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Reviews 1197 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Feels safe there is law enforcement present.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are a variety of classes; however it is difficult at times to get into classes. Professor really do help.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are a lot of recruiters for internships and opportunities.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I don't live on the dorms but there are campus events mainly sociological.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: They have connections to internships.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Basketball team is going to NCAA Division I.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love the weather. Friendly people and well trained advisers.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are important for students because it gets them involved with the school, and it gives them a chance to experience a fun event and meet other students. Currently our school is building a new facility for our basketball and volleyball teams.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great atmosphere! There is a lot of friendly students and helpful professors that are passionate about what they are doing.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This school is rated the number 1 safest in California, mainly because students have the option of calling police escorts to take them places such as to the dorms, store, etc when they feel unsafe or uncomfortable to do so on their own.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I will advise that incoming students and even currently enrolled students use because it definitely has helped me and others get the jist of what to expect about the professors and sometimes what the professors expect from students. 3/4 of the professors I had my first semester were very nice, helpful, and enthusiastic about the subject they taught. However 1/4 graded harder and expected much more from myself and my fellow students. Keep in mind that not every professor is nice, patient, and a fair grader but know that they do exist.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are numerous sources that students could utilize to better research their career prospect as well as other options such as the Career Center.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I feel as though the dorms are overpriced considering how often the amenities are dysfunctional at times. For example, within the same month the sink faucet in the kitchen broke and could be lifted from the counter. A week after that, the microwave broke. Not to mention that it was dysfunctional at the time of move in. The microwave has not been replaced for two months, however repair men lent my roommates and I a temporary one. The RAs could do a better job at controlling aspects such as noise especially during late week nights and early (2am) week mornings. The social atmosphere is nice, there are a lot of events held each month so I am able to see and meet new people pretty much every week. The housing process can be frustrating because the Support Staff tend to be impatient at times when it comes to helping people resolve their issues, some are nice but there could be more nice staff. It's okay in convenience when it comes to walking distance to school however if I'm running late I'm not going to reach campus as fast as I would if I lived in the cheaper dorms that are literally less than five minutes away from the school. On the good side, below the dorms are a few eating establishments as well as an art center where students can volunteer at.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere is very friendly. There are tons of students and faculty that push to get the student body involved in activities such as clubs, job fairs, celebrations such as Dia De Los Muertos, etc. There are numerous clubs and facilities for students to hang out in whether it's for club meetings, study sessions, or relaxing. These clubs and facilities are very diverse so that most students, if not all have a place where they feel welcomed and comfortable. The only downside is the stairs, there are countless stairs no matter where your class is there's going to be a truckload of stairs. However, there are elevators but many students choose to take the stairs route as it is most likely their only means of exercise for the day, including myself. So, if you have a day where you don't feel like going to the gym or even working out at home, the stairs are great to get your daily work out activity out of the way.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: They make you take a sexual harassment course prior to attending. very educational

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not involved in greek life so I cannot comment

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great experience so far. Atmosphere is great, professors care

4 College Junior

Athletics: They are building a new gymnasium and it is going to be great

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: San Marcos does a great job of making its students feel safe. Areas are well lit and the university police are constantly patrolling the entire campus. Emergency posts are scattered across campus, which is nice. I have never once felt unsafe while on campus or the surrounding areas. Since San Marcos is further inland and more suburban, the typical big city crime is not easily found here. It is far more mellow and controlled.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: 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.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you are willing to research and look around a little, student careers are offered in a variety of ways. The teaching program is wonderful and allows students a hands on way to both earn a degree and gain prospective job knowledge and connections. Although this isn't an envied school, San Marcos is wonderful at preparing its students for life in the real world and guiding them towards new job opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing location is extremely close to campus, but because this is primarily a commuter school, it is not completely necessary. Many of the people that do live on campus are partiers, which can get a little irritating during midterms and finals. San Marcos does not have the typical dorm rooms, either. Instead, the apartment style living is really convenient, it makes dorm life feel more like a home. Having your own kitchen and bathroom is a great plus for those looking to live on campus. However, if you can commute, save the $700. You really are not missing out on much.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Definitely a small form of Greek life. We have fraternities and sororities, but they are not too popular on campus. I believe this has to do with San Marcos being a large commuter school, since it makes it difficult to join demanding groups like fraternities and sororities when you are not living close to campus or attending school every day of the week. Greek life seems inviting, and they do a great amount of impactful community service projects.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: If you're looking for a college with a large sports presence, this is not the school for you. The most "popular" sport on campus is basketball, but we don't even have our own basketball gym for games on campus, we have to travel to a community college for any home games (although they are in the process of building a new basketball/volleyball stadium that looks promising). The crowd at basketball games is unfortunately small, probably because of the traveling inconvenience to the community college for games. Although the athletic teams and program are not too popular, the campus spirit is surprisingly impressive. San Marcos has done a great job at growing their school spirit and extra curricular participation, it is just not up to par with other big schools.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school wasn't my first choice, but I definitely enjoy the education the campus offers. The social scene here is not very popular, even though the campus does try its best to get students involved in different activities. It doesn't have that true "college experience" many people claim to have during their years of higher education, but the education offered here is great. The professors are extremely passionate about what they teach, and are willing to help students as long as the students are willing to work. If you're looking for a school that you can simply just attend, get an education, and then leave, San Marcos is a good choice.


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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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