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CSU San Marcos: Student Life

Student Profile

Total undergraduates:4,566 men, 6,989 women, 11,555 total
Full-time undergraduates:3,614 men, 5,485 women, 9,099 total
Part-time undergraduates:952 men, 1,504 women, 2,456 total
Total graduate students:189 men, 406 women, 595 total
Full-time graduate students:121 men, 265 women, 386 total
Part-time graduate students:68 men, 141 women, 209 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates:22
U.S. region where majority of students come from:West
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state:2%
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
  • 0.3% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 10.8% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 3.5% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 48.5% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 25.4% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 2.8% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.4% Nonresident Alien 
  • 6.1% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
  • 0.4% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 9.8% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 3.4% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 39.6% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.4% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 32.4% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 5.4% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 2.4% Nonresident Alien 
  • 6.1% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown

Campus Environment

Campus size:304 acres
City or town school is located in:San Marcos, CA
Population of city/town:89,387
Locations of branch/satellite campuses:Branch campus in Temecula.
Nearest major city:San Diego, CA
Distance of nearest major city:30 miles
Population of nearest major city:1,355,896
Online campus map:

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • single-student apartments
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing:78%
Percent of students who live in school housing:99%
Percent of students who live off campus:1%
Student conduct policies: hazing prohibited
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:no

Study Facilities

Every student is required to lease or own a computer:no
Every student is required to take a computer course:no
Computer equipment is provided in:library, computer center/lab(s)
Total number of microcomputers available to students:1400
Internet access provided to all students:yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:yes
School has a library on campus:yes

Assistance Services

Remedial learning services: reading, writing, math, study skills
Additional services offered: placement service, health service, women's center, day care
Counseling services: minority student, military, veteran student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological, disability-related counseling.
Career placement services: career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training
Services for students with disabilities: note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, adaptive equipment, braille services
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:fully

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus:5
Number of social sororities on campus:7
Student activities: student government, student newspaper
School newspaper(s):The Cougar Chronicle
Newspaper homepage:
Number of honor societies:56
Total number of registered organizations:120
Campus-based religious organizations: Catholic Cougars, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Latter-Day Saint Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Priority Christian Challenge, The Jordan.
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees: Tukwut Life (student life experience), Cougar Chronicle (student newspaper), ASI (student government), CAB and USUAB (Activities Board, BLU CRU (Athletic Fan Club), O-Team (Orientation Team), Campus Rec (Campus Recreation, Sports Clubs, IMs, and Outdoor Adventures).


School has an athletic program:yes
Athletic director:Jennifer Milo,
Athletic Director
School colors:blue and white
Athletics homepage:
School mascot:Cougars
Athletic conference memberships:NCAA Division II (Candidate Member)
Sports offeredScholarships?Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNCAA Div. II
Men's basketballNCAA Div. II
Men's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. II
Men's golfyesNCAA Div. II
Men's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Men's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. II
Women's basketballNCAA Div. II
Women's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. II
Women's golfyesNCAA Div. II
Women's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Women's softballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's track and field (indoor)NCAA Div. II
Women's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. II
Women's volleyballNCAA Div. II
Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports:7%
Athletic facilities: Sports Center, fitness center, Mangrum track & field, disc golf course, hunter gymnasium, locker rooms, multi purpose field, lower field, indoor event spaces, Clarke Field house events.
Intramural/Recreational sports: basketball, volleyball(co-rec), speed soccer (co-rec), 3v3 basketball, futsal (co-rec), flag football (co-rec), disc golf.
Club sports for men: baseball, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, wresting, surf, swim.
Club sports for women: dance, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, women's volleyball, surf, swim.

Getting Away

Public transportation serves campus:yes
Nearest international airport:San Diego, CA (30 miles)
Nearest other airport:Carlsbad, CA (10 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:Oceanside, CA (15 miles)
Nearest passenger bus service:Escondido, CA (5 miles)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:yes
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergraduates are:good
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:no

Additional Information

CSU San Marcos is committed to a student-centered focus. The campus is a gathering place for more thaneighty student organizations, three sororities and two fraternities, multicultural programs, wellness programs, and an active student government, Associated Students Inc. (ASI). ASI offers recreation, intramural and club sports programs, and co-sponsors campus-wide events. Students will find a variety of concerts, exhibits, and lectures on and near the campus.The campus will opened the new Center for Children & Families in fall 2007 which provides additional on-campus childcare and opportunities for students to gain field experience with children.

The campus intercollegiate athletics program currently includes teams in golf, track, cross country, soccer, baseball and softball. Teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

CSU San Marcos offers an unparalleled on-campus living experience for students. University Village

Apartments houses more than 600 students in two and four bedroom apartments. Students and staff members, along with a Faculty in Residence, assist students in developing a dynamic living environment. Contact the Student and Life & Leadership Office for more information. The office also provides information and assistance for off-campus housing.