California State University-San Marcos Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

31%

Very Good

24%

Average

24%

Poor

14%

Terrible

6%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

39%

Average

29%

Poor

16%

Terrible

17%

Campus Food
Excellent

14%

Very Good

24%

Average

27%

Poor

18%

Terrible

16%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

54%

Very Good

36%

Average

7%

Poor

1%

Terrible

1%

Class Size
Excellent

45%

Very Good

36%

Average

15%

Poor

3%

Terrible

1%

Activities
Excellent

15%

Very Good

36%

Average

28%

Poor

15%

Terrible

7%

Local Services
Excellent

50%

Very Good

24%

Average

16%

Poor

8%

Terrible

1%

Academics
Excellent

39%

Very Good

39%

Average

15%

Poor

6%

Terrible

2%

Overall Review for California State University-San Marcos

Excellent

41%

Very Good

41%

Average

12%

Poor

4%

Terrible

2%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Cali

California State University of San Marcos is the best school I could have gone to. It is like it was meant to be. I just happened to end moving to the area after visiting 10 years prior. The facilities are clean. The faculty is friendly as well as knowledgeable. It is important for students to understand the vitality of their email access. The university divides up into smaller colleges. This is very intelligent, because it allows separate colleges to be looked after. There are many fun events here, and the vibes are wonderful from people. The dormitories are expensive and are probably primarily used by out of state students. More apartments are being built around, but those are probably going to be pricey. However, the Sprinter train runs all throughout the North County area and stops right on campus! Students can also obtain discounted Sprinter passes. I am very grateful I get to attend this school. They offer certificate programs that are manageable with school schedules due to flexibility. The arts building is always filled with student projects on display. Always a good feeling going through there. So many events happen which teach so much! The student life here is positive. Students love to hit the coffee bars and find a nice spot on campus to study. The library and tech labs also allow student usage late at night which is excellent. The security here is good and sketchy people don’t hang around the campus. The school takes an active role in denouncing hatred and uplifting groups that need support. They have all these special rooms that students who identify with or are just curious about may enter. Go Cougars!!!

Mia

Excellent school for commuters! There are plenty of resources and events for students both academically and socially. Art is widespread across campus, as well as community involvement opportunities. The Veterans Center, USU, and Kellogg Library all host plentiful events to help students stay on track for graduation while getting involved in the Cougar Blue spirit.

Natalie

CSUSM is a new university so I do not compare it to many of the other Universities in California. This school has taught me to be independent, responsible, and be more intellectual. I would rate this school a 10/10. Many would complain about the school, but I am proud of being a cougar!

Ana

Cal State San Marcos it’s a really good school. It’s not a ver big one and does not have a football team so sometimes there’s a lack of spirit. I love the school colors and dorms are expensive, just like any other dorms at other schools. Class sizes are not too big so there’s close opportunity for interactions with teachers. There’s a lot of events for students which makes the college experience a lot more fun and enjoyable.

Valencia

It's a nice campus but because it's fairly new they have yet to begin making a name for themselves or establishing sports teams etc. There's no meal plan or that many healthy options on campus but other than that I have no complaints. The housing is really nice, but extremely expensive it would be cheaper just to find an apartment off campus.

Magaly

It’s a beautiful school with beautiful people and I really want to go there one day! The students respect one another and they are all helpful to each other which I love the most.

Abbigale

This school is for someone who isn’t a huge partier and doesn’t mind having nothing to do on the weekdays. There’s not much around to do other than hang in the dorms, and parties are more like highschool than “college” parties. Academics are alright, pretty average and you could get your ge somewhere else if that’s all you’re trying to do

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