B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
California State University - San Marcos is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Association of Independent Institutions
Address
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096
Website

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
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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

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.111 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.110 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,185Undergrads
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 66 responses
Report
  • Balances work and school and family.
    39%
  • Most people need to multitask to pay for school.
    21%
  • Commuter who needs to balance work, school, family
    9%
  • Part-time job with car, apartment, and bills
    9%
  • Busy stressed hard working
    8%
  • College broke
    6%
  • Living at home with parents who pay for everything
    5%

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.120 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.156 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 88 responses
Report
  • Great atmosphere, you'll love the stairs.
    35%
  • Commuter school
    18%
  • Great school
    16%
  • Great school. It is growing
    13%
  • Quiet
    8%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • No perks
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,400/ 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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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!
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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!
California State University is one of those schools that has a small population of students, but huge population of great professors. Having going here for the past 4 years, I have not had a single awful professor. They are kind and take as much time as possible to teach the information they have to teach—even going above and beyond at times. There's not that much of a social life being a CSUSM student, but that's great if you're an introvert like me! You can spend that time learning or making closer connections with people.