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3 out of 5
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Degree: Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

I started attending California State University of Northridge in 2011 and completed my Bachelor's degree in 2013. I was a Cinema and Television Arts major (Media Theory & Criticism) and I initially chose Northridge because it was a more affordable option than the surrounding film programs in Southern California. Tucked away in the San Fernando Valley, about 20 miles away from central Los Angeles, the school has an understated but beautiful quality to it. The campus is clean, traffic is relatively light, and the living is in a more economical price range. The campus includes some nice new amenities as well, like a massive sports and recreational complex, a large visual performing arts center, an orange grove, and a large accessible library. My uncle, a fellow CSUN alumni, once said that "Northridge lets you be a student- they leave you to your own devices...", and it's true. Northridge is not an overbearing institution; the curriculum and faculty allows for students to pursue interests or activities alongside their education. There is little to no pretense and the administration has a healthy respect for students and their need to balance life and work with their educational obligations. Administrators strive to make students save on an education as much as they can by fighting to keep costs down with tuition and fees. It is a diverse school that has made a concerted effort in reaching out to minority demographics since well before the start of recent national conversations. The school had a higher acceptance rate at the time I applied (76%) that has since gone down (to 46%), and it still maintains one of the most diverse student bodies. The curriculum itself, was not the most challenging and professors tended to grade easy. A lot of the professors in my major, were working professionals who had commitments outside of teaching. The pro to this was that oftentimes, the professors were pragmatic, sympathetic to working students and their busy schedules, and they offered better pieces of advice in preparing for the work place. The con to this, was that there were times when the education may have felt incomplete or truncated. At times, there was also a desire for a more challenging syllabus. That being said, Northridge is a school where one can work close to full time and tackle a full load of credits, and come out with a good GPA. It worked for me because I needed a Bachelor's degree and I needed to work. I do not believe I could have accomplished this at too many other schools but I am thankful for my time at CSUN, if not a little frustrated with the lack of name recognition that has partially impacted a career in Entertainment. If you wish to pursue a career in post-production, CSUN is a great fit. If you wish to pursue a career in screenwriting, or production and development, I would advise pursuing a program somewhere else with stronger internship connections. Overall, it was a great option for a working class student and will hopefully continue to be.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Criminology
Graduation Year: 2012

CSUN did not prepare students with what we can really do with out degrees once we graduated. It was a hit or miss with professors. Some were great but those were directly related to the Sociology part of the degree. The Criminology classes that were required were half asked to say the least. Some professors would show up to class when they wanted to or cancel class constantly. I had one professor who had us watch only videos in class then write on one page what it was about. The worst part about it wasn't that I did not learn anything, but it was not even related to the class. I would say I had one or two professors that actually seemed to care about teaching their students. I tried changing my major due to the lack in education that I felt I was receiving, however they would not allow it due to the fact I did not have too much left before graduating. Now I am stuck with paying a loan for an education I am dissatisfied with.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2011

If you want to go to a school that has professors which teaching is their focus and not their own research , apply to California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In comparison to more prestigious institutions in California such as in the University of California school system, professors are burdened by the pressures of producing research or grants from their respected institutions. Yes, this pressure does occur in the California State University system but much less. Overall, my education at CSUN has propelled me to gain an acceptance to UCSF School of Dentistry and I am grateful to CSUN.

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5 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011

CSUN is a great school with so many undergraduate and graduate programs. Professors were of great help and they relate to you, they are with you all the way. As a student you need to seek help and you will get it, they have all the resources. I spent four years working on my bachelors' degree and I have a double major. There are ways where you can work it out to graduate in four years with a minor or a second degree. Overall, I love CSUN, is a wonderful school.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

California State University Northridge is an outstanding school, it challenged me in ways I would have never thought and educated me throughout my time there to be a well rounded individual. The professors are extremely helpful; they place great importance on student education. Attending this university prepared me for my future ahead to pursue optometry.

4 out of 5
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Degree: African-American/Black Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

California State University-Northridge, African-American/Black Studies program is one of the best in California. The course work, the professors, and the diversity of the students that attend and take these courses are challenged and ready for the real world. This program talks about many levels and facets of all races and cultures giving you a broad understanding of history, Black Literature, Writing, and the depths of the culture.

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Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2015

CSUN's CADV program is one of the best in the nation. The teachers teach at other big name universities as well as work directly in the field so they are extremely knowledgeable. As a full time working adult it can be hard to get the classes you need at the times that you're available. What I liked most here is the flexibility offered with night classes and online courses. There are a lot of resources for students to get the help that's needed to be successful, including computer labs, an oasis center, guidance counseling, etc.

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Degree: Deaf Studies
Graduation Year: 2012

CSUN was an amazing place for me to get my undergraduate degree. Surrounded by diversity on a supportive and inclusive campus allowed me to embrace cultural differences and recognize my role in creating equity in society. Working in Student Housing was a life changing experience that inspired me to work with high school students as a College and Career Prep Specialist. As a Deaf Studies major, I was able to fully immerse myself in Deaf Culture and learn ASL both in and out of the classroom. I've been teach ASL part time at local community colleges for the past three years.

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Degree: Communication, General
Graduation Year: 2017

I'm currently in my last semester at CSUN working towards my bachelor's degree with a Communication major and History minor. I've been absolutely thankful and overwhelmed with the positivity, opportunities and overall education CSUN's programs and its instructors have offered me. My next step following my academic career will be following through with their credential program to become a high school teacher by its end. Since I was young I've known this is the exact path I wanted to myself on and after years of study I'm finally here. CSUN has granted me the tools, motivation and information to follow and establish my dream.

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Degree: Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2016

California State University, Northridge has prepared me for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program I recently got accepted into. CSUN was an environment that shaped my student experience into a path that allowed me to grow as a researcher, educator, and future clinician as I made the transition from student to graduate student. I had professors who acted as mentors, I had research opportunities as I interned in the laboratories, and I had a well-structured curriculum in each class that made up the foundation of my future Physical Therapy career.

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