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?
- 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
|Best Colleges for Veterans||205|
|Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students||249|
|Best Colleges for International Students||601|
|Best Colleges for the Money||1,029|
|Best Colleges for Diversity||1,050|
Where Is California State University - San Marcos?
Contact details for Cal State San Marcos are given below.
|Address:||333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001|
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
|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?
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.
Can I Afford California State University - San Marcos?
Net Price by Income Group for Cal State San Marcos
|$0-30 K||$30K-48K||$48-75||$75-110K||$110K +|
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
There are also 1,140 graduate students at the school.
Of the 11,634 full-time undergraduates at Cal State San Marcos, 38% are male and 62% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - San Marcos students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||342|
|Hispanic or Latino||5,293|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cal State San Marcos has changed over the last few years.
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|
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|
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.
*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.