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Passionate about Student Access and Success

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Our student body – 17,000 strong – brings a wealth of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives, which makes our University and our region stronger.

Nearly half of our students come from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, including former foster youth, American Indians and veterans. More than half of our students are first-generation college students.

Our students not only gain a world-class education at CSUSM, they acquire the real- world experience needed to thrive.


CSUSM is a young and dynamic university that serves first-generation students who are bright and do not take for granted the opportunity of university education.

Dr. Ali Ahmadinia

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems

Dr. Ali Ahmadinia

over 45,000 Alumni


44% latinx descent for fall 2017

Percentage of student population of Latinx descent for fall 2017

over 140

Active student organizations