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California State University - San Marcos

California State University - San Marcos

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, California, 92096, United States
Annual Out-of-State Tuition $16,226
Cost of Living $11,708
Total Cost $27,934
Total Enrolled - Undergraduate 8,814
International Students 2%
School Ownership Public
Campus Setting Small city
School Group Regional Universities (West)
Group Ranking 76

Why San Marcos?

Since its founding just 20 years ago, California State University San Marcos has prided itself on being fully engaged in the local and international communities, technologically sophisticated and dedicated to teaching future generations through a relevant curriculum and global perspectives.

More than 10,000 students currently attend classes at the 304 acre campus.  Located in the foothills of northern San Diego County just a short distance from Southern California’s best beaches and museums, and the night life of downtown San Diego, Cal State San Marcos is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  

International Students

There are more than 200 international and exchange students from a wide variety of locations including: China, Japan, Korea, UK, Vietnam and Germany.  In addition, approximately 100 students are enrolled in the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI).

Excellent Education

All classes are taught by full-time or adjunct faculty members, not graduate students.  All full-time faculty members (approximately 180) have a doctorate or highest degree in their field.  Class sizes are small with a student to teacher ratio of 22:1 and students receive a great deal of personalized, caring attention.

Outstanding Support Services

The Office of Global Education offers a full range of services for international students through a full-time international student advisor. Students will receive support in every aspect, from academic issues to daily life problems.

Convenient Transportation

The university is on a newly completed “Sprinter” light rail service line which connects to bus and train routes throughout San Diego County and to other parts of California.  Through the purchase of special student “discount” passes, students can also use inexpensive public transportation to travel to neighboring cities throughout California. 

Points of Pride

  • In its “Safest Schools” report, stateuniversity.com recognized CSUSM as the safest four-year university in California.
  • Our faculty drives the national research agenda.  In 2011, we received approximately $7.2 million in grants.
  • CSUSM, in partnership with Palomar Community College, received a $1.95 million grant to develop a five-year program aimed at increasing the number of undergraduates, transfer students and graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
  • The curriculum is focused on writing, critical thinking and collaborative team building skills while integrating an international perspective.
  • Buildings and laboratories are technologically advanced and 100% of the classrooms are equipped with “smart” computer systems.
  • Over 50% of the student population represents diverse ethnic backgrounds including students from over 35 different countries.
  • CSUSM was awarded the San Diego Excellence in Energy (SANDEE) award for a comprehensive energy conservation project that reduced consumption by more than 25%, saving nearly $600,000 in annual energy costs.
  • The university is truly engaged with the community through an emphasis on business connections, community service and study abroad.
  • Through its nationally acclaimed Community Service Learning program, CSUSM students annually log over 160,000 hours of community service valued at over $1.3 million. 
  • CSU San Marcos offers 8 men and women’s divisional sports and over 100 social, educational and recreational student clubs and organizations.
  • CSUSM is listed in US News and World Report’s ranking of top US Regional Universities (West).




Schools and Programs 

College of Business Administration (CoBA) College of Education, Health & Human Services (CoEHHS) College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABSS) College of Science & Mathematics (CSM) Extended Learning
Within CoBA's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Program, there are three departments and multiple options to choose, plus additional tracks within the departments offering further specialization. Learn more about BSBA Departments & Options...

CoBA also offers a comprehensive MBA Program...
Education Anthropology Biological Sciences Whether you are looking to change careers, advance your current career or explore personal interests, Extended Learning has a quality educational program perfectly suited for you.

Learn more on the Extended Learning website...
Human Development Cognitive Science Biotechnology
Kinesiology Communication Chemistry & Biochemistry
Nursing Economics Computer Science & Information Systems

Ethnic Studies Mathematics

Film Studies Physics

Global Studies


Liberal Studies

Literature & Writing Studies

Modern Language Studies

Native Studies


Political Science


Social Sciences


Visual & Performing Arts

Women's Studies


Contact Us 

GPA Vietnam
Số 5, Ngách 106/42, Ngõ 106 Hoàng Quốc Việt, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội
Tel: 090 468 1173 hoặc 090 225 6088
Mr. Colleen Manthey
International Admissions Office
California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Required Tests for Int'l Students TOEFL
Minimum TOEFL-iBT Score 61
Is a SAT Score Required? No
Application Deadline 1/5/2013
Application Fee -
Student Adviser for Int'l Students Yes
Provide Housing During Academic Year? Yes
Average Scholarship Amount -


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