California State University at Northridge Acceptance Rate, Average GPA, SAT and ACT Scores

California State University at Northridge (CSUN) was established in 1958 as the San Fernando Valley State College. Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, it was the first four-year public institution of higher education in the area. The college quickly grew to include nine different academic departments and over 3,000 students by 1965. It was officially renamed California State University, Northridge in 1972 and has since become one of the largest universities in California with over 37,000 students enrolled. CSUN offers a wide range of degree programs from undergraduate to graduate and doctoral levels. It is ranked among the top universities for diversity and has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability initiatives. In addition to its academic programs, CSUN is also home to a number of cultural centers such as its Matadome Theater, Art Galleries, Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden. The university also boasts an impressive list of alumni including actors, musicians, athletes and politicians. CSUN continues to be a leader in higher education and is dedicated to providing an outstanding educational experience for all its students.

California State University at Northridge, as one of the top colleges ranked by major educational institutions, has impressed us by its high selectivity and student friendly application process during admissions. The following tables detail 2018 class profile, including total applications received, average high school GPA, SAT scores/ACT scores, and acceptance rates of California State University at Northridge. To learn more about GPA, SAT and ACT scores information, please follow the links below. If you want to find even more about California State University at Northridge, such as tuition fees and scholarships, you can click the link after tables to visit the school’s official website.

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Admissions Stats

California State University at Northridge (CSUN) is a public university located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. In the fall of 2020, the university had an enrollment of 38,403 students from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Of these, 26,227 were undergraduate students and 12,176 were graduate students. The student-to-faculty ratio was 22:1. CSUN’s freshman class for 2020 was composed of 6,788 first-time freshmen and 1,817 transfer students from other colleges and universities. The average GPA for incoming freshmen was 3.41, while the middle 50% range of SAT scores was 950 to 1150. The middle 50% range for ACT scores was 19 to 25. The acceptance rate for freshman applicants to CSUN in 2020 was 68%, while the acceptance rate for transfer applicants was 84%. CSUN offers more than 100 degree programs across eight colleges: Arts Media & Communication; Business & Economics; Education; Engineering & Computer Science; Humanities; Social Behavioral Sciences; Science Mathematics; Health & Human Development.

Fall 2022 Selectivity

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2022 acceptance rate 74%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A
Early action acceptance rate N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early action and early decision students) 74%

Fall 2022 Applications, Acceptances & Enrollments

Applicants 23,015
Female applicants N/A
Male applicants N/A
Applicants accepted 16,926
Female applicants accepted N/A
Male applicants accepted N/A
Freshman enrollment 5,195
Female freshman enrollment 2,894
Male freshman enrollment 2,301
Early decision applicants N/A
Early decision applicants accepted N/A
Early decision applicants enrolled N/A
Early action applicants N/A
Early action applicants accepted N/A
Early action applicants enrolled N/A
Total enrolled incoming freshmen who were accepted under early acceptance or early action N/A

Fall 2022 Wait List

School has a wait list No
Applicants placed on wait list N/A
Students accepting place on wait list N/A
Students accepted from wait list N/A

Fall 2022 High School GPA

Freshman students submitting high school GPA 100%
Average high school GPA 3.2
High school GPA 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman SAT Scores

Freshman students submitting SAT scores 79%
SAT Critical Reading average score 464
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th percentile range 400-520
SAT Math average score 471
SAT Math 25th-75th percentile range: 410-520
SAT Writing average score N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th percentile range N/A
SAT Essay 25th-75th percentile range N/A

Fall 2022 Freshman ACT Scores

Freshman students submitting ACT scores 24%
Average ACT Composite score 19
ACT Composite 25th-75th percentile range 16-22
ACT Composite score breakdown N/A
ACT English 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT English score breakdown N/A
ACT Math 25th-75th percentile range N/A
ACT Math score breakdown N/A