U.S. News Rankings
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California State University--San Marcos is a public institution that was founded in 1989. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,482, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 304 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--San Marcos's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 81. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,596 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,461 (2012-13).
|School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):|
California State University San Marcos focuses on the student as an active participant in the learning process. Students work closely with a faculty of active scholars and artists, whose commitment to sustained excellence in teaching, research, and community partnership enhances student learning. The University offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs distinguished by exemplary teaching, innovative curricula, and the application of new technologies. Cal State San Marcos provides a range of services that respond to the needs of a student body with diverse backgrounds, expanding student access to an excellent and affordable education. As a public university, Cal State San Marcos grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of our region and state.
|School type||public, coed college|
Interested in applying to California State University--San Marcos? Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at California State University--San Marcos is $55. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||58.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 1|
The student-faculty ratio at California State University--San Marcos is 24:1, and the school has 18.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.0 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||23|
|Five most popular majors for 2011 graduates|
California State University--San Marcos has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,482, with a gender distribution of 39.7 percent male students and 60.3 percent female students. California State University--San Marcos is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
|Student gender distribution|
|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
California State University--San Marcos offers a number of student services including women's center, placement service, day care, and health service. California State University--San Marcos also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California State University--San Marcos.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||No|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
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|In-state tuition and fees||$6,596 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$15,461 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$7,980 (2012-13)|
|Financial aid statistics||N/A|
* Overview details based on 2011 data