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Colleges / California State University, San Marcos

California State University, San Marcos

San Marcos, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate93%
Acceptance Rate93%

CSU San Marcos Admissions

If you want to apply to CSU San Marcos, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is November 30 and the fee for the application costs $70.

CSU San Marcos Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of CSU San Marcos's admissions stats.

CSU San Marcos 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist No

California State University, San Marcos Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for California State University, San Marcos.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes November 15 ––

Considering Applying Early to CSU San Marcos?

CSU San Marcos does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on California State University, San Marcos Admissions

For applicants who are non-residents, getting into California State University, San Marcos is moderately difficult.

Transferring to California State University, San Marcos

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to CSU San Marcos

CSU San Marcos has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into CSU San Marcos?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at CSU San Marcos

What does CSU San Marcos consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
First Generation Considered
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with CSU San Marcos for more information on admission factors.

CSU San Marcos 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to CSU San Marcos, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with CSU San Marcos's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU San Marcos?

Students admitted to CSU San Marcos have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

CSU San Marcos does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

CSU San Marcos is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to California State University, San Marcos

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to CSU San Marcos.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is December 15.

Transfer students can enroll in CSU San Marcos during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

CSU San Marcos Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to CSU San Marcos?

❌ Students who are admitted to CSU San Marcos must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does CSU San Marcos accept transfer credits?

✅ CSU San Marcos accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does CSU San Marcos accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ CSU San Marcos accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU San Marcos?

✅ CSU San Marcos is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is CSU San Marcos's acceptance rate?

✅ CSU San Marcos has an acceptance rate of 93%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at CSU San Marcos?

❌ CSU San Marcos does not offer early decision.

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CSU San Marcos Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into CSU San Marcos? CSU San Marcos is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU San Marcos acceptance rate is 93%. This means that the institution accepts 93 out of every 100 applicants.


CSU San Marcos Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Dec 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU San Marcos is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU San Marcos is Dec 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

CSU San Marcos SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

CSU San Marcos GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU San Marcos, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.32. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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