California State University-Northridge (CSUN)

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CSUN can be found in Northridge, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at California State University-Northridge number about thirty nine thousand per year, and is one of the biggest colleges in the state.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 800 (25th percentile) to 1040 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 16 (25th percentile) to 22 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to CSUN. We were able to estimate the CSUN average GPA (2.71 - 3.14) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 46% of all students that apply are admitted to CSUN, from which 31% choose to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the CSUN acceptance rate in 2015 is going to be around 60%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall CSUN Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Northridge was reported as 46.2% in Fall 2012 with over 29,300 applications submitted to California State University-Northridge. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CSUN ACT Scores: 16 - 22
  • CSUN Average GPA: 2.71 - 3.14

How Hard Is It to Get into California State University-Northridge?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into CSUN, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for CSUN has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 74.7%
  • 2009-2010: 72.5%
  • 2010-2011: 73.5%
  • 2011-2012: 62.3%
  • 2012-2013: 46.2%
  • Projected CSUN Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 60.3%

How Does CSUN Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California State University-Northridge is twenty percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of California-Los Angeles22.0%
University of Southern California19.8%
California State University-Los Angeles67.5%
California State University-Dominguez Hills57.5%
Azusa Pacific University79.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CSUN (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English15 - 22
Math16 - 23
Composite Score16 - 22
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