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California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos




Building on an innovative 30-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border. CSUSM enrollment is over 16,000 and the university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

California State University San Marcos is located in northern San Diego County and offers beautiful beaches, an hour drive to the mountains and desert, a downtown nightlife, world-class shopping, and more all within a short trip from campus!

Academics & Aid:

  • Over 16,000 students (Fall 2020)
  • 43 bachelor program majors
  • 39 minors
  • 24 master’s programs
  • 8 credential programs
  • 1 joint doctoral with UC San Diego
  • 90 percent of students who applied, received financial aid
  • $11,197 Average financial aid received
  • 284 tenure-track faculty

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