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California State University-San Marcos Demographics & Diversity

San Marcos, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at California State University-San Marcos are predominantly Hispanic with a significant White population. The school has very high racial diversity. 70% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

California State University San Marcos has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is eligible for federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve Hispanic Americans.

Racial demographics of California State University San Marcos students
Race Percent of Students
White 30%
Black 3%
Hispanic 42%
Asian 10%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6%
International 2%
Race Unknown 5%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity
Medium

There are 63% more female students than male students enrolled at California State University San Marcos with a gender ratio of 62% women to 38% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, California State University-San Marcos has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for California State University San Marcos students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 38%
Women 62%
Enrollment by gender for California State University San Marcos students
Gender Number of Students
Men 6,222
Women 10,145

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

California State University-San Marcos serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 98 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for California State University San Marcos students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 98%
Out of State 1%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$72,827 per year

51% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Enrollment
16,367
Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 17.9%
Part time Undergrads 16%

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