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CSU San Marcos: Admissions

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?yes
Final filing date for fall:November 30
Freshmen are accepted for terms other than fall:No
Application Fee:$55
Can the application fee be waived?yes
Are refunds available on the application fee?no
Is the Common Application form accepted?no
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:required
Campus visit is:recommended
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:counseling
Dates test scores should be received:February 1 for SAT/ACT
High School units required or recommended: Art:​​1 required, 1 recommended
English:4 required, 4 recommended
Foreign Language:2 required, 2 recommended
Lab:2 required, 3 recommended
Social Studies:2 required, 2 recommended
Academic Electives:1 required, 1 recommended
Total:15 required, 16 recommended
Special programs/policies for applicants not normally admissible:EOP, conditional admission
School has formalized early decision program:no
School has early action program:no
School has concurrent enrollment program for high school:no

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: yes
Average secondary school GPA: 3.19
Percent of freshmen who submitted GPA: 100%
Test taken by majority of applicants: SAT
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted SAT scores: 90%
Percent of accepted applicants who submitted ACT score: 32%

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: 10,728
Number of applicants offered admission: 9,102 (85%)
Number of applicants offered admission who enrolled: 2,167 (24%)
School has a waiting list policy: yes
Number of students put on waiting list: 1,625
Number accepting place on waiting list: 782
Percent of freshmen who came from out of state: 1%
Tuition deposit amount: $150, nonrefundable
Room deposit amount:$500, nonrefundable
Admission may be deferred:no