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California State University - San Marcos Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how California State University - San Marcos ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is California State University - San Marcos Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California State University - San Marcos was awarded 54 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social sciences.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Cal State San Marcos as #714 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cal State San Marcos held the #726 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Cal State San Marcos also holds the #62 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cal State San Marcos?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to California State University - San Marcos you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 57%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 91% of students accepted to Cal State San Marcos 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 )
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800

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

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - San Marcos  ( 18 to 23 )
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California State University - San Marcos Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California State University - San Marcos is 26 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - San Marcos is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - San Marcos

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California State University - San Marcos enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 15% for first-time, full-time students at Cal State San Marcos, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  15 out of 100
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Average Overall Diversity at Cal State San Marcos

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,615 undergraduates at Cal State San Marcos with 11,634 being full-time and 2,981 being part-time.

Cal State San Marcos Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

Cal State San Marcos scored 57.94 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  57.94 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - San Marcos Cost?

The overall average net price of Cal State San Marcos is $11,029. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cal State San Marcos

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,575 $7,882 $12,416 $16,316 $18,645

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cal State San Marcos, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 Cal State San Marcos, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $5,604 a year. That adds up to $22,416 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal State San Marcos is 4.4%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Cal State San Marcos Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Cal State San Marcos with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $47,300 in their early years. This is good news for future Cal State San Marcos graduates since it is 16% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.

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Location of California State University - San Marcos

California State University - San Marcos is a public institution situated in San Marcos, California. The suburban atmosphere of San Marcos makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Location of California State University - San Marcos

Contact details for Cal State San Marcos 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

California State University - San Marcos Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 38 majors graduated from California State University - San Marcos. Of these students, 3,215 received undergraduate degrees and 431 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 568 $83,300
Business Administration & Management 451 $43,100
Human Development & Family Studies 245 $29,200
General Psychology 220 $28,700
Criminology 204 $31,500
Health & Physical Education 204 $27,000
Communication & Media Studies 198 $33,300
Sociology 182 $27,100
Computer Science 125 $63,600
Liberal Arts General Studies 116 $25,300

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - San Marcos along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cal State San Marcos

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 4,566 students took at least one online class at California State University - San Marcos. This is an increase from the 4,405 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 4,566 490
2016-2017 4,405 1,000
2015-2016 2,824 81
2014-2015 2,553 145
2013-2014 4,506 86

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