California State University - San Marcos

1,428 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
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  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

California State University - San Marcos Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

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
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.65 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.64 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 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 26 responses
Report
  • Balances work and school and family.
    54%
  • Most people need to multitask to pay for school.
    15%
  • College broke
    12%
  • Busy stressed hard working
    8%
  • Living at home with parents who pay for everything
    4%
  • Part-time job with car, apartment, and bills
    4%
  • Scholar
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
40%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.82 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Great atmosphere, you'll love the stairs.
    29%
  • Great school
    24%
  • Quiet
    18%
  • Commuter school
    15%
  • Great school. It is growing
    6%
  • No perks
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%

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%
71%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses

Reviews

1,428 reviews
  • Excellent
    200
  • Very Good
    523
  • Average
    557
  • Poor
    83
  • Terrible
    31
I am in my first year here at CSU San Marcos, and so far I find the school to be amazing. I live on campus and the dorms are very clean and cozy. I really like the size of the school because it's not too big to the point where you can get lost, but it's not too small either. The location of the school I think is okay because the school is only a few minutes away from San Diego, so if there isn't much to do in San Marcos you can always use the Sprinter station that's right next to the school to get around to San Diego or visit some beaches. I haven't had any bad experiences with this school so far, but I'm really satisfied with it.
  • Freshman
  • 1 day ago
The school is standard, you get what you signed up for.
  • College Freshman
  • 4 days ago
The school is really great so far because there are so many valuable resources available to students. There is a lot of labs that are there to help with math, English, or a language class. Overall the teachers are committed and know the material.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 days ago