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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
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 11,634 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State San Marcos acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Human Development. Graduating 53% of students, Cal State San Marcos alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,500.
About California State University - San Marcos...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096
Website
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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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
57%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
950-1130
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$10,454/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,575/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,882/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,416/ year
  • $76-110k
    $16,316/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,645/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.111 responses
31%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.116 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.115 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
11,634Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
45%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 71 responses
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  • Balances work and school and family.
    38%
  • Most people need to multitask to pay for school.
    20%
  • Commuter who needs to balance work, school, family
    10%
  • Part-time job with car, apartment, and bills
    8%
  • Busy stressed hard working
    7%
  • College broke
    6%
  • Living at home with parents who pay for everything
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.125 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.161 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 93 responses
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  • Great atmosphere, you'll love the stairs.
    34%
  • Commuter school
    17%
  • Great school
    15%
  • Great school. It is growing
    15%
  • Quiet
    8%
  • Diverse
    5%
  • No perks
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
76%
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 has been an amazing experience so far! Everything from the student life, professors, housing, food and goals is awesome.

One thing I wish to see change is the graduation rate and the push for students to do better to graduate. I can tell that when students fall behind, the university does not do much to aid those. There are steps to avoid academic suspension but it is not made urgent by the university.
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I’m still a student at CSUSM and my experience so far has been great! The O-Team was very helpful when it came to answering questions when I went through orientation. From then on, any student staff members that I have approached have been welcoming and nice. It’s great how there are students working in the coffee places, the library and various other buildings. They seem to work with academic schedules and other priorities outside of work.
This is a great school for those who don't like the big public university feel. Professors teach smaller classes (30-40 students) and it allows a better professional relationship. Despite the small size, there are many clubs, organizations, and Greek life one can become a part of. The weather is in sunny San Diego so it's common to spend time not in classes outside! Best choice I've made!