California State University, San Marcos

Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos is a four-year accredited university with a student body of more than 11,300 students. We offer hands-on, real-world curriculum which encourages creativity in solving 21st century problems. The campus is located on 304 acres in the foothills of San Marcos, California, just a short distance from some of Southern California's best beaches. CSUSM offers 31 baccalaureate degrees and focuses on giving students the tools needed to lead, serve and innovate in their workplace and community. In 2012 CSUSM was recognized as the safest four-year public university in California for the second year in a row.

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Supplimentary Information


  • Through WUE You'd Save: $9,009
  • WUE: $8,613
  • Resident: $5,742
  • Nonresident: $17,622

NOTE: Estimated tuition rates and savings shown are per academic year and are from WICHE’s most recent Tuition & Fees Report for 2023-2024. Fees are additional.

IMPORTANT: Verify full estimated cost of attendance with the institution’s bursar, admissions, financial aid or graduate admissions (for WRGP) office. Tuition rates for more specialized undergraduate/graduate programs may be much higher than the tuition rate for standard programs. To receive the discounted tuition rate, program must be WUE- or WRGP-eligible. You must apply by the school’s deadlines and meet their academic eligibility and residency requirements.

WUE Admissions Info*

  • WUE Rate for Transfers: No
  • Majors Avail. Online at WUE Rate: No
  • Separate WUE Application Req'd: No
  • Min. High School GPA: 2.5

*Requirements may vary by major

Application Deadlines

  • WUE Fall Deadline: 12/15/23
  • Freshman Fall Deadline: 12/15/23

Quick Facts

  • Located in: San Marcos, California
  • Type: 4-Year Public
  • Minority Serving Institution:
    • Hispanic-Serving Institution
  • Campus Housing Available: Yes
  • Interstate Passport Member: No