California State University, San Marcos: Narrative Description

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333 South Twin Oaks Valley Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Tel: (760)750-4000
Admissions: (760)750-4848
Fax: (760)750-4030
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1990. Setting: 304-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Diego. Endowment: $5.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5150 per student. Total enrollment: 6,728. Faculty: 402 (153 full-time, 249 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 5,742 applied, 38% were admitted. Full-time: 4,423 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,771 students, 59% women, 41% men. 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 19% Hispanic, 3% black, 10% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 30% 25 or older, 7% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at San Diego State University, Palomar College, Mira Costa College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $8136 full-time, $339 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $2786 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room only: $7470. Room charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 30 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 3% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Accounting Club, Liberal Studies Club, MECHA, Sigma IOTA Epsilon. Major annual events: Pow-Wow, Welcome Week, Awards Dinner. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Kellogg Library with 233,445 books, 941,482 microform titles, 2,043 serials, 8,528 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.7 million. 1,300 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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