Location
San Marcos, CA
Undergrads
7,802
Tuition (in-state)
$18,110 ($6,452)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 927 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Lots of places to study!

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Always last minute with the FA office.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Met some of my best friends here!

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: One of the safest campuses. Never had an issue.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Excellent opportunities to get to know professors.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: STEM Center for science majors is essential.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Not overbearing. Still able to have fun!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Healthier places in Carlsbad & Encinitas.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Can be fun. Try it out freshman year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Best option... get town home with friends.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Bio major. BEST Professors, small class sizes.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Dry campus. But off-campus is great! Carlsbad & Encinitas have great bars. Thurs-Sat nights party buses leave from across campus to downtown SD or PB... super cheap & safe!

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: It's nice having access to a gym (included in tuition) but it is rarely utilized by non-student athletes.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I've met a lot of different people with different backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They take safeness very seriously.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Have not yet attend a class, first year student.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Heard that there are opportunities for internships.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Never been to a bar or club.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Has good restaurants to eat in.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is getting better each year.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many guys and girls are very friendly.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Will not choose off-campus housing.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have not received any financial aid whatsoever.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are close to the school.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Will not be part of Greek life.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Katrina Kistler
Hometown
El Segundo
Major
Literature and Writing
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The CSUSM experience is generally a positive one for most students, despite a few minor issues now and again. The parking on campus is a huge deterrent for many students, who often grow easily frustrated with the process. Plus, the price of the parking pass alone is unfair and highly priced.

Another issue students often face is trying to get an academic advising appointment, a process which is often difficult and a hassle. Because of this, some students try to figure out for themselves what classes are needed and when to take them, when ultimately they need some guidance. Also, the food on campus is not that great. In order to have a good meal, most students have to drive off campus, which is a pain. Finally, another issue is the printing or copying on campus, which is too overpriced. On a positive note, once a week, vendors come on campus sometimes to give away free food or gear.

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