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California State University - San Marcos is a public institution situated in San Marcos, California. San Marcos is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

636 Undergraduate Degrees
33 Graduate Degrees
$28,654 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
57% Acceptance Rate

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California State University - San Marcos Rankings

CSUSM landed the #73 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 1,284 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. CSUSM also holds the #13 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

CSUSM has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#16 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CSUSM.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#16 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#120 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards CSUSM has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#39 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#52 Highest Paid Nursing Graduates College Factual
#61 Best Nursing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#121 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#205 Best Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#249 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is California State University - San Marcos?

Location of California State University - San Marcos

Contact details for CSUSM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Phone: 760-750-4000
Website: www.csusm.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csusm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/csusmnews

How Do I Get Into CSUSM?

You can apply to CSUSM online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for CSUSM

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into CSUSM?

57% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
91% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at CSUSM is 57%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 56%, and the acceptance rate for women is 57%.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to CSUSM submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 470 to 560 )
200
800
CSUSM received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 16 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 17 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 18 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - San Marcos?

$28,654 Net Price
37% Take Out Loans
3.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CSUSM is $28,654. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CSUSM, approximately 37% of students took out student loans averaging $5,386 a year. That adds up to $21,544 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSUSM is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - San Marcos Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,155 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
66% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,837 undergraduate students at CSUSM, with 12,155 being full-time and 2,682 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CSUSM

There are also 1,216 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,155 full-time undergraduates at CSUSM, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CSUSM

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - San Marcos students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CSUSM Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,107
Black or African American 357
Hispanic or Latino 5,872
White 3,104
International Students 601
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,114

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - San Marcos. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 56 countries are represented at CSUSM. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at California State University - San Marcos

490 Took All Classes Online
4,566 Took At Least One Class Online
277.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at CSUSM. In 2017-2018, 4,566 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CSUSM has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of CSUSM

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - San Marcos was 277.0%. This is the #113 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSUSM regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CSUSM majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing 13%
Registered Nursing 13%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CSUSM ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CSUSM.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #27
Nursing #31

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - San Marcos Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 636 33 669
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0 0 0
TOTAL 636 33 669

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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