Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
1,147
Tuition
$26,650
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 563 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is friendly and I have met some very interesting people. Dress is often Southern California standard shorts and T-shirts. If one wishes to date one should be willing to initiate. You never feel uncomfortable on campus. People are genuine and focused on what they need to do to achieve their goals.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurant Row which has endless options is located less than 3 miles from campus. Cost is average, but food is good

4 College Senior

Facilities: It is a commuter campus so you determine the amount you are involved in school, yet everyday there is an event occurring as long as you keep you eyes open to the posters.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Churchill's is an excellent Irish pub less than 5 miles from campus with pool tables, darts, fire pits, decent drinks, and large portioned meals. Players is a sports bar right across the street from campus. Both offer nice relaxing areas to chat and drink with friends. If one wants a dance scene though one needs to go to downtown San Diego

3 College Senior

Athletics: The school gym is small, yet sufficient. There is no football team. The other sports have good reviews from participants, yet practices often are in morning when one needs to be attending upper division classes. The spirit and availability of sports could be better, yet I find it sufficient.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: The people running the financial aid department seem unwilling to help answer simple questions or sit down to assist a student in finding proper aid. They have limited hours and are under staffed due to the fact you are almost always guaranteed to stand in line for at least 20 minutes. One needs to do one's own research on aid options and only visit campus financial aid office to submit forms.

College Senior

Greek Life: I made no attempt to join Greek life so I could not properly rate it, yet posters around campus made it clear they frequently hosted events that included all campus members. They clearly offered a friendly recruiting system and those who wanted in easily joined. Having only second hand experience I feel as if I cannot properly rate Greek life.

5 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus provides what seems to be a perfect amount of support.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: San Marcos is located minutes from San Diego where one can experience a lively night scene. San Marcos is a quiet area with some nice pubs and eateries. There are many friendly people and with a short drive you can find most attractions.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a shopping center across the street for picky eaters, yet on campus there is a Starbucks, sandwich place, pizza place, salad place, and soup place that are decently priced.

3 College Senior

Majors: My educational internships with campus were decent, yet could be improved. The school provides the placements which is positive in the sense that it requires nearly no additional work on the student's end, yet it also means you cannot easily object to placements. Mentors range from extremely supportive to outdated and unhelpful. When in a negative mentor ship there is nearly nothing a student can do to change the placements. Placements can add as much as an additional 45 minutes to a traditional commute. There is no pay for the internship itself, but paid substituting positions can easily be picked up in most districts outside of direct student teaching time. The structure and goals of the program could have been more structured to allow for more positive results, yet overall it is a decent teaching program.

3 College Senior

Majors: The reason this program receives an "okay" rating is due to the ease of getting into the program. Classes only begin in Fall and one must first complete 9 undergraduate units before attending the program. The GPA requirement is fairly low (2.7) and the interview panel is extremely simple. A candidate is given time to review questions before the panel interview. As long as one submits every paperwork requirement before the deadlines and offers a positive attitude one can practically be guaranteed admission.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: CSUSM is a relatively small campus allowing for sufficient security. The on campus police station is open late with friendly staff. I have never known anyone to have trouble with theft on campus during my three years of schooling. There are on campus police clearly patrolling campus, there are emergency help stations every few feet it seems which offers a sense of security, even at midnight the campus is extremely well lit especially in the parking garage area, if you take the Sprinter (a public transit coaster) there is a bus that runs from the station to campus every ten to twenty minutes, if one chooses to walk from transit to campus it is again well lit with several help stations along the path, the campus is located in a safe area therefore offering a sense of security, and finally the women's center allows for awareness walks and provides support services to enforce the campus attitude that sexual assaults should never be tolerated. Overall CSUSM provides an extremely safe environment.

4 College Senior

Majors: The people were very helpful with everything and helped me with decisions I had to make.

5 College Senior

Majors: The program is hard, but there are lots of people to help with everything.

4 College Senior

Facilities: It is a great place to be at and the facilities are nice.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The people are great to work with and make the experience wonderful.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are lots of great people.

College Senior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at the school.

Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I'm an online only student so I can't comment on this.

Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I'm an online only students so I can't comment on this.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Very easy to enroll, class schedule is the same for all students which also makes it very easy.

5 College Junior

Academics: The school will assign you a counselor based on your needs (i.e. incoming freshmen, transfer student, adult student re-entering the education world, etc.) and that counselor will stick with you even after your immediate need for them is gone. The feeling you get from the faculty and professors on this class is that they all want you to succeed. Registration was easy and the workload was challenging. But with the quality of the education it is to be expected.

4 College Junior

Academics: Workload is rigorous but that is to be expected with such a highly revered school.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have never had an internship.

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