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California State University-San Marcos Admission Requirements

San Marcos, California

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Chances of getting into California State University San Marcos

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
79%
Admission Difficulty for California State University San Marcos
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into California State University-San Marcos and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at California State University-San Marcos is 79%.  It ranks #71 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. California State University San Marcos is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 12,241 out of 15,413 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 69 percent (SAT 950/1130 ACT 17/22). California State University San Marcos typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.4. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. California State University San Marcos is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

California State University-San Marcos SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
950-1130
Applicants Submitting SAT 
94%
SAT Scores for California State University San Marcos
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 480
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 950
SAT Scores for California State University San Marcos
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1130
Average SAT Score 1040

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 69 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 950 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 860. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1040 out of 1600. California State University-San Marcos ranks #52 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 94 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University San Marcos admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1130 and Above Good >88%
1040 to 1130 Avg + 79%-88%
950 to 1040 Avg - 66%-79%
860 to 950 Reach 51%-66%
Less than 860 Low <51%
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California State University-San Marcos ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
17-22 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
28%
ACT Scores for California State University San Marcos
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for California State University San Marcos
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 22
ACT Math 75th 22
ACT Composite 75th 22
Average ACT Score 19

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 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 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 22 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #61 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 28 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University San Marcos.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University San Marcos admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
22 and Above Good >89%
19 to 22 Avg + 79%-89%
17 to 19 Avg - 69%-79%
15 to 17 Reach 57%-69%
Less than 15 Low <57%
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California State University-San Marcos GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.4
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into California State University San Marcos?

Applicants require above 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 3.4 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #62 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.4 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as California State University-San Marcos accepts 79% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted California State University San Marcos students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 8.2% Good
3.75 to 3.99 13.2% Good
3.50 to 3.74 20.9% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 21.1% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 21.6% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.2% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.8% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

California State University San Marcos admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,744 5,669 15,413
Accepted 7,930 4,311 12,241
Acceptance Rate 81% 76% 79%
Enrolled 1,450 805 2,255
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to California State University San Marcos is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California State University San Marcos and what student information is used for admission decisions?

California State University San Marcos Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
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

High School Credits Accepted at California State University San Marcos
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.

FAQs

Does California State University San Marcos prefer SAT or ACT?

94% of students submit their SAT scores to California State University-San Marcos. 28% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California State University San Marcos?

79% of those who apply are granted admission to California State University-San Marcos. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University San Marcos?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 950 and 1130. 94% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California State University San Marcos?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 22. 28% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.