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CSU San Marcos
CSU San Marcos

Website: www.csusm.edu


Screen last updated on: September 30, 2015

The admissions information below is valid for the 2016-17 academic year.

CSU San Marcos

Admissions Office

Admissions officer:
Carol McAllister,
Director of Admissions & Recruitment
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 2900 for SAT I (694 for ACT) required of out-of-state applicants.
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 15 for SAT/ACT
High school units required or recommended:
1 required, 1 recommended
4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign language:
2 required, 2 recommended
3 required, 4 recommended
2 required, 3 recommended
Social studies:
2 required, 2 recommended
Academic electives:
1 required, 1 recommended
15 required, 17 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:

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:
7,717 (56%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled:
2,215 (29%)
School has a waiting list policy:
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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