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California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, California

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Overview

Student Population
15,972
California State University San Marcos overview
Location San Marcos, California
Online csusm.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
California State University San Marcos overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in San Marcos, California, California State University San Marcos is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 17,649 prospective students applied, and 10,311 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,474 enrolled in the school.  12,656 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,316 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $1,971. California State University-San Marcos is ranked 694 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

5/10
Overall
4/10
Academics
3/10
Resources
7/10
Outcomes

California State University-San Marcos is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for California State University San Marcos within the 2020 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Admission Standards
Very Easy
California State University San Marcos overview
SAT 960/1140
ACT 17/22
GPA 3.18
Applications Accepted
58.4% 
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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition
$5,742
In State Costs for California State University San Marcos
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,000
Other Fees$1,971
Room and Board $13,000
Budget for Other Expenses$2,612
Total One Year Cost$25,325
Out of State Resident Tuition
$17,622
Out of State Costs for California State University San Marcos
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,000
Other Fees$1,971
Room and Board $13,000
Budget for Other Expenses$2,612
Total One Year Cost$37,205

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$49,100 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
49% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California State University San Marcos students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 22%
Social Sciences 18%
Communication 12%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 9%
Work and Family Studies 7%

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

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