California State University, Northridge (also known as CSUN) is a public state university in the Northridge neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States, in the San Fernando Valley.
With a total enrollment of almost 40,000, it has the second largest student body of the 23-campus California State University system and is one of the largest comprehensive universities in the State of California.
California State University, Northridge was founded first as the Valley satellite campus of California State University, Los Angeles. It then became an independent college in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College, with major campus master planning and construction.
CSUN offers a variety of programs including 134 different bachelor's degrees, master's degrees in 70 different fields, 3 doctoral degrees (two Doctor of Education and a Doctor of Physical Therapy), and 24 teaching credentials.
CSUN, in collaboration with the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), ranked 10th worldwide as a top business incubator in 2017/2018. It is home to the National Center on Deafness and the university hosts the International Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities (more commonly known as the CSUN Conference), which is held each year in San Diego.
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is located near the geographic center of the San Fernando Valley and is its only state university. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this region, would be the fifth largest city in the U.S. if it were incorporated as a whole.
Though aerospace played a major role in the economic growth of the Valley from World War II through the 1980s, the entertainment industry – which has been a major contributor to the Valley’s economy from the earliest days of movie making – is now its leading industry.
CSUN, chiefly through its Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, maintains educational partnerships that have long provided entertainment-industry internship opportunities and career paths for students in a wide range of industry-related disciplines. With the 2011 opening of the university's Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC), CSUN is now a regional center for world-class entertainment of all kinds.