California State University-San Marcos

#19 in Federal Region IX

  • Public4 Years (or High)San Marcos, CADegree-granting, primarily baccalaureate or aboveDoctor's degree13,144 Students51.84 % Acceptance Ratio24:1 Student-Faculty Ratio
    California State University-San Marcos is a Public (4 Years or High) college located in San Marcos, California. It has a total enrollment of 13,144 including undergraduate and graduate students and student to faculty ratio is 24:1. It is a Degree-granting, primarily baccalaureate or above school by Carnegie Classification and its highest degree is Doctor's degree. The acceptance ratio for undergraduate school is 51.84% last year.
  • Open Admission Policy
    Acceptance Ratio51.84 %
    Admission Yield27.02 %
    Undergraduate Application Fees$55
    Graduate Application Fees$55

    The acceptance ratio is 51.84% last year at California State University-San Marcos where total 15,366 students applied and 7,965 were accepted.

  • In-StateOut-of-State
    Undergraduate Tuition & Fees$7,653$19,533
    Graduate Tuition & Fees$9,087$18,591
    On-Campus Living Costs$15,809
    Off-Campus Living Costs$16,307

    The tuition & fees at California State University-San Marcos, for academic year 2017-2018 is $7,653 for in-state students and $19,533 for out-of-students.

    The living cost including room, board, and other expenses is $15,809 when living on campus and $16,307 when living off campus.

    Cost of Attendance
  • NCAA Member

    ROTC Program

    Campus Housing

    Online Learning

    Study Abroad

    Remedial Service

    Career Counseling

    Employment Service

    California State University-San Marcos provides various learning opportunities and services for their students.

    It includes NCAA Member, ROTC Program, Campus Housing, Online Learning, Study Abroad, Remedial Service, Career Counseling and more.

    Explore campus life and get your opportunities at California State University-San Marcos.

    Learning Opportunities & Services

The Numbers Say it All about California State University-San Marcos

Key Stats for California State University-San Marcos

Costs of Attendance average in nation

California State University-San Marcos$19,533
All U.S. Colleges$18,355
Public, 4 Years or High Colleges$18,374
4 Years or High Colleges$22,271
Public, 4 Years or High Colleges in California$19,392

Admission Chances relatively difficult to get in


Admission Ratio

  • All U.S. Colleges66.99%
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges68.96%
  • 4 Years or High Colleges66.20%
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges in California53.62%

Financial Helps average in nation


Financial Aid Rates

  • All U.S. Colleges76.94%
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges74.61%
  • 4 Years or High Colleges82.17%
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges in California68.74%

Student Population small

California State University-San Marcos13,144
All U.S. Colleges20,523,036
Public, 4 Years or High Colleges8,898,653
4 Years or High Colleges14,093,854
Public, 4 Years or High Colleges in California990,462

Graduation Rates average


Graduation Rate

  • All U.S. Colleges47.15%
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges45.08%
  • 4 Years or High Colleges48.69%
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges in California53.07%

Major Programs few programs


Major Programs

  • All U.S. Colleges70
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges203
  • 4 Years or High Colleges109
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges in California222

Distance Learning limited online classes


Online Programs

  • All U.S. Colleges8
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges21
  • 4 Years or High Colleges15
  • Public, 4 Years or High Colleges in California7

Contact Information & Online Resources


California State University-San Marcos 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd,
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
760) 750-4000


California State University-San Marcos is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (06/23/1993 - 06/30/1990).
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