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Colleges / California State University, San Marcos

CSU San Marcos Student Life

CSU San Marcos is on a 304-acre campus in a suburban setting in San Marcos, California, not far from San Diego. CSU San Marcos has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, and more.

CSU San Marcos also has fraternities and sororities..

Does CSU San Marcos Offer Student Housing?

CSU San Marcos offers housing.

The majority of CSU San Marcos students live on campus. In 2021, 80% of undergrads at CSU San Marcos lived in some kind of on-campus housing First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

CSU San Marcos Athletics

At CSU San Marcos there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at CSU San Marcos:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Club Teams
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Safety at CSU San Marcos

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

California State University, San Marcos is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The CSU San Marcos campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

CSU San Marcos offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students.

Plan a Visit to CSU San Marcos

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to CSU San Marcos, take Highway 78 & I-5 to San Marcos, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to San Diego International Airport airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in California you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore CSU San Marcos's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

CSU San Marcos Students

62%

Women

38%

Men

83%

Full Time

17%

Part Time

96%

In State

4%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

49%

26%

9%

5%

4%

3%

3%

0.23%

0.21%

Undergraduate Students

13,962

Graduate Students

681

Non-Resident / International Students

515

CSU San Marcos Campus Services

Student Services
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Counseling
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Health Clinic
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

14,643

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

79%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$7,712

Out-of-State

$17,216

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 30
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