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CSU San Marcos

CSU San Marcos
CSU San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Official telephone: (760) 750-4000

Website: www.csusm.edu


Screen last updated on: July 18, 2016

The admissions information below is valid for the 2015 academic year.

CSU San Marcos

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Carol Mc Allister,
Director of Admissions & Student Outreach
Contacting the office:
(760) 750-4848
(760) 750-3248 (fax)

First-time Freshman Application Process & Requirements

Is there an application deadline for fall?
Final filing date for fall:
November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:
Application fee:
Can the application fee be waived?
Are refunds available on the application fee?
Is the Common Application form accepted?
Admissions requirements:
Minimum 2.0 GPA and minimum grade of "C" in all college-preparatory classes required. Minimum eligibility index of 2900 for SAT I (694 for ACT) required of in-state applicants; minimum eligibility index of 3502 for SAT I (842 for ACT) required of out-of-state applicants. In-state applicants with minimum 3.0 GPA and out-of-state applicants with minimum 3.6 GPA may be exempt from submission of test scores.
High school graduation is:
required, GED is accepted
A general college preparatory program is:
Campus visit is:
Interview is:
neither required nor recommended
Standardized test requirements:
SAT or ACT required of some
School's test preference:
no preference
Aside from admissions, test scores are used for:
Dates test scores should be received:
February 1 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
1 required
4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language:
2 required, 2 recommended
2 required, 3 recommended
3 required, 4 recommended
Social studies:
2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives:
1 required, 1 recommended
15 required, 16 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:
EOP, conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program:
School has early action program:
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:

First-time Freshman Selection Process

Academic criteria:
  • secondary school report very important
  • class rank not considered
  • recommendations not considered
  • standardized test scores very important
  • essay not considered
Nonacademic criteria:
  • interview not considered
  • extracurricular activities not considered
  • particular talent/ability not considered
  • character/personal qualities not considered
  • alumni/ae relationship not considered
  • geographical residence considered
  • state residency considered
  • religious affiliation/commitment not considered
  • minority affiliation not considered
  • volunteer work not considered
  • work experience not considered
Admissions is need blind:
Average secondary school GPA:
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA:
Test taken by majority of applicants:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores:
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score:

Undergraduate Notification for Fall Term

Notification of admission:
on a rolling basis
Acceptance of admission:
must accept by May 1

First-time Freshman Enrollment

Number of completed applications received:
Number of applicants offered admission:
9,102 (85%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
2,167 (24%)
School has a waiting list policy:
Number of students put on waiting list:
Number accepting place on waiting list:
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state:
Tuition deposit amount:
$150, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount:
$500, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred:

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