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California State University San Marcos, founded in 1989, is a public university. Its 302-acre campus is located in San Marcos.

Website: www.csusm.edu/

Public
Co-ed
13,962
Undergraduate
Students
(61.0%) 8,522 Women
(39.0%) 5,440 Men
542
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
58% of 17,648 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
 

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.38
SAT Math
500-605 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
460-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
17-22 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $35,176
Out-of-state: $44,680
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,454
Out-of-state: $22,958
Room and Board
$16,180
Average Percent of Need Met
57%
Average Freshman Award
$11,111
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$24,304
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
290
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 4% of classes
10-19 students: 11% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 31% of classes
40-49 students: 22% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes
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Campus Life

San Marcos Population
86,752
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Diego
Freshman Housing Guarantee
 
Students in College Housing
80% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cougars
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.7% Asian
3.1% Black/African-American
49.2% Hispanic/Latino
5.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
27.5% White
4.4% Unknown
International Students
4.8%
First-Year Students Returning
76.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
15.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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