California State University - San Marcos Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.111 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.113 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.112 responses
Most Popular Majors
Business Administration and Management437 Graduates
Human Development222 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities144 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science79 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.122 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.158 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.89 responses
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California State University - San Marcos Reviews
The quality of education at CSUSM is superb. With small class sizes, students have excellent opportunities to learn and network in the classroom and on campus. The library is (I believe) the largest library in the CSU system, with knowledgeable subject librarians and access to a multitude of databases. Parking is VERY expensive; a little over $300 per semester. The food options aren't great, aren't cheap, and aren't very available, the university seems to think that people only eat between 11-3. Bring food with you, or at least snacks that can hold you over. CSUSM is playfully known as Cal State Stairmaster, wear comfortable shoes on campus, you'll get a good work out every day you're there!
As a student (and previous employee), I have had the opportunity to experience the tremendous growth over the past decade of CSUSM! Beginning my first year of college directly out of high school, along with obtaining student employment on campus, I am delighted to share with others the fabulous experience that I have had and still enjoy with Cal State San Marcos. The staff, faculty, and professors have helped guide and support me through my young years of adulthood and with return to the university to finish my degree, their open arms and welcoming warmth remains just as compassionate as when I began my adulthood a decade ago!
Most of the professors and advisers here really care about your well being and success (just make sure to get the right professors, I recommend ratemyprofessor.com). Every week there are fun activities to do and many clubs you can join! The only improvement I could think of--being an art major--is to have more space/materials for the arts. My art professors so far have had to get creative on how to utilize the space that they have been given.