In the fall of 1956, the San Fernando Valley campus of the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences was established on the present site of the University. Soon afterward, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 971, which provided that the campus would separate from its parent college on July 1, 1958—the founding date of the present University—to become San Fernando Valley State College.
At that time, it had an enrollment of about 3,300 students with a faculty of 104. On June 1, 1972, the College was renamed California State University, Northridge, by action of the Legislature and the Board of Trustees of the California State University.
As part of the 23-campus California State University system, Cal State Northridge (CSUN) is one of the largest universities in the nation, enrolling approximately 34,000 full- and part-time students. CSUN has nine colleges and more than 2,000 faculty members who teach courses leading to bachelor’s degrees in 69 disciplines, master’s degrees in 58 fields and doctorates in educational leadership and physical therapy, as well as 28 teaching credential programs.
During the 2011-12 academic year, nearly 7,000 students graduated with bachelor’s degrees and nearly 2,000 with master’s and doctoral degrees.
Mission: California State University, Northridge exists to enable students to realize their educational goals. The University’s first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. To fulfill this mission, we design programs and activities to help students develop the academic competencies, professional skills and critical values of learned persons who live in a democratic society, an interdependent world and a technological age; we seek to foster a rigorous and contemporary understanding of the liberal arts, sciences and professional disciplines, and we believe in the following values:
Vision: California State University, Northridge, is inspired by the belief that our commitment to educational opportunity, inclusion and excellence will extend the promise of America to succeeding generations. Our graduates will be the vanguard of leaders for this century—committed to sustaining a democracy in which diverse people share in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, proficient in applying technology to wise purposes, and dedicated to securing a humane world community and sustaining the bounty of the earth. As an institution of higher learning,