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California State University: San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

At A Glance

Main Address

333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd

San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

www.csusm.edu

Admission Office

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

(760) 750-4848

Fax : (760) 750-3248

apply@csusm.edu

Contact : Scott Hagg

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Type of School

Medium

Public

university

4-year school

Coed

Hispanic-Serving Institution

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

College Board Member

College Board Code: 5677

Quick Facts

Regular Application Deadline : November 30

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 54.0%

Total undergraduates : 13,879

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 2,245

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 59.0%

Average financial aid package : $11,020.00

In-State Tuition : $7,712.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $17,216.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Setting

Small City (50-250k)

Suburban

Commuter campus

Deadlines

Admission

Application rolling begin : Oct 15

Regular application due: Nov 30

Priority application due : Nov 30

College will notify student of admission : Mar 1

Student must reply to acceptance by : May 1 (or within 2 week(s) if notified after May 1st)

Housing deposit due : --

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : Dec 1

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : Mar 2

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : Mar 2

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Student-faculty ratio : 26 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 54.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 79.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Hispanic-Serving Institution

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Health Professions : 19.0%
Social Sciences : 16.0%
Business/Marketing : 13.0%
Family and Consumer Sciences : 8.0%
Psychology : 7.0%
Communications/Journalism : 6.0%
Biology : 5.0%
Parks And Recreation : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Women's Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B M
Biotechnology B M

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Business Administration and Management, General B M

Communication, Journalism & Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Science B M
Computer and Information Sciences, General B

Education
Education, General M
Educational Leadership and Administration, General M

Engineering
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics B

English Language, Literature & Letters
English Language and Literature, General B M

Family, Consumer & Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies, General B

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature B M

History
History, General B M

Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Studies & Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies B

Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics, General B M

Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General B M
Physics, General B

Psychology
Psychology, General B M

Social Sciences
Economics, General B
Political Science and Government, General B
Social Sciences, General B
Sociology B M

Visual & Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, General B

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Independent Study

Internships

Student-Designed Major

Teacher Certification

Liberal Arts/Career Combination

Accelerated Program

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

Extended Class Availability

Extensive evening or early morning classes

Saturday Classes

Distance Learning

Computer Services

1400 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Libraries

Wireless network available

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Medium-sized

Geographic Location : 30 miles from San Diego.

Small City

Suburban

Commuter Campus

Total undergraduates : 13,879

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 2,245

Degree-seeking undergrads : 13,807

Graduate enrollment : 640

Student General Information

All students average age : 18

Full time students average age : 18

In state students : 96.0%

Out of state students : 4.0%

Part Time students : 17.0%

Percentage of males : 40.0%

Percentage of females : 60.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 5.0%

Black African American : 3.0%

Asian : 9.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 48.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 4.0%

White : 26.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 4.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Student Newspaper : The Chronicle

Student Newspaper URL : http://csusmchronicle.com/

Housing Options

Apartments For Single Students

Men's Housing

Wellness Housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)

Women's Housing

Theme Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is not allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Cougars

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Intercollegiate

Counseling And Wellness

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Adult (re-entering) student services/programs

Veteran's counselor

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Career counseling

Economically disadvantaged students services

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

On-campus daycare

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Academic Support Programs

Learning center

Pre-admission summer program

Study skills assistance

Tutoring

Writing center

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

N

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

N

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

N

Fraternities

Y

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

N

Marching Band

N

Model United Nations

N

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

N

Opera

N

Pep Band

N

Radio Station

N

Sororities

Y

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

N

Television Station

N

Yearbook

N

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Baseball

Men's Intercollegiate

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Golf

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Soccer

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Softball

Women's Intercollegiate

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: $55.00

Application fee notes: Paper/Online

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 17,343

Admitted : 10,696

Enrolled : 2,244

Somewhat selective 62.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : --

Admitted early admission : --

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Standardized Test Scores

Considered

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

State Residency

Talent/Ability

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Required: SAT or ACT

Test Policies for placement

SAT Reasoning Test

ACT

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

Student eligibility index calculated on GPA and test score combination.

GPAs of incoming freshmen

3.5 - 3.74 : 22.0%

3.25 - 3.49 : 23.0%

3.00 - 3.24 : 21.0%

2.50 - 2.99 : 15.0%

2.00 - 2.49 : 1.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 1.0%

600 - 699 : 16.0%

500 - 599 : 50.0%

400 - 499 : 32.0%

300 - 399 : 1.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 1.0%

600 - 699 : 13.0%

500 - 599 : 52.0%

400 - 499 : 31.0%

300 - 399 : 3.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 1.0%

24 - 29 : 13.0%

18 - 23 : 52.0%

12 - 17 : 34.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 1.0%

24 - 29 : 14.0%

18 - 23 : 40.0%

12 - 17 : 45.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 2.0%

24 - 29 : 13.0%

18 - 23 : 37.0%

12 - 17 : 43.0%

6 - 11 : 5.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : Yes

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: CSUSM grants credit towards its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board.

High school Coursework

High School diploma required, GED accepted

Course Name

Required

Recommended

Visual/Performing Arts

1

0

History

1

0

English

4

0

Math

3

4

Science

2

3

Science Lab

2

0

Social Studies

1

0

Foreign Language

2

0

Academic Electives

1

0

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 94.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 27.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

460 - 560

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

470 - 570

ACT Composite

17 - 22


AP & Admission Policy

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By semester credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

2-D Art and Design

3

3

--

All

3-D Art and Design

3

3

--

All

Art History

3

6

--

All

Biology

3

6

GES 102

All

Calculus AB

3

3

MATH 160

All

Calculus BC

3

6

MATH 160 & 162

All

Calculus BC: AB Subscore

3

3

MATH 160 & 162

All

Chemistry

3

6

GES 101

All

4

6

CHEM 150/L

All

Chinese Language and Culture

3

6

CHIN 201

All

Comparative Government and Politics

3

3

--

All

Computer Science A

3

3

CS 111

All

Computer Science Principles

3

6

CS 105

All

Drawing

3

3

--

All

English Language and Composition

3

6

GEW 101

All

English Literature and Composition

3

6

GEW 101 & LTWR 100

All

Environmental Science

3

4

--

All

European History

3

6

--

All

French Language and Culture

3

6

FREN 201

All

German Language and Culture

3

6

GRMN 201

All

4

6

GRMN 202

All

Human Geography

3

3

GEOG 201

All

Italian Language and Culture

3

6

--

All

Japanese Language and Culture

3

6

--

All

Latin

3

6

--

All

Macroeconomics

3

3

ECON 202

All

Microeconomics

3

3

ECON 201

All

Physics 1

3

4

--

All

Physics 2

3

4

--

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

3

4

PHYS 202

All

Physics C: Mechanics

3

4

PHYS 201

All

Psychology

3

3

PSYC 100

All

Seminar

3

3

--

All

Spanish Language and Culture

3

6

SPAN 201

All

4

6

SPAN 202

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

3

6

SPAN 315

All

Statistics

3

3

MATH 242

All

United States Government and Politics

3

3

PSCI 100

All

United States History

3

6

HIST 130 & 131

All

World History: Modern

3

6

--

All

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exam

Minimum Grade for Credit

Credit Hours Awarded

American Government

47

3

American Literature

46

6

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

49

6

Biology

46

6

Calculus with Elementary Functions

51

6

Chemistry

47

6

College Algebra

49

3

English Literature

46

6

French I

39

6

French II

45

12

German I

40

6

German II

48

12

History of United States I

45

3

History of United States II

45

3

Human Growth and Development

45

3

Information Systems and Computer Applications

52

3

Introduction to Educational Psychology

47

3

Introductory Business Law

51

3

Introductory Psychology

47

3

Introductory Sociology

47

3

Principles of Macroeconomics

48

3

Principles of Management

47

3

Principles of Marketing

48

3

Principles of Microeconomics

47

3

Spanish I

41

6

Spanish II

50

12

Western Civilization I

46

3

Western Civilization II

47

3

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 69.0%

% of loans / jobs : 31.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 92.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 83.0%

% Judged to have need : 88.0%

% that were offered aid : 85.0%

% that had need fully met : 5.0%

% of need met : 59.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $11,020.00

Avg non need-based aid : $750.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $9,925.00

Avg need-based loan : $3,179.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $23,725.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Deadline : Mar 2

Respond By Date : Mar 2

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Julie Lindenmeier

Financial aid office phone : (760) 750-4850

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): --

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): $396.00

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Scholarship Opportunities

Fenstermaker scholarships: up to $6,000 a year; awarded to outstanding chemistry, biology, or computer science majors; renewable.

Need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Athletics

Leadership

State/District Residency

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Athletics

Leadership

State/District Residency

Tuition payment plans

Credit card payment

Installment payment

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$7,712.00

$7,712.00

$7,712.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$17,216.00

$17,216.00

$17,216.00

Room and board:

$13,150.00

$16,180.00

--

Books and supplies:

$1,072.00

$1,072.00

$1,072.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$2,460.00

$2,388.00

$2,058.00

Transportation expenses:

$2,010.00

$1,578.00

$1,504.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$26,404.00

$28,930.00

$12,346.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$35,908.00

$38,434.00

$21,850.00

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: 60

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 1

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: 70

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: --

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 30

Admission Requirements (Required)

College Transcript(s)

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 8,855

Transfers admitted percentage: 38.0%

Transfers admitted: 3,449

Transfers enrolled percentage: 21.0%

Transfers enrolled: 1,888

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Transfers accepted as

1st semester freshman

2nd semester freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Re-entry advisor

Special Requirements

Must have completed 30 units of general education with four courses in Basic Skills areas. Must be in good standing at last institution.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: $55.00

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $17,216.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $13,150.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $16,180.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: $396.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Total Amount Awarded: $1,917,642.00

Number of enrolled international undergraduates received aid: 292

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: --

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

English as a Second Language Program On Campus for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser