California State University-San Marcos

San Marcos, CA 92096

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is part of the 23-school California State University System. Located in San Marcos, CSUSM is a public university founded in 1989. They offer 62 bachelor’s degree programs, along with 15 master’s degrees through their four colleges. The university is located on 304-acres of land overlooking San Marcos. The area features some of the best beaches in the region and is just a short drive from the US-Mexico border. The student body has exceeded 17,000, making CSUSM one of the bigger schools in the area. Interestingly, 85% of the alumni stay in the local community.


The School of Nursing is part of the College of Education, Health and Human Services (CEHHS). These programs are accredited by the CCNE. CSUSM began offering the nursing programs in 2006, starting with the BSN program. They now offer a total of six different nursing programs, including the traditional BSN program, LVN to BSN, and MSN, and they opened a satellite campus in Temecula to accommodate the growing number of students. The MSN program offers two areas of concentration – Advanced Practice Nursing and Post-Masters Certificates. These programs are designed for students to complete part-time, while the BSN program is intended for full-time students.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio24:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. LPN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 186
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 32

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from California State University-San Marcos

San Diego State University
24.94 miles away
University of California-Irvine
53.26 miles away
Career Care Institute, Moreno Valley
56.27 miles away
Santa Ana College
60.52 miles away
North Orange County ROP
63.67 miles away
Four - D College
64.01 miles away
Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
64.15 miles away
Stanton University, Garden Grove
64.32 miles away
California Career Institute, Garden Grove
64.74 miles away
United Education International College (UEI), San Bernardino
64.75 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
06/23/1993 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/25/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/04/2012 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading430 to 520
SAT: Math430 to 540
ACT Composite18 to 23
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$5,417
30k to 48k$6,842
48k to 75k$10,957
75k to 110k$15,653
Over 110k$17,564
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $372.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $0.00 $372.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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California State University-San Marcos
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096

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