California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos or CSUSM or Cal State San Marcos is one of the campuses of the California State University (CSU) system. It was founded in 1989 as the 20th CSU campus. The university has three colleges:

  • College of Arts and Science (COAS)
  • College of Business and Administration (COBA)
  • College of Education (COE)

The school is a typical commuter campus. It is often referred to as the California State University Stair Master (CSUSM) because of its hilltop location. Cal State San Marcos won first place in the nationwide RecycleMania contest held in 2008.

The school newspaper is called The Pride. The original mascot of the campus was the Tukwut, but later it was changed to the Cougars. The school's athletics department has ten teams. The Cougar athletic teams compete as independents in Region II of the NAIA.

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California State University-San Marcos
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos , CA 92096-0001
General Phone: (760) 750-4000

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Cal State San Marcos Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts652women's studies, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, anthropology, economics, political science, ...
Business and Management401business management, finance, marketing
Media186communication studies, mass communication
Education and Teaching139education
Family and Social Work117family studies
Therapy and Counseling103psychology
Science78biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry
Security and Law Enforcement65criminology
Art Studies49visual and performing arts
Computer Science and Engineering34information technology, computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy25health and physical education

Number of programs and degrees for Cal State San Marcos in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,63328
Master's degree2259

Cal State San Marcos Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cal State San Marcos had a total enrollment of 9,159 students (7,537 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 79%
Part-Time 21%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 3%
Hispanic 21%
Asian 12%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 23%
20-21 16%
22-24 27%
25-29 18%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Cal State San Marcos Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 50 %

Cal State San Marcos Room and Board (2007)

Cal State San Marcos offers campus housing for 625 of its 7,537 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of San Marcos, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cal State San Marcos Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430530
SAT Math440540
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1822

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT25%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cal State San Marcos Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,638
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,820
Room and board $ 9,486
Room charge $ 6,375
Books and supplies $ 1,565
Other expenses $ 3,935

Financial Aid:
Cal State San Marcos participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 3011300)

Cal State San Marcos Faculty

Cal State San Marcos has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2835
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1222

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year1*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*3$81,936

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year42$94,96139$92,608
Associate professoracademic year37$82,40640$73,599
Assistant professoracademic year27$69,13732$67,770
Lectureracademic year11$59,85520$53,737
All faculty totalacademic year117$81,731131$74,802

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cal State San Marcos Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Baseball Independent Far West Region
Track Independent Far West Region

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports91019

Cal State San Marcos Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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