California State University – San Marcos: Ranking & Review

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San Marcos Rank United States Rank World Rank
2 486 1661
Top 10%

California State University - San Marcos Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Acceptance Rate57%56%57%
Enrolled undergraduates2,4999261,573
Enrolled total (including graduate students)15,7555,7949,961

4,405 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

1,000 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $55. Application fee for graduates - $55.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Neither required nor recommended

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores2,282
Percent of students submitting SAT scores91%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores727
Percent of students submitting ACT scores29%
ACT Composite
ACT English
ACT Math

California State University - San Marcos Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $25,316 $37,196
Off-campus $25,814 $37,694
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $10,000 and other expenses per full academic year.

California State University - San Marcos provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 1,516 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $5,742 $17,622
Fees for full-time undergraduates $1,911 $1,911
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $396
Tuition for Full-time graduates $7,176 $16,680
Fees for full-time graduates $1,911 $1,911
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $396

Programs and Degrees

Social Sciences 527 16 543
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 460 46 506
Health Professions and Related Programs 365 54 419
Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Sciences 304 304
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 250 31 281
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 241 241
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 227 227
Psychology 200 10 210
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 116 16 132
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 125 125
Visual and Performing Arts 80 80
History 76 4 80
English Language and Literature & Letters 72 8 80
Education 15 60 75
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 58 58
Physical Sciences 35 35
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 29 6 35
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 29 29
Mathematics and Statistics 24 2 26
Natural Resources and Conservation 17 17
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 4 4
Grand Total3,1963113,507

A total of 3,196 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at California State University - San Marcos.

At the master's level 311 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

Graduation rate53%47%57%
  • Full-time retention rate - 79%
  • Part-time retention rate - 59%

General info

Alternative namesCSUSM
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Colorsblue, white
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff1,301
Instructional FTE531
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs

Location and Contacts

Address333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, California, 92096-0001
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Large
City population50,000 - 250,000

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