Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos opened its doors to students in fall l990, and became the 20th campus to be established in the 23-campus CSU system. Today, nearly 17,000 students attend the 304-acre campus, which is located in the foothills of northern San Diego County, just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border. CSUSM is a dynamic university with a global vision. A distinctive feature of the university curriculum is its emphasis on hands-on experiences. The campus’ modem, state-of-the-art facilities provide students access to science and computer labs featuring some of the finest equipment available today. Cal State San Marcos prepares students to become life-long learners and productive contributors to a global society by helping them acquire knowledge and develop skills and values. CSUSM is one of 34 public universities in the U.S. recognized by the Carnegie Foundation in the Community Engagement Classification for both Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.
In just 28 years, CSUSM has become the University of Choice for an increasing number of students from all over Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. The campus’ success is built on the foundation of its core mission, which ensures students will become the leaders of tomorrow. The university’s five strategic priorities - academic excellence, student life, campus climate, community partnerships and educational equity - keep it on track in meeting today’s challenges while building a legacy of access to quality education. Here’s what graduating seniors say about their CSUSM education:
99% say CSUSM contributed to their ability to think critically and analytically
97% say CSUSM contributed to their ability to work effectively with others
96% say CSUSM contributed to their ability to write clearly and effectively
90% say CSUSM contributed to their ability to acquire work-related knowledge and skills
89% say CSUSM contributed to their ability to be an informed and active citizen
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Students at CSU San Marcos can choose from over 100 student organizations, Greek affiliations, and a variety of multicultural programs. Students have the opportunity to enjoy leadership development, build a support network, and plan activities. The diverse array of student organizations offers students numerous opportunities to enhance their academic and social life on campus. Every student who is motivated can take a leadership role in a student organization.
Living in Student Housing is a great way to experience CSUSM with convenient access to campus amenities. CSUSM offers two unique apartment communities for students: University Village Apartments (UVA) and The QUAD. The fully furnished, modern apartments offer single-level floor plans with private and shared room options. Amenities at each complex include a multi-system game cave, recreation areas, a fitness center and a resort-style pool.