California State University--San Marcos

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333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Phone: (760) 750-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#70 Overall Score: 30 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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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 9,928, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 70. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,064 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,824 (2013-14).

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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1989
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


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 61.9 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.9%
Application deadline N/A
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--San Marcos is 25:1, and the school has 23.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 25:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

California State University--San Marcos has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,928, with a gender distribution of 39.6 percent male students and 60.4 percent female students. California State University--San Marcos is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,363
Student gender distribution
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

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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

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In-state tuition and fees $7,064 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,824 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,980 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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