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California State University San Marcos is a public university in San Marcos, California. It was founded in 1989 as the 21st campus in the 23-campus California State University system. CSUSM offers 43 bachelor's degrees, 23 master's degrees, an Ed.D. program, and 13 teaching credentials. More than 16,000 students currently attend classes at the 304-acre campus which is located in the foothills of northern San Diego County just a short distance from Southern California’s best beaches and museums, and the nightlife of downtown San Diego.

Majors in Demand:​

  • Business Administration

  • Psychology

  • Liberal Studies (Pre-Education)

  • Human Development

  • Communication/Media Studies

  • Criminology and Justice Studies

  • Biology

  • Sociology

  • Arts, Media and Design

  • Biotechnology

  • Computer Science

Rankings

  • CSUSM is in the top 10% of regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report

  • In its “Safest Schools” report, stateuniversity.com recognized CSUSM as the safest four-year university in California

  • Top 50 among regional universities.

Location

Suburban setting in San Marcos, California
 

Enrollment

13,962

Acceptance Rate

79%

Personal Statement

Required

Application Method(s)

CGPA

2.0

SAT / ACT

Not Required

English Proficiency

61

with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14

TOEFL iBT

5.5

with writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0

Fees

$30,366

Deadlines

November 1

Total

Spring

 $17,216 / $13,150

Tuition / Living

May 1

Fall

IELTS

110

DET

Scholarship

Representative

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updated: April 2022