California State University, San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

California State University, San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

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Tuition & Fees

$13,454

$22,958

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
0
600-699
16%
500-599
50%
400-499
31%
300-399
1%
700-800
1%
600-699
13%
500-599
51%
400-499
31%
300-399
2%
200-299
0
30-36
1%
24-29
12%
18-23
51%
12-17
34%
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undergraduateRatios

40%

male

60%

female

25.85

students

1

faculty

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Moderately Selective

61%

acceptance rate

Accepted 10,696
Declined 6,647
Total Received 17,343
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Public

13,879

undergraduate students

640

graduate students

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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.

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Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 14,519
Established in 1990
Coeducational Coeducational

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

  • Campus Setting: Suburbs
  • Metropolitan area: San Diego
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: San Diego International Airport

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

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
80%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Disabled student housing
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
0
600-699
16%
500-599
50%
400-499
31%
300-399
1%
700-800
1%
600-699
13%
500-599
51%
400-499
31%
300-399
2%
200-299
0
30-36
1%
24-29
12%
18-23
51%
12-17
34%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $70
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.37

Moderately Selective

61%

acceptance rate

Accepted 10,696
Declined 6,647
Total Received 17,343

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
standardized test scores

Considered

alumni/ae relation
character/personal qualities
geographical residence
state residency
talent/ability

Not Considered

extracurricular activities
level of applicant's interest
application essay
first generation
interview
racial/ethnic status
class rank
recommendation(s)
religious affiliation/commitment
rigor of secondary school record
volunteer work
work experience

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language yes
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Financial Facts

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Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track and field
Volleyball

Club Sports - Men's

baseball, lacrosse, soccer, surfing, swimming, wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

dance, lacrosse, soccer, surfing, swimming, volleyball

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
American Indian/Native American Studies
Anthropology
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, General
Biochemistry
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biotechnology
Business Administration and Management, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Communication, General
Computer Science
Criminology
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Ecology
Economics, General
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Finance, General
General Literature
General Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
History, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs
International/Global Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music, General
Physics, Other
Physiology, General
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Social Sciences, General
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Women's Studies
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees
  • Army ROTC
  • Navy ROTC
  • Air force ROTC

14,519

total students

95.9%

in-state

4.1%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

96%

13,879
students

Female
60%
8,375

Male
40%
5,504

4%

640
students

Female
62%
399

Male
38%
241

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

82%

11,445
students

Female
62%
7,046

Male
38%
4,399

18%

2,434
students

Female
55%
1,329

Male
45%
1,105

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 79%
Student 4 year graduation rate 15%
Student 5 year graduation rate 28%
Student 6 year graduation rate 10%

Student Break-down

4%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
48%
Hispanic/Latino
26%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

1,888

Transfer students enrolled

13%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment no
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests yes
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions no
Accepts DSST/DANTES yes
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: November 30

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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 Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

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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