California State University-San Marcos

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
2022 Average Net Price
$10,463
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.51%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
95.2%
14,774 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
15,109
79.3% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
56.7%
1,166 Graduates

About

California State University-San Marcos is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at California State University-San Marcos were General Business Administration & Management (532 degrees awarded), General Psychology (325 degrees), and Registered Nursing (318 degrees).

In 2022, 4,089 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California State University-San Marcos. 67% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,815 degrees), 1.51 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1,203 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $5,742, which is $−18,254 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $5,742, which is $−18,254 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,463.

In 2022, 65% of undergraduate students attending California State University-San Marcos received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 26% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at California State University-San Marcos was $5,742. The cost of tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $−18,254 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$10,463
2022 Value
26.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 California State University-San Marcos had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,463. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of California State University-San Marcos grew by 26.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,671
Room and Board
$1,118
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-San Marcos was of $11,671 in 2022. The cost of room and board decreased by 20.4% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,118. The cost of books and supplies increased by 4.29% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

65%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
26%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

65% of undergraduate students at California State University-San Marcos received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.56% with respect to 2021, when 64% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.51%
2019 Default Rate
43
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at California State University-San Marcos was 1.51%, which represents 43 out of the 2856 total borrowers.

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Admissions

California State University-San Marcos received 14,774 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 5.63% annual growth. Out of those 14,774 applicants, 14,064 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 95.2% acceptance rate.

There were 15,109 students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos in 2022.

California State University-San Marcos has an overall enrollment yield of 18.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

95.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
14,064
Accepted Out of 14,774

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California State University-San Marcos was 95.2% (14,064 admissions from 14,774 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 93.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 5.63%, while admissions grew by 7.78%..

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Enrollment

California State University-San Marcos had a total enrollment of 15,109 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at California State University-San Marcos is 11,975 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,134. This means that 79.3% of students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California State University-San Marcos, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.2% Hispanic or Latino, 25.7% White, 9.78% Asian, 5.52% Two or More Races, 3.49% Black or African American, 0.291% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.238% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (33.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (18.4%) and White Female (14.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (30.6%), followed by White Female (21.4%) and White Male (9.03%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California State University-San Marcos in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,109 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-San Marcos is 11,975 and the part-time enrollment is 3,134. This means that 79.3% of students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California State University-San Marcos was 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), California State University-San Marcos had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    7,581 enrolled students
  2. White
    3,881 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,477 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at California State University-San Marcos is 50.2% Hispanic or Latino, 25.7% White, 9.78% Asian, 5.52% Two or More Races, 3.49% Black or African American, 0.291% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.238% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 496 students (3.28%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,391 more women than men received degrees from California State University-San Marcos. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino (1,815 degrees awarded). There were 1.51 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1203 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California State University-San Marcos is General Business Administration & Management (532 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (325 degrees) and Registered Nursing (318 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at California State University-San Marcos, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Social Sciences (725 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (192 degrees), and History (74 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (454,838 people), Other managers (363,699 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (323,894 people), Postsecondary teachers (187,555 people), and Social workers, all other (161,612 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos in 2022 are Social Sciences (725 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (192 degrees), History (74 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (136 degrees), and Psychology (334 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Social Sciences (725 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (192 degrees), History (74 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (136 degrees), and Psychology (334 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Elementary & secondary schools (851,554 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (477,529 people), Legal services (367,175 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (364,494 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (271,383 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Social Sciences (725 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (192 degrees), History (74 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (136 degrees), and Psychology (334 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California State University-San Marcos.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 610 degrees awarded
  2. 327 degrees awarded
  3. 294 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California State University-San Marcos was General Business Administration & Management with 610 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,349
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,740
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,349 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-San Marcos, which is 0.492 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,740).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 347 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-San Marcos in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.42 times more than the 244 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 276 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-San Marcos in Registered Nursing, which is 3.94 times more than the 70 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

17%
100% Completion Time
57%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 17% of students graduating from California State University-San Marcos completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 57% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 61% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (64.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at California State University-San Marcos is Female and Asian (64.5% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.03% of graduates (47 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,815 degrees awarded
  2. White
    1,203 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    409 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino (1,815 degrees awarded). There were 1.51 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1203 degrees).

3.82% of degree recipients (156 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,323 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    761 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    492 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino female (1,323 degrees awarded). There were 1.74 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (761 degrees).

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Operations

California State University-San Marcos has an endowment valued at nearly $31.2M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−17.8%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, California State University-San Marcos had a total salary expenditure of 350M. California State University-San Marcos employs 110 Lecturers, 110 Professors and 94 Associate professors. Most academics at California State University-San Marcos are Female Lecturer (77), Male Professor (57), and Female Professor (53).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos are: Business and Financial Operations, with 187 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 177 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 127 employees.

Endowment

$31.2M
2022 Endowment
12.8%
decline from 2021

California State University-San Marcos has an endowment valued at about $31.2M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of California State University-San Marcos declined 12.8% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $15.4M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$120M
2022 Salaries
7.59%
growth from 2021

In 2022, California State University-San Marcos paid a median of $120M in salaries, which represents 34.3% of their overall expenditure ($350M) and a 7.59% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$39.6M
Instructional Salaries
402
Number of Employees

In 2022, California State University-San Marcos paid a total of $39.6M to 402 employees working as instructors, which represents 33% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
110 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
187 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos were Lecturer with 110 employees, Professor with 110 employees, and Associate professor with 94 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos were Business and Financial Operations with 187 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 177 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 127 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos was Female Lecturer with 77 employees, Male Professor with 57 employees, and Female Professor with 53 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at California State University-San Marcos.

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