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4 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors are very nice and I enjoy the way they teach, the amount of writing required for each class can be overwhelming but its something we all have to live through because it is a campus requirement. I was lucky to have a somewhat early registration date, however even with my early date I still had to change my schedule around.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Being my major is very difficult. It is very difficult to get the classes that I need being a freshmen. It makes it almost impossible to graduate in 4 years.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors for nursing majors really cares for the students and they are there to help out.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Every class I've took so far was a lot of hard work, but studying and help from other really helped me.

3 College Junior

Academics: We have quite a few horrible teachers that don't teach so its up to students to just learn how to pass over actual learning


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Classes at CSUSM are generally small, depending on the student's major. Some of the more impacted majors have larger classes, such as business or communications.

The University is small enough where most professors know students on a first name basis. This allows students at CSUSM to create personal relationships with other students and professors. There is a mandatory writing requirement for each class, whether it be science or art, which truly sets student writing capabilities at CSUSM apart from many other CSUs.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 15%
  • 20 to 49 students: 71%
  • 50 or more students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • School of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 10%
  • Human Development: 3%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 4%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign language
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
There are three types of online classes: asynchronous, synchronous, and blended/hybrid. Asynchronous is when communication between people does not occur simultaneously; the pace of the course is really set by the student. Synchronous means that communication occurs simultaneously between students and instructors, for example, in real-time chat or video/audio conferencing. Finally, blended/hybrid is when both these methods are applied.
Best Places to Study
CSUSM Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask help from professors whenever you need it. Not only are they willing to help, but they are also good resources that can help you find jobs after you graduate.
  • Don't isolate yourself-get involved in the school social life.
  • Get your Gen Eds out of the way quickly so you can handle your upper-division classes all at once.
  • Have fun!
  • Join clubs and organizations on campus.
  • Make time for studying as well as for fun. Find a balance for both.
  • Make use of the on-campus tutoring groups if you're struggling in class.
  • Study hard, attend all of your clases, and don't let yourself fall behind.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 42 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 46 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 17 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 17 responses

  • 6% This was my dream school.
  • 24% This was one of my top choices.
  • 71% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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