California State University, Northridge was founded in 1958 as San Fernando Valley State College. Originally a part of Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences, the University was separated from that institution. The current name was adopted in 1972 by an act of the California legislature.
California State University, Northridge was founded as a branch campus of the Los Angeles State College. It soon became a separate college, San Fernando Valley State College, and became a University in 1972. It is one of the largest campuses of the CSU system. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Its mission statement says in part that its mission is “to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students” through “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…” It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.