California State University San Marcos

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School Overview

California State University San Marcos is a California state university located near San Diego in San Marcos. It was the 20th university to become part of the California State University System. Students began attending classes at Cal State San Marcos in 1990.

General Information

Admission Office

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

(760) 750-4848



Contact: Nathan Evans

Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Main Address

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

(760) 750-4000

www.csusm.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 8,112

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,574

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,064

Graduate enrollment: 564

Setting

Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information


Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 70%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,374 $3,638 $4,650 $5,044 +8.47%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,565 $1,639 $1,700 +3.72%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,090 $9,486 $10,035 $10,494 +4.57%
Other $3,690 $3,935 $4,070 $4,160 +2.21%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,090 $9,486 $10,035 $10,494 +4.57%
Other $3,690 $3,935 $4,070 $4,160 +2.21%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,540 $18,624 $20,394 $21,398 +4.92%
In-state Off Campus $17,540 $18,624 $20,394 $21,398 +4.92%
In-state with Family $4,760 $5,203 $6,289 $6,744 +7.23%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 714 55%
Grant or scholarship aid 564 43% $3,071,990 $5,447
• Federal grants 288 22% $1,261,259 $4,379
• Pell grants 288 22% $1,030,886 $3,579
• Other federal grants 256 20% $230,373 $900
State and local government grant or scholarships 329 25% $791,683 $2,406
Institutional scholarships or grants 338 26% $1,019,048 $3,015
Student loan financial aid 433 33% $2,167,823 $5,007
• Federal student loans 427 33% $1,880,994 $4,405
• Other student loans 27 2% $286,829 $10,623

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1845 151
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 16
Women’s Studies 16
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 46 6
Biochemistry 3
Biology/biological Sciences, General 43 6
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 344 20
Business Administration and Management, General 344 20
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 184
Mass Communication/media Studies 21
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 163
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 29 5
Computer Science 29 5
Education 70
Education, General 70
English Language and Literature/letters 77 15
English Language and Literature, General 77 15
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 18 8
Spanish Language and Literature 18 8
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 163
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 163
History 78 4
History, General 78 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 188
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 188
Mathematics and Statistics 13 4
Mathematics, General 13 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 87
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 25
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 62
Physical Sciences 13
Chemistry, General 8
Physics, Other 5
Psychology 136 8
Psychology, General 136 8
Social Sciences 283 11
Anthropology 8
Criminology 80
Economics, General 23
Political Science and Government, General 38
Social Sciences, General 31
Sociology 103 11
Visual and Performing Arts 38
Visual and Performing Arts, General 38
Work and Family Studies 127
Human Development and Family Studies, General 127
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biotechnology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Physical Sciences

Applied Physics B
Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California State University-San Marcos Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(760) 750-4000
Website:www.csusm.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Setting:21
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:13,144
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):48%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:10,320 (79% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,383
Out-of-state Tuition:$18,543
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:77%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,617

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

California State University-San Marcos Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California State University-San Marcos.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences32
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Education11
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics11
Health Professions and Related Programs12
History11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Physical Sciences2
Psychology11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences71
Visual and Performing Arts2
Grand total3314

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at California State University-San Marcos.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California State University-San Marcos and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$7,383
Out-of-state$18,543
Books and supplies$1,764

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$8,649
Out-of-state$17,577

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,63377%
Grant or scholarship aid1,47670%$8,617
Student loan aid77637%$5,496

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid7,79264%$8,052
Federal student loans4,61438%$6,271

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California State University-San Marcos. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California State University-San Marcos students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants15,3665,7759,591
Percent admitted100%49%54%
Percent admitted who enrolled14%13%14%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California State University-San Marcos Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment13,144
Undergraduate enrollment12,567
Graduate enrollment577

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California State University-San Marcos Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

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