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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
Cal State San Marcos is an above-average public university located in San Marcos, California in the San Diego Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 11,895 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State San Marcos acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Human Development. Graduating 55% of students, Cal State San Marcos alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,800.
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association

California State University - San Marcos Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

CSUSM Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
Application Deadline
December 4
SAT Range
960-1140
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$12,614/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,154/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.111 responses
33%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.125 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.124 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    27%
  • On Campus
    70%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,895Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,028
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 79 responses
  • Balances work and school and family.
    41%
  • Most people need to multitask to pay for school.
    19%
  • Commuter who needs to balance work, school, family
    9%
  • Busy stressed hard working
    8%
  • Part-time job with car, apartment, and bills
    8%
  • College broke
    5%
  • Friendly!
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.134 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.170 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 102 responses
  • Great atmosphere, you'll love the stairs.
    32%
  • Great school. It is growing
    18%
  • Commuter school
    17%
  • Great school
    14%
  • Diverse
    7%
  • Quiet
    7%
  • No perks
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
55%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.89 responses
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My experience at CSUSM has been amazing since the start! The faculty and staff that works at this university truly want their students to graduate and to succeed. Professors are passionate about teaching and knowledge. Counselors are available and ready to help in any way they can. Since the classrooms are small, you have the chance to get to know and interact with your peers. The school provides so many resources to ensure their students well being.
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So far my experience at CSUSM has been amazing. I enjoyed being able to get a starbucks and study right outside where their tables are located. Another favorite place of mine to study is the library whenever I needed a quite area that was my place to go. Overall, they have many resources available to students, one of them is the writing center which I attended a lot. They helped me when I needed new ideas to incorporate into my work or even helped me just to proof read my essay. Great school with many opportunities you just have to look!
I've been attending CSUSM for two semesters now and I am very comfortable to call it my loving home. Although I do not live on campus, the experience and encounters I receive on a daily basis have been nothing but memorable. Not only have I not met a disrespectful or "boring" professor yet, but all my peers glow with such positive vibes and that says so much to me. The campus, while small, has such a nice feeling to it as it demonstrates a perfect example of attending a school where it seems everyone knows each other. I am very excited to spend my college life here!