San Marcos, CA
California State University-San Marcos


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Recent Reviews

Mackenzie
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California State University San Marcos is a beautiful campus with lots of stairs. The people and the environment are amazing....

What is your overall opinion of this school?

California State University San Marcos is a beautiful campus with lots of stairs. The people and the environment are amazing. The housing is incredible and extremely inclusive. There is a near by shopping center that students can walk to for some lunch or maybe to get some groceries. Anything you could possibly imagine is extremely accessible.

Alondra
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Very nice and warm. I like the environment. I'm a minimalist so the school fits perfect for me. The crowd isn't so much that ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Very nice and warm. I like the environment. I'm a minimalist so the school fits perfect for me. The crowd isn't so much that people are cramped up that one may feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Easy to breathe in, good programs and food. Welcoming and has helping hands.

Joshua
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Where do I begin? Cal State is NOT for a person who actually wants an education. The library is ALWAYS loud and overcrowded (...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Where do I begin? Cal State is NOT for a person who actually wants an education. The library is ALWAYS loud and overcrowded (even on weekends). I went there for three years before I had to transfer. There is no academic integrity. Very few students have any intellectual thought processes of their own. All they know how to do is regurgitate political ideas or scientific experiments that their professor told them about. One time I had a student tell me that cellulose was the major energy source for the brain! Like WTF? How stupid can you be? On a side note, the campus itself will not be FULLY developed till 2030 (as it says on their campus master plan https://www.csusm.edu/pdc/campus-master-plan/index.html). Unless you are planning to go here in the LATE 2020's I would suggest you do not transfer or apply here.

Liana
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The thing that drew me to CSUSM was the small class sizes and teacher-student ratios. A professor is never unwilling to help ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The thing that drew me to CSUSM was the small class sizes and teacher-student ratios. A professor is never unwilling to help a student in need, and will give each person a fair chance for success. In my personal experience, I have had great relationships with professors and fellow students. This has really enhanced my college experience, both academically and personally.

Justin
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The campus is very nice and conveniently located with nice views of San Marcos and the hills surrounding it making for a nice...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus is very nice and conveniently located with nice views of San Marcos and the hills surrounding it making for a nice place to hangout and study. I have been satisfied with the courses offered and very satisfied with the professors I have had. The school provides everything I have needed. I graduate in the fall and I have to admit that I will miss it.

Kayla
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Overall I really enjoy attending CSUSM. Most of the professor are amazing and the teach so much. However there are a few prof...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall I really enjoy attending CSUSM. Most of the professor are amazing and the teach so much. However there are a few professors that do not add anything to the class or leave you more confused that when you entered. Student life is wonderful if you know how to look for event, with a really friendly campus.

Michael
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I believe that California State University-San Marcos is an amazing University and has so much to offer given its tuition pri...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I believe that California State University-San Marcos is an amazing University and has so much to offer given its tuition price, which is the most affordable I've seen amongst the other universities I have researched. CSUSM, home of the Cougars, is hands down the best university in my opinion.

Angela
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So far I have only been at Cal State San Marcos for the fall semester. I have already attended community college so I kind of...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

So far I have only been at Cal State San Marcos for the fall semester. I have already attended community college so I kind of knew what to expect. However, attending this university has really exceeded my expectations. I really feel like I made the right choice by attending this university. The campus size is large but not so big that it is overwhelming. It just took me a couple days to get use to the campus and be able to get around without getting lost. The university provides places to buy food, and has a Starbucks that usually has a long line. The campus is near other food places and markets so the students have a nice variety of choices. At first, I did not like that the university had so many stairs, but now I tend to choose the stairs over the elevators. The campus also has a lot of trees, plants, grass, and animals; which makes it a nice environment to be around. Not to mention, this semester it became a smoke free campus; which I greatly appreciate. The university contains various facilities where students can do there work, study, and just relax. Plus, they have areas that students can sit outside if they do not want to be inside a building. There are many programs, extracurricular activities, and clubs that students can get involved in. I am in the EOP program and the help they offer makes a big difference to me and I greatly advice others to apply for it. So far, I have not had one complaint against any of my professors, they are very understanding and fantastic at their jobs. They do give out a decent amount of work but it is very manageable. I do feel like the permits for parking are a bit expensive and I think the price should be lowered. The dorming situation seems to be secure since students need a card to get into the dorms. On the other hand this year there has been a report of a non-student assaulting a student after the student let them in the dorm building. I commute and I do not think there is a human being on this planet who enjoys traffic, luckily it is not the bad except on Fridays going home. Overall, I really enjoy attending San Marcos and I hope I continue attending it until I graduate.

Alondra
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California State University - San Marcos was not first choice, but I ended attending here. I instantly fell in love with this...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

California State University - San Marcos was not first choice, but I ended attending here. I instantly fell in love with this campus after my first week of school. Everything is so great here, people are so nice and welcoming! Everyone Proud to be a student here.

Samuel
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CSU San Marcos is politically liberal and diverse. The graduation rate is at most 60%. It may be because the classes are exce...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

CSU San Marcos is politically liberal and diverse. The graduation rate is at most 60%. It may be because the classes are excessively hard, but it's also because not many students put effort into their academics. Combining both the excessively intense academics and students' lack of effort shows how this school is lowly ranked. But, there are many resources for students to take advantage of to pass their classes. This school puts full effort satisfying the students' needs accessible. CSUSM is in progress of academically improving itself to help more students graduate on time.

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  • Enrollment
  • 12,567
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $7,383
  • Acceptance rate
  • 52%

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