California State University-San Marcos Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into California State University San Marcos
|Admission Standards||Very Easy|
How hard is it to get into California State University-San Marcos and can I get accepted? The school has a 57% acceptance rate ranking it #52 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 9,374 out of 16,514 applicants were admitted making California State University-San Marcos a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 58 percent. California State University San Marcos typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students. Only 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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California State University-San Marcos SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT91%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||520|
|SAT Math 25th||510|
|SAT Composite 25th||1030|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||620|
|SAT Math 75th||580|
|SAT Composite 75th||1200|
|Average SAT Score||1120|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University San Marcos?
California State University San Marcos typically requires applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. The school ranks #60 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 91 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1200 and Above||Good||>69%|
|1115 to 1200||Avg +||57%-69%|
|1030 to 1115||Avg -||44%-57%|
|945 to 1030||Reach||31%-44%|
|Less than 945||Low||<31%|
California State University-San Marcos ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT29%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||16|
|ACT Math 25th||17|
|ACT Composite 25th||18|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||23|
|ACT Math 75th||23|
|ACT Composite 75th||23|
|Average ACT Score||20|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into California State University-San Marcos?
Admission data indicates that California State University-San Marcos regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. 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. The school ranks #62 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University San Marcos.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|23 and Above||Good||>71%|
|20 to 23||Avg +||57%-71%|
|18 to 20||Avg -||46%-57%|
|16 to 18||Reach||36%-46%|
|Less than 16||Low||<36%|
Avg. High School GPA3.18
Typical High School GradesB
You will need about average high school grades to get into California State University San Marcos. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University San Marcos was 3.18 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #76 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as California State University-San Marcos accepts 57% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||12%||Good|
|3.25 to 3.50||20%||Good|
|3.00 to 3.25||30%||Avg +|
|2.75 to 3.00||29%||Avg -|
|2.50 to 2.75||2%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||27%||26%||27%|
Applications were DueNov 30, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 30, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to California State University San Marcos and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
Frequently Asked Questions
91% of students submit their SAT scores to California State University-San Marcos. 29% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
57% of those who apply are granted admission to California State University-San Marcos. Admission competition is low and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1200. 91% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.