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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 17,349 prospective students applied, and 10,699 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,245 enrolled in the school.  12,656 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,316 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $1,975. California State University-San Marcos is ranked 715 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

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

California State University-San Marcos is rated within the lower 44% 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 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Extremely Easy
California State University San Marcos overview
SAT 950/1140
ACT 17/22
GPA 3.18
Applications Accepted
61.7% 
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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $70

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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$1,975
Room and Board $13,000
Budget for Other Expenses$3,208
Total One Year Cost$25,925
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$1,975
Room and Board $13,000
Budget for Other Expenses$3,208
Total One Year Cost$37,805

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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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