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Cal State San Marcos - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Cal State San Marcos

Cal State San Marcos

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Cal State San Marcos Description:

Cal State San Marcos is a public university and one of the 23 universities in the California State University system. Established in 1989, Cal State San Marcos is one of the younger schools in the system. The university offers undergraduates the choice of 44 programs in a spectrum of subjects in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences and professional fields. Business Administration is the most popular major among undergraduates while education is the largest master's program. In athletics, the CSUSM Cougars compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,610 (9,929 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 79% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,649 (in-state); $17,809 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,710 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,565
  • Other Expenses: $2,238
  • Total Cost: $23,162 (in-state); $34,322 (out-of-state)

Cal State San Marcos Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%
  • Cal State San Marcos Scholarships (Cappex.com)
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 54%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,914
    • Loans: $5,244

Scholarships for Cal State San Marcos (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

Business Administration, Communication Studies, English, Human Development, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 8%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 13%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Admissions Profiles for Other Cal State Campuses

Bakersfield | Channel Islands | Chico | Dominquez Hills | East Bay | Fresno State | Fullerton | Humboldt | Long Beach | Los Angeles | Maritime | Monterey Bay | Northridge | Pomona (Cal Poly) | Sacramento | San Bernardino | San Diego | San Francisco | San Jose State | San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) | San Marcos | Sonoma State | Stanislaus

More California Public University Information

Cal State San Marcos Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www2.csusm.edu/mission_statement030700.htm

"California State University San Marcos focuses on the student as an active participant in the learning process. Students work closely with a faculty of active scholars and artists whose commitment to sustained excellence in teaching, research, and community partnership enhances student learning. The university offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs distinguished by exemplary teaching, innovative curricula, and the application of new technologies. CSUSM provides a range of services that responds to the needs of a student body with diverse backgrounds, expanding student access to an excellent and affordable education. As a public university, CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of our region and state."

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