California State University-San Marcos (CSUSM)

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CSUSM can be found in San Marcos, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Approximately nine thousand students are enrolled at California State University-San Marcos.

Many of the students accepted into California State University-San Marcos had an SAT score in the range of 860 to 1070, or got accepted with an ACT score between 18 to 23. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the CSUSM average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.18 for accepted students. CSUSM admits about 60 percent of students applying each year. Of those that are accepted, roughly 28 percent enrolled. Based on historical acceptance rate data, the projected CSUSM acceptance rate 2015 is estimated to be 60%.

Overall CSUSM Acceptance Rate - Fall 2012


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-San Marcos was reported as 62.5% in Fall 2012 with over 10,200 college applications submitted to CSUSM. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CSUSM ACT Scores: 18 - 23
  • CSUSM Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.18

How Hard Is It to Get into California State University-San Marcos?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into California State University-San Marcos, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for California State University-San Marcos has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2008-2009: 73.4%
  • 2009-2010: 71.4%
  • 2010-2011: 40.8%
  • 2011-2012: 58.5%
  • 2012-2013: 62.5%
  • Projected CSUSM Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 59.6%

How Does CSUSM Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California State University-San Marcos is thirteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of San Diego48.9%
California Baptist University78.8%
Chapman University44.7%
University of Redlands67.2%
Biola University72.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2012)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CSUSM (Fall 2012)

ACT®Score Range
English16 - 23
Math18 - 24
Composite Score18 - 23
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