California State University-San Marcos

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$13,010
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.29%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
61.7%
17,349 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
16,053
81.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
54.9%
897 Graduates

About

California State University-San Marcos is a higher education institution located in San Diego County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California State University-San Marcos were Registered Nursing (636 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (472 degrees), and General Human Development & Family Studies (284 degrees).

In 2019, 4,094 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California State University-San Marcos. 66.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,521 degrees), 1.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1088 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $5,742, which is $−16,284 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $5,742, which is $−16,284 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $13,010.

In 2019, 64% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 33% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at California State University-San Marcos was $5,742. The cost of tuition at California State University-San Marcos is $−16,284 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$13,010
2019 Value
3.14%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 California State University-San Marcos had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $13,010. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of California State University-San Marcos grew by 3.14%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,075
Room and Board
$2,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-San Marcos was of $14,075 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board increased by 6.15% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 7.87% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

64%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
33%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

64% of undergraduate students at California State University-San Marcos received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 3.23% with respect to 2018, when 62% 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.
4.29%
2017 Default Rate
109
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at California State University-San Marcos was 4.29%, which represents 109 out of the 2543 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

California State University-San Marcos received 17,349 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.7% annual decline. Out of those 17,349 applicants, 10,699 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 61.7% acceptance rate.

There were 16,053 students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos in 2019, and 94% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California State University-San Marcos has an overall enrollment yield of 21%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

61.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
10,699
Accepted Out of 17,349

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California State University-San Marcos was 61.7% (10,699 admissions from 17,349 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 58.4%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −1.7%, while admissions grew by 3.76%.

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SAT Scores

94%
Submission Percentage
2,118
Scores Submitted

94% of enrolled first-time students at California State University-San Marcos in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California State University-San Marcos has a total enrollment of 16,053 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-San Marcos is 13,066 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,987. This means that 81.4% 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 45.5% Hispanic or Latino, 26.9% White, 9.27% Asian, 5.19% Two or More Races, 3.02% Black or African American, 0.28% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.237% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (32.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (15.9%) and White Female (14.7%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (25%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (24.9%) and White Male (12.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

81.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California State University-San Marcos, both undergraduate and graduate, is 16,053 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-San Marcos is 13,066 and the part-time enrollment is 2,987. This means that 81.4% of students enrolled at California State University-San Marcos are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2019 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 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), California State University-San Marcos had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    7,299
  2. White
    4,317
  3. Asian
    1,488

The enrolled student population at California State University-San Marcos is 45.5% Hispanic or Latino, 26.9% White, 9.27% Asian, 5.19% Two or More Races, 3.02% Black or African American, 0.28% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.237% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 749 students (4.67%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 1376 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 (1,521 degrees awarded). There were 1.4 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1088 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California State University-San Marcos is Registered Nursing (636 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (472 degrees) and General Human Development & Family Studies (284 degrees).

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 Human Sciences (284 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (615 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (198 degrees).

Workforce

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 (420,993 people), Other managers (378,077 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (246,256 people), Chief executives & legislators (172,926 people), and Postsecondary teachers (157,995 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Human Sciences (284 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (615 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (198 degrees), History (84 degrees), and Communications (229 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

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 Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Human Sciences (284 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (615 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (198 degrees), History (84 degrees), and Communications (229 degrees).

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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 (649,838 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (416,860 people), Legal services (335,625 people), Computer Systems Design (270,177 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (235,132 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-San Marcos are Human Sciences (284 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (615 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (198 degrees), History (84 degrees), and Communications (229 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 636 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 472 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 284 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California State University-San Marcos was Registered Nursing with 636 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,359
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,735
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,359 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-San Marcos, which is 0.497 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,735).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 272 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-San Marcos in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.1 times more than the 248 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 553 degrees were awarded to women at California State University-San Marcos in Registered Nursing, which is 4.77 times more than the 116 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%
100% Completion Time
53%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 14% 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, 53% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 58% within 200%.

The following chart shows these completion rates over time compared to the average for the Masters Colleges and Universities Carnegie Classification group.

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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (67.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California State University-San Marcos is Female and Black or African American (67.6% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 3.9% of graduates (35 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,521 degrees awarded
  2. White
    1,088 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    554 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino (1,521 degrees awarded). There were 1.4 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (1088 degrees).

13.5% of degree recipients (554 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    1,075 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    681 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    446 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at California State University-San Marcos is hispanic or latino female (1,075 degrees awarded). There were 1.58 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (681 degrees).

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Operations

California State University-San Marcos has an endowment valued at nearly $26.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.79M (10.6%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, California State University-San Marcos had a total salary expenditure of $306M. California State University-San Marcos employs 111 Professors, 109 Lecturers, and 90 Assistant professors. Most academics at California State University-San Marcos are Female Lecturers (77), Female Professors(56), and Male Professors (55).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos are: Business and Financial Operations, with 176 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 150 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 148 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$26.3M
2019 Endowment
5.44%
growth from 2018

California State University-San Marcos has an endowment valued at about $26.3M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of California State University-San Marcos grew 5.44% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $12.2M lower than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, California State University-San Marcos received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$108M
2019 Salaries
4.73%
growth from 2018

In 2019, California State University-San Marcos paid a median of $108M in salaries, which represents 35.3% of their overall expenditure ($306M) and a 4.73% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 11.1% growth from 2017 and a 7.57% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$36M
Instructional Salaries
392
Number of Employees

In 2019, California State University-San Marcos paid a total of $36M to 392 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
111 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
176 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos were Professor with 111 employees; Lecturer with 109 employees; and Lecturer with 90 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos were Business and Financial Operations with 176 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 150 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 148 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Female Professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California State University-San Marcos was Female Lecturer with 77 employees, Female Professor with 56 employees, and Male Professor with 55 employees.

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

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