California State University-San Marcos Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into California State University-San Marcos? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 7,413 out of 13,718 applicants or 54% were admitted making California State University-San Marcos a moderately competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 8,460 5,258 13,718
Accepted 4,663 2,750 7,413
Acceptance Rate 55% 52% 54%
Enrolled 1,376 826 2,202
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 30% 30%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University San Marcos and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that California State University-San Marcos regularly accepts students with ACTs of 18 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. 31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University San Marcos.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 830. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1030 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 930 1130
SAT Reading 460 570
SAT Math 470 560
ACT Composite 18 23
ACT English 17 23
ACT Math 17 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

 What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >69%
20 to 23 Avg + 54%-69%
18 to 20 Avg - 43%-54%
16 to 18 Reach 33%-43%
Less than 16 Low <33%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1130 and Above Good >67%
1030 to 1130 Avg + 54%-67%
930 to 1030 Avg - 41%-54%
830 to 930 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 830 Low <29%

Estimated GPA Requirements

California State University San Marcos has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California State University San Marcos and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=366711 IPEDS survey data for California State University San Marcos.