Location
San Marcos, CA
Undergrads
7,802
Tuition (in-state)
$18,110 ($6,452)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 827 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Way better than Palm Springs

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There aren't many major on-campus sports

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I hear some of the parties are good

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They are usually visible but not over-bearing

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not very useful unless you have an extra hour to get somewhere

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: You don't really see them all that much unless you know people.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a liberal arts major, so it was not hard getting in to the program.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The people are quite welcoming and nice

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was very hard to understand the process and get help

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are strict about what is actually important.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school is very clear on their views

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off- campus housing is either the same or more than on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very accepting of all people.

3 College Freshman

Computers: They are fairly slow but eventually get the job done.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of places to go all around campus. You will have everytype of food you want.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Strict isntalways a bad thing. They limit the alcohol ampount thats allowed inside the dorms and will do checks to make sure theres none for the underage. If you dont have a parking permit yyou will be towed.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing is very expensivex but there are plenty of computers tovuse around campus.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Always nice. Southern california weather even in the winter months youll have clear skies and sunshine. Perfect beach days everyday.

4 College Freshman

Academics: We have agreat library to study and a brand new student union with tins of firplaces and comfy seats to study in

3 College Freshman

Majors: Hard to tell while in undergraduate. Seems okay thoughteachers will work with you alot. And are very understanding.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: We have the sprinter for commuters but this is a small school so use of a bike ir even walking are all you really need.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is really friendly. Especially in the campus recreation area. There are alot if activities to meet new people.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Unlike any other college , kids here drink. But there are deffinately a . Ton of others things to do if thats not your thing

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is constantly great weather and a transportation to take you to the beach.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: After the Student Union was finished the campus somewhat came alive. It also increased the food options and the prices aren't so bad.

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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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