gives out a lot of free stuff such as shirts, pens, pencils, water containers, and more. Make sure you check out what is all included in your tuition cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun activities especially in the dorms. On campus they have little activity such as craft corner, game nights, talent show and Matador Nights, but in the dorms there is way more stuff to do such as movie night, different fast food come, volleyball, basketball, Halloween night, and more. I like the community center, because there is a lot of games to play like pool, fuze ball, watch tv, and you socialize with others.

    Food and Dining

    Great food. In the dorms there is an all you can eat restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will love there is a different menu everyday. On campus there are many places that are cheap and have decent food. We even have coffee shops where they sell donuts, tea, coffee, blended drinks, and muffins.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great for meeting new people. It has a lot of different activities for you to get to know other students throughout the dorms. The dorm room life is full of fun. There are a lot of activities that you get to do, especially if your RA tells you what is coming up. You also get to meet new people and have a lot of new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Although classes are somewhat easy to get into the classes are still tough depending on the teachers and your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind and pick a major that you love the most. Take advantage of all the opportunities. Volunteer, join a club you find interesting, take a class about something you are unfamiliar with, and don't be shy to talk to people. Make the most of your college experience. Don't be afraid to meet new people. There are many things to do on this campus even though it is a commuter school mainly. I recommend rushing a fraternity or sorority. It is an amazing opportunity to meet people and network. Always be on top with getting your classes and make sure you know what needs to be done so you are able to have a nice and smooth time at college with less stress.

    In three sentences

    I would rate this school an 8 out of 10. This school is very affordable. It strives to keep each student on their toes academically and socially.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Finish your work first so you can play later. The biggest mistake you can make is procrastinating and falling behind. Trust me, you think you can handle it and that you work best under pressure, but the classes here will challenge you. And 9 times out of 10, you will crack under the pressure and you'll find yourself beating yourself up.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN has many clubs that are available. Also, dorm life is amazing. You meet many new people who bring different perspectives too the table and normally lead to good times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come at least an hour early to campus to find parking.

    In three sentences

    California State University of Northridge is a fine establishment and truly tries to help the students who attend here. Even with severe budget cuts being made each semester, CSUN still manages to create programs and help centers for students in need of these services. CSUN's faculty, overall, truly have a passion for their area of knowledge and do their best to teach the students here regardless of class size.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security is very helpful, although I know somebody who lost two bikes from the bike racks so bring a skateboard, scooter, or just walk.

    Great for these types of students

    I see all kinds of students there. It's a very pleasant and welcoming environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People gather at the Matador Square before a test or a big game for luck.

    What to do for fun

    I personally like the gardens and the orange orchard on campus. There's a pond inhabited by turtles, fish and ducks. I find it to be a very relaxing space on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat, including a food court, cafeteria, and a 7-11 type of student store that sells breakfast burritos, pizza, and salads.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, but from the times I've seen other people's dorms, they seem nice. They come furnished already and they're pretty spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors can be tough, but they're fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to join a club or live on campus for the full experience. Majors like Film and Media have their own separate set of dorms so you can live around people with the same interests.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The professors are great at their jobs. The only problem I've experienced is finding friends/study partners to hang out with since it's more of a commuter university.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe and teachers make sure students are safe, especially at night.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds!

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than elsewhere but tuition is increasing every year while classes are being cut. This has got to stop!

    Food and Dining

    Some vending machines and food spots scattered through campus. Need more options, healthier and closer together.

    Dorm Life

    Wouldn't know.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging & engaging. They keep you on your toes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with advisors regular. Sign up for classes right away. Have fun!

    In three sentences

    PROS: Convenient location, lots of majors to choose from, excellent teachers. CONS: Increasing tuition, availability of required classes, parking, no handicap assistance around campus

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I like the campus saftey we have campus escorts for students that have night classes they have rallys for campus saftey and emergence call towers every where.

    What to do for fun

    I am a member of the CSUN karata club, I go on the recreation club trips, and I hang out with friends from school.

    Food and Dining

    Theres not alot of up scale place to eat but there are alot of places to eat and now that the majority of the world is health conscience they have add healthy options to most of there meuns .

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is nice ,but self control is a must. There is alot of distractions and as an incoming student you dont want to get caught up. The dorm teach you alot and are a safe place to learn some real world life lessons.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe the course work is just in most of the classes because most professors provide you with the tools to succed in the job market.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your time focus on your classes and manage your money.

    In three sentences

    I believe california state northridge is a great school. For the majors offered, they provide everything needed during school and once you graduate. The classrooms are not over crowed and the teachers are attentive.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    CSUN always has different events going on.They have sports, music concerts, art shows, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options, you can stay on campus and try their food at the food court or there are also various food trucks. Once you get off campus there are a lot of restaurants close by including Mc Donalds, panda expresss, chili's etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice, clean and safe. Everybody gives each other their spec. I would recommend living in one.

    Academic Rigor

    I just enrolled and I hear that the classes are rigorous and get you thinking. The teachers are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise to go to visit the campus and get know where everything is.

    In three sentences

    CSUN has a very safe and clean environment. Every time I go to the campus the people there are willing to help you out, they're very friendly. There is a diversity of people, it makes you feel at home.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    3 stars.

    Clubs and Activities

    MECHA great club.

    Great for these types of students

    Business students. They face the least cuts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador Mascot and song.

    Bang for the buck

    Becoming harder to pay tuition, the cost of it is ridiculous.

    What to do for fun

    Going to the PUB.

    Food and Dining

    4 starts.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't stay at the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make good use of the services offered. If your a first generation college student make sure to apply to the EOP (educational opportunity program).

    In three sentences

    Good school, professors are dedicated. The services the school offers are great and very organized. However, the tuition hikes ontinue to increase.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I would reccomend this school if you absolutely know what you want to do. There are campuses that allow this, and I suppose CSUN does too, but they make it evident that you should know what you want.

    Bang for the buck

    I think CSUs in general are. But particularly this campus because it is up and rising.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of bars near by, so if you are of age, that's always fun. Not a drinker, but being with your friends is always nice. Bowling alley is nearby. Plenty of things to go see.

    Food and Dining

    On campus, the food is pretty decent. With a growing campus too, more and more choices are becoming available.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm, but I have friends that have and tell me it's really nothing that special. But the area is nice, and has access to the Metrolink.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part, the professors are awesome, but like anywhere, there is that one or two that is just awful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come into the school ready to work. IF all you want to do is party; I suggest you find another school. This school is all about getting you in and out as fast as possible.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. It's an awesome environment that caters to the students. Huge campus too!

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Use RateMyProfessor.com

    In three sentences

    Its a nice school. Parking is not too bad. Could have better teachers.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The recreational center has tons of activities for the active types as well as a rock wall in the center of the center! Dance studios, racket ball, ping pong, volley ball, and basketball rooms are a great way to meet new students and to get some exercise!

    Food and Dining

    The campus has a wide range of food places from Subway to Panda Express and even Sushi! The food court as they call it is always swarming with students eating delicious and well prepared food for hungry students.

    Dorm Life

    The apartments are spacious and you get to room with fellow students who have the same major as yourself! The freshmen get to live in the dorm suites and share a one bedroom dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard from past students that this school is one of the top schools for any major and that it may not be an easy school, but that is like any other university that challenges it students to succeed and be prepared for the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest to students that are thinking about attending CSUN to take a tour of the campus and to do go to the department building of your supposed major. This way, prospective students can meet their professors and other students that are going to take classes with! It's a great way to network and help a student succeed at their major.

    In three sentences

    I went on a campus tour of CSUN and was amazed at how colossal and grand the campus was! The buildings were modern and neat and the people were so welcoming and warm that I can't wait to attend the college in the Fall!

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always guards during the night on campus, and they are available to walk you back to your car which is really cool because it can be really dark sometimes and they are there to keep you safe.

    What to do for fun

    There are A LOT of events happening on campus almost daily, whether it be a small concert for lunch time at the USU or Arts & Crafts on Thursdays there as well, or a fair going on, there is always something happening. Joining a club is also something to do that'll get you involved in fun activities to do in school. The newly opened Student Recreation Center is all the rage right now, with its indoor rock wall adn Zumba classes, all free for currently enrolled students!

    Food and Dining

    We have really convenient restaurants in our campus, and even the school stores food and cafeteria food is really good. There is also a lot of good restaurants just walking distance from campus!

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I dont dorm, I commute, but I have heard that living there is really cool. I'm always hearing about events and get-togethers that tehy have and they sound really fun. If it was up to me and I could afford it, I'd probably dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Although some classes are obviously easier or harder than others, every semester I am always stressed and studying really hard for those finals, there is no slacking off in college! Sometimes you have to teach yourself the material, but hey, we're not in High School anymore. CSUN has some really amazing teachers, you just have to find them, they'll teach you a lot and will give you that challenge you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! I spent my first two years just going to school and back home after class ended, but my third year I was able to get more involved and let me tell you, I regret not having done it sooner! There's so much to do on campus, join a club, go to the events, meet new people; network!

    In three sentences

    Diversity. CSUN is so diverse, which makes it an awesome experience and also it is a beautiful campus with really nice and helpful students in our campus. There is always events or something going on in school which makes it impossible to ever be bored and really gets you involved.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Many varieties close by! From Gyros to ice cream to Subway to Carls Jr. to even a Chipotle!

    Dorm Life

    Do not live in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are tougher than others. A lot of studying will be needed in order to pass the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the resources that are available at school e.g., the library, the gym membership and the computer lab. Join a club or volunteer in a program. Do not procastinate and study well!

    In three sentences

    It's wonderful because the staff and fellow students are nice and very open. The professors help the students improve academically. Lastly, I like that the campus is a safe environment.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Outside of campus: Beach, bar...

    Food and Dining

    Nothing special. Panda express, Burger King, El Pollo Loco, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Quite expensive, but dorm life is great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in school activites. USU is always fun!

    In three sentences

    This school is very diverse. This school has a lot of events. This school is awesome.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    best safety ever!

    Greek Life

    a lot of them!

    Clubs and Activities

    just about every sport club and bunch of different clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Energetic, looking to learn

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a park all the way in the back, no one goes there. It is such a great place to come your head, and a very great place to go there with your boyfriend or girlfriend for lunch.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. :) or couple clubs!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a multi-cultural school, this is for you. We have variety of students from not only other states but other parts of the world also!

    In three sentences

    CSU, Sacramento was the best choice I can make while leaving here. I loved that I didn't have to leave home for college but stay with my parents. This school has thought me so much just in two semesters that I was in it!

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have not encountered any problems except my car being broken into during a school event. Make sure to park in the lots or structures on nights with special occassions.

    Clubs and Activities

    JOIN A CLUB! It will help you gain new friends. There are tons of clubs and organizations to choose from. I'm sure there is something that you would like.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Matador Nights! And the CSUN student showcase. Those are the coolest events.

    Food and Dining

    Needs some new variety, but what is available now is alright.

    Dorm Life

    I would only recommend the dorm life to incoming freshman. It was a great way to make tons of new friends and there are plenty of free events during the school year.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload depends on your major and professors. Professor Scott in the PAS department gave me the most work but it all aid off when I recieved an A in the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend anyone to do the national student exchange program. It's an amazing opportunity that CSUN offers. It's an awesome way to experience other parts of the states without the high cost.

    In three sentences

    Besides the class cuts, CSUN is a great school. The campus is really nice and there are always fun free events for students. Good commuter school.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    free gym

    Tips for prospective students

    plan

    In three sentences

    Small community, hard to get classes, good environment

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Didn't really get to know much about them.

    Great for these types of students

    Musicians!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mexican Ensemble. Loved playing with this band. Unusual in a university.

    Bang for the buck

    I recommend this school.

    What to do for fun

    Play an instrument, its really fun and will release all stress from you.

    Dorm Life

    Good.

    Academic Rigor

    Somewhat competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Money management, time management, early registration, connections, and preparation for extenuating circumstances.

    In three sentences

    I felt very comfortable attending this college. The atmosphere is very calm. I love attending this college.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons all around campus to call security incase of an emergency. The school provides a key service as well as a tow truck service in case a vichle is not working or someone left their keys in their car. We have an on campus sheriff station which is very useful. They provide a escort service incase its too dark to walk alone, they will gladly walk a student to their car.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs for specific majors and just for fun.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are an art student there is an art building with amazing art exhibits. If you are a performing arts student,csun has showcases,theater,and dance shows.

    What to do for fun

    There are events called matador nights which consists of fun activities such as painting and music, art as well. We have a pub on campus too. There is a outdoor market once a week for some fun shopping.

    Food and Dining

    CSUN accomidates to all students through their creative dinning choices. The selection ranges from fresh asian food to hand made pizza.They also provide panda express and pollo loco as well as the freudian sip which distributes all coffee/tea beverages.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a fun, safe enviorment, with full security.

    Academic Rigor

    The education level is not too difficult, it depends on the determination of the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to ask questions, everyone at CSUN is helpful.

    In three sentences

    1.school spirit 2.helpful 3.great educators

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Commited. Open minded. looking to make a difference in their life.

    What to do for fun

    Matodor bolwing alley. CSUN recreational center. Hollywood night life.

    Food and Dining

    The is several choice for food and dining not just on campus but around northridge as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are one of the most confortable student dorms in california.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the EOP program at Csun. Get involved. Learn and Enjoy.

    In three sentences

    Csun is a wonderful university filled with a diverse student population. Staff and faculty are willing to help their student achieve their desired goals. In addition, willing attending this university I've found a second home.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been a couple of campus-wide threats since I've been there...but that's the nature of any highly populated place. I've never felt personally threatened or unsafe. I walk on and near campus at night alone often.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of commuters never check out the Student Union, but there's some decent stuff there. Most people haven't tried The Pub, but it is good food. There are A LOT of campus resources that too many people don't know about or take advantage of...seriously, work for New Student Orientation and you can learn SO much!

    What to do for fun

    Go to Hollywood! Or Universal. Or Magic Mountain. Or the beach. Everything is super close, seriously. Within half an hour of all of that. Disneyland isn't far either...lots of people have passes and go every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The Sierra Center and The Pub have great food, and not the best but decent pricing. There are some decent fast food options on campus too. I haven't eaten at the dorm's cafeteria more than a couple of times, but I've heard lots of complaints that they serve the same exact things over and over and over. You're better off in a dorm with a kitchen and learning to cook for yourself.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves are nice apartment style dorms with way more space than you get in most dorms and you can select your roommates, but if you end up with random people who aren't good roommates...some crazy things have happened!

    Academic Rigor

    There are some challenging upper level classes within some majors, but the biggest stress is simply getting into the classes you need and being able to keep up with rising tuition costs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with something on campus! It will truly make your college experience a hundred times better. A great way to meet people and learn TONS about campus is to work for New Student Orientation after your freshman year.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with a beautiful campus that's close to everything in LA. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus; it's a commuter campus so there are lots of opportunities for people who don't live nearby and those who do as well. If you know you need a degree and aren't necessarily up for a huge academic challenge but want to experience LA and college life, it's a great option.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    When I have night classes there are 'security' with their bikes and lights to walk you to your car.

    Clubs and Activities

    There was a non-profit organization that visited the school known as International Student Volunteers(ISV) which changed my life forever. I went to the meeting and sign up hoping to get an opportunity and little did I know I was called and actually got to travel. Safe and secure. I was amazing!!

    Bang for the buck

    With what is going on with the tuition rising and financial aid taking grants away I had to pay last semester. So make sure if you do not qualify for financial aid look for scholarships else where to pay it off or work, or internships.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities that are offered at the school, but need to sign up with the Student Resources. They do hiking, rafting, rock climbing field trips. Most you have to pay but its pretty cheap.

    Food and Dining

    There are healthy choices to chose from. Nice enviroment, just a little pricey. There is also, Subway, Panda Express, Burger King, and El Pollo Loco.

    Dorm Life

    I live with my parents, but I do know that the school offers dorms for students that have little families.

    Academic Rigor

    I like most of my professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid the non-student advertisers, they are always trying to make you sign up for something.

    In three sentences

    CSUN was NOT my school of choice, but once I came here I do not regret being here. I love the diversity and the enviroment here.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, there are campus police patrols all the time and call boxes as well as walking services at night. I never feel that there is danger, unless you consider a squirrel trying to steal your lunch a big threat.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that you will be hard pressed to not find something to keep you involved.

    Great for these types of students

    No matter what type of student you are, quiet, studious or a social butterfly CSUN has all types and the mix is what helps to make it an experience to never forget.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love to sit by the pond full of ducks and turtles near the orange grove on campus, it is serene and a nice place to take a break.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of attendance compared to the quality of education and experience you receive at CSUN is without parallel.

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events, concerts, student clubs and activities, department clubs of all sorts. If you have an interest or hobby it is probably present at CSUN and if not form your own club it is so easy to do.

    Food and Dining

    The available dining options on campus range from Sushi to good old hot dogs and burgers. You can find what you crave someplace on campus or very close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The history department is top notch, with talented professors who are not only published scholars in their fields but also great teachers. Other departments I hear are the same way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with your department and student clubs to really feel a part of the community. Go support student athletics and events it is very rewarding.

    In three sentences

    CSUN provides a wonderfully diverse experience both academically and culturally. The beautiful campus establishes both a great environment for academic achievement and social activity for students. I am proud to be a matador for too many reasons to list.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    To be honest there isn't any school that can be perfectly well guarded however, there are people who volunteer to keep this world well safe and to them we owe them respect and thank you for helping students feel more protected in college. Csun is great, I mean the environment is always calmed and fresh, love it here. Students and staff are always working together and students and professors are continuously helping their students succeed.

    Greek Life

    Greek life, well here at Csun there are some Greek students and let me tell you that these people are great students and beyond this, they are students who like many of us seek opportunities and stress hard to achieve their goals. Even that I am not Greek love the way they work to accomplish their goals in life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Here at college there are a lot of clubs and activities however there too many that you can't join them all. I am part of reading clubs and mathematics clubs. I love to play volleyball and soccer. Students can choose from different clubs and activities, you are never bored in college tell you that.

    Great for these types of students

    Thing that students will love in college are first, independence from there parents, second the opportunity to become professionals in their majors as well as meeting new students fro around the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Csun has a gigantic library, man I get lost here sometimes. Many of the best books and novels the world can always have. Come visit us!

    What to do for fun

    Go out and spent time with friends to the mountains and to the forests because there many things that the forests hides and awaits to be found. You learn how to survive in the world of the bear.

    Food and Dining

    Food is awlays expensive anywhere speciallyif you want to eat good food. Dining is always served and many students love it, however they love going ou to eat as well.

    Dorm Life

    Well the dorm is like a room except you have to share which feels wierd to share with another student that you don't know hardly nothing from. The good thing is that students get chance to make friends and get independent. Some students even share food and school supplies like printers and paper. I the dorms you bring in your own belongings and your own materials.

    Academic Rigor

    I have always love mathematics and even took high level-math throughout high school. I took Algebra 2, Geometry, trigonometry, and Calculus AB. Now that I am in College I planning to major in Civil Engineering.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students there is a common saying that I have always input on my younger siblings and other students alike, If you work hard for it you will always be rewarded not matter what. This means that students who desire to go to college and succeed they must work hard in high school because it all starts there. Leave television and video games for weekends, stress hard on week days and see the big difference on your performing in school. It pays off after you see your diploma and the accepance letter to the college of your dreams.

    In three sentences

    Well csun thats how many call it is well rated by the students and parents that have contributed there. From a scale I would say csun is a 97%. Well safe and and great environment.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Go and ask the professors for help, it's the only way for them to know what they need to work to better their lectures for the students.

    In three sentences

    The science department is amazing because the professors really want to help out the students to achieve their goals. The professors encourage and try their best to help the students understand the material. The environment is an amazing place to learn.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very well secured.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs, frats, sororities, sports, and campus events.

    Great for these types of students

    Basically anyone who is willing to learn and give it their 110%.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't noticed any actually.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course much more cheaper than a UC and some CSU's, I personally think CSUN is worth what I am paying for, I believe it is all the same education everyhere it's just all up to the students and how they want to learn or if they want to learn.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of activities, clubs, events in campus, and of course parties.

    Food and Dining

    Food at geronimo's is okay, I usually cook in my apartment.

    Dorm Life

    FUN FUN FUN!!! Clean as well, apartments are pretty big and well secured. Also during summer there are pools you can swim in and have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are nice and caring but some of them wont be understanding, therefor you need to get it together and go to tutoring and get lots of help and help is provided throughout campus and dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just try PASSING your classes, try to earn a good grade not just a passing grade, and not passing a class will catch up to you sooner than you think, and that wont be good.

    In three sentences

    I like it here, not bad. People judge this school in a negative way often, but once you attend CSUN, it's pretty nice, campus is really beautiful, people are nice, staff members are caring.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's very safe but there has been some terrorist threats from the Islamic students while I was here. Mostly bomb threats and shows of protest - but no real bombs.

    Greek Life

    Never see them but I see their signs.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have very few activities. There are seasonal outdoor dances aimed at those who like hip hop, and really nothing else. Everyone else is left out. We have a really nice gym that's crowded like most college gyms. We have some high level martial arts instructors which is nice. There are some cool outdoor sports classes like surfing and kayaking but you have to drive 30 miles and the classes fill up fast.

    Great for these types of students

    International students will find the community of Northridge caters to them. If you're Latino or Asian you will feel right at home. People in the entertainment industry look to this school for a low cost education, and it has great facilities for that. The professors on the other hand are just using it for a second job and to spread their very strong political beliefs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The squirrels are odd and friendly. Although our mascot is a matador it should be these strange squirrels that everyone talks about.

    Bang for the buck

    It's really mediocre education, but this is what America has become as things become more and more strained by over population and cheaper budgeting. I also attended UC Davis and it was the same, except more reading was expected. California schools are the worst in all respects because the teachers are aging hippies with little to offer in depth and substance. Although the science, agricultural, and non-Western-multicultural classes are second to none because so much of our money and efforts go towards making them great.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing really; it's LA so people just go out. Don't come here without a car. The transit system is very dangerous at night and runs slow.

    Food and Dining

    Over priced -- they get you for every penny and you get nothing in return Burger King, Panda Express, Yoshima, Sushi, a sports bar, Subway, and a coffee place are the chain stores. The sports bar sounds cool but it is not attended to much, they don't really try, and no one goes there.

    Dorm Life

    Seems fine.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are fair and don't expect a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always remember to check the PDF for CSUN, open classes using google; because what they show you in the catalog is totally false. There is constant budget cuts and raising of tuition every year. Students who protest it are met with police force. California is no longer the cheapest place to go to college. If you're an American, and are looking for a college with a close community you won't find it here. This school is very international. It is also very left-wing politically, like most California schools, so be prepared to be indoctrinated without feeling free to express your opinion or ask questions; they simply laugh at students who I've seen do that. If you're an older student like me, you will receive more respect than many campuses as it is very open to different types of people attending. Everybody is really nice.

    In three sentences

    It's a nice campus with nice people. There are a lot of foreign students and no one really connects totally or participates in events, including the staff.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is a very safe campus, they offer many different programs to help keep you as well as your belongings safe. The matador patrol can escort you to your car or dorm at night if you dont feel safe walking alone. You can also register your laptop or any other valuable item to you so if it is lost or stolen and found they can contact you. These are just a few of the precautions CSUN takes to ensure you are safe.

    Greek Life

    There are many different Frats and Sororities on campus waiting to welcome you with open arms. Whether you are just watching a step show or participating in the action it is a very exciting activity to be involved in. Joining is another great way of becoming a part of history at CSUN.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSUN has an overwhelming number of clubs on our campus an encourages everyone to get involved. They host a number of activities including The Big Show and Matador Nights. They also have many more ways to get involved and meet new people, walking around campus you will see millions of posters with tons of information.

    Great for these types of students

    Csun is very diverse and open to all kinds of students. There is no limit to the possibilities here at csun, there are many opportunities to create your own club to fit in your join an existing one. This campus welcomes everyone with an appetite for success with open arms.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Newest addition to the campus is the Matador Statue that was recently unveiled at 2011's freshman convocation. The library is also a great way to stay focused as well as meet new people. Another great place on campus is the USU were many different activities are held.

    What to do for fun

    The SRC is a new place to go with friends to get a nice work out in, Or just to do a little rock climbing. There are also many areas with lots of shade you can sit and socialize under with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Campus has a number of food places to eat at Such as the Freudian Sip, El Pollo Loco, Subway, and the dorms has an amazing buffet known as Geronimos-- or as some like to call it, G'mos. They also have La Tienda where you can go to buy tv dinners, gatorades, chips. microwavable items, and even detergent to wash with!

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a great experience and helps you to meet an outstanding amount of people. There are many activities on campus such as the pool area or playing ping pong or pool in the community center. Dorm life at csun is designed to help students become independent but make them feel comfortable at the same time.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics here are outstanding. The Professors are amazing and will go out of your way to help you understand the material. There are also a number of programs to help you such as math labs, writing labs, tutors on campus, the possibilities for success are endless.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared, CSUN is a very welcoming campus. Everyone here is on your side trying to help you. I encourage students to come here because it is a beautiful campus with endless opportunities.

    In three sentences

    California State University has a very beautiful campus located in the valley, and it offers many academic opportunities for students. This campus is a very diverse and welcomes many different cultural backgrounds. CSUN has many different classes and great professors on campus waiting to fulfill your academic needs!

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. We have the Matador Patrol which can assist you to your car or back to the dorms if you have night classes. We also this big blue emergency light systems at different corners. If there's an emergency it notifies the police immediately and takes a 360 degree picture so the police now what area you are in.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of sororities and fraternities on campus. My favorite is Sigma Kappa. They throw the best parties and really know how to have fun while taking care of business at the same time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities at CSU Northridge. Like the longboard club which teaches you how to skate on the longboard or even Project Date which teaches about date rape and assault while also earning some college credit.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love big campuses with many different types of students. Also for students who want to be more independent since the classes are bigger and it's your responsibility to reach out to the professor.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love the pond by the Orange Grove Bistro. It has at least 40 turtles and 20 ducks and about 15 Koi fish. The turtles are humongous since they aren't living in captivity and even when I couldn't care for my pet turtle Kahuna anymore I set him free there. This area is really peaceful just to sit and relax with a book or to feed the animals and enjoy the sun.

    Bang for the buck

    We all no that college can be and is expensive. But we are actually one of the most affordable CSU's and the school also offers different types of awards.

    What to do for fun

    Los Angeles is only about 25 minutes away. Go to the community center on the dorms campus. We have the Big Show and Matador Nights at which The Cataracs and even B.O.B performed at. Or go to the new student recreation center and work off that freshmen 15 weight.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, I didn't get the feeling I was eating cafeteria food but home cooked food. It also has all types of food for different people. Burgers, pizza, pasta, tofu, mexican cuisine, salad, fruits, or chicken. They also incorporate once a week meals from different countries.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very fun. You get to meet a lot of people that way. The dorms are also very versatile depending if you want a chicken, a living room, or just a simple bedroom.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is really challenging. You learn a lot not only about the subjects you are studying but how it relates to the world and our society in a fun and interesting way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy a lot of red and black clothes. Be prepared to learn and have fun. Meet a lot of different, nice, and unique people.

    In three sentences

    This school is very diverse and it meets needs for every student. This school has many types of programs for you to enter into. The teachers are great and really prepare you for your future life.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN offers security for those late-class-goers. They offer assistance in directing you to the parking lot you're looking for, or if you feel unsafe, they will even walk you to your car. It is usually two security guards that walk you or direct you. This is simply great!

    Great for these types of students

    Coffee shops - for those sleep-deprived, coffee-lovers like myself - offer a great variety of coffees. From regular hot, to iced, to blended - they have many favors for your liking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some students are constantly looking for models for their photography class, or fashion events. It's fun to be approached and be asked if you want to participate on their events.

    Bang for the buck

    CSUN is a great school, for it offers a variety of classes, majors, sightings, events, and food/drinks.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN is packed with fun activities what seems like every single day. But even a simple walk down orange grove at sunset can be calming and soothing.

    Food and Dining

    CSUN has great coffee shops, salads are amazingly tasty, and the pizza is one big slice of goodness. They also have drinks and snacks for a fast pick-up before class.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm at CSUN, but I have a friend that does. She says the dorms are great and she simply loves living there. Aside from the great views of sunsets everyday, you have access to great coffee shops and even a bar on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at CSUN are fast-paced. But they are achievable for all students. Attending school here will teach you to go far and beyond your own expectations, and will teach you that you can excel in everything you set a goal to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get accustomed with the school/classes. Read the website for any information you need. Use the search tool for anything specific you might be looking for.

    In three sentences

    California State University Northridge is by far one of the greatest schools in California. If offers a great variety of classes that can help one achieve his/her goals in no time. Aside from great scholastic standards, CSUN is a nice looking school, in which you can simply sit on the grass and study - alongside the super friendly squirrels.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Use chegg.com or betterworldbooks.com or any used textbooks for that matter to save money. The campus bookstore can be pretty pricey!

    What to do for fun

    CSUN is located near Magic Mountain, Hollywood, and Universal Studios. Comedy clubs are great for any night!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus isn't bad. There are plenty of places for you to grab food on the go! You just need to know the right things to eat and how to manage your diet to keep you from gaining weight.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms for two years. The dorm life experience is a great way to meet new people and learn about different resources available to you as a student. The security has its pros and con's. You can feel safe and secure however the list of rules can become overwhelming.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor definitely varies with each individual. CSUN is not rigorous enough for me simply because we're only allowed to register for 13 units per semester. I would prefer 18 or more units.

    Tips for prospective students

    First and foremost, don't be afraid to sit front and center in class. You do want your teacher to know your name. Do not be afraid to get a tutor when you need help. There are plenty of FREE tutoring sessions offered around campus. Get involved and try to get priority registration for the following semester.

    In three sentences

    California State University Northridge is, overall, a great University. The school is entirely focused on serving their students. CSUN values diversity and I have built many friendships on this campus.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Northridge offers its own on-campus police force.

    What to do for fun

    There are a range of things that you can do at CSUN from rock climbing in the recreation center to have a nice cup of juice it up mango smoothie in the California sun, the things to do while your attend the Cal State are endless, and the quickest way to find out is by applying now.

    Food and Dining

    When it comes to Food and Dining at Northridge students have a wide range of options to choose from, from fresh Mexican and Chinese food in sierra center, to the commercial fast food restaurants in book store like Burger King, Juice it up, and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    The campus has a nice a newly renovated student housing area, and students can choose from freshman suites with roommate, single room, or two bedroom apartments with balconies. In the housing are is a 24 hour community center where students can play pool, video games, or just relax and watch some television.

    Academic Rigor

    Cal State Northridge is well known for their great academic programs and departments of major, they also provide a free resource to all CSUN students called the Learning Resource Center, or LRC. The LRC is a place where students can go and receive free tutoring on the various subjects the university offers, the center also offers free tools like workshops and printing labs that help contribute to the students academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise future CSUN students to take advantage of all the free resources that the university offers.

    In three sentences

    After spending one year at Cal State Northridge I would give the University a five star rating in academics, housing, and campus life. The southern California campus has many beautiful attractions it offers to the students including a massive library, multiple food areas, and a giant new fitness center, that has a rock wall, indoor track, and basketball courts. The University also has a great Business Department (COBAE), and a well known sign-language program throughout the California State Universities.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Deaf Studies majors and Deaf students. Students that are interested in a large school with a large population and warm/hot weather most of the year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a circle of pine trees on campus that you can walk in the middle of that's supposed to look like the circle of trees Bella and Edward go to in the movie Twilight. There is also an orange tree grove, with a duck and turtle pond in the middle of it.

    What to do for fun

    There are always tons of Deaf events there. The University Student Union also has events going all the time (concerts, free food socials, etc). There is also a brand new $62 million state-of-the-art health center (gym)

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on campus, but it's kind of expensive. I chose not to get a meal plan because my dorm room has a kitchen.

    Dorm Life

    I will be living in the apartment suites, which are pretty large and roomy as far as dorm rooms go. There are two bedrooms--two students in each bedroom--a bathroom, living room, and a kitchen. There are also special dorms that are exclusive to students of certain majors (Deaf Studies being one of them).

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't actually taken any classes there yet, but from what I've heard, it's a pretty standard state school. Not as difficult as an Ivy League or Law school, but certainly not a walk in the park so to speak.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus before you decide to go there, and make sure that you could be comfortable in that area of town. Make sure to meet with an academic advisor before scheduling every semester!

    In three sentences

    This school has the best program for Deaf Studies majors and those who wish to pursue careers in ASL-English Interpreting. There is actually a National Center of Deafness on campus. The campus is sizable and there are about 30,000 students at the school.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Northridge is a nice college town in the middle of the valley so you are never too far away from something to do. There are a lot of cool hiking spots in town.

    Food and Dining

    There are not many food options at CSUN, mostly just fast food.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in the dorms, nor have I visited them. I have heard they are ok.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not a very challenging college to attend. The Japanese program is mediocre at best.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is to plan ahead. Talk to counselors as soon as you get accepted to help guide you on your way to your degree. Don't leave things for the last minute. It will only hinder you. Always plan ahead!

    In three sentences

    It is not very challenging to attend CSUN. It is overcrowded so space in classrooms are very limited. It is not a huge campus so classes are not hard to find or get to.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is top notch. Campus police are easily reached and are quick to respond. They are always there but are very out of the way with students.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and sororities are a popular choice for incoming students. The university features many groups to join and will often compete for your commitment.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a number of clubs to join along with intramurals to participate in. The Associated Students often hold rallies and parties for students to garner school spirit.

    Great for these types of students

    Northridge is great for the social person. There are many clubs groups and associations you can join. Of course there is a high number of students and they come from all walks of life. Differences are very welcomed here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The art center is a really unique area of the campus. You often see student work displayed and this side of campus has a very casual laid back atmosphere. A botanical garden is a nice place to walk through. The orange grove houses a pond where you can watch for ducks and turtles.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition costs have been rising seemingly every semester but the university does offer many resources. If you take advantage of all the resources available including the library, tutoring centers, health center etc. you really do get a lot of value.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, the university offers many intramural sports you can participate in. Of course, there are always NCAA sporting events you can attend. There is a gaming room with arcade and pool tables and the new recreation center has activities that can keep you busy all day. Off campus there are a number of restaurants, coffe shops and bars nearby where students can hang out. The fraternity and sorority houses often have gatherings. The campus is only a 20 minute drive to Hollywood, Santa Monica and Pasadena. Within a single day, a person can go surfing, biking and snowboarding if they so wished.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is adequate. The campus offers a pub that serves burgers and fries, a cafe with a variety of foods to select from where a campus dining card can be used, a number of convenience/snack stores and a few popular coffee shops to help stay awake. Another dining hall provides fast food options.

    Dorm Life

    I personally did not spend any time at the dorms as i was a commuting student living at home. Dorms are located slightly away from campus and a bike or skateboard is the most popular way to get to class quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    Although CSUN is a public state school, the school aims to compete with the UC system and other private institutions in the area. Therefore professors and administrators set high standards and expectations for students. A few upper division courses are very challenging and may require a visit or two to the tutoring centers.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, research and determine which major you are most interested in to better schedule your classes. The high number of students can create frustration when selecting courses as many may fill quickly. Having a good idea of your goals in advance will help to graduate on time.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a big school with a large portion being commuter students. It offers everything other schools offer, private or public. The campus features many new, modern buildings including new science building, multimedia building and fitness center among others.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Northridge is a large city located in the L.A area. There's many fun activities you can do while attending CSUN.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is great and there is a variety of choices. Theres a panda express, subway, and not to mention the arbor grill.

    Dorm Life

    Never stayed in a dorm during my stay at CSUN.

    Academic Rigor

    Students character and ambitions vary within the campus. Like any other place there's students who come here to learn and take their education serious and there's others who are just here by force or because they have too.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is very demanding and success depends on yourself. If you are planning to attend college just for the parties, trust me you will have trouble maintaining good academic performance.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great place to start a college education and I enjoy the diversity. You will meet people from different parts of the world who will help u understand the importance of diversity. When I was attending community college there was not much diversity and here at CSUN it is something I definitely appreciate because learning from other cultures is valuable.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN feels safe because there is a Police Department within the school. Police officers often patrol the school and there is an official student security group that accompany students who are leaving the school late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a great variety of clubs and at the beginning of the Fall semester there is always a club day in which all the different clubs have booths throughout the school to recruit new members.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is good for students who prefer smaller schools and smaller classes. CSUN focuses a lot on creating a small, diverse community within the school.

    Food and Dining

    Within the school there are various places to eat. There is one main food court, but there are also two other locations with multiple eating options. There are also various restaurants located outside, but close, to the school.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home, not in the dorms, but I only hear positive comments about the dorms and they are located very close to the rest of the school.

    Academic Rigor

    The quality of the classes is good because most of the classes offered are small, so you get more interaction with the professor and other students. The classes are challenging, but CSUN offers many resources to help students.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe. In the event of an emergency, CSUN calls or texts every student immediately upon hearing news of something happening. Also has an escort system for night students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life said to be great... Sororities and Fraternities for virtually every interest and are very involved in campus activities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs offered here at CSUN, for volunteering, ethnicity, sports, recreation, political affiliation, human rights, and more.

    Great for these types of students

    Los Angeles natives, students who seek diversity, commuters, and individuals with career ambitions will thrive here. Music, Business, Art, Cinema & Television - you will love it here. If you're not, it does not matter; CSUN welcomes everyone. There's so much the university offers, you can't go wrong with CSUN.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Big Show is a great event CSUN pulls off every year. The show features some big name artists, including LMFAO, B.O.B., and always produces a huge turnout.

    Bang for the buck

    CSUN is a good school for education as far as affordability goes. A state school, CSUN offers classes at public school rates, and can be paid for in government financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN has events regularly, just keep your eyes peeled and gather in areas they have events - field in front of Bayramian Hall, Oviatt Lawn, the USU, and near the Matador Complex. Great events to look out for: the Big Show - a concert featuring a reputable artist (last year was BOB, the year before LMFAO), Matador Mall, USU every Thursday, and more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent at CSUN... Panda Express, the Freudian Sip, El Pollo Loco... all very appetizing food chains found around campus. There are four Freudian Sips, so if you like coffee, enjoy! There are also other CSUN eateries as well, including a take out deli where you can order deli sandwiches or hot food items.

    Dorm Life

    Good dorm life, and keeps getting better. Dorm communities exist at CSUN, including dorms for Honors, Music, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Kinesiology, and freshman students. Regular events occur, including college tutorials, financial tips, and fun events like ice cream socials and carnivals.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor pretty much follows the ratemyprofessors.com ratings... most of the ratings for teachers sum up their academic rigor. The rigor varies, but for the most part, stays pretty high.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming Matadors (yep, that's you!) realize CSUN is a commuter school and to feel a greater sense of the college community you may want to take to clubs, dorming, etc. Take advantage of all that college, in general, has to offer. Weather gets hot during summer, and freezing in winter too - dress for success.

    In three sentences

    Northridge is a great down-to-earth school to pursue your undergraduate education. Good professors, a sense of community among Matadors, and many hardworking students. Great school for applied studies - many majors transfer into careers - Music Therapy, Business, Accounting, etc.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police always available. and great emergency system

    Great for these types of students

    International and returning students.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices.

    In three sentences

    It is affordable. It has nice campus with lots of things to do. Finally, easy to commute to.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Not much...

    In three sentences

    Good school. The gym is great.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Src is super fun if you love to workout, they have a rock wall, inside track, weight training, basketball court, volleyball courts, pool and indoor soccer. There are many clubs for people to join such as sports, communities, religion, culture etc.

    Food and Dining

    They have some good food places around, off campus there are better ones but it is not too far from school.

    Dorm Life

    Never had the chance too.

    Academic Rigor

    Great

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you learn how to read a dpr freshmen year! It is crucial to know how it works. It is very important because then you can take classes that double count for your GE's and are not stuck with no classes.

    In three sentences

    The quality of education is great, have enjoyed my time here. Programs and activities are great, lots to get involved in. It may be far but it was worth it.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel pretty safe on campus because the campus is secure with police all the time. The campus is in a pretty good neighborhood as well, so there is not much to worry about.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't really join any clubs or activities till my third semester because of the Bridge contract. I hope to soon get involve into clubs that have leadership values. I want to get involve of activities that help the school.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN has one of the biggest deaf studies majors in California. So people that are interested in deaf studies then CSUN would be a great place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really like the Sierra Center because it is a good place to sit down and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    The Arbor Grill is a nice food place because it isn't so expensive. You can get a meal for less than five bucks. You have a value and everything is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    I love doing art all the time because it is what I love doing. When I time I love sketching portraits or painting landscapes. I also love dancing and coming up with new moves. I love to listen to music and try to come up with new choreography.

    Food and Dining

    The food places at CSUN are pretty good actually. I love that they have my favorite place Panda Express on campus. I also love Arbor Grill because they have amazing salads and pizza.

    Dorm Life

    I am a EOP student right now and Im also a part of the Bridge program. I like this program because we get to experience the dorm life. The dorms on campus are very nice and clean. I like the dorm because I have great roomates. Their are very cool and interesting people. Without the dorms I wouldnt have met my wonderful roomates at all.

    Academic Rigor

    I want to leave my old bad high school habits behind me and start fresh in college. I may have a hard time keeping up with everything because of managing my time. I need to focus more on studying instead of having fun all the time. I plan to improve my grades in college and become a better student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to visit and take tours of campus so that you can get the feeling to know where places are on campus. To be so nervous when coming to college because you want to be comfortable and confident. Try to organize your schedule and keep up with time management. Do not go into high school habits of procrastinating your work assignments.

    In three sentences

    California State University of Northridge is a very great school overall. A very beautiful campus and I love the atmosphere around it. The college is awesome because it is unique and diverse.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hollywood lovers with strong academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I participated in a workshop at TADW they had a legend about Horace Hall. Which was a hall where supposedly a student named Horace died. Every friday we would wear customs, according to the day designated by some of the girls in there. For example, decade day, twin day, or others.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the theaters at the Nordhoff hall inside the campus

    Food and Dining

    All kinds of fast food. But if you want something more elegant you will have to walk off the campus.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't try

    Academic Rigor

    Strong and demanding but comfortable

    Tips for prospective students

    Go ahead and pour yourself a jamba juice. Walk a lot, but try to avoid the sun. I recommend you to wear sunscreen if you are planning on taking a long walk. I you forget your lunch, you will be fine going to the groceries inside the campus, or maybe cross the street for a hot-dog or chinese food.

    In three sentences

    When I entered I felt overwhelmed, the school turned out to be bigger than I thought. The theater building was like a labyrinth, inside of it there was magic, legends, scary freedom, cold areas, warm areas, lessons to be learnt, and the excitement to find out more. Then I realize that inside the campus I had everything I needed.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security out at night and there are emergency booths.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs out there you can find.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who want to feel at home and make friends.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the pool or you can play pool,,volleyball,basketball and soccer, ect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never give up, there is always hope. Don;t worry if your undecided its best to be because there are a lot of options out there for you. You will meet the right people.

    In three sentences

    California State University Northridge is amazing. In my high school we were all so close and I have been attending Northridge for almost 6 weeks for a program and it's great, there are mentors and staff helping you. They are very friendly, dedicated and determined to help you reach your goals. Many students are encouraged and supported towards getting the classes they want.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus that is well lit at night and in parking areas. Never even locked my car when leaving it in the parking structures.

    Greek Life

    Was not a member of a fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Union is the best I've seen at any campus, and is worth joining.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to focus on academics will find many places on campus to complete work in a distraction-free environment. The entire campus is full of places designed for the achievement of student success.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Love the library on campus, the lower levels store a wealth of works that hold a great deal of history and interesting material.

    Bang for the buck

    Great college experience for new and transfer students. I believe that there is ample bang for the buck when it comes to CSUN. most of the people I met in college are still my friends to this day, and I would say the environment is as friendly as I've seen on a college campus.

    What to do for fun

    Many activities can be found via the Student Union located on campus. Most event are free and available to attending students including the Student Recreation Center, (SRC). Outing such as Dodger stadium and other events are also available to Alumni as well.

    Food and Dining

    Could be a few more options on campus, but overall the quality of food and service is exceptional. Panda Express, Burger King and Fruedian Sip are located on campus as well as two or three other stores and restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Cannot rate properly because I live off campus. From what I hear from my friends who did live in dorms, it is not too bad of an experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor of CSU Northridge varies as I am sure is the case with most universities. However I found that the credential program is much easier and manageable than my communication studies degree. Upper division courses in my experience within the Communication Studies department were very difficult but also incredibly informative and well taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and avoid the crowds once general registration begins. Sometimes there can be processing errors with new applicants that can be delayed by the amount of student information being processed by the registration department. These delays can cause you to be dropped from classes and postpone enrollment.

    In three sentences

    My overall impression of California State University Northridge, (CSUN) is one of mixed feelings. Initially I would say that CSUN has problems with student services; most of which I find to be lacking in processing and student relations. However being a graduate of CSUN, I would say that the professors from whom I have learned were more than capable and in most cases absolutely amazing.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for commuters but if you are looking for that traditional college experience this is not the place for it.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do unless you have a car and even then you are limited because in the Northridge area there isn't anything to do but if you drive out to Hollywood or any other LA area there are things to do but of course they cost you a pretty penny.

    Food and Dining

    Unfortunately the food and dinning here is not ideal as of right now but they are working on it and are improving. The biggest problem for me would have to be that they only have one food place open on the weekend and that's the dorm cafeteria. The dorm cafeteria has good food for a bout a month but then it gets old because it's always the same food everything you go there. There is no variety

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is definitely not what you based on the movies. They have about 12 apartment style dorms and 3 freshman style dorms. What I mean by freshman style dorms are the dorms were you share a small room with another person. I HIGHLY recommend living in the freshman dorms because here you will have one of the best times of your college experience. You will meet your college friends here and maybe even your best friend. I know I had a blast living in the freshman dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is difficult but it is doable. You are given a fair to an overload amount of work but as long as you put the time into it you can do fine. Remember you get what you put into it and nothing is ever impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    The college experience is very different form high school, mainly because you are spending your own money to pay for it, so make sure that you are paying attention in class, taking notes and be friends with the professor because that time that you spend with the professor could be the difference between an A or B. Also make sure to talk to your counselor as often as you can so that you can be up to date on your graduation progress. Also do not let your taste of freedom bring your grades down because you can be able to have fun and have academic success if you learn to manage your time.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school but there are a lot of students who aren't interested in school as they should be. Great professors, not enough classes available so that you can graduate on time. Not enough resources are available specially during the weekends.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun like joining clubs, going to the gym, bowling, and there is always activities happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing on campus. There is a lot of variety: Mexican food, Asian food etc. There is a smoothie place that tastes great and it is healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman should definitely live in the dorms. Its a great way to meet people and also a great way to find people to study with.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes definitely have difficult parts, but focusing and trying hard can get you through the class. Just take notes and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely live either on campus or near the campus it is a better experience than living at home with your parents. Get involved in sports, clubs, or join a sorority/fraternity. Meet people, it helps to know people for many different reasons.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Northridge is a great school. It has a beautiful campus and a great educational system. Nice teachers and students. Amazing food on campus! CSUN is just a great atmosphere.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is really safe especially at night because there are escorts that walk you to your car, dorm, or anywhere around campus when you give them a call. Most of the times they walk around to make sure the campus and students are safe.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a good place for students who have no issues with race/ ethnicity and like to socialize.

    What to do for fun

    Close to CSUN you can find Reseda Blvd where many fast food restaurants are found. You can find the movies within walking distance at the Northridge Fashion Center, but it would be best if you had a car since northridge is only and hour away from LA, beaches, and amusement parks.

    Food and Dining

    CSUN itself has a food court where you can find Panda Express, Burger King, and Pollo Loco right next to the bookstore. There are also places like The Arbor Grill or The PUB where students have lunch and hang out. In CSUN there are also small markets where you can buy chips, donuts, milk, and juice. At the dorms there is a dining place, Geronimos and also a market.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming sure is expensive, but it is still somewhat affordable. If you have the opportunity to dorm, you should totally take it. Living at the dorms gives students a huge opportunity on socializing and focusing on school. It is up to each student to decide how they want to spend their time in the dorms so you should keep in mind your priorities.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors at CSUN seem to care about their students education. There are great professors in CSUN that know what they are teaching and just make you feel that attending college is actually worth it. Unfortunately, there are also those professors that fail in delivering an interesting class and/ or give their students too much of a break. If you care about the education you receive, visit sites that rate professors before choosing your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important to really get to know your online student portal. If you take the time to explore www.csun.edu, you will find answers to most of your questions, you will find out information about deadlines and resources that could help you succeed academically. Anything you can't find online, don't be afraid to ask around. Most people are friendly and helpful, if you are having difficulties you can always walk into offices and staff will be glad to help you.

    In three sentences

    I rate California State University Northridge 9 out of 10. The reason why I give CSUN this rate is because it is a very welcoming place where most of the staff and even students support each other.

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    incase of an emergency they send out text, phone calls, and emails every 15 min to keep students up to date.

    Clubs and Activities

    KMC = kinesiology majors club!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lots and lots of squirrels!

    What to do for fun

    the USU has many activities for students to do around campus

    Academic Rigor

    The kinesiology department just went to the white house to talk about the different activities they do to help our communities

    Tips for prospective students

    where comfortable clothes its very hot!

    In three sentences

    I love cal state northridge! The enviroment is extremely friendly, and easy to access. The Kinesiology Department is one of the top schools and all the professors and staff are great. I highly recommend attending!

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is safe for all students because the school has it's own police station and patrolled 24/7 also surrounding community is safe.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of Greek life or activities in this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    This campus offers many activities and clubs for their students; for example, student body association, ASO ( African Student Organization). Also sports such as basketball, soccer and other sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual tradition, we have in our campus is the African show where African Students showcase and acknowledge their traditional dances and you do not see this in a lot of campus in California. One of the best location in this campus is the student union where students spend majority of their time there.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of things to do in campus that are concern to be fun. There is the big show where all students are welcome to come and witness atrists performing on stage. Numberous of clubs to be apart of and they showcase their clubs to encourage other students to be involve.

    Food and Dining

    This campus has over three food courts around large departments; for example, there are American fast food and sea food.

    Dorm Life

    i did not live the dorm due to financial issues, but the dorm life is one of the best experiences in this college. The dorm life at Cal State University Northridge (csun) is rewarding because students are able to network with other students. For example, coming across some students that are majoring in the same major and they are willing to assist you to success.

    Academic Rigor

    Cal State University, Northridge has many departments to choice from; therefore, students opinion and suggestion are always on the center of table. This means that students are open to make any changes to pursuit their education based of the University's book.

    In three sentences

    Cal State University, Northridge is one of the outstanding campus in California due to the diversities background of students. there are many activities for students to join also the college atmosphere is great because there are multipliable departments for students to get additional help to enhance the students on their academics.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Panda Express, Burger King and other restuarants, not to mention the many restuarants surrounding this quaint campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am commuting this year because I want to save a little more money, however, I did have the financial help to do so. According to my peers, dorming their freshmen year was a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes will be rigorous, however, this school provides classes that will not be at your pace, but make you reach your level of excellency.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that you decide on the college based on the degree it offers, the costs, and the campus. I guarantee that CSUN fulfills all your expectations when choosing the ideal school regardless of the many universities that surround you.

    In three sentences

    I am an incoming freshmen, and even though I was stuck between four walls on whether this was a good selection, I can say this decision was not regrettable. It is quickly becoming well-known for helping not only a diverse amount of students with different backgrounds, but also a majority of minority students such as myself. This school offers a great campus, a comfortable tuition for a successful life, and a variety of majors.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can register your laptop or bike with the security just in case you get robbed. Police may escort you to your vehicle when you stay on campus at night.

    Greek Life

    I heard they are very welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 300 clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a lot of events for students to enjoy such as movie nights and dances.

    Bang for the buck

    For a university, the price is not bad at all. It also has free gym membership, free clinic help, discounts on food and fun activities such as movie tickets, amusement parks, aquariums and much more.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and places to hang out. There are also a lot of social events as well.

    Food and Dining

    Many varieties for all students.

    Dorm Life

    Not in the dorms but I heard everyone is nice and the places are well kept.

    Academic Rigor

    It is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUN is an amazing school! It has so many clubs and opportunities for each student. Everyone is very warm and welcoming.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing environment with welcoming students. The staff and students are wonderful and very helpful. Everything in the school is resourceful and it is a great place to go.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are numerous campus police on patrol 24/7. The campus offer free sexual assault classes to help students defend themselves if necessary against unseen scenarios.

    Greek Life

    There is so many different fraternities and sororities to join, I would definitely suggest joining.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus have clubs for just about anyone and if there is not one you could create one.

    Bang for the buck

    You can access a lot of resources and services on campus that are free, like counseling services.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN offers it's students campus wide events, picnics, and many chances to socialize, which I have experienced and plan to attend in the future.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat on campus and best of all it's affordable and not costly.

    Dorm Life

    Love it, it's like a big family. The other students are welcoming and open minded, most of all they are accepting.

    Academic Rigor

    I love how CSUN academically challenge students while offering various programs to help students better understand a certain subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your deadlines. Attend school events to network, you meet awesome people. Most of all be patient, I can't even begin to explain how important that is.

    In three sentences

    This was not my first choice school at all, far from it. But I have to say after being on campus and meeting the staff and students, I love it. I couldn't have found a better school to attend and get my bachelors' degree.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Okay

    Greek Life

    Terrible.

    Clubs and Activities

    none

    Great for these types of students

    Those who love to learn on their own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The library is pretty good.

    Bang for the buck

    Books and Tuition are expensive, classtime is mediocre.

    What to do for fun

    Orange Grove and the wildlife pond nearby.

    Food and Dining

    JUNK!!! All cheap, greasy fast food. The pretend jamba juice is disgusting.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    They are not acceptng new applicants until 2013.

    In three sentences

    Classes fill up fast. Teachers are mediocre, however there are a few great ones. Tuition is expensive for a state school.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Taking your bike or skateboard, you have to be extra careful you dont get stolen away from but if you take care of it then you have no problem. Take care of you belongings. Theirs security roaming around at all times.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can make your own club or just join one. Theirs always activities on campus about job, discounts, clubs, and etc. Make friends easily when joining or making a club.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers, Arts, and journalism.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is perfect not to big or to small. Its a great school to be your first choice. Everyone can find someone that goes there and be very similar.

    What to do for fun

    I hangout with my friends at the new gym they have where we play any sport we want or simply just work out. Go to fairs they have so I can learn about different clubs they have and maybe join. Join a sports team and have that experience.

    Food and Dining

    They have dining in the middle of the campus. Different types of food you will like. The area of the food place is clean.

    Dorm Life

    I personally am not dorming because I live close to it so for me its a waist of money. I am missing the college experience but its pretty cool from what I heard from.

    Academic Rigor

    Great classes with most of the professor take it serious. Lots of different classes to choose from. Tutoring if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great school with lots of choices to choose from. There lots of help everywhere and they tell you where you can get it. The area where its located is really a nice area.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a very diverse School which is a great way to learn about different culture. It is also very welcoming with the freshmen. The thing that I like most its not very expensive and theirs lots of clubs you can join for help.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I live off campus so I am not a good judge for this.

    Food and Dining

    I've never eaten there so this is not a fair score.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start looking at different scholarship opportunities at least a semester before you enroll.

    In three sentences

    I have been to CSUN for different professional development classes and each time I am there the campus is always nice and clean. The staff/faculty at CSUN are also very informative and helpful. In fact, they are here to help you make the best educational choice.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and campus security is very good at notifying students of any dangers and contacting the police if there are any threats or problems.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are many clubs to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for every type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many events

    Bang for the buck

    The classes are roomy and the teachers are great.

    What to do for fun

    Students enjoy the events that the school has. The events are fun and exciting, also a good opportunity to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    This school has many places to eat at so there are a lot of options for students. There are also many food and dining options nearby the school.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus but I have heard from fellow classmates that they enjoy living in the dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    new students should use this schools resources like meeting with advisors every semester attend their events and also join clubs you will also enjoy learning new things and meeting new people. The library is also very big which is very helpful for students not only for books but to be in a quit place to study.

    In three sentences

    I think this is a great school with very good professors. The campus is big and clean. This school has many interesting and informative events.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Try good on campus safety. There are student escorts who keeps the student company to walk them to their next class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bounce Boba Loft

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is too high for students now. It's even harder to get into classes you need to graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining areas for students and very convenient if someone is really hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know dorm life at CSUN.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor you have, but I feel that each of them will strive to have their students' succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you would like priority registration, try joining NSO or CSUN Ambassadors.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very beautiful. The buildings are being updated every year to give its students a wonderful experience. The library is located perfectly in the center for all the students convenience.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are people that can walk you to your classes, dorm, and cars at night if you need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm in about three clubs! FASA, KASA, VSA.

    Bang for the buck

    It's hard for the students since the tuition fee keeps on increasing every semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your necessary classes as soon as possible with the max units so you can graduate on time.

    In three sentences

    The university has a very nice campus and very diverse. Most professors are friendly and care about your education. But it will be hard to graduate in four years.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police, and securities

    Great for these types of students

    Diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Subway:)

    What to do for fun

    I go to the gym to exercise or hangout in campus on my free time with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good:)

    Dorm Life

    I can't say I don't dorm but dorming life is good according to friends who dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check your grades, talk to your professors, ask questions if you need help academically. Study, keep grades up.

    In three sentences

    Staff, advisers, professors are very helpful in any academic problem or question. CSUN has an awesome study abroad program. Everyone is nice and helpful.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It depends what one consider fun. There is a great gym (There is rock climbing wall in there too) and pool for students at CSUN. Hiking is always an option. Life can be fun on every place if we are fun people.

    Food and Dining

    I normally take my own food to college in order to save a few bucks, but the dining looks decent on campus. There are many restaurants around college which offer student discount for CSUN students.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in Dorm. Honestly, I do not know.

    Academic Rigor

    Csun can be the best choice based on one's economic, and family life situation. It is not the best choice but life is being wise and taking risks in a balanced way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) which their application is provided at the end of the CSUN' s application online. Networking is the key. Try to spend as much as productive time you can on campus.

    In three sentences

    This is my first semester here. I mostly do not feel lost or confused because of the great support from different programs provided at CSUN. California State University can be one's best choice based on one's life situation.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are deaf/hard of hearing, who want to run a business, and art majors.

    What to do for fun

    The Student Recreation center is a great place to go to work out. There is also a pub on campus that has TVs showing all different sports. CSUN is also within walking distance from a mall.

    Food and Dining

    There's always a place to grab a bite, no matter where you are on campus. CSUN offers Burger King, Panda Express, Juice it Up, and El Pollo Loco, as well as Freudian Sip (CSUN's Starbucks) and various campus specific eateries that offer everything from burgers and sandwiches, to salads and smoothies.

    Dorm Life

    I myself don't dorm YET, but I will this coming year. I have NEVER heard a single bad thing about Dorm Life. CSUN even offers dorms specifically for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and various majors.

    Academic Rigor

    Even the simplest of subjects can be difficult! But the teachers and tutoring centers on campus are fantastic resources and definitely want to help you pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early, so you get the classes you want. Know your academic limits, and don't surpass them. Get involved with clubs and organizations to make lifelong friends.

    In three sentences

    This campus has amazing art, business, and deaf studies programs. There's always a social event to go to! The registration process is awful.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is a gym, dinning places, lots of things to do!

    Food and Dining

    lots of options and great prices!

    Dorm Life

    not so close to the campus, but nice place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    very good, yet cheaper than UCs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be friendly don't be shy be early to classes

    In three sentences

    They have very caring teachers. Their programs are very interesting. The students there are very polite and friendly.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for international students

    What to do for fun

    Sign up for Sororities or Fraternities which offer a lot of fun activities, if not the campus always hosts events.

    In three sentences

    Has a wide variety of fields and great teachers. Construction has been done so the campus is amazing. School offers plenty of helpful resources for any major

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is well connected and sends out emails and calls immediately with any kind of safety or health threat on campus. Police are always available on campus and frequently drive through to help manage traffic and maintain safety on campus.

    Greek Life

    Very involved Greek Life, houses are all close to campus and it's easy to find information to join! They even have Greek life focused on specific majors and programs

    Clubs and Activities

    You must go to the Clubs fair where all the clubs come together in one large area of campus, there's food, prizes and information for ALL the clubs you can join on campus! There's something for everyone, gender, sexual orientation, majors, hobbies, Greek life, and more.

    Great for these types of students

    I am a business major and CSUN is one of the top business schools you can go to and has an amazing recognized graduate program for business. It's amazing how many resources and opportunities they have to meet members from big firms and companies personally through clubs and most importantly Meet the Firms. CSUN helps business major to get connected with your career choice and have jobs lined up waiting for you to start up to a year or more before you even graduate!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador nights! it's an exciting festival that remains exclusive for students and usually happens after dark and is an anticipated surprise to what happens inside Matador nights but any student who has been can tell you it's worth it!

    Bang for the buck

    CSUN has a lot of on campus job opportunities to help you be able to afford college and get great real life experiences in your major or field you are interested in.

    What to do for fun

    There seems to always be something happening on campus. Everything from special events with activities and prizes, vendors so you can shop fashion on campus(and it's not CSUN branded clothes, you can get that in the bookstore), and of course of SRC which is an AMAZING new three-story gym free for all students. The SRC includes classes such as yoga, hip hop, spin, kick boxing, has an Olympic size pool, indoor track, and rock climbing wall that goes through all three-stories of the building!

    Food and Dining

    They have their own chefs at various places around campus with everything to fit all dietary needs. Also some favorites such as Panda Express, Subway, Juice It Up!, our community Freudian Sip, and even the campus Pub where you can drink beer, watch the games and hang out with friends!

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student but I have seen the University Apartments which are perfect if it's your first time moving away from home. They keep you connected with campus activities, and the inside has lots of storage space and a full kitchen so you can experience real independence.

    Academic Rigor

    Every teacher has their own methods but I have had good experiences with all. Everyone at CSUN is well rounded with a variety of educational background and experiences in their specific field of teaching. The personal experiences of the teachers make for very interesting lectures in their classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the resources CSUN provides! The biggest thing is to show up to class, and utilize the help CSUN provides for you. Look into jobs & internships no matter what your major is, CSUN can help you line up your first career job to be waiting for you before you graduate!

    In three sentences

    CSUN is the best place to be for resources in the LA area for any major or career you choose. The AMA (American Marketing Association) has the greatest opportunities to truly land your dream career by meeting people from meeting important people from companies such as Proctor & Gamble, and helping you become a professional to land your perfect job and career! All departments are well connected with ways to help you achieve all your goals with tutoring, counseling, job & internship opportunities, and helpful tips to fit any of your college and future needs!

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. At night there are people that work for the police department which are hired to patrol the grounds as well as offer you to accompany you to your car at nights. A police department is on campus and always patrolling the surrounding streets. The dorms are extremely safe. After certain hours one must show an ID to the gate guard in charge and must accompanied by a resident of a dorm.

    Greek Life

    Though the greek life is small they are all very close. Every fraternity and sorority on campus work with each other and have mixers and parties with each other. If you are not a member of the greek system but would still like to attend parties you are welcome to certain parties (as long as it is not a mixer or date-party). Greeks hold fundraisers to fund for a cause of their house and every one and any one is welcome to attend.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activies. There are clubs for almost anything. The gym is new and amazing. It is FREE for every student. AS (Associated students) is an organization built for students. Making your own club is very easy. Counseling services offers free therapy sessions per semester for every student. There are also club within the counseling service to help raise awareness on certain issues.

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for any student. Students who would just like to go to school and home and thats it - it is perfect for. If you are looking for a cheaper school but would still wish to get involved it is great. It is a very diverse and unique campus. Cost of living around campus is very cheap as well. Most of the apartment buildings and some houses directly around campus are usually CSUN students. They are just like the dorms sometimes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The squirrels on the CSUN campus are crazy. They WILL come up to you and try and grab your food. They think they are human. We love and them and treat them with respect, just don't mind them. They will come awkwardly close to you and think that it's normal.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is what you make it. It is known as a commuter school and it will stay that way if you make it that way. The more you get involved the more you get out of the school. For example, study in the library instead of home or Starbucks, it is beautiful and very big. Get to know your classmates, have study groups. Join a club or organization. Get involved and take advantage of the amenities offered. There is a great health center, a long with a great associated students program. It is a program that helps new students, returning students, faculty, etc. They are a student government which helps the school and its students. There are free things on campus just find them. The student union has a computer lab which offers 20 FREE pages to print DAILY for students.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs and organizations to join for fun which can also enhance your learning experience. The greek life on campus though small, is still very fun and very enjoyable. It does not only help you socially by making it feel less of a commuter school but also helps educate you and further your experience in growing as an individual in college.

    Food and Dining

    The food on the dorms is okay there is a market directly on the dorms itself. The food on campus is great, there are several little market places as well as several restaurants and coffee shops. You will never go hungry. Most places are open very late and there are vending machines with coffee, soup, and snacks on almost every floor of a couple of buildings as well as around every corner all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great! I dormed for a year and the dorms have a lot to offer! Just get involved and get to know the dorms everything is walking distance. There is GREAT security!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can get tough because there are a lot of students therefor the learning environment can get a little hectic. By going to office hours this will help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It is very important. Either join a club, organization, sorority or fraternity, but no matter what you do learn about your school. Use every resource available. There are plenty of tutor centers, as well as the health center and its great amenities. The library is great, as well at the student union. Get to know the campus well. Though most of the classes are big get to know your professors by attending office hours and build a person relationship with them.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great learning environment. Though it is a commuter school if you make the most of it and get involved it does not feel like one. I have grown tremendously by attending this college. The campus itself is beautiful.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I am apart of Lambda Sigma Gamma

    What to do for fun

    There is always events going on for free such as arts and crafts, free concerts, and free giveaways.

    Tips for prospective students

    ALWAYS ATTEND ORENTATION!!!!

    In three sentences

    CSUN helps you in achieving your goals towards your degreee. CSUN offers various clubs and organization where one can utilize their leadership skills. CSUN campus is a peaceful enviroments and easy to concentrate.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    What is a good place to eat at nearby?

    Dorm Life

    What is the average living cost around Northridge?

    Academic Rigor

    I am interested in the robotics program here, can anyone give me more information on it?

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is completely safe. There are police and undercover police at CSUN. Since I started this first semester at CSUN, I feel completely safe, there is no need to worry here. There are police and security 24/7.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs and activities that you can join at CSUN and meet new people.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities and clubs that you can join at CSUN. We also have a recreation center, which is free for CSUN Students, so you can work out and even there are two swimming pools here.

    Food and Dining

    There are a great selections of places to eat at CSUN. If you are craving a sandwich, there is Subway, we also have el Pollo Loco. If you are hungry, there are plenty of places to eat at CSUN.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, but I am sure they are excellent. The great thing about the dorms from what I can see is; the dorms are walking distance from campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are strict, yes indeed. You have to take part and be responsible as an adult and student at a University Level.

    Tips for prospective students

    I really enjoy CSUN, it's a great university. There are a whole range of majors here, that you are interested in are available here to study.

    In three sentences

    Great University

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Dorms have top notch security, and campus police are available 24/7. These are professionals that we are protected by, and never have I heard of any incident unresolved by campus security and police. They make campus safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are looking for people, but as students, it is our responsibility to seek them out.

    Great for these types of students

    The serious student will make the best of this deal. If you're a student intending on maxing out the college experience, you might find yourself at USC, but it's likely that you may not be able to afford to pay $50000 a year. CSUN is great for the student looking for the best opportunity for learning and training while keeping the bank accounts in tact.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSUN will throw a handful of annual events, most of which are free. There are oddities and a few traditional elements about the campus, all of which new students would soon come to find out about!

    Bang for the buck

    With the rise in cost of tuition across most public campuses, the California State University system is a great option. A tuition less than $8000 a year is very reasonable considering the quality of training and education we receive at this campus.

    What to do for fun

    Extracurricular activities are always encouraged on campus. Clubs and organizations holds events and set goals for those that participate. Students and staff of the dorms organize events related to sports, creativity and students' majors.

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices around on campus, from fast grab-and-go foods to sitting down to have a nice meals. Dining cards for full-time students make the process easier and cheaper as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life makes the college experience what it is. Price is manageable considering how well the dorms are maintained. The students are friendly and engaged with the dorm community they have become a part of.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here will challenge their students, not allowing any less than excellent professionals to come about from this program.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you would like to attend college for a cheaper price, and receive hands-on training towards your choice of study, you will receive that here at Northridge. Always make sure to put in the work and network, with professors and students alike.

    In three sentences

    There are many great people attending this school, and has been nothing but a great experience for me. Being a commuter-college, there is not much pride for the school, and many students come to class and leave immediately after finishing. Though this is true, the caliber of people here can be quite astonishing, as there are many respectable and intelligent students attending this college.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is a great place for students who like getting involved with the school and going to a lot of events.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't really heard about any traditions just yet, and I have yet to fully explore the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is always some kind of fun event happening at CSUN. There is also an amazing recreation center and a theatre if you want to take fun classes or watch an amazing performance.

    Food and Dining

    All of the food I have eaten at CSUN has been very good. There is a great variety of food offered here, although some places are a bit too crowded at times (depends on the time of day).

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, so I can't provide an accurate review.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only in my first semester at CSUN, so I can't really review the academic rigor just yet, but the classes I have now are not overly challenging but some definitely do require dedication and hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise taking full advantage of your advisers and all they can do for you. There is so much that you will not know once you enter CSUN, so taking advantage of all of the resources provided for you will definitely make you feel a bit more in control.

    In three sentences

    CSUN has made me feel very welcome and as though I can achieve anything while I'm here. The campus is beautiful and I really enjoy all of my classes. Also, there is a great variety of students here, which means that I am exposed to all kinds of cultures and views each and every day.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This University is in the middle of a big city so there is a lot of shopping and entertainment around. Universal Studios and other theme parks are just a short drive away, as well as the Topanga Mall.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important that you go to class every day and exchange contact information with other students in class in case you are ever absent. Make sure to get to know the professors and go to their office hours whenever you don't understand something-- they will explain it to you!

    In three sentences

    At CSUN, the professors genuinely care about you and are willing to go out of their way to help you achieve success. The students are really nice, however it is a bit of a commuter school. Overall, this University offers a great college experience for anyone who applies!

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    We have subway, burger king, pollo loco, and panda express. Also we have many liquor stores no liquor unless you're at the pub. We have two restaurants, the Pub grill and The Orange Grove bistro. And many coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, but I do live across the dorms, there is a curfew for getting inside without having to be checked in, they close the gates at 7:30. Also they are fairly overpriced, but I do still wish I dormed to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    We're really great in deaf studies. Also our theatre department is very successful

    Tips for prospective students

    Do NOT procrastinate

    In three sentences

    It's a really great school, it's very lively. The people are fairly nice and the school has a lot of school spirit. Also, the school is in a nice location.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Associated Students always get together a fun event for all college students. In the beginning of the year there was an event called Matador Nights which was a carnival like party. They also hold a huge concert on campus called the Big Show. This year it was 13,000 people who attended to see Big Sean.

    Food and Dining

    The food here at CSUN is the best. There is always something new to eat, and it's not that expensive. We have a Burger King, Pollo Loco, and Panda Express. There is other types of food around campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm it here at CSUN, but I am thinking about it for next year. Commuting from Los Angeles to Northridge is tough.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenges you may face in college is that you have to be very organized and have time management. Things can pile up before you know it, when you wait till the last minute.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study for hours weeks before your exams. College is no joke. It can be fun but always prioritize school first.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Northridge is a very diverse university. Everyone at this university is very friendly. They have many resources for anything you might desire, help is always around the corner.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is the best there is blue emergency poles all around campus for emergency's and after dark there is workers there for campus safety that escort you to your car and they're in duty till 12:00pm

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Big Show is an annual event that just happened a week ago. Big Sean and Diplo and other guest stars played at a concert sponsored by insomniac.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and go to the Gym there is ping pong, indoor track, basketball courts, racket ball, pool, and habitual gym equipment.

    Food and Dining

    Geronimo's is the meal plan dining room and its a buffet that has great food from different country's and it also includes a deli, pizza and burger parlor, and breakfast area.

    Dorm Life

    I recommend the dorm life because I live there and it is very affordable and close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor as a freshmen is pretty competitive and by experience it is a rigorous learning process. I have now started my second semester and i can tell you that it doesn't get easier it only gets harder, but you cant let that bring you down we have to prevail and prosper.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming students I really recommend to visit the student rec center AKA the gym. Counselors are very helpful and supportive.

    In three sentences

    Northridge is great and hot lol. I really have enjoyed all my professors and the campus, which is beautiful. I live in the dorms and it has been great and the campus gym is just amazing, I love it!!

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Invest in a parking pass street parking is always rare to come by.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN built a new gym that offers many cardio classes.

    Food and Dining

    Eat off campus the food is cheaper and the qualtiy is better.

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUN is a commuter school so parking spots are rare to find during peak hours. To avoid parking far away or at the top of the parking structure plan a early morning class.

    In three sentences

    Northridge is a great school there are many campus programs and activities for students to get involved. CSUN offers a wide variety of majors to choose from with great programs and easy course outline to follow in order to earn a degree. The student body is involved on campus and in the local community.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out to a friends house and hangout. Meet sorority and frats.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places on campus to get good quality food for a great price. There are also so many student discounts outside of school.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a nice experience in which its nearby school and you can meet some pretty cool/weird people.

    Academic Rigor

    If i have a part-time job at the mall, full-time student, and full time student-athlete there should be no excuses challenges. Although there may be a few exceptions.

    Tips for prospective students

    School is very nice and clean. Although it is a commuter school , the dorms and apartments nearby are really cool and a fun college life experience.

    In three sentences

    California state Northridge is very diverse. I like the atmosphere the professors and coaches. I'm a student athlete here at CSUM.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    there are lots of options to choose from including panda express, burger king and even sushi!

    Dorm Life

    I think the dorms are outdated.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics is difficult and there can be a lot of work at some times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Help a student take notes (ones with disabilities) it helps get priority registration.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and we have a new student recreation center which has an excellent free membership for current CSUN students. The campus is large but have maps around and it is simple to locate the buildings.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never really felt safe at this school. Pretty much anyone can get into the dorm buildings if they follow someone entering the building inside. There is security and a police department on campus, however I have never seen them present at the dorms. There is an option to call a number to get security to your dorm, but by the time they get there they miss the threat.

    Greek Life

    I do not know much about the Greek life because I haven't joined a sorority, but I do know that there are plenty of them on campus to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who can commute.

    What to do for fun

    There is a concert called Big Show that CSUN holds every year, with pretty big name artists performing. There is also an amazing, three-story gym there that has a rock-climbing wall students can use.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good food and a lot of options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    From my experience there, the dorms were terrible. The first dorm I was in didn't work out, so I had to try and find a new dorm to stay at. I went through 20 dorms, each one had girls who either drank and partied all the time, smoked pot, or were very rude to me. For those who want to be able to focus on their academics while dorming there, it is not a good choice. Every hallway smells like pot or smoke. The RA's do not do anything, as they are students at the school as well. I DO NOT recommend staying here if you don't have to.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what classes you take, and how much you apply yourself. The GE honors courses are quite challenging, but honestly not that hard to get through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Commute if you can, because the dorms are not great, and not worth the money.

    In three sentences

    Great classes. It is difficult to get classes after your first freshman registration. Dorms are terrible.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent! Very lighted areas and if ever a student still feels scared, campus police and escorts are always readily available to walk a student to their car for safety precautions.

    Greek Life

    There are over 40 sororities and fraternities on campus! They are composed of 4 unique councils which all uphold similar but different pillars. These organizations are a great support in helping young students navigate the campus better as well as provide them a form of networking that can assist them in their journey even during their post graduate career. CSUN has organizations that cater to all races, nationalities, etc. It's just a matter of finding which organization can offer you what you need to achieve success in your college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Chicano house is probably one of my favorite unknown spots. A few times throughout the semester they'll host cultural events filled with music, food, art, and of course lots of people! My favorite study area would have to be the TCC in the Oviatt Library! Very few people know about it so it makes it a great secret area where less disturbance aids in my ability to achieve success!

    Bang for the buck

    CSUNorthridge has some top notched departments that have a cheaper tuition than UC campuses or private institutes. This helps since most of the students on campus are commuters from local or far cities.

    What to do for fun

    Campus has a variety of activities throughout the year to promote student involvement including the Big Show, crafts day every week, local bars and hang out spots and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    There are various dinning areas to choose from as well as many local restaurants near campus. All of them range in prices. CSUN does offer a 10% discount to students who purchase a special kind of prepaid card exclusive to campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great style! They are apartment styled dorms and provide different meal or kitchen plans depending on the preferences of the students applying. I know they have many petty rules that can make it difficult to form study groups in your dormatory. However, there are many activities hosted by CSUN that make it a fun time.

    Academic Rigor

    At times there will be professors who lack in academic rigor. However, there are many Matador professors who are the best of their area of expertise. Many make themselves very available to their students in order to ensure success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some of the most important tips would be the ones concerning academics and social invovment. It is important to socialize and network. However, it is important to ensure that you do not become trapped in the fun aspects of college night life. Always complete readings ahead of time and make sure to keep your academics first! Find your balance and always make sure to find out what study habits work best for you!

    In three sentences

    An oasis of different cultures, many opportunities and resources for success, California State University, Northridge has always been a great institute for determined students who enjoy being surrounded by a diverse population. Students have the luxury to relax near the pond at the Organe Grove or watch a play at the beautiful and modern VPAC. There are just so many locations on campus to choose from that will easily remind a student of the reasons why he/she decided to become a fellow Matador.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The ocean is about a 40 minute drive from campus and their are some great hikes within 15 miles in the Santa Monica Mountains, like Las Virgenes Canyon and Topanga Canyon.

    Food and Dining

    The surrounding blocks around have Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Mexican, and of course, Chinese.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are about a half mile walk to campus. A five minute longboard ride away.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUN will encourage a higher level of academia. While the quality of education and teaching varies from class to class, as a whole, the ability of a student to succeed depends on their commitment with working to independently analyze material and work alongside others to encourage success.

    Tips for prospective students

    The city of Northridge in the San Fernando Valley part of LA County can be an overload of sights, sounds, hustle and bustle, but, this provides a unique/dynamic place to attend university. Visit campus, see if you envision the possibilities the environment offers. Since my first year here, I've grown to appreciate CSUN quite a lot more.

    In three sentences

    In the past five years the overall sense of where CSUN is heading is really positive. The campus environment is much more student friendly: the fourth science building on campus, Chaparral Hall was completed about 2 years ago, parking is much more streamlined, and a new campus rec center has been an awesome addition.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police is on the alerte all the time.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs

    Food and Dining

    There is food all over the campus. They are friendly

    Tips for prospective students

    each culture needs to work with each other

    In three sentences

    CSUN protects students with disabilities at a very high level when they have problems with professors. Professors work one on one with you. Most professors are caring.

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN has an entire escort system that guards the library and personally approaches students to walk them either to their car or back to the dorms. Security guards have two shacks on the outskirts of Student Housing and patrol from 7:30 pm- 3:00 am. The guards are pretty cool, they actually like chatting with students and asking what's going on with them. They also patrol inside of Student Housing too.

    Clubs and Activities

    Our school has a writing circle; a great organization for people who love to write and enjoy the craft. Every major has an Honor Society, I highly recommend asking around. There are cultural clubs: MECHA, Hispanic Club, Black Student Union, Vietnamese Club, etc

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who wants to go to a big campus minus the big campus tuition Any students who lives in LA/San Fernando Valley If you live in So Cal but don't want to go too far for school If you are a Deaf Studies Major. CSUN is the only school in the Cal State system that offers this major If you want to go to school at the Star Trek Fleet Academy (the Oviatt Library was used as their school)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Between the Student Book store and Live Oak Hall is a circle of pine trees people like to go to sometimes, there are cool corners of the library people nap in.

    Bang for the buck

    For those who get a Meal Plan Card: I suggest packing a lunch and using your dinning mainly for getting lunch on off days. Utilize the school Lunch Card; for every 8 or 9 meals your buy, the cashier will punch how many you buy and you can get a free meal with card is used up. The school has microwaves for when you bring lunch and hot water should want to make tea. Sometimes getting to know teachers (or getting a job on campus) get you access to free printing

    What to do for fun

    The school has a Games Room in the former Fitness Center area...other than that, my suggestion is meeting people and making your own fun. Joining clubs is a primary way of not only having (relatively free) but enhancing your college experience.

    Food and Dining

    If you commute to school, CSUN has various options for food but all of it is just the same as you would find off campus, so it's nothing particularly special. They are have a cafeteria with a pizza section, Chinese food section, and a order-then-they make sandwich place (they make amazing paninis). The cafeteria comes fully equipped with a soup & salad bar. Also there is a Panda Express, Burger King, Jamba Juice, and three mini marts across campus. If you live in Student Housing, the Satellite Student Union (or SSU) has a mini-mart called La Tienda and an all you can eat cafeteria (for those who get a Meal Plan Card). The buffet grows old after a little while but you can have a choice of pizza, burgers, fresh fish, rice, pasta, Mexican food, several salad options, fruits, cereal, and the list goes on.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fair, it doesn't get too crazy. If you have the option of freshmen housing, a double apartment with (or without) a kitchen, or a family-style apartment. The video they show is a bit misleading but other than that, the dorms are alright. You can get a double apartment with (or without) a kitchen even if you're a Freshmen and you will share a room with another person. You would have three roommates in all. My advice is use other peoples' profiles to get in touch with them as soon as possible; it's best to get to know your roommates before you commit to occupying space with them. The Freshmen dorms are just rooms and bathrooms are down the hall. The family-style apartments are smaller versions of townhouses.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the teacher (and your major) the work load can range from easy to painfully difficult but there is no such thing as an 'easy major'. Every teacher in every department will challenge you in one way or another so don't slack off, become very familiar with the course syllabus and your teacher's office hours, and above all, ask questions in class. Teachers will not only remember you but will appreciate how serious you are about your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs to meet new people and join any clubs related to your major, this way you can get to know which college you belong to better and they can help nurture you more in your quest for a degree. Don't be shy getting to know new people, just relax and be yourself. Get to know your teachers inside and outside of the classroom, they help not only in the academic field but on a personal level, that sort of connection will really help in the future. Dive in and take every opportunity that comes your way.

    In three sentences

    Any college experience can either be the best time of your life or a completely miserable depending on what you make of it. I have no regrets coming to CSUN; I have never grown so much or found so much of myself in this school. I recommend it for anyone.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very safe; never did I encounter an incident where I felt otherwise.

    Greek Life

    CSUN students seem very dedicated to their sororities/fraternities. It is definitely recommended to join one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost every major and race.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great college for students who are engineering or science majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since CSUN is a very diverse university, there are many different clubs and organizations from many different cultures that are interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive everywhere but it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The SRC is newly built. It is magnificent. There's a gym and many other classes to enjoy. For example, yoga, belly dancing, volleyball, etc...

    Food and Dining

    There are three main areas to eat on campus. First, there is the Sierra Tower Cafeteria which includes a variety of food and drinks to choose from. Second, there's the Matador Book Store Cafeteria, there are several known franchises. Third, there's The Pub which is a restaurant that offers food along with two big Televisions to watch while eating. Moreover, there are many other on-campus coffee shops along with small stores.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is well taken care of though there might be some difficulties if you prefer to live alone.

    Academic Rigor

    It is more difficult for science majors because there are many students that want to be in the health profession.

    Tips for prospective students

    New students should learn more about having priority registration for classes. There are many programs and opportunities.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Northridge is a very diverse school. Being on campus feels like home. I would not prefer any other university for undergrad.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent and they have variety to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are wonderful and they help you out big time. They also take time out to help you with your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep doing your work. Get good grades. Stay focused.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great fit for me because of its criteria. I love the city of Northridge and this school is perfect for me. I love all the people there and I plan on attending this school.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At nighttime, there are always campus security available to walk you to your car or to your dorm. They are friendly and nice and want to ensure your safety. I never feel threatened or feel that I am in harms way.

    Greek Life

    I was involved in Alpha Phi Fraternity for two years and enjoyed my experience. The Greek life is very fun and there are a ton of students involved. This is a great way to meet people and be involved in a sister/brother hood for life. There are so many people ready and willing to take care of you and make sure you have a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have a great experience with clubs and activities on campus! I love Peer Health Exchange, it is a great opportunity for future teachers and health education careers. Joining the club was easy, and the club encourages you to be a better student, teacher, and person.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to go to a diverse school, that is rather smaller than many campuses in California. Most of the classes are 30-student sized classrooms, allowing for more interaction with professors. The campus is really peaceful and beautiful, and the library is huge. There are 4 stories and many books/media available.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not experienced anything unusual. I will continue to keep my eyes open though :)

    Bang for the buck

    CSUN's tuition compared to other college campuses, thanks to Prop 30, is reasonably affordable. The degrees prepare students for their futures and the classes are tough, but worthwhile.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things that students can do for fun. I recommend joining a club or organization. I joined Peer Health Exchange, and I also joined the Alpha Phi Fraternity. I had a great time, and by joining you connect with other students which enhances your college experience to another level. I have made so many great friends, and I am thankful for my experiences thus far.

    Food and Dining

    I do not do much eating at CSUN's offered cafe's and pubs. However, I have heard good things, and the food smells great walking by. The cafeteria's are always busy so I believe the food is good to eat!

    Dorm Life

    I did not enjoy my dorm experience at CSUN. Unfortunately, my dorm was very dirty and I had a hard time feeling comfortable with my room mates. It seemed as if no matter how much I scrubbed and cleaned, no amount of cleanliness made a difference.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your level of education at CSUN, the classes intensity level is progresses on the scale. The level of intensity increases as you develop more skills and are adequately capable of taking classes at a higher level.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would guide any prospective student to pay attention to deadlines (they are very important!), research careers at the career center, and make regular visits to your counselor. This will ensure that you are on track and well-prepared for you major.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Northridge is a great school that offers many programs for students in many areas of interest. I am grateful to be able to attend a college that offers so many opportunities for their students, as well as, so many wonderful professors for guidance and support. I look forward to my time here, and I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a college with low tuition costs, a wide- range of classes, as well as, personalized career plans and counselors to help you reach your goals.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Club sports, student clubs and organizations, the new student recreation center.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm living and campus meals are not too bad, but aside from that there is only one pub and grill located in the University Student Union. There is a variety of other fast foods such as Subway, Burger King, Panda Express, a coffee shop, and convenience type stores.

    Dorm Life

    CSUN has updated their dormitory life since 2007 and provided better meals for on campus dining.

    Academic Rigor

    For Civil Engineering courses are difficult and professors are hit or miss.. You can have some that are exceptional and others that make you wonder how they ever got a position teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with sports, clubs, and/or organizations. Priority registration is key to moving forward with your degree in a timely manner. Get to know people in your major and where to find student resources to help you.

    In three sentences

    I've been a student majoring in Civil Engineering here at Cal State Northridge since the Fall of 2007. I have seen the campus grow with student life and expand. CSUN has just finished building a new student recreation center, parking structures, updated technology in classrooms, and improved student life on campus. Overall I have enjoyed my years here and despite the large majority of peers commuting to and from, the student body can connect on campus. Go Matadors!

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you want something fun to do there are always plenty of options. You can always hang out with friends at Starbucks, head over to the gym (which by the way is brand new and has a climbing wall!), or go and used the basketball or tennis courts. If you want to get involved in clubs that is always an option as well.

    Food and Dining

    They have food and dining options all over the campus. They have got Panda Express, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, their own cafe and lunch places etc... There are a lot of options on campus. If you don't want something on campus there are a lot of options around campus too.

    Dorm Life

    Cal State Northridge does have dormitories, but it is also a big commuter school and that would define me, I commute, so I don't know to much about the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The honors classes provided are very difficult and challenging. Compared to the honors classes the regular classes seem easy, but you still have to put the work in and study. Of course some courses are more difficult than others depending on the student and the field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the portal and the e-mail address that they give you after you have applied. If you are unsure about something just call admissions and records and they will help you! Sometimes the portal can be confusing so calling definitely helps. Try to get appointments with an advisor as soon as you can. Depending on which major you have, as a freshman you can either meet personally with an advisor, or you might have to attend group advisement workshops.

    In three sentences

    California Stat University-Northridge is really great. All of the staff are kind and helpful, whether they are in admissions and records, on the campus tech staff or the professors. Before deciding to attend this college I was in contact with some other schools and wasn't treated as nicely as the staff from CalState Northridge treated me.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for commuters and people who want a medium sized campus as well as beautiful weather all year long.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Squirrels. You will see tons of squirrels on campus. And if you stop and stare at them, they WILL approach you. Be forewarned.

    Bang for the buck

    For the low price you pay, you truly are getting a great college experience filled with geniune people ready to assist you as well as a fun yet challenging academia.

    What to do for fun

    The USU has tons of activties going on each week. There are countless fundraisers, events, and free meal days that you can look forward to. There is one major concert that goes on each semester as well as Jazz/Kereoke nights. This semester, we had Big Sean and Diplo in the Oviatt lawn! It was awesome. There's also a phenomenal Student Rec Center that is a must! It has a pool, running track, free weights, ping pong, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options are pretty awesome. There's panda express, burger king, subway, and several food courts to choose from. I feel like there needs to be healthier options for those who are watching what they eat and CSUN doesn't give much variety to that. However, it does have tons of places to eat from so you'll never go hungry wherever you are.

    Dorm Life

    90 percent of the CSUN population are commuters and so the dorm life is very bland and uninteresting because everyone is practically coming from home.

    Academic Rigor

    It really isn't that hard as long as you pay attention in class, ask questions, and stay on top of your lessons and homework. You have to do well on the exams and ultimately the homework is made to prepare you. It is all dependant on the teacher's grading scale and methods which truly weighs the rigor of the class, but all in all, it's up to YOU whether you want to make it hard on yourself or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check out the University Student Union because that is the centre of information you need for anything and everything related to CSUN. The people will tell you where to go, where to eat, where to have fun, what's going on the upcoming weekend, and ultimately what CSUN is all about. Also, be outgoing because everyone wants to meet new people in college. But don't let your social life dominate your academics. You NEED balance for success.

    In three sentences

    The school is tremendous in really helping you get the things you need to succeed. Mostly everyone you come across is friendly and the faculty is really ambitious in terms of guiding you towards your success. The ambience is aesthetically pleasing and the notable Oviatt Library is a colossal archive of information that can help you with any homework assignment.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities going on in campus so make sure to check that out. The Recreation center is a great way to get a little exercise or a nice game of indoor soccer, basketball or rock climbing. A game of billiard at the recreation center inside of campus and you can even rent out a movie to watch with friends :)

    Dorm Life

    There is always an activity going on, and great environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in things that are happening on campus. Spend more time studying than worrying about other things. For every hour in class study at least 3 hours outside of class. Don't party on school days. Have fun!

    In three sentences

    CSUN has a great environment and a great diversity of students. The staff and students are all great people and always want to help. Beautiful campus with many resources to explore.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who enjoy campus life and being around a lot of people. Also there are a lot of educational opportunities, making CSUN not major specific.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, CSUN has a Big Show, which allows students to hang out on campus at night with their friends, There is also a musical performance by a different famous music artist every year.

    What to do for fun

    There is an arcade on campus and there are a bunch of clubs to join. Also, we have a newly built student recreation center that consists of a gym, a pool, dance rooms, ping pong, and more. Entry to the SRC is included in the school tuition so all you need is your school ID number and handprint recognition in order to get in.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food choices on campus. There a few fast food places but there are also dining areas such as the Pubb. We also have a cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    I've had really great professors, but I've also had some professors that I didn't particularly do great in the class with. Since you can't always pick your professors, it's important to always keep good contact with them through email and office hour meetings. It will make the class a lot easier for students/

    Tips for prospective students

    Unfortunately, the school is highly impacted with students, making it hard to get classes and to be a full time student. It's not impossible to excel at CSUN; you just need to make sure you're planning your classes perfectly and getting good grades so that you don't have to waste time repeating any courses.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school that offers a lot of great educational opportunities. The campus is also clean and has plenty of places to eat and study. The campus also has an inviting community feel to it, that makes you want to spend more time on campus.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Business, art, cinema, and education majors.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at CSUN is fantastic. I love the food and I think the prices are reasonable. We have our own personal Starbucks called Freudian. We have Burger King, Panda Express, and El Pollo Loco near our Matador Bookstore. We also have other fantastic food options such as The Marketplace that makes pasta, Chinese food, sandwiches, have salad bars, and so much more.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm so I do not know how the dorm life is. I could only provide what my friends say about dorming and most of them love the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I maintained a GPA of 3.9 because I had such excellent professors that helped me when I needed it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise all prospective students to work harder than they ever did when they were in high school such as getting close to your professors, asking for help when you need it, and take advantage of whatever free activities there are to assist you with college. Stay focused on school and be updated about financial opportunities to pay for college such as financial aid, grants, and scholarships.

    In three sentences

    I love CSUN because it is such a beautiful campus that it is so peaceful to study anywhere you go. I loved all of my professors; none of them were unfair to me and they were so helpful with everything I needed. I maintained a GPA of 3.9 because I enjoy my college experience at CSUN.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe, always has campus security and police roaming around

    Clubs and Activities

    A few clubs worth mentioning are the recreation sports such as soccer, its awesome, and great to stay in shape. Not only are the recreation sports amazing but the new Recreation center that Csun just built. Its a 3 story building that holds a gym, sports, and an indoor track. The membership is included in CSUN's tuition. Also The Dance teams is amazing and you learn a lot very quickly.

    Great for these types of students

    With Chicano studies being apart of my requirement, i found that there were a lot of activities and events hosted by the chicano department. Students of Hispanic orientation or not are very involved with the events that the department hosted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None

    What to do for fun

    CSUN clubs always host activities on weekends in the lawn areas. Also all the local bars and restaurants have great deals for student that attend the university. Los Angeles is 15 minutes away, and the new transportation system that metro has set up has bus lines that go directly into Downtown LA. Without having to waste your gas!

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking is very difficult around the area of the university, especially in the first week of school. CARPOOL. Make sure that you financial part such as financial aid and loans are done ahead of time and kept track of. They show no mercy or accommodations for errors. Join as many clubs that interest you as you meet awesome people.

    In three sentences

    California State University-Northridge is a very good academically, with good professors. It's counseling, admissions, and financial aid staff could be a little better. It also has a very convenient location in the San Fernando valley which is close to Los Angeles but still far away from congestion.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are escorts at night so you don't have to walk alone to the parking lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's basically a club for every type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a hidden playroom by the pool.

    Bang for the buck

    All of my classes are paid through my financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    You can catch a show at the performing arts center or go off campus and catch a movie at the nearby mall. There are tons of clubs you can join too.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of small little markets and coffee shops on campus as well as some fast food restaurants. There is a lot more fast food across the street.

    Dorm Life

    Never dormed.

    Academic Rigor

    General eds are pretty easy. Classes don't tend to get hard until you start taking upper division classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get priority registration any way possible because getting classes after you're freshman year can get pretty tough.

    In three sentences

    It's a small university so it's easy to get to class on time between classes. It's in a good location because its close to many outside stores and a mall. The classes are a decent size.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an on campus police department.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This school allows student to be very outspoken. There are concerts every year called the Big Show that features famous bands and hip hop artists.

    What to do for fun

    There is a recreation center for sports and a huge gym for students.

    Food and Dining

    Many fast food restaurants such as Burger King, El Pollo Loco, Panda Express, etc... and a pub

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Not very hard if you do your work and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend this school, it has a great engineering department.

    In three sentences

    This is an okay University. Like every other school there are great professors and opportunities. Sometimes it is hard to get the classes that you need.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    California State University Northridge is spread over a huge area and because of that there are many things to do on campus. Also, there is a huge, new, gym opened. It gives you a choice of different classes like Yoga and Zumba. In the gym you can also swim in the pool and relax on the sun.

    Food and Dining

    Many cafes with different choices of food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard! Nothing in this life will be given to you with no afford from your side. CSUN gives you the place where you can learn, and from there it's all on you to accept the knowledge.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Northridge, has great professors and I'm glad I chose to get my Bachelor's degree there. You can contact any office and get in touch with any person you need to, unlike many other schools. Northridge opens new opportunities and thanks to advisors who can show you the right pass to achieve your goals.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's not a lot locally, but a few blocks out or 10-15 minutes you can hit the movie theater and mall and about 20-30 minutes out you hit Burbank, Hollywood, Six Flags.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your best to be as involved as you can in High School. Having those skills will help you be involved in college which in turn helps you get better registration dates.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love my campus, the people here are amazing and so far, the teachers I have had genuinely care about their students and want to see them succeed. The school does its best to keep us students interested by holding events, meetings, information events, all sorts of things. I absolutely love living in the dorms as well.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At night they have a service that you can call that will come and pick you up where ever you are and take you to your car or dorm.

    Greek Life

    From what I've heard, the Greek Life on campus is very fun and welcoming to everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for EVERYTHING and if there isn't one, you can easily start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy or very focused on Chicano History.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Putting a yellow rose at the matadors feet for good luck.

    What to do for fun

    You can go bowling, there is a pub and restaurants on campus. There is always some sort of event. There is the rock climbing wall in the recreation center.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety. The taste isn't the best in the world, but it does its job.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are spacious and you meet a lot of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends mostly on the professor, but most of them are pretty fair when it comes to the work needed for the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the time to get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very clean and well kept. The students are friendly. The staff is extremely helpful and welcoming.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A student threatened a teacher in a class took about 45 minutes for the campus police to show up.

    Greek Life

    Depending on what sorority or fraternity you go into it can really make a difference on your college life. You do not really hear about greeks, only during their rush week, or sometimes for their parties. But, some are more focused on their philanthropy and studies.

    What to do for fun

    There is a games room, a student recreation center, and many different events that are held on campus, including concerts.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but closer by the dorms there is a buffet for all you can eat for $10 not bad but still.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but when I went to visit my friend, they were very clean, and I barely saw anyone, I guess it just differs on each dorm building.

    Academic Rigor

    It basically depends on what classes you are taking, the harder the classes the hard the work load is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to class on time, try to sit closer to the front, do all your work, and study your butt off.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Like I said, CSUN is a great school, but a little bit expensive.

    What to do for fun

    The school provides plenty of resources for students to take part in outside of the classroom, such as an amazing recreation center, on campus activities, social nights, concerts, and plenty of game nights for students. During Finals Week they provide students with food, snacks, and places to stay during times of Finals.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is much healthier in my opinion compared to fast food joints, so I approve the Food and Dining aspect.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but I have heard from previous friends its an ok place to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    They have a well rounded amount of majors that students are available to engage themselves in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful with fee's. Make sure to make every class count so you do not have to repeat.

    In three sentences

    The school is satisfying, it is not the greatest, but it's definitely a worthy school to attend. My only main concern are the professors, some of which are not the greatest as far as the well being of students education goes, but they are decent.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe area and at night they have security guard walking around to walk you to your car if you dont want to walk by your self. I dont mean just one or two they are everywhere and they will walk with you if you ask them to. They are very friendly as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are all sorts of clubs from dancing to chess.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a concert every year with well known artist it is an amazing event to go to. They have food trucks and games and free stuff.

    What to do for fun

    The mall is quite close it is big and beautiful on the inside.

    Food and Dining

    Great fast food places. Also out side the campus withing a radius of one mile their are hundreds of places to go and eat and most importantly with your school id you can get discounts!!!

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm but i have friends who do and they say it is a great experience because you learn independence.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are as tough as you want them to be if you study and so your work everything goes by smoothly. Teachers themselves are very understanding and i love this because they are easy to talk to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to make friends everyone is very friendly and willing to answer questions and help you any way possible.

    In three sentences

    This is a lovely campus very clean with a friendly environment. If you love squirrels this is the campus for you because they are everywhere and they are not afraid to come up to you if you want to feed them. On the first day there are people everywhere with booths pointing you towards the right direction of your class, which is very helpful.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities are all around. Learn your Greek Alphabet ASAP!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go MATADORS!

    What to do for fun

    There are events on campus almost every day and night! Check your emails to stay up to date or walk around the USU. There are also plenty of outside things to do for those 21+.

    Tips for prospective students

    You can live on campus (dorms), nearby (apartments), or commute. Either way, you'll enjoy it if you manage your time wisely and find activities/clubs/events that you'll enjoy. CSUN has over 100 different types of clubs/groups/organizations to fit every personality. If you don't find anything that interests you, create it yourself! CSUN loves new ideas.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is amazingly great! Definitely a campus to visit and get a tour of.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural, Gym, various weekly concerts.

    Food and Dining

    One major cafetiere and small fast food places spread around the campus. Be assured that you will not be hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Have not stayed at the dorm but from pictures it is very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Faculty I believe is well prepared and knowledgeable and are waiting for knowledge hungry students

    Tips for prospective students

    The school has facilities and activities to fill your after school hours. The library is 4 story gigantic building.

    In three sentences

    The school is investing considerable money for student related activities and facilities. Academic level is OK. Best know for computer science and MBA programs.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is in a fairly safe area of Northridge, plus there is a campus police service and the Northridge police station is close by. Also, they have emergency telephones where you can call the police/parking services to have someone walk you to your car after dark. And, you can register your laptops, bikes, etc., with the campus police and they will put a security plate on it that will help you in case it does get stolen.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs including a Renaissance society, two different Robotics clubs, several writing clubs, and a multitude of sports clubs. There is also opportunities for volunteer and leadership as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, CSUN is a pretty good school, and tuition is not overly expensive. Tuition is around $3500 a semester, parking is only $175 a semester, and textbooks (for undergraduates) seem to average under $250 a semester.

    What to do for fun

    There is a large selection of clubs and organizations. And there are many performances being put on in one of the many theaters on campus, including the new, award winning Valley Performing Arts Center. However, most of the clubs meet later in the day/evening, and the performances are late as well, which makes it difficult to attend if you are commuting from a distance.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places on campus where one can eat, but they are mostly fast food or gas station-type selection. But the prices are reasonable and there is quite a variety of options, some of which are healthy. There are also many, many places within walking distance to eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    They have a specific set of dorms for honors students, and they also have several different types of dorms (singles, doubles, suites, and apartments). There is also a selection of apartments within walking distance of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The undergraduate classes, even the honors classes, are at the difficulty of high school classes; in fact, they are easier than AP and Honors classes in high school, and some college prep high school classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in a map, and find your classes before the first day of class. The campus isn't huge, but it is large, and it will take some time to find your classes. Also, give yourself plenty of time for parking for the first month or so of classes.

    In three sentences

    The campus is really nice, fairly clean, and not too over crowded. Parking is fairly horrible, but not compared to nearby community colleges. The school is well known for the Journalism program and the Jazz program, both of which I am part of and the Daily Sundial (the newspaper) is published 4 days a week and is a fairly good paper which leads one to believe that the Mass Communications program is good; but the Jazz/Music program is quite spectacular.

  • 02/11/2013

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    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive for a Cal State.

    What to do for fun

    Bars, bowling, pool, soccer, football....

    Academic Rigor

    Very doable with hard work. Learn your concepts, ask questions, and go beyond the textbook.

    Tips for prospective students

    Hands on work in Engineering.

    In three sentences

    Research, Resources, Engineering

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN has it's own police department and safety department, police officers and safety cadets patrol the campus constantly and are even more prominent after the sun sets.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities on campus are also very active, although I'm not a part of one, I always hear great things about them from my friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are always active around the quads and rounding people up for campus activities such as flag football and ultimate Frisbee.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, diverse any kind of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The on campus pub is the best place you could go to in between a statistical methods of research in psychology and its respective lab.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit expensive compared to community college, but you can't get your BA at a community college, $3500 a semester is not all that bad considering the level of education it offers.

    What to do for fun

    Join the Student Recreation Center (CSUN GYM) it is three stories high, has rock climbing, volleyball, free weights and weight machine, outdoor heated pool, ping pong, basketball courts and a football and soccer fields.

    Food and Dining

    With several fast food restaurants such as burger king, el pollo loco and panda express on campus you don't even have to leave campus to eat, the best part is the campus pub where you can get a cold beer while waiting for a class.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors at CSUN have completed their PhD and are very knowledgeable and passionate about their field of study. They take their job seriously and blow your mind with information and tips.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your department, meet with an advisor and get your Education Plan figured out before the end of your first semester. Become a TA and familiarize yourself with the academic clubs and department related research opportunities.

    In three sentences

    California State University Northridge offers some of the best opportunities for Psychology undergraduate and graduate students, with professors researching in all psychology fields it's a great opportunity to attend this school.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The SRC and USU are the place to be ! Activities are always happening there.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, gym, etc

    Tips for prospective students

    Involve yourself in as much as you can! Go to class everyday!

    In three sentences

    California State University is a great university to attend! As a current sophomore I have enjoyed my two years spent there. Everyone is really friendly and being involved in school activities and such is a lot of fun! Professors, classes, etc. are also good

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I go to the gym or hang out with friends in school.

    Food and Dining

    They have many places to choose from for food, either school owned or just fast food.

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoy the classes I took, learned many things from every one of them in new and interesting ways.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take in as much information as you can and take your time in finding out who you want to be.

    In three sentences

    California State University-Northridge is a very fun and alive school. The environment is friendly and exciting. The classes and professors I had where very welcoming and informational.

  • 02/28/2013

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    In three sentences

    Very good University

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do here at CSUN. The recently-built Student Recreation Center is open for all students for no extra-charge (it is already included in tuition and other fees you pay before the semester begins). There are different clubs and organizations one can join as well for just about anything!

    Food and Dining

    CSUN has a variety of food and dining options. They have popular eateries such as Panda Express, El Pollo Loco and Subway as well as local establishments such as the Freudian Sip (coffee) and the Marketplace, where they make different plates for lunch and dinner.

    Dorm Life

    I personally cannot say how the dorm life is here since I commute. I've heard mixed reviews; it probably depends who you land with in the dorms and how is your financial situation for food.

    Academic Rigor

    Many great professors and learning experiences are to be found here. The professors I've had are truly passionate about what they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the school and what they offer. Get as much information as you can get from here.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great educational institution. Many people overlook the university's programs but it really is a great school with many degrees offered. I am proud to be a student here.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is real safe with a lot of awareness and security to make you feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Great life for a new student looking for something new.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different types of clubs

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a different school

    Bang for the buck

    You do get your moneys work here.

    What to do for fun

    So much stuff to do for fun like play in a game room and swim at the pool of go to the recreation center that is free for students where you can play basketball, soccer ,rock climb as well as other more fun stuff.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great there are a variety of fast food stores as well as healthy grocery stores.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life. Dorms are nice and well equipped with WiFi and cable television and other luxuries like a game room and pool to take your mind of school for a while.

    Academic Rigor

    Not to rigorous but not to lenient classes are tough but do able with studying and working hard. Classes help you see what you might see in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to workshops when possible. Make friends with professor and other students that have been there. Classes are not hard but may require some time to study. Take advantage of all resources available on and off campus.

    In three sentences

    Very green with nice campus with nice faculty and staff. Great professors willing to help students. Has many resources.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Do not listen to people that claim CSUN isn't a good school.

    In three sentences

    It is a school that has a relaxing environment. All the teaching staff I have had, has been a positive experience. It is very difficult to get into classes due to budget cuts, but it is everywhere.

  • 03/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Botanic Garden on campus is a relaxing and quiet spot to study between classes.

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation Center on campus is a 3 story gym including a rock climbing wall and pool.

    Food and Dining

    Food services are scattered all around campus, conveniently located near most buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging, but not impossible. Students are paying to learn and this campus is dedicated to preparing students for the workforce.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at the Student Union website and take advantage of the many resources offered to students.

    In three sentences

    My experience at CSUN has been great thus far! Professors are dedicated to helping students understand class material and succeed. The campus has many resources and activities for students, a good overall school!

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved on campus

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different choices here at CSUN.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in campus life once you've figured out your major and have gotten adjusted to college life.

    In three sentences

    California State University Northridge is the most diverse campus I've ever been on. Everyday there is something new at CSUN. I love the atmosphere of campus very clean, open and beautiful.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Most of the food venues at CSUN earn a 'B' at best, although I highly recommend The Marketplace, which features a wide variety of Mexican, Chinese, and Italian food. I probably would have given CSUN five stars had they brought Chi-Chi's Pizza and Pasta onto campus.

    Dorm Life

    From everything I have heard, the dorms are pretty decent. I never lived in a dorm during my years at CSUN, so I don't have much to say about this subject.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUN certainly has challenging curricula, but there is nothing that is overwhelmingly strenuous. The most difficult class that I took during my time there was Chemistry 102/L, which is a 5-unit lecture-and-lab course. However, there is great tutoring for almost all science classes.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs, Greek organizations, and sports activities. We have a game room with tournaments, pool tables, arcades, etc. The new gym is amazing!

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options from Panda Express and Subway to our own Freudian Sip coffee shop and Arbor Grill cafe. Not to expensive for us students but not extremely cheap either.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm but I hear its what you would expect. It's fun being around your friends. Very close to campus. Convenient and suitable.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic curriculum is very challenging but doable if you take it seriously. It's meant to prepare you for the real world and respective careers. What you put in is what you get out.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend CSUN. It is very cost effective and you get a great quality education. Keep track of application and registration deadlines, and make sure you put in the hard work needed for a beneficial experience.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is great. It is very diverse and has a very fun-loving crowd of intelligent students. The teachers are very credible and knowledgeable in their respective fields.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have 24 hour security for students both during the day and at night for the, the campus is well lit, they have emergency telephones in the parking lots, escort you to your car if you need to and sheriffs on the campus at all times

    Greek Life

    The university is involved in fraterniteis and sororities for they play a big role in nurturing the students to make them better individuals within class and outside class

    Clubs and Activities

    so many clubs are there like the black student union, so many fraternities, the student government which is there to represent the students, and the activities are so many, they have concerts from well known artistes once in a while, they have sports competitions.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for students with an entrepreneurial mind because the school is believed to have one of the best business programs in the country, and also good for the theater and arts students for they have opened a new complex that is used as a venue for lots of plays and concerts.

    What to do for fun

    There is alot of activity that goes on in school, there is sports and you will experience some of the greatest university rivalries once you get in, study abroad programs, alot of groups/clubs on campus from cultural to health clubs.

    Food and Dining

    They offer the best food and dining options depending on whether your live on camps or not. they have the best deals for those who live in dorms, they have a variety of restraunts that offer a variety of food from mexican, chinese the list goes on to fast foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is good and affordable. the dormitories are within walkable distance from school. they are located in a safe and sound environment with maximum security

    Academic Rigor

    The school believes in putting out the best citizens out there once they graduate so they put in effort in making sure that the students and teachers collaborate to achieve excellence in all aspects of life.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you looking for an affordable school with good programs CSUN is the place to go. They offer Financial Aid to all those that qualify, its easy to get your questions about the school or intended major answered for they have some of the best counsellors who give you one on one attention.

    In three sentences

    California State University is one of the best state universities in California and offers some of the best programs to transfer, graduate and undergraduate students

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While Los Angeles isn't associated with being the safest city in America, CSUN's location in the San Fernando Valley's suburbs make it an ideal location. You are far away from the worries of city life and numerous students take classes into the late night. If you should require extra assistance walking to your car at night CSUN has a Matador Patrol Program. All you do is call a phone number, let them know your location and within minutes someone arrives to escort you to your car. The Patrol members are trained in the art of conversation and you can often times end up making a new contact!

    Greek Life

    I am a member of a greek organization and it has been one of the best decisions I have made during my collegiate experience. The community supports Greek life and the campus faculty attend our fundraisers and philanthropy events to show support!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or organization for everything from Long Boarders to Greek Life to Business Law Organization. The campus makes it simple to start a club of your own and give you resources and outlets for promoting your club. If you are visiting campus stop by the Matador Involvement Center and ask to see a list of clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are pursing a career in fine arts and don't want to go into debt for a private school education CSUN is the way to go! The facilities, faculty and program structure rival that of the surrounding private schools such as Cal Arts, Otis, and Art Institute. Your faculty are contemporary artists who are showing work at the museums you visit and have real world experience in the art industry. They are connected and want to see you succeed! The value of education I have received for the amount of money I have payed has been unbelievable. I am ready and prepared for a career as an artist.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    While CSUN is known as a commuter campus it is alive and thriving. Matador Spirit has been encouraged throughout the campus by various activities. At any given day you can walk through campus and get lunch for free at a campus activity such as In-n-out, Menchies, and Hot Dog on a Stick!

    Bang for the buck

    Los Angeles can be fairly expensive to live in, your location will determine how much you pay in rent. You can save money by shopping it local farmer markets instead of at big name brand supermarkets.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN is located approximately 45 minutes from most things in Los Angeles. You can hop onto the 405 into the West Side to spend a day at the beach at the Santa Monica pier or at the Venice Boardwalk. You could drive on over to Studio City for unique dining and thrift store shopping. Over in Hollywood you can experience Los Angeles like a true tourist along the Hollywood Walk of Fame or at the Chinese Theater. If you are into Art you could go to any of the internationally recognized museums such as Los Angles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), or to Bergamont Station for free exhibits. Artists with international fame show in Los Angeles year around and these museums are a great opportunity to get close to work you may never have the chance to see again! If being indoors isn't for you there are hundreds, yes hundreds, of hiking trails throughout the canyons, you can even hike up to the famous Hollywood sign. There is plenty to do in Los Angeles no matter what you're interests are!

    Food and Dining

    CSUN has just redone the dining hall, now named Geronimos. There is a full service salad bar and sandwich bar. There is also fruit, cereal and other snacks availability during all meals. The hot meals change between breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They switch it up between Mexican, Chinese and Italian food so there is always variety!

    Dorm Life

    If you are a first time freshman the Freshman Dorms are the way to go! They are traditionally styled, 2 roommates per room, while they are small it's all apart of the experience. You only sleep and do homework in your room otherwise you are outside or in common areas hanging out with friends. The apartment style dorms get a lot of complaints because they are difficult to make new friends in.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most things in life you will only get out of college what you put into it. The faculty want to see you succeed however, if you don't care about your education then the faculty won't either. The campus is huge and you must be driven and motivated to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to meet with your teacher outside of office hours for further help. The courses that were the toughest for me I always passed because I wasn't afraid to make appointments with my teachers, ask for their recommendations for tutors, and to spend the extra time I needed.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a campus that is committed to cultivating school spirit and values higher education. The faculty encourage you to constantly push yourself and test your limits. There are numerous ways to get involved on campus and since CSUN is a commuter school, lots of students are involved.

  • 04/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN has Matador Patrols, which are people who will safely escort you to wherever you need to go late at night.

    Greek Life

    If you want to expand your connections, becoming Greek is a great way to begin. You'll become part of a large student population and will be aware of many events; such as parties, fundraisers, sports games, philanthropy events, etc. Don't join a house just because they're the best one, but choose a house that you feel most comfortable with.

    Clubs and Activities

    During the first few weeks, there are many clubs on campus looking to recruit new students (or even upperclassmen). If you are looking for a specific type of club, you are most likely to find it on campus

    Great for these types of students

    For what I know, students that are looking for a career in film and accounting/business

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state applicants, CSUN's tuition is very low compared to other schools

    What to do for fun

    Associated Students always plans fun events for their students, such as Matador Nights, The BIG SHOW, and bus rides to movie screenings (such as the upcoming Iron Man 3 screening that takes students to see the movie at El Capitan Theatre for only 5 bucks). There's also the new Student Recreation Center which offers various types of classes.

    Food and Dining

    There's a Juice It Up, Burger King, Panda Express, Pollo Loco, and Arbor Grill on campus. Hopefully they can place some healthier restaurants but there's always the little stores that offer healthier choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to make new friendships at a new place. It's a fresh start pretty much.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many great classes here with professors that have experience in the field and are still working in the field while teaching students

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be bummed out that you're going here. Make the best of it. Keep a positive attitude and take advantage of what CSUN can offer. This is a fresh start

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a very underrated college that most students don't take advantage of what it can offer. You have to makes the best of what you have, and once you see that at CSUN then you'll have a great time. CSUN offers spectacular opportunities that other TOP 50 colleges can offer

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I hardly ever saw campus security. It worried me because I took classes that were late and i had to walk to the parking lot alone. It would makw me nervous and I was always looking back and to the sides to see if anyone was following me. But luckily... I was safe and I never heard anything bad about the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    I went to school to learn and to get my degree. I had no time to join clubs or do activities.

    Great for these types of students

    College is good for everyone. Its always good to continue learning and making yourself a better person always!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I dont recall anything unusual at the campus.

    Bang for the buck

    They have different types of social groups that you can join, but I never had the time to hang out. I did my internship at a continuation High school with the MOSAIC PROGRAM from CSUN. Mentoring to overcome struggleson children and that was a great experience.

    What to do for fun

    I had no fun time. I tranferred in 2006 Fall semester from Mission College and I Graduated from CSUN in Spring 2008. My goal was to complete my BA as soon as possible because I was having a baby in Sep 2008. I had no time to see or do fun things at school... but study,go to class and take exams.

    Food and Dining

    The food isnt too bad... I hardly ate at school because my goal was to finish school so I would attend the classes... but I did eat in occassions and when you are hungry you cantvreally complaint on what you are eating and you eat whatever is there as long as its food.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in a dorm.. but they seemed to be safe, met a couple other students that lived there and it was cozy and nice if you are a single person. I have children so I did not stay at a Dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I learned alot of things in this school that I did not learn in a community college. Teachers at CSUN actually care for what you have to say and they help you with any issues that you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak to a counselor always and take advantage of the free services the campus provides for students. Apply for financial aid and you will bw surprised that almost everyone qualifies for it.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Northridge is a great school. Great teachers that care about the students. Had a great time going to school there. :)

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I've heard great things about Karate club.

    Great for these types of students

    Business students. I hear the Theatre program is good too. The Art department has drawn a lot of students

    Bang for the buck

    Way too expensive these days, in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    There is a shopping center and a mall not that far from campus.

    Food and Dining

    There's more options off-campus.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't actually know, but I've heard the dorms aren't so great.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes get tough if you fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest in a skateboard/scooter. I wouldn't recommend a bike because they get stolen too often. Register for classes as early as humanly possible. Female students with night classes: walk in groups, avail yourself of the security escort service, and invest in a taser. This applies to all colleges, not even particularly this one.

    In three sentences

    Parking is awful and everything is a long walk away. It's always hot. The faculty and staff are very understanding and professional.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is completely safe. There is security everywhere and the area it is located is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    I recommend Hermanos Unidos de CSUN. This organization is almost like a fraternity but without any commitment so the student can focus on his or her academics.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that want to succeed and have fun.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of activities to do at the SRC like boxing or dancing classes for free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate, and get involve in clubs and organizations.

    In three sentences

    CSUN provides the best college experience, academic and social wise.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Yes.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out!

    Food and Dining

    It's okay at times.

    Dorm Life

    Very exciting and wonderful experience. (The suites.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Always seek for help when needed.

    In three sentences

    It is a helpful institution. Provides helpful Professors. There are plenty of resources.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you plan on biking to school lock your bike up good. I always see bikes that have been stolen or parts have been stolen. There is usually a false alarm campus safety alert once a year for some reason, but it always turns out to be nothing.

    Bang for the buck

    Good art program for a fraction of Art School prices. Some of the professors also teach classes at nearby art schools.

    What to do for fun

    You can work out in new beautiful 3 story tall gym, complete with rock wall and fancy pool. Also, visit our pond to relax and feed the ducks and turtles.

    Food and Dining

    Our on campus coffee joint is not very good, despite costing more than the Starbucks across the street.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms. The benefit of living in them is making friends, and being close to campus. The downfall is that they are more expensive than any nearby apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors grade tough and give lots of work, while others have little work and grade easy. Art classes require lots of time, they are 3x longer then normal academic class and usually require out of class work. Don't brush them off as not being any work just because they are art classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes fill up fast. Grab what classes you really want while you're a freshman with priority registration.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is good school, with a great Art program. The professors in the Art department are all professionals in the field they teach and are very knowledgeable and helpful. We also have a brand new fancy SRC which is free for students to use.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe, and if I don't one day, I'll call Matador Patrol to take me somewhere where I do feel safe. CSUN even has a self defense/safety class. They give you mace and everything. I feel safe there.

    Greek Life

    Well. I don't participate in the normal, extremely expensive, annoyingly heteronormative, amazingly huge organizations in the greek world. I am a part of Gamma Rho Lambda, a queer social sorority that is about 5 years old or so. We are a small family, but I think it better to be that way, even though gossip goes around easily. We're doing our best to stay afloat, and next semester my sister and I are in charge of rush--and it's going to be fun no matter what it takes. I'm determined to see my org flourish while I'm here.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have everything. I'm gonna join LGBTQA next semester. There's animation club, sports clubs, you name it.

    Great for these types of students

    Um. What?

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Um. I don't know what unusual would entail.

    Bang for the buck

    I think my education here is worth the money I'm spending to be there. I'm not only playing for education though--I get to go to the chiropractor every week, I go to the gym 3 times a week, I have a psychiatrist and a counselor, and am able to attain the medicine I need to stay sane.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Pride Center and hang with all the queers, snuggle someone, play piano and write a song, play sodoku and feel stupid, get boba, doodle, watch things on YouTube.

    Food and Dining

    I'm satisfied with what CSUN has to offer food-wise. I can get a veggie burger in 2 places, I love the soup, the PB+J's, the coffee and tea, the yogurt and muffins, etc. There are a couple things most people avoid, like the ready-made, dry-as-all-hell pitas, but other than that I'm good.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard it's great, I've heard it sucks. I don't live in the dorms, so I wouldn't know first hand.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd actually say 3 and a half, because is differs. My private trombone teacher deserves a 5, sociology a 4, and Wind Symphony 3. Brass Ensemble 2 and a half, Jazz 4, and so on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be on top of your schedule. You need to have a balanced life of fun and studies or you're going to go mad.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is the only college I wanted to attend. I love everything CSUN has to offer to their students such as the health care, support groups, events, the SRC, the Pride and VRC centers, the food choices, and, of course, all of the different classes one can take. I am very happy with the music department, the place in which I will naturally be spending all of my time.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe CSUN is pretty safe. There isn't a day where I don't see a cop or a cop car around campus. There is also people from the resource center giving tips to be safe in case of an emergency once in a while in class.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though CSUN doesn't have the title of a private or UC university, it should be seen the was the same potential of succeeding. It is a lot more affordable, which helps a lot not to fall too in debt.

    What to do for fun

    If you enjoy reading, read outside in the open air, with the various trees around, it gives you a break from always having to read a book inside four, stuffy walls. Or if your more of an active person, take a swim or a jog, in the huge gym CSUN provides. It's pretty magnificent!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls and the food are okay. I mean it is better then a high school's suggestion of food, but it is definitely no cuisine either.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes will make you read tons of essays, books, and research papers. Some readings are quite easy and enjoyable, but some need to be re-read to fully understand them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to use the resources given in the school! Explore it by learning what they offer, such as visiting the library, the study abroad office, and the career center. These are just a few to help you know how to make the most out of your college experience .

    In three sentences

    California State University Northridge, or CSUN as many call it, is diverse, academically challenging, and fun.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Rec Center, Arcade Area, Close clubs, Active student lifestyle and activities

    Tips for prospective students

    Save Save save. Commute to school if possible. Utilize the New recreation center, it ties into the school tuition so it's free.

    In three sentences

    Inexpensive college compared to many others. Close to many restaurants and malls. Middle of the San Fernando Valley and close to pretty much everything

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In Northridge there is not very much to do on ones free time to be honest.

    Food and Dining

    It gets very tiring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great, besides the food.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not that bad, if you can get the class you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go there only if you wish to pursue a career in business, accounting, mathematics, or economics.

    In three sentences

    There are way too many people so it is very hard to get the classes you need. The teachers expect you to regurgitate information rather than actually teach you the subject. I do like the gym there though; it is state of the art.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Ill update when I know how safe is am attending in the fall

    Clubs and Activities

    Ill check them and update

    Bang for the buck

    on budget depends and ill update

    Food and Dining

    need to get my hands on and taste the food at school

    Dorm Life

    I Have not decided if ill live in campus or outside campus

    Academic Rigor

    Ill update when I take Classes

    Tips for prospective students

    don't have any yet for the rest who plan to attend, but really looking for writing a better review

    In three sentences

    very helpful over the phone, i have yet to wonder around the campus to obtain a better grasp of student services and academics.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join as many clubs as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus your time on academics here at Northridge.

    In three sentences

    A large campus full of different ethnics. A place to stand firm in what you believe to accomplish. A lack of integrity values.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every night the school provides security guards that walk you to your car or any other location.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an awesome orange grove on campus. There is ponds where there are ducks and turtles. A great place to relax.

    What to do for fun

    LA is only 30 minutes away, and there is an amazing gym on campus!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great with so many different places to choose from. Subway, pollo loco, panda express, burger king and so much more!

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms! It was a great experience and got to meet so many people.

    Academic Rigor

    When having difficulties with school, CSUN provides many different resources. There is the resource center for your writing needs, math resource center, department resources, there is always something provided that will help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is great food on campus and take advantage of the great resources that are provided for you.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a beautiful school that offers a lot of help. It is located in an area where you are not a small town but still have the city feel. CSUN offers so many great majors and programs, there is something for everyone.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is safe especially at night. if you are in the parking lot alone and feel unsafe, you can call for matador security and they will come to you and escort you to your destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    The school has many clubs that are looking for new students to join them. The have some clubs for specific race and other that are divers.They also have car clubs where they all meet to school there new tune ups.

    What to do for fun

    Their are many things you can do for fun, like go the the pool with friends or even go to the gym where they have a ton of activities for students like indoor soccer, volley ball, basket ball, and even ping pong.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good they have Pollo loco, panda express, subway etc. In some of the dining place, students get discounts. wich helps save some money. they have a place called jeranimos. where they sel really good Chinese food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm are nice, they have a kitchen you make you meal, a balcony to take a break from studying and enjoy the scenery of the valley. The living room is pretty big. You also get to meet many new people. living in the dorms makes it a lot easier to get to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    one tip i can give to the new students is to take up all the resorces that are given to them. there is so much help, and dont be afraid to ask their professors for help. they have office hours for a reason

    In three sentences

    cal state university of Northridge, is a very diverse school. i fell in love with the campus. The professors at this university are amazing, they actually take the time to help you understand the subject.

  • 06/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    With their very own police department and a campus alert system. I always have felt safe

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is a very diverse campus you will never get tired of people or meet the same person twice.

    Bang for the buck

    I cannot complain the price of the tuition is reasonable compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    The school gym is amazing, as well as matador night are highly popular.

    Food and Dining

    Dieting is not a option in campus

    Dorm Life

    I had a friend get a lung infection from mildew in the doors

    Academic Rigor

    Like any school I have had both bad professors as well as bad. I have yet to encounter a professor who is not fair at CSUN.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on your toes. Research your own academic plans and be aware of empty credits. Become a responsible student to yourself.

    In three sentences

    California state university lacks interest in students but would rather find loopholes to deny students not just financial aid but their ability to apply for loans. Their staff takes no interest in students and lack education on their own policies.

  • 06/11/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great. You dont hear that much violence coming from he campus. Its a safe place to be in.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theses a engineering club that is going in the university. You can build a little robot and learn how to control it and build it.

    Great for these types of students

    The clubs and sports are going for the students if you want to be more into the university.

    What to do for fun

    You can join a club, and share with your friends what your into. You can also join a sport that you like. You can study with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    I wouldn't know about the food. Im pretty should its good up thats up to the person whos eating it.

    Dorm Life

    I dont know that much about the dorms, because im not going to be living there. The dorms are nice. You can live by yourself but its pretty for thise people that are not used to live alone. The dorms are pretty good way to live close to the university and to not be late to the classes. The dorms makes it good, because you can get help for the library.

    Academic Rigor

    The university strictness is good, because it makes the students or who ever take things more serious. The way it has been made is good for many purposes.

    Tips for prospective students

    The students should get involed more into the university. The students should join clubs or tutoring programs so that they can get better at the major. They study more and pay attention in their classes.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great university. The university has a great way to help out students. Their programs for helping out students come in handy.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's the occasional gun man threat which many people don't even take seriously but overall i've never really felt unsafe there. If you have night classes you can call the police services to send someone to escort you to your car, which I suggest doing.

    Greek Life

    Most people don't really care about the sororities and fraternities. The people I know that are in sororities and fraternities seem to not enjoy it. Overall the Greeks go pretty unnoticed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for just about anything. There is abig chance you will find something that interests you.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many great places to eat off-campus that you might not want to eat on-campus. Many places are within walking distance of the school and there is plenty of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't stayed in the dorms but from what I've heard it's pretty average but convenient to live on-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and the classes that you choose, but there are many great classes that will challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many people complain about not having friends because it's a commuter school for the most part but people are really nice. Make sure you get out there and talk to people it makes school much more enjoyable when you have friends, and try to at least make a friend in each class in case you miss class or anything, it really is helpful.

    In three sentences

    Overall it's a good school but you do have to make an effort to meet people and get out there especially if you're a commuter. It's hard to get all the classes you need unless you have priority registration. The campus is nice and located in an area where there's a lot of places to go and things to do.

  • 06/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus! You see campus police occasionally which makes you feel safe. If anything goes wrong on campus they notify everyone via text and keep you updated.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like to be a part of campus and want to get a good education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are great locations on campus that everyone enjoys. There is a duck pond where there are ducks, fishes, turtles, and other animals. We also have the botanic garden, and roof tops where you'll experience great views.

    What to do for fun

    There is many things you can do for fun! People can join clubs, go to the SRC (gym), or the games room. There is never a dull moment while your on campus.

    Food and Dining

    CSUN has different kinds of places all over campus where you can go for delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms but I visit friends who stay in the dorms. It seems like fun and a safe place to live. They have a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and two rooms. Like having your own apartment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Because CSUN is in the valley, people usually underestimate it. Don't let those people get to you. CSUN is a great school! We have one of the best business colleges in the state. Try it out and witness for yourself.

    In three sentences

    I couldn't be any happier with my decision in attending Cal State Northridge! So far, all the professors I've had are great and always encouraging. The school's environment is great and I look forward to going to school everyday.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I was never in Greek Life, but I know people in them and they tell me EPIC stories. You won't know unless you actually join a fraternity/sorority.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of things you can do. The Matador events are every Thursday hosted by the Associated Students. The gym is huge with a rock wall and a pool. They even have outdoor trips you can go on with your friends, as long as you sign up.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing special. There's a burger king, panda express, and small 7-11 type shops. The food around campus is excellent! The Habit, Bounce boba loft, as well as Get Shaved!.

    Dorm Life

    Your dorm life will be what you make of it. Some people like to stay in their dorms, but if you get to know people, especially your floor, you will probably have your friends for the rest of your life. I loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very well do-able. College might sound hard, but it really isn't and the professors prepare you to be able to do them. The only thing left is for you to be willing to do them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun! Always go out of your way to meet new people. There are a lot of great people on campus, but you'll never know unless you start talking to them.

    In three sentences

    In all honesty, your experience here will be what you make of it. If your plan is to go to class and then go straight home, you won't have a very much exciting school year. Everything you need is on campus, all you have to do is go out and make some opportunities happen.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs at CSUN, and one is bound to fall into whatever interest you have! Enjoy singing? Join one of the acapella groups on campus! Enjoy dancing? there are a lot of different dance clubs on campus, such as salsa or hip hop and there are even classes that are offered in the gym. The SRC is a great place to go to have fun if you're into sports as there are many basketball courts available as well as volleyball, soccer, and even racquetball. Greek life is also pretty big at CSUN, with lots of events planned by fraternities and sororities.

    Food and Dining

    There is a pretty wide variety of foods available at CSUN. There is Panda Express, El Pollo Loco, Burger King, and Subway all on campus. The other food places such as Sierra Center and the Sports Pub also have a wide variety of foods, ranging from burritos and sandwiches to sushi and pasta. There are also a lot of food places right around campus so there is always a lot of choices when it comes to food.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't stayed at the dorms at all during my years at CSUN, but I think that dorm life is pretty good. There seem to be a good number of events that are done in the dorms and the dorms themselves have seemed nice enough when I've gone up there.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at CSUN range from very difficult to easy. However, I think that is just like any other college. I feel that the difficulty of a class is mainly determined by how much effort one puts into it. Of course there are classes that come naturally and with minimal effort, but the really difficult ones can always be managed by working a little bit harder to get through them. Personally, I've had good professors at CSUN that have showed great interest in what they're doing. I feel that the majority of the professors at CSUN want to be there and it shows in the way they act during class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't sit on your butt! Be proactive and put yourself out there. CSUN is what you make of it, and you will have a lot more fun if you give yourself the opportunity to meet new people and try new things. Going out during club rush and taking advantage of some of the programs available at the SRC like Outdoor Recreation and even personal trainers can give you some great opportunities to experience new things. Also, get your books early for class because you don't want to be stuck running around trying to get books in the last couple days when you have to pay full price.

    In three sentences

    CSUN isn't the biggest college in SoCal and may not have all of the resources that bigger colleges have, but it still is a great college to go to. There are a wide variety of clubs and activities available on campus that can really foster school spirit as long as you let it. Also, the new gym they built is a great addition to the campus and free!

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    This campus offers sport activities and a superb recreational center.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of restaurants and convenient stands for students and staff.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot afford it.

    Academic Rigor

    This is an award winning school with credentials other local universities do not have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cal State Northridge has a campus that offers courses, activities, and an ambience of a proper college experience.

    In three sentences

    This campus offers a friendly staff. There is a variety of great places to eat on campus. Lastly, their recreational center is incredible.

  • 07/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's almost something to do every night! In the dorms you can go to the community center and play pool, wii, rent movies, and a ton of other great things. In the dorms each floor has a common room, my floor had a tv that basically anyone could use. On campus, you could join some clubs, hit the gaming lounge right across from the gym, join frats or sororities, talk to some great people, or even go feed the ducks at the duck pond in the orange grove! And there's so much more to discover.

    Food and Dining

    Everything on campus is absolutely delicious! However the dining halls for the dorms (Geronimo's) is not the bee's knees. It's good if you're desperate but if you have the choice to not go there, don;t.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on where you stay, if you want to stay in a dorm spend the little extra money to get a dorm with a kitchen, its worth it! Or if you're tight on money and are swinging for the suites, take those too. Everyone in those dorms are super close. Floors ultimately become families. If you do have trouble with a roommate talk to your RA they will definitely not hesitate to take action. Do not get the dorm without a kitchen, it's a waste of money.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any other school, classes are going to be difficult if you make them difficult. However if you are finding a class troublesome OFFICE HOURS OFFICE HOURS OFFICE HOURS! I cannot stress this enough and neither will your UNIV 100 professors either. You can personally sit down with your professor and ask him all the questions you want about the trouble you're having in class. For the most part if you apply yourself in your classes you can and will get out of there alive with an A+!

    Tips for prospective students

    CSUN might sound like a lame school to get into but for those who can't afford much else this is a dream school none the less. CSUN is always booming with free food, fun activities, and free stuff on campus! Almost every class you take at CSUN is extremely interesting and the professors want you to learn. Join clubs! That's one thing you should take advantage of especially in a huge school with no friends.

    In three sentences

    This school is a magnificent wonderland if you're looking for scenery! Most of the professors and staff are as friendly as the squirrels there! It is a good 8 out of 10 CSU you should really think about.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe at night, it is well lit and they have campus patrol to help you walk to your car if you feel the need to. I have never had any problems on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs on campus are pretty cool and they let you meet people who have the same interest as you. The activities on campus are also really interesting, but sometimes hard to hear about unless you live on campus or pay close attention to posters and signs.

    Great for these types of students

    It depends what you get yourself involved in. If you don't want to join greek life or clubs then it is for very studious people who are focused on getting their degree. There is also a flip side where the greek life has the more social aspect of life with parties and fun events for people who need more fun than just going back and forth from school. It can be great for people if they get involved in what they are interested in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of times at the beginning of school and during finals people put roses or flowers by the matador statue to bring good luck for the semester and during stressful times of finals.

    Bang for the buck

    There are some restaurants around campus that give special discounts for CSUN students. If you can work on campus you can also make some extra cash for tuition or other expenses.

    What to do for fun

    I just hang out with friends and there is a lot to do around northridge but I don't normally hang out in the city. Magic Mountain is 20 mins away and LA and Hollywood are also very close by. Its fun to be able to go to so many places close by.

    Food and Dining

    The food choices there are pretty good, but you will find that there are some really great restaurants off campus and close by the school. I think that they should put in different restaurants. Right now they have a pizza place and good cafeteria food, an el pollo loco, burger king, and panda express, and juice it up on campus. They also have many snack places and coffee shops along with the Arbor Grill which is really good.

    Dorm Life

    I currently dont live on campus but they constantly have room for people to live on campus and have had events in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not too hard of a school in regards to GE classes, the ones I have taken are designed for you to do well as long as you show up and do your work. I have gotten into my engineering classes and the individual classes are not hard, its hard to balance all of the classes and find enough time to study. It also depends on your major of course but if you are able to balance your classes you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that students get involved in clubs or join greek life because it is a great way to meet people fast if you are not living on campus, otherwise its not as easy to meet many people. I would also recommend checking out some of the different things that go on campus. Get to know your teachers because they can help you out in the class and tend to be much more understandable when they know who you are. Remember to use the resources on campus like free help on writing essays and tutoring for specific classes, it really comes in handy.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great school where the majority of teachers truly love teaching and have done so much to help me out. It is harder to make friends since it is a commuter school, but for me, I was able to focus more on my schoolwork rather than going crazy with my social life; the balance of both was not too much for me to handle like I had feared going to college. I think that they have really helped open doors and have given me support and resources for jobs, internships, scholarships, and help with my schoolwork.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One thing anyone can appreciate about campus safety is that if anything ever happens students are notified immediately via e-mail, txt message, or phone call. Campus police is always making sure the school has a safe environment for students. And if you personally are having any sort of trouble you can always call campus police or go straight in to their office and talk to someone there. College life should not be something un-enjoyable and campus police are always making sure to take care of things for students to enjoy their time there at CSUN.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is a great choice for students who are looking to major in the arts, business, education, anything in humanities and music.

    Bang for the buck

    Attending CSUN is definitely a lot less expensive than attending a UC. California State Northridge offers many different options when it comes to majors, making a great choice to attend without having to spend double the money.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of fun things to do on campus, every semester the school hosts an amazing concert for students with great well-known performers. The concerts are very affordable for students and the upside to it is that students can invite friends who do not attend campus. Out of campus there is also a lot of nearby fun places to go. You can go and do fun activities with a group of friends or with that special someone. Such as go to the Matador Bowling near by campus, plenty of Hookah bars are close by as well. And if your in the mood to go out and release some tension you can grab a couple of friends and go dancing.

    Food and Dining

    The great thing about attending nothing is too far to get when lunch time comes around. Just across the street from campus, you are offered a wide variety of places to dine out. And the best part for us college students, is that they are all affordable places. Plus if you own a CSUN student ID you can get a student discount at most places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm Life at CSUN is fun, exciting, and a memorable one. It is fun living in the dorms because one always has the convenience of being close by campus and being able to attend great events on campus. It is an exciting experience because one gets to meet new people and grasp friendships from living in the dorms. Thus, making it a memorable experience for individuals.

    Academic Rigor

    Strictness at CSUN is not harsh, unless extreme boundaries are cross of coarse. From my time attending CSUN I personally have never hear of harsh punishment being taken weather in the classroom environment or academically. Anyone wanting to attend college should have the understanding that one can't slack of and not expect certain consequences, everything is all on what one is on the effort one is willing to give their education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just as any other school when attending CSUN, students should make sure to stay on task when it comes to getting the class requirements completed. It is less pressure when things get done when they are supposed to and not the night before. Be part of a group on campus, it opens many opportunity doors for everyone. You get to meet new people, learn about new places near by campus that are enjoyable, and you get to get a great college experience to take with you.

    In three sentences

    California State Northridge is a campus enriched with great diversity. It offers a wide variety of major options. And has a welcoming environment for all students.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    YES, YES, YES, YES. Another great way to meet people who share the same interest as you. They can and are willing to help you pass your classes.

    What to do for fun

    School offers many great and free shows. USU has basketball games showing, there is an arcade, lounges, and there is always off campus but close stuff as well.

    Food and Dining

    AMAZING Food. Places everywhere to eat. YUM!

    Dorm Life

    Fun, simple, nice place to meet students. Down the street (walking distance) to school.

    Academic Rigor

    Offer many places to study, or even places to get help when you need it. All you have to do is just sign up and show up and be ready to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Meet with your advisor 2. Take the right classes 3. Attend Summer school 4. Get helped when you need it 5. Stay on top of your financial needs 6. Don't forget to study

    In three sentences

    A fun place to really get that college experience, great students, hard working, fun, and good teachers who really care about education.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Yeah it's there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pride Center is my favorite location.

    What to do for fun

    Well it's college. Find groups that have similar interests, from there make friends!

    Food and Dining

    I like the coffee shops, very convenient and the staff are always friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Been to friend's dorms and i liked them. They're comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Self study is all college is, I wasn't prepared; largely in part due to me being the only one from my family to have gone to a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to face crowds of people in every direction, but that just might be any university. Don't be ashamed to travel on your own, you have to take some steps by yourself you know. Anticipate a self acceptance for maturity.

    In three sentences

    An abundance of culture thrives within the structures of this university. Though it may largely feel like a commuter school there is a level of closeness I feel within it's boundaries. It's a shame those who've grown up near this university underestimate it's large potential to aspire growth without the need to travel so far.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had a problem on campus. The spirits are always high and students are very friendly. One great thing, however, is that a student can be escorted to his or her car at night by CSUN security.

    Great for these types of students

    The great thing about this school is that any type of student can thrive and enjoy time here. It can be home to athletes, soon-to-be scholars, or even just students who are also working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a turtle pond on the southeast corner of the campus that is a nice place to relax and enjoy a little dose of nature.

    Bang for the buck

    The SRC is amazing! Theres is so much that students can do in there. The SRC at CSUN offers rock climbing, spinning classes, dance classes, weight training, sports and so much more. When classes are fairly easy I like to spend hours a week in the SRC staying fit.

    What to do for fun

    I like to Crossfit as many days a week as I can. On Fridays and Sundays I practice cultural dances in Santa Fe Springs with other Bolivian friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of CSUN ���¨spots���¨ nearby where student will gather and have fun at. My favorite would be Showgun Sushi on the southeast corner of Reseda and Devonshire.

    Dorm Life

    I don`t live on campus. I live 10 minutes away. It`s very convenient, actually.

    Academic Rigor

    I spend hours inside of the Oviatt Library studying. I slack off here and there as do most student. However, I am determined to achieve a respectable GPA to get into graduate school.

    Tips for prospective students

    With fewer classes, enrollment is becoming more and more difficult. Be on top of your deadlines and know your enrollment date by heart. Enrolling in classes the minute your enrollment time comes will be your best bet of getting the classes you want.

    In three sentences

    It`s no wonder than CSUN is ranked 68th in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West) by US News. This school offers incredibly small class sizes which are ideal for getting the best of lecture time. CSUN`s vast variety of degree programs ensures than just about anyone can attend CSUN and study what he or she wishes.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    At Northridge we have what is called a Student Recreation Center, where students can go an exercise in a newly-built gym. We also have an event called Matador Nights which takes place once per semester, and another called the Big Show were we have a recording artist come and perform in front of the entire school just outside our Oviatt Library; this taking place one per academic year.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of food inside the cafeteria at Northridge was just above average, the exception being Thursdays when they served steak for dinner in addition to anything else on the menu.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great opportunity for college students, because it allows students to step into adulthood and build independence in which they might not have gained while living at home. Also, it helps build social skills and increase socialization between students. More importantly, it helps foster a sense of responsibility without parents being a factor.

    Academic Rigor

    As a returning sophomore, the academic rigors of my freshman year were not all too demanding. My only struggle was, and has continued to be, a math class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with an academic adviser at least twice a semester, so that you are always aware of where you are and what direction to head into during your academic career. Secondly, seek the help of tutors and build a relationship (strictly platonic) with your professors, as they maybe useful connections while you continue on your academic path and even after graduating. Finally, be sure to use the website www.ratemyprofessor.com sot that you may gain some insight on a professor's teaching style & method.

    In three sentences

    California State University,Northridge is a great stepping stone for students seeking higher education in California. The on-campus environment is conducive to that of a learning environment, with helpful staff and faculty on hand to assist the needs of current as well as first time or transfer students.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great campus security. I attend class at night, on every block there are police officers for student safety.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is great for Business students. Their business department has an abundance of network. They say that as an Accounting major 99% of students get a job right after college.

    Bang for the buck

    Great tuition and a very nice campus.

    What to do for fun

    On campus there are different activities each week. FInd the right club and one will have plenty to do. CSUN also recently built their recreation center that includes a gym, basketball court, and a track.

    Food and Dining

    Great food options are on campus. Their cafeteria is on point with the a wide selection of restaurants such as Panda Express, Burger King, and a Subway.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't experience the dorm life of CSUN.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUN challenges their students to be great. Their curriculum is difficult and pushes the student to achieve success.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student, one must maximize their networking activities. Join their clubs as it also improves one's network.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Northridge, CSUN, is a great college. The faculty and staff help you achieve in the classroom and outside. The most important attribute that they have is their network that they share with their students.

  • 07/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Plan your schedule in advance and do something for priority registration if you want good teachers and a good schedule. Get your G.E. classes out of the way early. Make sure you maintain a solid GPA. Enjoy your time, you hopefully only attend undergraduate college once.

    In three sentences

    A lot of commuters, but many students who are willing to learn. Be ready to waitlist for a bunch of your classes sophomore/junior tear. You will meet a lot of business, psychology and kinesiology majors.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safely is essential to CSUN police. The police are constantly circling the campus to ensure the students' safety and comfort. CSUN is a welcoming community and the police provide many telephones connecting to their office scattered on campus for emergencies.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every year in the Fall, CSUN hosts its Big Show. This event is a concert of a couple music artists that are well-known by students. The tickets are usually sold out and it is a popular event on campus. It is hosted right in front of the grand Oviatt Library, our four story library open to students. Although the amount of space given to the event is immense, every year students are surprised by the crowded and thrilling environment.

    Great for these types of students

    Accounting majors will find that CSUN has an outstanding program. This university is known for their accounting program that students are fond of.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN offers many opportunities for students to get involved. It is best to be a well-rounded individual, rather than representing only straight A's across the board. Sororities, fraternities, and clubs and organizations are a positive way for students to become involved in campus life and meet new people. New people leads to new connections. Connections to people give leeway to additional helpful information in one's field of study.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is satisfactory and the wait is not long. It is a perfect way for students to purchase food quickly and attend to their studies. One of the universities' surrounding main streets, Reseda Blvd., is a popular street for students to dine. It is common to see students taking a convenient walk to their favorite restaurant or fast food next to campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is satisfactory. Many students enjoy living on campus because it is convenience and helps new students adjust to the university. The supervisors in the dorms regulate to keep the surrounding areas safe in the gated community. Across the main streets from the campus are also student apartments for rent that many take well upon.

    Academic Rigor

    Studying is rigorous. It may be difficult at times to satisfy your professors, but they are only trying to make their students push themselves further. Each semester, more knowledge is gained. Tutoring centers for each major are recommended. They are very helpful, especially because the undergrad/grad students are aware of common struggles professors may sometimes neglect to recognize. Students help each other to improve their ability to respond positively, and earn better test scores.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many AP exams and SAT/ACT exams as possible in high school because it will help you in college to save time and money. Also, take advantage of campus tours. The tours are there for students and introduce them to the friendly environment. Lastly, prepare to be very organized. Organization is highly recommended and beneficial because the semesters move along quickly. A weekly calender is a good way of keeping all assignments and due dates in one spot to refer to. If hope is ever lost, just remember that many students struggle and in worst case scenarios, CSUN offers private counseling.

    In three sentences

    This university has a diverse body of students, which is very welcoming. The professors provide helpful resources for your studies, and there are many opportunities for free tutoring. I am very satisfied with my experience so far at CSUN.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, study, and never give up!

    In three sentences

    The school has great places to eat like Burger King and the Oviatt library is a great place to study and do homework. I wish to get accepted into this beautiful campus with pretty good engineering.

  • 08/02/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It is outstanding, you have complete protection on the campus. It is very well protected.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about 200+ clubs that anyone can join. You could basically find a club you would be interested in. If there isn't a club you would like to join, not to worry! You can start a club yourself.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the southeast corner of the School we have something we know as our Orange Grove. Its a little place where you can sit and enjoy your day, or when our stressed out, the surroundings are peaceful and help you get relieved.

    What to do for fun

    The PUB is a place where you could hang out. If your a gamer, you can go to the Game Room. Its a fun environment to be in. And if you want to workout or excercise you can go to the Student Recreation Center. Then our school has special events where we can watch films or plays.

    Food and Dining

    Northridge has a variety of food, It has La Tienda, a mexican fast food restaurant. It has a subway, a Geronimo's. The food here is not expensive but it is reasonable. It also has a sports grill called PUB.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not going to dorm my first year, but my friend has told me that dorming takes alot of responsibility. You aren't with your parents anymore, so your fully dependent.

    Academic Rigor

    If the school sees that your lacking in your studies they will put you in something that is called academic probation. They will keep an eye on you and if they see that you don't do anything to raise your grade, you could get kicked out of the University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on what you want to accomplish. Just like any other college, Northridge has parties. But you must stay on task because then you'll be in the clear and won't have to make up a class.

    In three sentences

    One of the best Universities I've been to. Its huge and everything is easy to find. I give it a 4 out of 5.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. Remarkable campus police and security efforts to keep the campus a safe grounds.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSUN geology club offers exceptional fun and outdoor activities. Great for majors and all those who enjoy geology and geography

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Great location is in the orange grooves where on can find a duck pond and botanical garden. Great place to get some relief and clear the mind.

    Bang for the buck

    Totally worth every penny. The price of getting an education is a life time promise of opening new doors and opportunities for ones future.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and CSUN events promoted every month. Student recreational center, pools, game room, and computer labs. Thousands of books to explorer and discover in the library. Many sports and hobbies proposed on campus through clubs and classes.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of food kitchens made available. Both cafeteria and take-out restaurants located throughout the campus. very affordable.

    Dorm Life

    Great for prospects and meeting new people and opportunity. Ideal location. affordable and convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but rewarding in the end. If ones comes prepare to learn and succeed, then all is achievable. The results of an intense education will be compensated in the long run. All that is learned on campus will reflect back in ones life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and set college goals for both short term and long term. Get to know college opportunities including events and clubs offered on campus. Get ready to receive a great education.

    In three sentences

    I rate CSUN as an excellent college for its credibility and reputation. It offers many chances to succeed and grow. College spirit and environment is a role model for its surroundings.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    CSUN is about a 15 minute drive (without traffic) to the Hollywood nightlife scene.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a moajor early. Take more tham 6 units

    In three sentences

    So, Cal State Northridge, better known as CSUN is a pretty good school. It's not an Ivy, but it's one of the cheapest universities in the state! They have great education and business schools. Parking is a bit of a nightmare. The school is located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, close to many of LA's tourist attractions and Hollywood.

  • 08/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an option for security escorts after dark. As on most campus, there are some instances of crime (mostly theft), but I felt safe most of the time. Parking off-campus can be a pain, especially if you are taking night classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Quality Cheap state school

    What to do for fun

    Most of my time was spent off campus at a full-time job, however, there is a wide-range of activities on campus throughout the year. I especially enjoyed all of the political activity on campus during elections.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of pricey options on campus. However, a short walk to the surrounding neighborhood offers several chain restaurants and an awesome Thai place with the BEST Boba Teas that I have found in Southern California.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay on campus, so I can not comment specifically on dorm life. From the outside, doom appeared to be well-kept and were located in convenient locations.

    Academic Rigor

    I was challenged academically in most of my upper division core classes (major related). The general requirements and lower level psychology classes were a breeze, but required a lot of busy work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking is a nightmare... it is probably worth a splurge to purchase a parking pass. Talk to faculty... this is your in for getting into classes and receiving stellar letters of recommendation.

    In three sentences

    Northridge is a relatively big campus, with a lot of recently updated buildings and amenities (including a beautifully constructed recreation center). It has a wide class selection; however with recent budget cuts classes can be overcrowded and difficult to get into. Overall, I received a quality education, from experienced faculty all at a relatively low state college tuition cost.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    CSUN has a lot of places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to choose from. The marketplace's penne is my favorite.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm, but I hear all the fun is in there.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here can be a little tough, but if you just attend and pay attention your already ahead.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the clubs and programs this school has to offer. Not getting more involved on campus will be my biggest regret, make friends with people of your major!

    In three sentences

    Being a student at Cal State University of Northridge for 3 years now I have come to consider this school as a second home. The professors care about what they're teaching, and your fellow classmates will be more than happy to help. You will have endless opportunities and a exciting environment when you attend CSUN.

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police Department located on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Straight out of high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador nights is a huge party that occurs every so often. This occurs in University Hall. Different activities are held ranging from games to Djs

    Bang for the buck

    Great starting school. Not as expensive as other school but with all the quality to enjoy.

    What to do for fun

    I am a Member of the Kinesiology club and I am a student volunteer for my department.

    Food and Dining

    Food spots are found in 3 ends of the campus. Panda Express, Burger King, El Pollo Loco, etc. Many other food establishments outside of CSUN.

    Tips for prospective students

    Gain all the information you can by attending Freshman introduction courses and going to the administration office for more info.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great University to attend right after high school due to it's easy entrance. Because it's a Cal State, tuition prices are lower than other other private schools in California. Quality teaching, manageable class sizes, and extra circular activities can all be found at CSUN.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Plenty of places to eat if you are eating out.

    Dorm Life

    Many nice people, pretty good amount of room for people to have for themselves. It even smells nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload depends on what you take, you make have a class that barely assigns work or a class that requires determination. There will be a lot of reading so be prepared for that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dress appropriately the area this school is at is very hot so dress appropriately. Know where your classes are, get familiar with the campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very nice from a visual point of view and the classrooms look modern and enjoyable. There is always a place for any student to hang out at for relaxing, doing homework, studying for a test or get together with friends.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN does their best to keep students safe. We can contact CSUN's police department at any time we feel threatened, we also have emergency buttons in almost every corner of the campus in case of an emergency. While we walk around campus we see Northridge police driving around as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge variety of clubs. For example there is the Peace Club, Chicano/a Club, Sport Corps, Volunteer, Poetry, and so on. There's also dance classes, zumba, yoga, etc. These students are very motivated and dedicated to what they join.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN offers a lot of sports and clubs and you can even start your own club if it's not already there. Off campus there is also a lot of places to go and convenient because they are only a few blocks down.

    Food and Dining

    At CSUN there are is a variety of places to eat. They have Burger King, Panda Express, Pollo Loco, Subway, Pizza place and way more. There's something new to try everyday. And not to mention there is Northridge Mall a few blocks down to eat from as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are available for after class tutoring. We also have peer mentors to go to for any help or questions about school resources. There's also many places where you can form study groups and professors really encourage you to do your best and ask for help.

    In three sentences

    Really good school. they encourage you to try new things and are really helpful in job search, getting financial aid, or any help you need. They try keeping it at a minimum cost.

  • 09/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Matador Patrol, They will escort you anywhere.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is amazing here so many sororities and fraternities to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    CLUB FOR EVERYTHING!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all students, I have met so many amazing people some people I could not even understand what they were saying because they were from another country.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They just have an unusual little chant for the matadors its kind of embarrassing to do.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I get my moneys worth free activities free food during free activities. Small classes. Free clinics. Free massages during finals week.

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation center is the place to go even though its a gym theres a rock climbing wall and fun classes to take. There are always concerts and fun activities on campus provided by the Associated Students. Did I mention free stuff all the time.

    Food and Dining

    BUFFETS BUFFETS BUFFETS. Also the schools always having events and giving out free food around campus, just watch out for squirrels.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms allow students to meet new amazing people, they pair you up so well and having amazing bonding events and parties.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are great, the curriculum is challenging but they help you and are always available of course during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to tutoring, its free and helpful. Go to class every day. GET INVOLVED, theres a club for everything, literally EVERYTHING.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is culturally diverse. CSUN has amazing opportunities all over campus. CSUN has programs and tutoring facilities everywhere for every class.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't bring a bike. I always see half stolen ones that have been ripped apart. If you do bring your bike make sure every piece of it is secured. Otherwise a pretty safe place.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join a club to meet people and do fun things.

    Great for these types of students

    Art students! I can say as an art student we have a great program and great professors as I mentioned before.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are known for out notorious CSUN squirrels. They are unafraid of people and WILL crawl in your bag and steal your food the second your back is turned. Between stealing food and being overfed by students, the squirrels at CSUN have an obesity problem.

    Bang for the buck

    They have a great art program. We have the same professors that teach classes at Art Center and Otis for a tiny tiny fraction of that price. We also have all brand new imacs and finally upgraded to the latest adobe software!

    What to do for fun

    The SRC, we have the best gym in the valley and possibly all of la county. Join a club or campus organization to meet friends and get more opportunities to do fun things.

    Food and Dining

    You can find any type of food on campus. The coffee places on campus however charge more than Starbucks or about the same but their coffee is not nearly as good. All of their drinks taste the same from mocha to late to black coffee, same taste different price!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms ar more expensive than the surrounding apartments which are just as close to campus and in some cases closer. Theres a curfew or time when outsiders are cut off from entering the dorms without a pass.

    Academic Rigor

    Ranges from extremely rigorous to hardly challenging.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I heard it's great.

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Matador nights

    What to do for fun

    Play sports and play in the game room. There are concerts too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply because you'll get in. Study hard. Apply for EOP.

    In three sentences

    They offer a lot of services here. It is an amazing school to attend. I love it here.

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN's campus is very calm, and there is police on campus. They even have their own office on campus. If you ever have any fears about walking to your car at night or walking to your dorm, you can have someone escort you. There are also blue poles spread around the campus that have a button you can press that signal someone to come to your location in a matter of seconds.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs to choose from and be a part of. It is almost impossible to not find a club that interests you. And if there isn't a club that interests you, you can start your own with a minimum of 5 people.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is great for all types of students. CSUN is a very diverse school, and does not support discrimination against any kinds of students. They always try their best to make every students college life as enjoyable as possible.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the perks of paying tuition, is that you get access to the state-of-the-art gym. You also have access to the health center where you can get physicals, have your blood checked, and even get free eye exams and prescriptions.

    What to do for fun

    CSUN has many activities year round for it's students to be entertained. CSUN is also located very close to the mall where you can go to the movies, hang out with friends, or go shopping.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of places to eat at CSUN. For example, Subway, Pollo Loco, Panda Express and many other well-known food-chains, There are also many coffee shops spread out around campus for those nights when you have to stay awake in order to study for those pesky midterms and finals. If you get bored of the food on campus, there are many places within a 1 mile radius around CSUN that you can go to.

    Academic Rigor

    Although CSUN is a school where the students like to have fun, the students also know that they have to work hard to get good grades in class. If you are taking 4 classes, you should be studying about 48 hours per week if you want to do well in class. Thats more hours than a full-time job requires.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a commuter student, arrive to school 30 minutes early in order to find a parking space. To all other students, arrive to class at least 5 minutes early in order to get your things ready for class. For every hour of class, you should be studying 2 hours outside of the classroom.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a campus where all the students feel welcome and safe. There are various ways to get involved at CSUN and there is always a lot of school spirit. You will rarely, if ever, encounter an unfriendly person at CSUN and the education provided at CSUN is excellent.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bikes do get stolen from time to time. There are a good number of police officers around the area. Still probably isn't a good idea to be walking around the less populated areas of the campus at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs to choose from, but they all come with a fee. The fee can range from $20 to $200.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive, but that's true off all the CSU's and UC's these days. Honestly, I think the costs are too high for what the school provides. There isn't enough parking for students; a lot of parking lots are staff only. Also, there aren't many events and you usually have to pay to attend the events.

    What to do for fun

    The school has some events but mostly there isn't much to do around the city. However, L.A is only 30-40 minutes away and you'll definitely find something to do there. It's always more fun to go out with a group of friends rather than just by yourself.

    Food and Dining

    Not much to choose from on campus. Definitely a weak selection of restaurants compared to other campuses. A little more variety off campus within a few miles.

    Dorm Life

    I hear that the dorms are nice and you meet a lot of people. I don't live in the dorms myself so I don't know too much about it.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too challenging as long as you pay attention and keep up with your readings. The readings can pile up quickly if you slack off. Professors are all very helpful and most will respond to emails or you can go meet with them during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs or sports! It's very important to meet people and make friends. Since there isn't too much to do in Northridge, you'll want friends to go out with. If you can, try to find a place to live close to the campus. You can cut out a lot of stress if you don't have to fight traffic and look for parking.

    In three sentences

    A good university with helpful and knowledgeable instructors. The campus is busy during the day and there are an adequate amount of activities for students. Traffic can be very hectic and parking is not easy to find during peak morning hours.

  • 10/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs to choose from which I am sure at least one will get the attention of students new or not.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than a UC!

    What to do for fun

    the campus holds events throughout the week on campus. Of course there might be events in which students will not be able to participate in due to class schedules. There is a Student Recreational Center which is contains multiple workout and exercise machines on the first floor as well as a rock climbing wall; basketball courts, indoor soccer and volleyball courts as well as table tennis on the second floor; with an indoor track for running and a few more workout machines on the third floor as well as a racquetball section and pool area. There is a ticket office that provides students with tickets to amusement parks such as six flags and knott's berry farm at almost half price of original. There is much more to do once you look around, there is a calender of events happening on campus on the school website.

    Food and Dining

    the food provided is of decent value. There are typical fast food restaurants on campus such as burger king, pollo loco and subway as well as some other area bound restaurants. It will suffice for whenever hunger strikes.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are accessible but not recommended. the rooms tend to get crowded and the pricing is typically high along with the mandatory meal plan. For those not receiving enough financial aid and are forced to think of a budget, i would recommend looking for an apartment outside the campus because there are places cheaper and probably more comfortable than the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the courses taken and the amount, classes can become stressful if students let the work pile up. Keeping focus and on task will help ease or perhaps prevent any stress from academics. Some courses can be easier than others but once again the key is to stay on task and keep from getting too distracted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the time to research the classes provided on campus because there are a lot to choose from. Make sure they are right for you and keep focus on what you are doing because it is a step-up from high school, even junior college, and the work may pile up which is never a good thing. Also, wear comfortable shoes because if you do not own a skateboard of any set of wheels that will help get you to class across campus or just simply to get around the campus, you will be tired the first couple of days. Finally, there are so many students to form friendships with so do not be timid and make as many friends as possible to help make your experience here that much better.

    In three sentences

    California State University-Northridge is a decent sized campus. The academics there seem to be broad and provides a variety of majors and minors which is a good thing because you never know what might interest you in life, Northridge might have just what you are looking for. So far the professors there are helpful and are not dull which can be problematic in terms of keeping the students attentive to the class.

  • 10/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe to be around because there are emergency buttons almost everywhere in the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Watch the squirrels play and all the amazing things they do. Walk around with friends exploring the many things there are at CSUN.

    Food and Dining

    The food at CSUN is great because their is variety to choose something lite or something like burgers.

    Dorm Life

    I am living at home but i heard that the dorm life is very fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Great because they focus on your learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not leave anything for the last minute and always try to do your work on time.

    In three sentences

    Great university in which everyone is nice. There is many resources to get help from revising essays to tutoring. Professors are willing to help you in whatever they can help like using their office hours to help you understand something about a lesson in class.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Lair is only for us if your a geology major but it's down in the basement and we have all kinds of snack in a fridge and computers that we can use. The pub is pretty nice I just wish they weren't so expensive . I'm a struggling student geez!

    What to do for fun

    shopping? everything that's fun is 30-40 min away.

    Food and Dining

    not enough healthy foods

    Dorm Life

    It's like a jail

    Academic Rigor

    It's not very hard core classes like physics and chem are of course somewhat hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    I initially wanted to major in criminology and after one semester here I hated it but I got all A's so I switched to geology. The reason I hated the sociology department was because there's so many people its ridiculous and the chances of getting a high paying job with that degree are slim. Whereas in geology, it may be harder but it is well worth it in the long run. I could potentially work for an oil company! Anyways, the SRC is the place to be! they have a rock wall, two gyms, an indoor track, indoor soccer field, basketball, and volley ball. It's pretty there's a lot of squirrels everywhere too.

    In three sentences

    The library and SRC are amazing. Academically it could be better. The Math and Geology department is amazing.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Personally I feel very safe being in this campus no matter where I am or what time of the day it is. This university also offers escorts who can guide students to their destinations if they are afraid to walk alone. However, this is usually during the night. Overall, i think it is a very safe campus and it is very well controlled.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and organizations at this university. They offer choices from any type of interest including sports, community help, major related clubs, and many more. Not only it is good to be part of a club, but most students who participate also get priority registrations.

    What to do for fun

    There are many actives that are going on each day. This includes, movies, sports games, art shows, and many more activities.There are also many clubs and organizations that offer different types of activities which are always fun to join.

    Food and Dining

    There are variety of restaurants and food available at a every corner of the campus. The university also offers great options to choose from at a very reasonable price.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently not dorming, therefore I don't know how the dorm life is.

    Academic Rigor

    So far I haven't notice any academic rigor.

    In three sentences

    This the best university in the entire California. They provide numerous tools for education and support you in every step you take. Overall, this is a great school to become educated and earn a degree.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I do not eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am still wait listed for the dorms, so I will be waiting for a while.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors are very approachable and will answer any questions that you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!!!!

    In three sentences

    Very bright and lively

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    With the amount of clubs at this college there is literally not one person that can't find some kind of activity for them. They're accepting and treat everyone as a family and the bond you build with them is unbreakable.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, the work is challenging but doable. Once you build your time management schedule you begin to realize that you have so much extra time that you don't know what to do, its truly an amazing feeling.

    What to do for fun

    I'm am part of the Salsa Libre club. Dancing is a great and life changing experience and they treat me life part of family.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour and experience the amazing campus at California State University Northridge. Its a life changing experience, you'll be proud to call this place your home.

    In three sentences

    California State University Northridge was my first choice out of other Cal States. This institution is filled with people full of life and adventure and are always accepting of new people. I don't think I would have been happier with any other decision than California State University Northridge.

  • 10/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I love to work out. And CSUN has a great recreation center. Their gym is very clean, they have multiple basketball courts, volleyball courts, lots of weights, a big pool, and much more. Its a great place to work out, and it helps me relieve my stress from schoolwork.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any freshmen who will be attending CSUN, I'd advise you to take about 12 units. You have to get use to the paste, it isn't high school anymore.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is great school, especially if you plan to major in Kinesology and anything that is business related major. There is great mixture of ethnicity out here, and everyone is very friendly. From a scale of 1-10, I'd give is a solid 10.

  • 11/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is awesome! there is even a course for self defense offered on campus that will give you units for the semester which is awesome! Also if you stayed late on campus or a certain building police services will escort you to where ever you need to go.

    Greek Life

    Lots of oncampus activities this year AfroJack performed on campus there are also multiple clubs. Associated Student Government is great.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSUN has few clubs as compared to schools such as UCLA but I have heard greats things form them.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a social person who likes to meet new people CSUN is the campus for you there are multiple events where being friendly and meeting new people comes up.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The matador statue: When finals and midterms come around and people do well some people will place a rose on the matador statue

    Bang for the buck

    College life is quite expensive but CSUN has a pretty good financial aid program that will make your expenses pretty affordable.

    What to do for fun

    I don't live on campus but from those people who live on campus I have heard that there is plenty of locations off campus that are good!

    Food and Dining

    CSUN has quite a few of dining/food options I would say that the cafeteria in sierra hall is the best.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus but I have heard from multiple peers who live on campus that it is great although the dorms are quite small the experience of getting to know people on your floor is amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    in my little time attending CSUN I would say csun has great professors most willing to help you if you approach them after class or talk to them during their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    A few tips I would give to prospective students are the following Although CSUN's class sizes are relatively small do not think professors will automatically know your name or baby you like they did in high school. College is much different the professors don't really care if you do/do not show up to class or if you do your homework this is all about adult life and you need to learn to stay on top of your stuff.Same goes with homework in college there is little homework which sounds awesome but in reality thats not a good thing the less homework you have the more impact that is made by your test scores and final so make sure you know and understand everything that is being discussed in class.

    In three sentences

    CSUN has an absolutely beautiful campus at first it may seem a bit intimidating but once you get used to it you'll grow to love it. Also there are multiple resources available to you on campus that will help you be successful in your academic career. Advisements for freshman are extremely beneficial.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    many different traditional clubs but a lot more alternative clubs as well i am a co-founder of VFE@CSUN, the first social activist action club on campus. THe only club that actually gets you involved in social activism first hand.

    Bang for the buck

    Very Affordable compared to others in its class. CSUN is the school for students with a low budget and a high achievement.

    What to do for fun

    LA is a fun and vast city full of a variety of cultures. the question is more of what not to do for fun. the sky is the limit when it comes to enjoying a life here.

    Food and Dining

    many on campus and off campus dining. can eat at a new place everyday for a month.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorm i was a commuting student but Los Angeles is where you want to be. I had friends living in dorms on campus, as well as off campus apartments that CSUN provided for married couples with or without children. Same-Sex cohabs were honored as well. Whether you have a set of wheels or not there is a lot to do and all you need accessible to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professor and let them get to know you. That's where the real learning begins

    In three sentences

    As an Alumni, class of 2012, i really took advantage of all the opportunities that were offered to me in the School of Sociology. The professors are great and really allow you to learn skills that are practiced in the classroom so that you can immediately start using in the workforce. Professor Morgaine, Hatkoff, and Debose were my mentors, teachers, life coaches, and friends.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Rich students

    What to do for fun

    Matador Mights. A big campus party with carnival rides

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not attend here, unless you want to work at a minimum wage job after graduation because you degree is worth nothing.

    In three sentences

    Does not provide real world experience for the entertainment industry. Cinema professors are lazy and waiting for retirement. Not prepared for work. Great media theory and criticism program if your want to be a professor.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a nice gym to stay in shape, but there are also many fun activities off campus to get involved in as well.

    Food and Dining

    I would rather have food that I prepared myself.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of culturally diverse students can make an exciting environment.

    Academic Rigor

    You do not want to take the classes lightly, as most instructors leave your grade in your hands with assignments and tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a solid idea on what you want to study, and seize every opportunity to move up to more challenging classes.

    In three sentences

    The classes are good and exciting, but you might have to push to get the ones you want or need. The administration is not at all times helpful so it's important to go in prepared. Other than that, it's a great college to attend.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe when walking around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Iranian Student Association (ISA) club is one of my favorites. We go to Big Bear every year and the officers and members are very funny!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely worth the money you pay for!

    What to do for fun

    Go bowling, join a class at the student recreation center, go rock climbing, join clubs.

    Food and Dining

    CSUN has many options, but the Pub is my favorite!

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm, but from what I've heard it is an exciting experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very easy to become involved and find the right people to hang out with to help with studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate. Take advantage of the free services offered, such as the gym, Family Pact, and tutoring.

    In three sentences

    This school is very diverse, fun, amazing, and open for opportunities. CSUN has many friendly professors who will take the time out of their day to help the students and watch them grow. I would highly recommend coming to this college!

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I personally don't like it , but I had apartment style droning I've heard others have better experiences.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are weekly planned activities which allow students to engage with each other.

    Food and Dining

    I don't have a meal plan, but the campus offers many options for fast and delicious food.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms allows you to connect with other individuals and make strong friendships.It also gives you a sense of independence and teaches you a lot about the real world and how to live on your own.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging, but allow an individual to seek beyond their potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want, but keep an open mind. The possibilities and opportunities are endless. Get involved and become engaged and I promise you will find yourself!

    In three sentences

    Cal State Northridge is an amazing campus with a very diverse population. It is home to many outstanding courses and majors which allow individuals to grow as a person by exploring the many options. Cal State Northridge is home of the Matadors, achievers, and I am proud to call it my home.

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you like to exercise, CSUN has an excellent student recreation center that has many students and alumni. These include a pool, volleyball and basketball courts, and a rock climbing wall for use. A game room as well as many organized events are held for student entertainment on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are about four coffee/pastry shops around the campus. A food court is located inside the bookstore building where there are four different fast food type eateries. Two convenience stores are on campus as well as three restaurant type eating areas for a sit-down meal.

    Dorm Life

    Student dorms are located very close to campus. Most students either walk, ride their bikes, or skateboards to classes from their dorms. It is a very safe living environment and there are always activities on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The CSUN faculty always challenges its students to exceed their own expectations. They have been very encouraging in reminding students that they are there to help and to take part in the available resources. Always very helpful and you rarely encounter someone on campus who will not go out of their way to assist you.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Visit the campus and become familiar with the environment, especially that of which offers your major. - Office hours are always a great opportunity for you to become acquainted with your professors. Allow this allotted time to have them become somewhat of a mentor to you. - Take advantage of the resources on campus. They are there to help you succeed. Keep in mind all the clubs and groups on campus available that can help you take the next step to reach your future career goals.

    In three sentences

    A very great school with a variety of resources to help students succeed. The professors at CSUN are of the best and show a true passion for teaching students to enjoy the subjects. It is a beautiful and clean campus available for college students determined to make the best of their higher education opportunities.

  • 12/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Motivated, self-starters, non-traditional

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs for all interests. Active local arts and music scene. It's Los Angeles, there's something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is mostly a commuter school, so it takes some work to get involved. Be prepared with a plan and be a salfe starter. Take advantage of all the cultural outlets in the LA area.

    In three sentences

    This is a good school with great value for tuition. There are some top notch professors, PhD's from Harvard/Yale/Oxford. The campus technology and library resources are all fantastic.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus security at all buildings at all time.

    Greek Life

    Half of campus is involved in greek life.

    Bang for the buck

    It is to much money for tuition and it keeps going up more every year.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the community center and play pool,ping pong , etc. I go to the Student Recreation center, or go to clubs.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets really repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    I really like dorming at this university because everything is peaceful and under control there is never any rucus or anything of the sort.

    Academic Rigor

    I would give this school a four out of five stars because I find this to be a good school with professors that actually care about the students the only thing I dont like about this school is the tuition cost.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to form study groups, go to tutoring, wait until the first week of classes to buy your textbooks.

    In three sentences

    Its a good University with a wide range of majors. It has really good professors that care about your education. The tuition cost is to high!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is really safe. Police often patrol the campus keeping students safe. At night, there atre security that walk people to their vehicles or dorms, house or apartment so they can fafely walk.

    Bang for the buck

    There are over 50 fraternity and sororities on campus so students have the ability to join organizations that best fits their needs. Join one that will benefit you in the long run, not just while you are in college.

    What to do for fun

    Greek system is very huge and joining clubs keep you involved. From college against cancer setting up relay for life to joining soccer club teams.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different places to eat on campus. Also have many coffee locations around campus that are open early and close late.

    Dorm Life

    It is safe since security secure the area after 7pm till 3am making sure who enters and leave dorm premises.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be tough to add classes since there are over 30,000 students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and be involved in the community. You will meet many different people and expand your network.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a big campus is a very diverse campus that offers many great opportunities to learn different cultures. Many opportunities for students to be active on campus clubs and sports in different experience levels. Staff and faculty are helpful and always strive to help you reach many long term goals.

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Northridge offers a campus safety classes for 1 unit. Also at some locations, Northridge offers security escorts at late hours of the night.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the Northridge mall. Go to the Santa Monica Beach. Hang out with friends from your dorm/apartments, classes, and sororities/ fraternities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become familiar with your class buildings prior to the first day of school. Venture out and explore the possibilities that cal state Northridge has to offer. Make new friends with students from different cultures and religious beliefs.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have safety escorts who walk around at night to keep people safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They set there is a man who lives on the roof of Sierra Tower.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Grill, take a workout class at the SRC, or just grab some friends and make the 30 minute drive to LA (depending on traffic)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the number of people who attend CSUN intimidate you. Find a club or organization and get involved. Also, take advantage of all the work opportunities they have. Getting a job on campus is not as difficult as you would think.

    In three sentences

    The professors are great and many of them really care about the success of their students. There are so many opportunities to get involved on campus and get to know people. It is in a great location and the campus is beautiful.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Either go to the game room where they have consoles to play or go the student recreation to workout

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good, small places such as Starbucks, subway are around the campus occasionally in-n-out car comes in.

    Dorm Life

    Well i don't live in the dorms, i got an apartment instead since I save money and dorms are expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUN tries to combine there classes with with real-world relevance to prepare leaders for today�¢����s and tomorrow's challenges.

    Tips for prospective students

    -not a lot of walking -do your work -explore the campus -

    In three sentences

    Pretty good so far, relaxing and peaceful in my opinion. other than a lot of squirrels, some teachers aren't good. The Chicano department is good since this is where it first started.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There isnt much to do but go to the near by mall, go to concerts held by the school annually and attend their social events.

    Food and Dining

    Great places to eat and it ranges from Subway to Panda Express, from Juice it up to Buger King they have a lot to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Way better to dorm than to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers actually care about their students and try to make school easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is better to dorm your first year because the experience is life changing and its easy to make new friends.

    In three sentences

    Great school, has alot of on campus events and information workshops. Really nice and clean camous with a nice gym, great sport fields, and places to dine on campus. The diversity is awsome you get to meet people from all over the world and have different experiences with different cultures around campus.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is various places around campus and on campus. There is the recreation center on campus and hookah and bowling off campus. Plus others.

    Food and Dining

    There is food everywhere! Both on and off campus. Subway is my personal favorite.

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm but I do wish i would had.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are amazing. They definitely push you to your limits.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get caught up in the party life, it is all about balancing one's schedule. Join clubs! Make sure you see you make advicement appointments to make sure you stay on track.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is definitely one of those schools that is full of life. The people and the squirrels are friendly. The weather may suck at times though.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The Speech and Debate team at CSUN is amazing! they travel all over California as well as help students become better speakers and writers!

    What to do for fun

    Every semester the university holds Matador Nights it is a night full of music, dancing, food, games, and more! There is also a game room right on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food on campus. Burger King, El Pollo Loco, Panda Express, as well as our own Matador Pub.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the courses can be very difficult. However, they are not impossible to pass. Dedication and time management are key to getting good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school has an excellent communication studies program and math and science department. It is also one of the most sustainable campuses in the country.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever been to. The staff are extremely attentive to students needs. It is close to home and is just the perfect school!

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I personally just work and study, unfortunately I havent been able to get involve as much as I like.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great, you can always find fresh food, and a variety of it as well. Only downside it might not be all in one place, so may have to walk a little to the next on campus store.

    Dorm Life

    Do not dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are very open to help but are pretty strict when it comes to your writing on essays.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get a map, it is a pretty big campus and might get lost. Try to atttend as many events and be involve but staying focus in your studies.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Northridge is a great beautiful campus. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. There is many activities on campus and campus staff always willing to help.

  • 03/17/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    CSUN is very safe when I visited even the area around it is safe.

    Greek Life

    The frats and sororities vary from this school. But there are plenty to join!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs to join and even frats and sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN offers a great education for anyone from a C average student to a 4.0 Student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSUN is one of the first campuses to offer the EOP program to all of the CSU's.

    Bang for the buck

    Comparing to a Private and a UC. CSUN is very affordable. They give you plenty of scholarships too.

    What to do for fun

    We are surrounded by the SFV and the LA area. There is always stuff to do here,

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good and tasty! Even their cafeteria is!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little small when I visited, but once I get adjusted. I'll probably like it.

    Academic Rigor

    CSUN has a very rigorous education for all of their majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a first generation student, apply to EOP. The program can help you get classes first, tutoring, and even loan you a laptop.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a vibrant community filled with many diverse people. The SFV has a lot to do and so does LA. CSUN also offers academic success.

  • 03/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can see cops patrolling around campus all the time and make you feel pretty safe. Just keep your eye out so you dont get a ticket rolling a stop sign.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is present, but it isn't as profound as some of the other frat universities like UCSB.

    Clubs and Activities

    The first week or two of every semester, all the clubs come out to the Byramian lawn and have a club fair. There are close to 200 clubs on campus and its a great way to meet people and get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    CSUN is a great campus for those who want to recieve a good academic education, not so much for those who want to party or be apart of greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSUN has a huge botanical garden below the Sol center. Its full of trees, bushes and plants that block out alot of the surrounding noise. Its a great place to take a little walk. There is also a orange grove on the southern end of campus with a stream running down the middle. You can feed the ducks and geese if you want as well.

    Bang for the buck

    My dad is a retired veteran which allows me to attend any California university with tuition and fees covered. The only things I have to pay for out of pocket are books and parking passes. Overall, a great bang for the buck

    What to do for fun

    The Rec center on campus is state of the art with new exercise equipment, indoor track and a rockwall. There are also pools all around campus which is great for those hot valley days. The Sol Center is also a great community area with local bands giving free concerts every once and a while.

    Food and Dining

    CSUN doesn't really have a formal dining hall, but they do have cafes and a small cafeteria in the Sierra Center and the Bookstore complex. Its great to stop in a grab a bite to eat on the go.

    Dorm Life

    I commute so I cant really say much about the dorms. Ive done some research and they look very maintained, modern and have a lot of great amenities.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a California State College, so it's not just going to be a walk in the park. The professors expect you to know the material and don't want you wasting space in their classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming into CSUN as a graduating high school senior, it was really easy to keep that senior mentality of slacking off a bit. I did and payed the consequences, make sure to stay on top of your classes, go to lectures and study! Also, if you are commuting, make sure to arrive half an hour before your first class to make sure you get a spot.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great school here in Southern California. The size of the campus really makes it feel like a college, the students are diverse and the teachers are awesome. Some may say it isnt that great of a school, but in my opinion, I love it here.

  • 03/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had a problem with anything scary. And you can call campus security at any time.

    Greek Life

    It is really not like everyone thinks. We take grades really seriously and we always have something fun planned for everyone to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    I never really got into clubs but i know that there are a huge pool of options out there. Everyone seems to really enjoy it as well.

    What to do for fun

    I joined a sorority because i didnt know that many people so that keeps me busy and i got to meet a whole bunch of new people. It is really like a huge family.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is like diner food but it is really cheap and they have places like panda express right on campus. Best part is that none of it is taxed.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed in the dorms but people have different opinions on it. A lot of people say its lame but others love meeting new people.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not too difficult. Just make sure you actually pay attention and do your homework. For me, the homework is enough studying usually.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack on studying and go to class. It doesnt mean you necessarily need to pay attention, just go because attendance is usually a main factor in your grade.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great school. The teachers actually care about your education. They are always willing to take time out of their schedule to help you with the class.

  • 03/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    CSUN is located really close to a lot of restaurants and bars. There is a shopping mall that is a 5 min drive away from campus. There is also several movie theaters and bowling alleys that are near by as well.

    Food and Dining

    We have a subway, panda express, and burger king. Those are the brand name restaurants that we have on campus. CSUN also has their own cafeteria and several cafes that serve their own food. The pizza from one of the cafes on campus is so good. We also have, Juice it up, which is our version of Jamba Juice and it's very good as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very close to campus which is always a plus. The dorms resemble small apartments, but are equipped with everything you need. Everyone is very friendly and there is always different events that are hosted by the dorm residents.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is fairly difficult, but nothing that students can't handle. If students read the assigned readings and study they should do well. There is a lot of tutoring available to struggling students. These tutors might have taken these same classes previously, so they are equipped to help students in specific classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest taking classes from several different majors during the first two semesters before selecting your major. CSUN offers a wide range of majors and sometimes students can get overwhelmed with choosing the right major. Take some classes in some areas of interests and then make your decision.

    In three sentences

    CSUN is a great school with large amounts of diversity. One of the largest campuses in California with a brand new student recreation center equipped with everything you need. Classes are fair