California State University - San Marcos

1,411 reviews
  1. San Marcos, CA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
California State University - San Marcos is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Association of Independent Institutions
Address
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
SAT Range
860-1050
ACT Range
17-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
Data not available

Cost

Net Price
$7,725/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,509/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,269/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,382/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,935/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,461/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.111 responses
31%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.109 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.108 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,666Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • Balances work and school and family.
    41%
  • Most people need to multitask to pay for school.
    22%
  • Commuter who needs to balance work, school, family
    9%
  • Part-time job with car, apartment, and bills
    9%
  • College broke
    6%
  • Busy stressed hard working
    5%
  • Living at home with parents who pay for everything
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.118 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.154 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 86 responses
Report
  • Great atmosphere, you'll love the stairs.
    34%
  • Commuter school
    19%
  • Great school
    16%
  • Great school. It is growing
    13%
  • Quiet
    8%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • No perks
    5%

After California State University - San Marcos

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.89 responses

Reviews

1,411 reviews
  • Excellent
    209
  • Very Good
    528
  • Average
    560
  • Poor
    83
  • Terrible
    31
I love CSUSM. It is a great school. I love how clean it is. The classrooms, the dining hall and the library are all up to standard. They have a great library. It feels safe to be on campus. Great professors. One thing I would really like to see change is add more parking spaces and lower prices for parking permits. Its ridiculous. Almost $700 for two semesters! I hated that.

Party life is eh. If you really want to party than you have to look for it. They have a bar across the street called players. Thats where most kids go to grab a drink. Its pretty cool.

The beach isnt that far either. CSUSM has a great surf club. Alot of surfers.
  • Sophomore
  • 17 days ago
San Marcos is an amazing school. The professors want you to do good and motivate you. There are a lot of stairs, hence the nickname "csu stair master" but it is great exercise that is hard to get in between all of the classes and studying! The professors encourage you to go to their office hours and there are excessive learning centers to get help. Dorms, though, are way too expensive. It's better to rent off campus.
  • Freshman
  • 5 days ago
The professors at this campus are amazing! They truly care about students' success and are completely willing to help any way they can. It is easy to see that each professor is truly passionate about the subject he or she teaches, which makes class way more enjoyable. There is a wide variety of courses offered at this school, which makes learning far more interesting. The class sizes are not too small, but not nearly too big. I believe the biggest lecture room San Marcos has seats about 300. The typical class size is approximately 30, so nothing too crazy.
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 11 2016