California State University-San Marcos

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

School Details

In 1989, California State Legislature approved the founding of California State University San Marcos and by 1990, the first 448 students were admitted. Rapid growth might be the best way to describe CSU San Marcos. Today, a diverse demographic defines the more than 10,000 students enrolled in the university. While the vast majority of students are California residents, 42 percent are white, 29% Latino, nearly 10 percent Asian American / Pacific Islander and the remainder includes African-Americans, international students, and other minority groups. The student-to-faculty ratio is 23:1. California State University San Marcos is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The campus is located in the community of San Marcos, in the northern region of San Diego County. Campus facilities feature the Kellogg Library, along with state-of-the-art classrooms updated for wireless technology. The latest project is a new University Student Union. Students can also participate in athletics and fitness, housed in the Clarke Field House. Greek life and one hundred plus student organizations also provide extracurricular activities. Students can attend lectures, film screenings, along with music concerts and theatrical performances. In addition, intercollegiate athletic programs have expanded with the most recent additions of volleyball and basketball.

Programs at CSU San Marcos encompass a large number of fields of study and students can pursue Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and complete minor programs. The University offers nearly 30 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. The most popular degree programs at CSU San Marcos include business administration, psychology, liberal studies, human development, communication, criminology and justice studies, kinesiology, biological sciences, sociology, and literature and writing studies. The university continues to expand curriculum adding programs like biotechnology, nursing, and global studies. Furthermore, more than 35 minor programs give students added options. Currently, academic programs are housed in four colleges:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education, Health and Human Services
  • College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Mathematics.
Prospective students can also enroll in distance learning at CSU San Marcos via the Extended Learning division. Online certificate programs enhance skill sets for working professionals. Students can complete career training programs through the University’s partnership with ed2go. Additionally, online professional development six-week courses offer wide-ranging programming extending from finance and leadership courses to the Become a Veterinary Assistant class. Corporate training programs provide added learning opportunities and flexibility for employees, and CSUSM also partners with the Center for Legal Studies to deliver distance learning programs, like the Advanced Paralegal Studies Certification and Legal Nurse Consultant Training. Furthermore, students can choose from a large number of distance learning human resources topics and certificate programs.

CSU San Marcos bases tuition on residency.
  • Undergraduate full-time resident, $2,985 per semester
  • Credential full-time resident, $3,465 per semester
  • Graduate full-time resident, $3,678 per semester
Tuition does not include added fees. Nontraditional students pay an additional $372 per unit, and select graduate programs are also subject to added fees.

California State University San Marcos supports financial aid programs for qualifying students, including grants, scholarships, loans, and Federal Work-Study. Federal Grants include the Federal Pell Grant, TEACH Grant, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. In addition, students may qualify for California state grants, including Cal Grants, the State University Grant, and the Educational Opportunity Grant. CSUSM also awards scholarships based on need, achievement, talent, and donor preferences. The University supports federal loan programs, including the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loan, the Federal Parent PLUS Loan, and the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Outside scholarships and private alternative loans provide additional resources.

Veterans,service members, and dependents may also qualify for education assistance at CSUSM. Programs supported include the Post 9/11 GI Bill, VEAP, the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty / Selected Reserve Programs, the College Fee Waiver Program for Veteran’s Dependents, and Vocational Rehabilitation.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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