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Cal State San Marcos is a public graduate school in San Marcos, California in the San Diego Area. It has a mid-size graduate student body with an enrollment of 1,140 graduate students. Of the 15 graduate programs offered at California State University - San Marcos, only 1 is offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at California State University - San Marcos are Teaching, Social Work, and Business. 33% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096

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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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The classes are interesting and through your thesis project you grow a lot as a researcher and scientist. However, you have to be sure that your advisor is committed to your success. About half of the students in my cohort are going into their fourth year in the program when this is slated to be a two year program. This is becoming a trend and I hope this is addressed soon. The faculty need to go through a course on how to properly train grad students to effectively complete a thesis. Many of us are drained by the end of the program and opt out of applying for PhDs. This leaves us with slim pickings in terms of jobs.
I absolutely love Cal State University San Marcos. Not only because the experience of college has changed my life in so many ways. I am no longer a struggling single mom, I now am empowered with choices and a fantastic career. The professors at CSUSM go above and beyond, they are very supportive and encouraging and have enriched my life and my daughter's life, who on several occasions throughout the years accompanied me to my classes. My daughters experiences there have cemented the idea of going to CSUSM when she is ready to enter college. The conveneince of the college and its location was also extremely beneficial and helpful. I highly recommend CSUSM to anyone, young or old for their college experience.