Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos opened its doors to students in the fall of 1990. It is the first of a new generation of California State Universities. We are a rapidly growing university with plans to grow to 25,000 in full capacity. San Marcos is located in North San Diego County, approximately 35 miles from both downtown San Diego and Orange County, offering a full-range of recreational, cultural, entertainment, and shopping opportunities.
“North City promises to be a hip, happening hub of mixed-use residential, retail and commercial space, attracting people of all ages and stages who want to live where they work, and stay where they play. The compact area - its location at the epi-center of North County, amazing access to existing mass -transit - combined with our visionary, sustainable urban design, will create a true City Center for northern San Diego County.” Urban Villages