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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 10,469 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State San Marcos acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Nursing, and Human Development. Graduating 52% 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
52%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
860-1060
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$8,985/ 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
    $5,417/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,842/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,957/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,653/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,564/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
24:1
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
10,469Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
48%
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
Report
  • 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
52%
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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I have had a great experience at this school. The professors are AMAZING! They are very helpful and supportive. There is a great deal of help all throughout campus, whether it is at the library, mental health services, or financial aid office. This school is also very accepting of all people from different genders, ethnicities, races, etc. I am very proud of graduating from this school. Studnets, professors and staff have all influenced my life and the person I have grown to become.
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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!
Pros: It's a very welcoming campus! Filled with diversity, great activities, programs, faculty and staff.
When registering for classes, the degree planner is a great tool to help you set up your classes.
The 2nd floor in the library is open 24 hours a day, 5 times a week, provided by the Assoc. Student Union.
And many more pros!

Cons: If you don't like stairs, there's a reason why it's also called Cal State Stair Masters. Fortunately we have elevators.