Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the University is just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the US-Mexico border. CSUSM enrollment is over 15,000 and the university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

California State University is located in northern San Diego County and offers beautiful beaches, an hour drive to the mountains and desert, a down town nightlife, world class shopping, and more all within a short trip from campus!

Academics & Aid

Students studying
  • 14,179 students (Fall 2015)
  • 31 Bachelor program majors
  • 37 minors
  • 11 Master’s programs
  • 8 credential programs
  • 1 joint doctoral with UC San Diego
  • 83% of students receive financial aid, scholarships, grants, and/or loans.
  • $10,488 Average financial aid received.
  • 276 faculty

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Ranked 13th for preparing students for career success relative to costs nationally.
78% job placement rates 6 months post-graduation.
53% of graduates were the first in their families to earn a BA degree
85% of our alumni stay in the local community.

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Campus Life

100+ Student clubs and Organizations
Crash the Cougar
25+ Greek Life chapters
students sitting
304 acre campus with new buildings
Two locations – San Marcos and Temecula

Campus Administrators

  • Karen
    Karen Haynes
    Office: Office of the President
    (760) 750-4040
  • Graham
    Graham Oberem
    Provost & Vice President
    Office: Academic Affairs
    (760) 750-4050
  • Linda
    Linda Hawk
    Vice President
    Office: Finance & Administrative Services
    (760) 750-4950
  • Neal
    Neal Hoss
    Vice President
    Office: University Advancement
    (760) 750-4400
  • Lorena
    Lorena Meza
    Vice President
    Office: Student Affairs
    (760) 750-4056
  • Patricia
    Patricia Prado-Olmos
    Vice President
    Office: Community Engagement
    (760) 750-8719
  • Matt
    Matt Ceppi
    Chief of Staff & AVP for Institutional Planning & Analysis
    Office: Office of the President
    (760) 750-4040