Tuition & Fees

$7,648

$16,576

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
0
600-699
33%
500-599
22%
400-499
45%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
0
600-699
17%
500-599
44%
400-499
39%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
2%
24-29
14%
18-23
48%
12-17
33%
6-11
3%
Below 6
0
30-36
1%
24-29
17%
18-23
44%
12-17
38%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
1%
24-29
14%
18-23
56%
12-17
29%
6-11
0
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undergraduateRatios

39%

male

61%

female

1

teacher

26

students

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Selective

58%

acceptance rate

Accepted 10,311
Declined + 7,337
Total Received 17,648
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Public

13,962

undergraduate students

542

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Business Administration
  3. Psychology
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Codes

SAT 5677
ACT 0272

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Location

School Facts

California State University--San Marcos, founded in 1989, is a public university. Its 302-acre campus is located in San Marcos.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 14,504
Established in 1989
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  WASC (Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges)

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San Marcos, CA

304-acre campus in San Marcos (population: 96,198).

California State University, San Marcos
333 Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
95%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
80%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
0
600-699
33%
500-599
22%
400-499
45%
300-399
0
200-299
0
700-800
0
600-699
17%
500-599
44%
400-499
39%
300-399
0
200-299
0
30-36
2%
24-29
14%
18-23
48%
12-17
33%
6-11
3%
Below 6
0
30-36
1%
24-29
17%
18-23
44%
12-17
38%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
1%
24-29
14%
18-23
56%
12-17
29%
6-11
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $55
Common application accepted no
Application deadline November 30
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Selective

58%

acceptance rate

Accepted 10,311
Declined + 7,337
Total Received 17,648

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Standardized test scores

Considered

Geographical residence
Particular talent/ability
State residency

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Minority affiliation
Recommendations
Religious affiliation/commitment
Secondary school record
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Carol McAllister
Director of Admissions & Recruitment
P: 760 750-4848
F: 760 750-3248
apply@csusm.edu

Financial Aid

42%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$11,052

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $5,742
Room & board $13,000
Additional fees $1,906
Books & supplies $2,000
Total $22,648
Average Financial Aid - $11,052
Total with Avg. Aid $11,596
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 760 750-4850
F: 760 750-3047
finaid@csusm.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Julie Lindenmeier
Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
jlindenmeier@csusm.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
cross-country
golf
soccer
softball
track and field (outdoor)

Club Sports - Men's

baseball, lacrosse, soccer, surfing, swimming, wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

dance, lacrosse, soccer, surfing, swimming, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

basketball, disc golf, flag football, futsal, speed soccer, volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Jennifer Milo (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Division II)
Mascot
Cougars
School colors
blue and white

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Anthropology
Bilingual Education
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Communication
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Economics
Education
Elementary Education/Multiple Subject
Ethnic Studies
Finance
Global Business Management
Global Studies
Global Supply Chain Management
History
Human Development
Humanities
Individual Major
Kinesiology
L.V.N. to B.S.N.
Liberal Studies
Literature/Writing
Literature/Writing Studies
Management
Management of Information Systems
Marketing
Mathematics
Middle School Education
Nursing
Nursing/Basic B.S.N.
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
R.N. to B.S.N.
Secondary Education/Single Subject
Social Sciences
Sociological Practice
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Visual/Performing Arts
Women's Studies
World Languages
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Business Administration
  3. Psychology

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Pre-professional Programs

  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

14,504

total students

NA%

in-state

NA%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

96%

13,962
students

Female
61%
8,522

Male
39%
5,440

4%

542
students

Female
65%
355

Male
35%
187

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

81%

11,400
students

Female
63%
7,073

Male
37%
4,327

19%

2,562
students

Female
57%
1,449

Male
43%
1,113

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Student Break-down

5%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
47%
Hispanic/Latino
26%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

50%

Transfer applicants accepted

45%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Not Required/Recommended
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Not Required/Recommended
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: November 30

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health service
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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