California, United States
Started in the year 1952, California State University (CSUN) is a public university located in the Northridge area of Los Angeles. With an enrolment of more than 40,000, it is one of the largest universities among all the California State University System. In year 2014, it had more than 2,000 faculty members, out of which more than 35% were on the tenure-basis. It is ranked 5th by the Social Mobility Index college rankings in the entire United States.
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The CSUN is located in Northridge area of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. The university is easy to reach and has a Metrolink station and around 10 bus lines nearby. Moreover, there is also a ticket office on the campus from where you can buy transit passes. The university also offers shuttle services for students.
CSUN is spread across 356-acre of land, which is beautifully planned and maintained. The Sequoia Hall which is a 82,000sq.ft building is located in the south of the campus and accommodates a number of departments and centers. The Matador Bookstore Complex to the east is a lot more than a standard bookstore. Inside you can find a computer center, travel agency print shop and a small food court as well.
The campus accommodates the Oviatt library with a collection of more than 1.4 million volumes. The CSUN Botanic Garden is located on the southeast part of the university, which is not only beautiful but also accommodates some rare species of groves. The Valley Performing Arts Center on the west of the campus is a 1,700 seater concert hall which also has a separate 175-seat box theater, rehearsal rooms, support spaces, lecture hall and classrooms.
Most of the students live off-campus as it is cheaper and more liberal as well. For students who want to live on-campus, there are spacious apartments at the University Park with all the modern amenities. These accommodations are within walking distance from the libraries and classrooms.
The weather is Northridge is sunny throughout the year. The average temperature in winter months is around 50 degrees F and in summer months it’s around 70 degrees F.
A large number of professors at the university are experts of their fields and are further researching at the university. Even though they carry such high prestige, they are very easy to approach and are always ready to help the students even after office hours. Even though the academic calendar at the CSUN is a little hectic, the student-professor relation at this university makes things easier.
More than 5,000 freshmen enrolled at CSUN in the year 2014. Out of these, more than 3,800 students received some kind of financial help. The average of grant aid at this university is $10,500 and that of student loan is $4,700.
The large network of the California State University can come in very handy as far as the placements are concerned. It is associated with some of the largest recruiters, like IBM, Intel, Accenture, Oracle, etc. All these stalwarts organize placement drives throughout the year and pick the best of students at the best of salaries.
The university is located in Los Angeles so there’s a lot to do outside the university. The crowd here is from all across the world and no sense or discrimination can be witnessed among the students. Even though the academic calendar is hectic, students are able to find some time to enjoy their areas of interest. The university has a Student Recreation Center, which consists of multi-activity court, fitness studio, racquetball court, indoor track of 1/8 mile, swimming pool, and much more. Moreover, the university also provides services like personal training, private instructors, nutrition counseling etc.
CSUN is a part of the prestigious California State University and ranks at the number 5th spot in the US. The university has a lot to offer, not only on the educational front but on the personal level as well. If you are looking for a university for your future studies, CSUN should surely be on your wishlist.
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