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California State University, Northridge, exists to enable students to realize their educational goals. The University's 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, critical and creative abilities, and ethical 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.
We demonstrate excellence in teaching. We honor and reward high performance in learning, teaching, scholarship, research, service, and creative activity. Because our academic programs' quality is central to our mission, we encourage intellectual curiosity and protect the multiple expressions of academic freedom.
We set the highest standards for ourselves in all of our actions and activities and support faculty, staff, and administrators' professional development. We assess our performance so that every area of university life will be continually improved and renewed. We recognize and reward our most significant distinction efforts and, through them, provide state and national leadership.
We aspire to behave as an inclusive, cooperative community. Our behaviors, policies, and programs affirm every member of the university community's worth and personal dignity and contribute to a campus climate of civility, collegiality, tolerance, and reasoned debate.
We seek partnerships with local schools, community colleges, businesses, government, and social agencies to advance our surrounding communities' educational, intellectual, artistic, civic, cultural, and economic aspirations. We seek to provide an environment conducive to innovation, experimentation, and creativity. We encourage all community members to take intellectual and creative risks and embrace changes that will enhance the fulfillment of the University's mission.
California State University, Northridge, is inspired by the belief that our commitment to educational opportunity, inclusion, and excellence will extend America's promise 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.
CSUN Marketing and Communications is a full-service creative team that highlights the student, faculty, and alumni success stories that make the University one of its leading academic institutions.
Our professional communicators work with all media, including on-campus publications, local, state, national and international press. Our staff issues media releases, assists with media events, and handles all its strategic communications. Our office also maintains a list of faculty experts who can provide informed comments on timely topics.
Our emergency communications systems are used to immediately notify the campus community of significant emergency or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety or students, staff, or faculty. We will use various channels to tell you what you need to know and what you need to do to be safe.
The Office of Admissions and Records promotes student success through services that begin with the application to Cal State Northridge and culminate with graduation. WHEN YOU APPLY, we communicate admissions criteria, timelines, and instructions to evaluate your course work, credit, and test scores and provide online tools to monitor and complete your application process. DURING YOUR STUDIES, we answer your questions, help you interpret university policies about enrollment, provide degree planning tools, maintain your student records, and verify enrollment and GPA. AS GRADUATION NEARS, we assist you with applying for the bachelor's degree and diploma, offer guidance to meet all degree requirements, and verify completion of those requirements. BEYOND GRADUATION, we maintain your permanent academic record.
In many ways, Cal State Northridge began like many other Valley institutions: Trees were cleared, and foundations poured at sites that were once orange, lemon, or avocado groves. Hand-lettered signs gave directions to temporary buildings connected by plank pathways. However, before that humble start, there was a great deal of political maneuvering to ensure that a four-year college would even be located in the Valley. In 1952, state officials had initially been identified Baldwin Hills as the site of a satellite campus for Los Angeles State College (now Cal State Los Angeles). In reaction to the decision, Valley leaders organized to overturn the legislation successfully and to ensure later that a four-year college would be situated in the San Fernando Valley. On December 21, 1954, advocates for a Valley four-year college hosted 23 legislators for dinner at the Brown Derby on Wilshire Boulevard. Armed with demographic projections, they pitched the Valley as the only logical place for the next state college. The pitch worked. In 1955, state Assemblyman Judge Julian Beck sent the legislation for approval to purchase land in the north San Fernando Valley for a new satellite campus to Los Angeles State College.

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