California State University – San Marcos

333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

About California State University – San Marcos

California State University – San Marcos is classified as a college or university with a medium-sized master’s program. Colleges and universities with a medium-sized master’s program typically award between 100 and 199 master’s degrees and less than 20 research doctorate’s during the academic year. This large four-year institution has an estimated annual full-time enrollment of 3,000 to 9,999 students. Approximately half of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time, and fewer than 25% of undergraduates reside on campus. This institution awards 60-79% of its bachelor’s degrees within the arts and sciences fields. No graduate degrees are awarded in fields available to undergraduate majors, and the school awards master’s degrees in at least one professional field. Master’s degrees are also awarded in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. According to data for fall enrollment, 60-79% of undergraduates are enrolled as full-time students. This institution has a high transfer rate, with at least 20% of its undergrad students entering as transfers. Enrollment data shows that both graduates and undergraduates are enrolled at this institution. Over 90% of the student body are enrolled as undergraduates.

School Information

General Information

Student Body SizeUndergraduate8,749
Student Age% Under 2572%
 % 25 and Over28%
 % Age Unknown0%
Attendance Type% Full-time68%
 % Part-time32%
Race/Ethnicity% White47.0%
 % Black3.0%
 % Asian10.5%
 % Latino25.8%
 % Native American0.8%
 % Race Unknown11.4%
 % International student1%
Student ServicesCareer CounselingYes
 Student Employment ServicesYes
 Graduate Placement ServicesYes
 Study AbroadYes
 Day CareYes
Religious AffiliationNO
Campus setting
Intitution typePublic
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Academic Information

Art-Related Areas of StudyPerforming Arts
Art Degrees OfferedBachelors Degree
Distance Learning AvailableYes
Calendar SystemSemester

Admissions Information

Open AdmissionNo
 % Admitted71%
 % Admitted Who Enrolled23%
Application RequirementsHigh School GPA
 High School TranscriptRequired
 High School RankingNeither required nor recommended
 College Prep CoursesRequired
 Letter of RecommendationNeither required nor recommended
 Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
 Admissions ExaminationRecommended
 Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students)Neither required nor recommended
Standardized Tests% of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
 % of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
Admitted Student SAT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 SAT Critical Reading / 800530 / 800
 SAT Math430 / 800540 / 800
Admitted Student ACT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 ACT Composite18 / 3623 / 36

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & FeesUndergraduate Application Fee$55
 Graduate Application Fee$55
 In-State Tuition & Fees$5,044
 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$16,204
Financial Aid% Undergraduates with Financial Aid55%
 % Undergraduates with Loans33%
 % Undergraduates with Grants43%
 Average Undergraduate Financial Aid Award$ 0
Other CostsBooks and Supplies (Estimated)$1,700
 Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$10,494
 Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,494
 On-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$4,160
 Off-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$4,160
 Living with Family, Living Expenses (Estimated)$4,160

Neighborhood Data for the San Marcos Area

Median Age33.1
Median Household Income$55,815
Total Population80,709
Age/Gender % Men % Women
 Total48.8% 51.2%
 Age 0-951.8%48.2%
 Age 10-1752.6%47.4%
 Age 18-2452.1%47.9%
 Age 25-2949.3%50.7%
 Age 30-3947.9%52.1%
Race/Ethnicity% White75.2%
 % Black3.1%
 % Asian8.9%
 % Latino36.6%
 % Native American0.4%
 % Pacific Islander0.3%
 % Indian (South Asia)0.2%


On Campus Housing ProvidedYes
Meal Plan ProvidedNo
Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$10,494
Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$10,494
Median Rent (Rental Units of Any Size)$1,207
Rental Price Distribution StudioOne BedroomTwo Bedroom
 Under $50022.4%4.5%4.6%
 $500 to $7490.0%5.4%0.0%
 $750 to $9990.0%26.0%12.7%
 Over $100077.6%64.1%72.2%
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