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California State University San Marcos


Building on an innovative 30-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 U.S.-Mexico border. CSUSM enrollment is over 16,000 and the university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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

Campus History | Campus Mission, Vision, and Values | Clery Report | Disclosures

Academics & Aid

Students studying
  • Over 16,000 students (Fall 2020)
  • 43 bachelor program majors
  • 39 minors
  • 24 master’s programs
  • 8 credential programs
  • 1 joint doctoral with UC San Diego
  • 70 percent of students who applied, received financial aid
  • $11,275 Average financial aid received
  • 284 tenure-track 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
80% 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


President's Administrative Team

Ellen Neufeldt
(760) 750-4040
Leon Wyden, Jr.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(760) 750-4950

Viridiana Diaz
Vice President
(760) 750-4056
Patricia Prado-Olmos
Chief Community Engagement Officer
(760) 750-8719

Carl Kemnitz
Provost & Vice President
(760) 750-4050
Jessica Berger
Jessica Berger
Vice President
(760) 750-4400

Sarah Villarreal
Chief of Staff
(760) 750-5302
Aswad Allen
Chief Diversity Officer
(760) 750-4039

CSUSM Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people. CSUSM and its surrounding areas are still home to the six federally recognized bands of the La Jolla, Pala, Pauma, Pechanga, Rincon, Soboba Luiseño/Payómkawichum people. It is also important to acknowledge that this land remains the shared space among the Kuupangaxwichem/Cupeño and Kumeyaay and Ipai peoples.

Learn more about this important land acknowledgement

Contact Tribal Liaison