California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

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
13,316
Undergraduate
Students
(60.9%) 8,113 Women
(39.1%) 5,203 Men
571
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
77% of 14,129 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
November 30

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.26
SAT Math
440-530 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
430-520 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
18-23 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $31,485
Out-of-state: $40,413
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,390
Out-of-state: $22,318
Room and Board
$13,227
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Freshman Award
$10,484
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,734
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
289
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
10.0% Asian
3.2% Black/African-American
47.3% Hispanic/Latino
5.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
27.8% White
5.4% Unknown
International Students
5.0%
First-Year Students Returning
78.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
13.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 2 4
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies    
History 2  
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
City, State, Zip
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Phone
(760) 750-4848
Fax
(760) 750-4030
E-mail
apply@csusm.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
 

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
77% of 14,129 applicants were admitted
Women
76% of 8,913 applicants were admitted
Men
79% of 5,216 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
4,273 (39%) of 10,864 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,592 (38%) of 6,765 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,681 (41%) of 4,099 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.26
3.75 and Above
16%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
19%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
440-530 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
7%
Score of 500 - 600
37%
Score of 400 - 500
45%
Score of 300 - 400
10%
Score of 200 - 300
2%
SAT EBRW
430-520 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
0%
Score of 600 - 700
6%
Score of 500 - 600
30%
Score of 400 - 500
50%
Score of 300 - 400
13%
Score of 200 - 300
1%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
18-23 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
1%
Score of 24 - 29
17%
Score of 18 - 23
57%
Score of 12 - 17
25%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $31,485
Out-of-state: $40,413
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $13,390
Out-of-state: $22,318
Room and Board
$13,227
Books and Supplies
$1,854
Other Expenses
$3,014
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 2
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 2
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 030113
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,830 (88.9%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,457 (79.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,343 (92.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
53 (3.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
62%
Average Award
$10,484
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,250 (93.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,260
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 649 (48.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,737
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 22 (1.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2 (.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,813

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
8,394 (80.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
7,314 (87.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
7,070 (96.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
202 (2.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
43%
Average Award
$10,594
Need-Based Gift
Received by 6,528 (92.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,875
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 3,735 (52.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,566
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 63 (.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
9 (.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,515

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
55%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,734
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Mathematics
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Local/State Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • History, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Not reported
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
289
Part-Time Faculty
576
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
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
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
568,464
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science, Master of Arts

Master's Programs of Study

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • English
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Health Education
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychology--General
  • Reading Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Education

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Reading Education
  • Special Education

Location and Setting


San Marcos Population
86,752
Nearest Metropolitan Area
San Diego
Campus Size
304 acres

Weather

Temperature
48.8 average low in January, 77.1 average high in September
Rain
42 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Escondido
Nearest Train Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Oceanside

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
80% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
 
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Not available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Cougars
School Colors
Navy and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Golf x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Track And Field x   x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Track And Field x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Track And Field x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
13,316
Women
8,113 (60.9%)
Men
5,203 (39.1%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
11,079
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
10.0% Asian
3.2% Black/African-American
47.3% Hispanic/Latino
5.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
27.8% White
5.4% Unknown
International Students.
5.0%
Average Age
22
All Graduate Students
571

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
78.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
13.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
41.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
52.8%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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