California State University-Northridge Reviews

  • 163 Reviews
  • Northridge (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,773
84% of 163 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 163 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Holly Gover
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Cal State Northridge's BCP program is highly competitive academically. I was looking for a challenge and to be pushed and I certainly got what I was looking for. The staff is extremely competent both academically and in their own research field. The staff really makes this program so strong. The only con with the program is primarily a con with high education in the United States in general, is the cost and the lack of financial aid. I wish there were more scholarships available for BCP students as the program is very expensive and the labs we are in require us to work 20 hours for free each week. Very difficult to keep a full time job and pay rent and bills."
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2014
  • Degree: Education
"I have received my Bachelors Degree in Deaf Studies and I am just starting my Graduate program for teaching ASL. I have been very impressed with the support and knowledge of my teachers in the Deaf Studies program. CSUN is very well known for their strength in ASL and I feel very confident I will receive the best training in my field."
Ashley Mejia
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Pros:It is designed for students who work full time. The program is fast pace. Portfolio instead of thesis. faculty is very accommodating. Cons: Since it is a cohort and the schedule is fixed,no flexibility in what you want to take. Some classes are pointless. It is mostly a commuter school so there is not much of a social life."
Lauren Barker
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2014
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"This is a great program for those looking for a rigorous and challenging ABA program. This program will prepare you to be the best behavior analyst and you will definitely pass the BCBA exam."
Miss clever 15
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Although I don't work in a field related to education, because of my age (60) and failing health, CSUN gave new insights to my life, better opportunities, even working as a nanny, I got a top salary because of my education. CSUN counselors are great, they helped me to accomplish something that I had dreamed of, 25 years ago when I came to this country. I love CSUN."
Stephany Samia
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"A pro for the Master's in Social Work program at CSU, Nothridge includes many things. This program is an accredited program through CalSWEC, which provides students with more access and opportunities regarding potential future employment as well as alternative ways to achieve financial aid. I think that this is one of the top benefits for being a part of this program at this particular campus, as not all Social Work programs are accredited - and this matters. Another pro is that that program is a more generalist focus of Social Work rather than a single concentrated area of the field. I feel as though this enhances the knowledge, diversity of skills, and comfort in a variety of positions where they may be needed as opposed to only one area in such a diverse field. Like many Master's programs, financial aid is a negative aspect, however as a CSU, Cal State Northridge is more affordable than say, a UC or a private university. There are definitely means for financial assistance, however, aid for Master's programs are less available than say undergraduate or PhD students. Another negative, or con, is that some students may not have the availability required to complete the MSW program. I believe that the required attention is similar at many universities, but that does include a full time schedule in addition to required supervised hours as part of an internship in the field. Thus, making is difficult for an additional job, social life, or family time. The benefit to this though? A foot in the door for a possible job after school!"
Adrian Castillo
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2014
  • Degree: Creative Writing
"I have just started the graduate program. My undergraduate experience is in the same University. The pros I have to say are the network opportunities. The experience I have had with the professors, I would say for the majority are great, although their are some lemons. The area is in the valley, weather can really get hot."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Cultural Studies
"CSUN is a great institution for higher learning. I was supported by my professors and advisors which allowed me to achieve the goals I created. The Deaf Studies program is one of the best in the country and I could not have asked for more relevant information. The professors in the Deaf studies department respect their students and support them in any way possible."
Sara Klausner
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2014
  • Degree: Counseling
"Wonderful program! Very organized and comprehensive. Excellent faculty."
shirley dabit
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2014
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"There were definitely more pros than cons when I was in this program. First off, the teachers were excellent. Everything the teachers taught were practical and were able to be applied to my profession. I really appreciated this because there are normally some classes where the information provided is not pertinent daily, but I can't say this was the case for the classes I took while in this program. I also found it helpful that the first semester of the program gives students the ability to practice the PACT, giving us an example of what is to be expected when it's time to complete the actual PACT. Another pro was that whenever I needed to meet with a teacher, they were always willing to meet and guide me through whatever I needed extra help or explanation of. In regards to cons, I feel as though they need to offer more classes related to technology. It was required to take a technology class, but it was solely based on computers. Now that secondary education is incorporating iPad, smart boards, and ELMOS in their classroom/curriculum, I would have liked learning how to utilize those in the classroom, programs on the iPad that can be used in the classroom on a daily basis, projects, homework, and how to successfully move in the direction of a technological classroom. All in all, my education at Cal State Northridge was excellent and I would highly recommend it to others thinking about completing a credential program. The graduate program had both pros and cons, but the pros definitely outweighed the cons."
Past Csun School psychology student
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"Don't go to this program. I should have gone to CSULA. The professors here have issues. Importantly, the material taught is not taught well. It's like if they are tired of teaching. The focus on the program is on counseling and consultation. The field nowadays focuses on behavior. There's is no real focus on behavior. The behavior class we did have was a waste of time. We only got one class in behavior with a proffesor who was absent often and was too busy working on his thesis. There's also issues in the demeanor of these professors who are quick to judge you and threaten you with kicking you out of the program.. They will offer everyone personal feedback on your perceived personality flaws and have meetings with you. I personally saw how they ganged up on a student and made her quit the program. They have a counseling class that is supposed to teach counseling skills. But the class solely focuses on you talking about your personal life and the teacher gets mad when you don't. It's very strange because these professors will have meetings to talk about you, and they are not embarrassed to admit it. It's hard enough having to work and go to school and do school work. It makes it more difficult to have to deal with the petty crap these professors make you experience. I've spoken to other psychologist who didn't deal with this in their graduate experience."
Allison Pinchak
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2014
  • Degree: Business
"This program is great for working professionals as the classes are all on nights or weekends. Some of the classes are only 8 weeks long, and those take a lot of work, because you need to learn a lot of information in a short period of time. Overall, I really am enjoying my experience."
Kelly Domaradzki
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2014
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I am a recent graduate of May 2014 from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. The graduate program that I plan to pursue will be at Los Angeles Pierce College for their Pre-Veterinary Program. The program takes two to three years depending on the number of units you complete. You are expected to take a full load of 12-15 units and keep a GPA of 3.7 or higher, along with making time for volunteer hours at the farm, in the veterinary office, and working full time which is my plan. My goal is to complete this program as fast as I can, but a few setbacks have gotten in the way. I currently do not have the financial settings to take more than one or two classes as they are $46/unit and most are five unit classes. It is my dream to be able to take a full time class schedule and complete the program in two years, just around 100 units, as I have already completed some of the requirements. After I complete the program the graduate program for veterinary school takes a year to apply and then I hope to start at UCDAVIS and continue to reach my goals. The pros of this experience will be that I will get to do something that I love, travel, have the complete school experience and be able to give animals a voice as they cannot speak or tell you what hurts or what is wrong. Working with animals is not only a passion but a lifelong desire that I will slowly but surely complete in time, as I could not imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life."
Esperanza Sanchez
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2014
  • Degree: History
"The pros of the graduate program are the small classes and building a relationship and networking with the staff. The con of the graduate program is the limited number of course provided each semester."
Armando Gonzalez
  • Reviewed: 6/12/2014
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
"Pros: Personalized experience Low cost tuition Friendly atmosphere Cons: Lack of modern technology"
Joseph Cardenas
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2014
  • Degree: Counseling
"I feel like my program is well designed to help assist students through out the entire process. The only issue I have is that you have to take summer school classes."
Cinthya Martinez
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2014
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"The Chicana/o studies graduate program at CSUN is one that provides both an intellectual experience but yet needs improvement. Overall, the faculty and staff display great amount of support towards the students enrolled int he department. Many give up time outside of school hours to provide support for the students. The course work aims to educated about the historical Chicana/o or Mexican American experience. Overall this program is colorful, full of diversity and empowering. The downside is the lack of funding the program suffers from. Also, in the field of Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies and Chicana/o studies, this program is falling a bit behind on current discourses."
Karen Zambroni
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"I enjoyed my undergrad education at CSUN. I was challenged academically but was also able to particpate in extra curricular activities. There are many opportunities on this campus. In the fall of 2014 I will begin the MSW program at CSUN. I'm excited to go back!!!"
Kat Monlux
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"Up and coming fresh program, this is both a pro and a con. You have the unique ability to help mold your own program, but it is already very well respected in the field. Networking opportunities here are pretty exceptional and the evening class format makes working possible. I would recommend this graduate program."
Wilbert Guzman
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2014
  • Degree: Political Science
"Wide range of courses from various disciplines and great faculty. Far from whrer I live and classes are long."