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California State University - San Marcos Overview

California State University - San Marcos is a public institution located in San Marcos, California. The suburban atmosphere of San Marcos makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is California State University - San Marcos Known For?

11,634 Full-Time Undergraduates
$12,872 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Cal State San Marcos is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest degree offered at Cal State San Marcos is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 46% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Cal State San Marcos makes roughly $47,300 a year. This is 16% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

California State University - San Marcos Rankings

Cal State San Marcos is ranked #820 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. Out of the 116 colleges in California, it is ranked at #67.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Cal State San Marcos has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Cal State San Marcos

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 205
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 249
Best Colleges for International Students 601
Best Colleges 820
Best Colleges for the Money 1,029
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,050

Where Is California State University - San Marcos?

Location of California State University - San Marcos

Contact details for Cal State San Marcos are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Phone: 760-750-4000
Website: www.csusm.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csusm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/csusmnews

How Do I Get Into Cal State San Marcos?

You can apply to Cal State San Marcos online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Cal State San Marcos

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cal State San Marcos?

57% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 57%, Cal State San Marcos does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 56%, and the acceptance rate for women is 57%.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to Cal State San Marcos submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 470 to 560 )
200
800
Cal State San Marcos received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 16 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 18 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - San Marcos?

$12,872 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cal State San Marcos is $12,872. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cal State San Marcos

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,107 $10,285 $14,272 $17,945 $21,200

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cal State San Marcos, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $5,386 a year. That adds up to $21,544 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal State San Marcos is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - San Marcos Undergraduate Student Diversity

11,634 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,615 undergraduate students at Cal State San Marcos, with 11,634 being full-time and 2,981 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cal State San Marcos

There are also 1,140 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 11,634 full-time undergraduates at Cal State San Marcos, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cal State San Marcos

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - San Marcos students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cal State San Marcos Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,108
Black or African American 342
Hispanic or Latino 5,293
White 2,931
International Students 588
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,372

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - San Marcos. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 56 countries are represented at Cal State San Marcos. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at California State University - San Marcos

490 Took All Classes Online
4,566 Took At Least One Class Online
277.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at Cal State San Marcos. In 2017-2018, 4,566 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cal State San Marcos has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 25th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Cal State San Marcos

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - San Marcos was 277.0%. This is the #211 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cal State San Marcos regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cal State San Marcos majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 2%
Information Technology 33%
Nursing 13%
Social Sciences 8%
Sociology 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cal State San Marcos ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cal State San Marcos.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Education #11
Nursing #31
Education #36
Health Professions #57

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - San Marcos Majors

In 2017-2018, California State University - San Marcos awarded 7,320 undergraduate degrees and 844 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Anthropology 0 24 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 34 0 0
Biotechnology 0 29 13 0
Business Administration & Management 0 472 48 0
Chemistry 0 11 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 229 0 0
Communication Sciences 0 44 35 0
Computer Science 0 125 9 0
Criminology 0 233 0 0
Economics 0 52 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 10 0 0
General Biology 0 140 6 0
General Education 0 0 98 0
General English Literature 0 70 5 0
General Psychology 0 258 7 0
General Social Sciences 0 37 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 77 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 192 6 0
History 0 77 7 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 284 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 6 0
International Studies 0 12 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 135 0 0
Mathematics 0 22 6 0
Music 0 5 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 55 0 0
Nursing 0 636 33 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 4 0 0
Physics 0 25 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 54 0 0
Public Health 0 0 30 0
Romance Languages 0 40 6 0
Social Work 0 0 89 0
Sociology 0 204 11 0
Special Education 0 0 7 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 70 0 0
Total 0 7,320 844 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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