California State University, Northridge: Extending the Promise of America to the Succeeding Generations

California State University, Northridge’s mission is to enable students to realize their educational goals. The University’s first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. To fulfill this mission, they design programs and activities to help students develop their academic competencies, professional skills, critical and creative abilities, and ethical values of educated people who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world, and a technological age; they seek to foster a rigorous and contemporary understanding of the liberal arts, sciences, and professional disciplines.

Providing Life-Changing Opportunities for Over 50 Years

With a total enrollment of nearly 40,000, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is a public university in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in the San Fernando Valley. It has one of the largest student body of the 23-campus California State University system. It is also one of the largest comprehensive universities in the State of California in terms of enrollment. The university draws its freshmen from the top one-third of California high school graduates. Admission to popular majors, such as accounting, music, computer science, and cinema and television is extremely selective.

Founded in 1952 as a new satellite campus for Los Angeles State College, it later became an independent college in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College. It has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Ever since it established itself as a major education hub in the state of California, CSUN has garnered various recognitions and adorations. CSUN ranks 5th in the United States by the Social Mobility Index for college rankings. CSUN has also ranked 8th in the nation that awards bachelor’s degrees to minorities in the field of communications. CSUN has ranked 2nd among 529 master’s level universities in preparing students who later earn doctoral degrees (National Science Foundation). The university has ranked first in the number of graduates who went on to earn Ph.Ds. in the social sciences and psychology. Today, CSUN has the largest number of Central American, Armenian, and mainstreamed deaf students than any university in the USA. It is home to the National Center on Deafness, and the university hosts the International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities (Popularly known as the CSUN conference) in San Diego every year. CSUN’s Chicana and Chicano studies Department are the largest in California.

Recognized for Quality and Student Success

CSUN offers a variety of programs including 134 different bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees in 70 different fields, 3 doctoral degrees including two Doctor of Education and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and 24 teaching credentials. CSUN enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has over 330,000 alumni worldwide.

CSUN offers a dual B.A./J.D degree in partnership with Southwestern Law School. Through this program, students could graduate within six years while also being offered an initial $10,000 Wildman/Schumacher entering student Scholarship.

The Tseng College of Extended Learning is a division within CSUN that is meant for fulfilling the educational needs of mid-career professionals and offers over 30 degree and certificate programs online and on campus. CSUN also offers a pathway program for academic progression in the field of Nursing that links CSUN with designated California Community College partners. Those who are attaining an ADN could earn a BSN degree in just 2½ years from starting the program. Students would be able to complete their BSN in just one year after they had completed their ADN program through this collaborative program.

A Highly Experienced Leader with a Forward-Thinking Mindset

Currently in her role as the fifth President of California State University, Dr. Dianne F. Harrison is known for her commitment to student success, academic excellence and strategic leadership. For 30 years, Dr. Harrison had played an active role as a faculty member, as the dean of social work, as an associate vice president for academic affairs, as the dean of graduate studies and as the vice president for academic quality and external programs at Florida State University.

With a reputation for building strong partnerships with public and private organizations, Dr. Harrison has enabled students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries and engage in innovative instructions.

Dr. Harrison has trained her unwavering focus on student and employee success, , visibility and reputation of the university, reducing dependence on state funding, increasing research activity and sponsored programs, sustainability, using athletics as a tool for engagement and sustaining diversity and inclusion on the campus.

Creating Future Leaders and Global Citizens

The Career Center at CSUN offers opportunities to explore a vast variety of careers and counsels students with different strategies to be successful while pursuing a desired career path. Through programs such as SUNlink and Pathways, CSUN allows students to find a sense of purpose and become the optimal professional for their desired career choice.

CSUN also organizes curriculum support programs that help the faculty and the staff of CSUN to plan career related programs for students. CSUN is popularly known to involve top employers of major industries in such activities on the campus.

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