California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA, USA

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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
0
100
79%
Acceptance Rate
15,413
Students Applied
50%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
1759
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
No
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision November 30
Spring Regular Decision August 31
Other
Winter deadline
June 30
Test Optional
Yes
Application Fee
$70
Fee waivers available
Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
98%
Out-Of-State Students
3%
Countries Represented
76
25%
Submitting ACT
94%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 19
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1043
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
470
75th
560
Reading
25th
480
75th
570
3.30
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.75+
18%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
22%
2.50 - 2.99
14%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
Students Enrolled By Household Income

< $30k
540
$30k - $48k
306
$48k - $75k
226
$75k - $110k
146
$110k+
232

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 760-750-4848
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

3.50 Average Rating
I would say go for it in any major except nursing. Great professor and smaller classes leading to better grades. There are many stairs and it does earn its nickname CSU Stair Master, be prepared with walking shoes! Learn to be friendly with your professors, they truly are there to help you excel at whatever class you are in.
Tamara from Lake Elsinore, CA
Don't look down on the CSU just because it is a state school, CSUSM has so much to offer, if you only give it a chance. A smaller school than its competitors (UCSD) CSUSM really offers the best classroom setting. The students learn to be around each other and learn from one another and the teachers are ALWAYS there to assist,. they even know you by name! :)
Ayesha from Escondido, CA
Do not take the elevators and you won't need the gym.
Make sure to get involved and take advantage of all the resources the campus has to offer.
Shayla from Oceanside, CA
Be prepared to work hard because they move fast and the work load is constant.
Kimberly from San Diego, CA
Some tips I would give to prospective students are; come ready to school, have your material, be awake, be aware that it has a lot of stairs so get some comfortable shoes for your first day of class, while you get use to the work out.
Luis from San Diego, CA
If you are an incoming student i suggest the following: TAKE AP/IB CLASSES! They are worth it in the long run, you can get credit for college courses if you pass you AP tests with a 3 or better and your IB tests with a 4 or better. In addition, in the math section of the SAT aim for a 550 which would exclude you from taking any lower level math class that wont count towards your major or General Ed requirements. If you decide to take the ACT aim for a 23 OR higher on the math section for the same reason, and you wont have to take any math placement test. In addition, aim for a 550 or above in the SAT reading/writing portion of the test this will exempt you from the English placement exam and guarantee you entrance to a college level English class. Also, make sure you have the immunizations you need before coming to the university because if you do not the school wont let you apply for spring semester classes until you do. The immunization you need are: Hepatitis B, and Rubella shots. I would also recommend if you are a high school student planning on coming to the university to take some language courses in a community college. By language I'm referring to a language other than English like Italian, Spanish, or french. The school is very flexible with accepting language credit from community colleges and its cheaper to get these courses over with in community college. So, get a head now.
Jennifer from Vista, CA
1. Try to be a paid note taker in a class if you can because then you get priority registration
2. Take the computer skills requirement tests your first semester so you don't get a hold on your account.
3. Rent don't buy your textbooks for the first year or two, chances are they aren't going to be books you'll want to keep
Lindsey
Keep trying, never give up! Stay focused and study study study. Know what you want and stick with it. You can do anything you put your mind to.
Desirae from Indio, CA
Keep your grades up, especially when it draws closer to applying for colleges. However, try to not limit yourself to simple academics. Colleges, especially ones such as CSUSM, are interested in other activities that you do as well. Such as sports, community service, or clubs you may be involved in.
Sarah from Santa Ysabel, CA

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