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California State University - San Marcos

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityB
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionC-
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueB University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyD FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceC Social LifeF
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:

Quite Bright
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She cares more about Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty than the average student.
Date: Feb 22 2004
Major: Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc (This Major's Salary over time)
Cal State San Marcos is a young (est. 1989), growing (5,000 students) college with a pioneering spirit.

It is not a strong school academically. Like most of the Cal States, it serves the second tier of California's system of higher education, behind the University of California. Yet, even in this role, it ranks near the bottom of all the major college surveys, with the highest non-completion rate of any CSU campus, a measly sum of majors, and an undistinguished faculty.

It does not have a strong community. The athletics department is almost non-existent, offering only golf and track-and-field at the intercollegiate level. A handful of clubs, two fraternities, and two sororities offer small relief from the stark absence of any extracurricular activities on campus. The long overdue introduction of dorms in 2003 has helped some, but one can find more active students on some community college campuses.

It is not an attractive school. Put frankly, it looks like a prison on a barren, clay-covered hillside.

Cal State San Marcos is hurt by its location. Situated close to San Diego State (arguably the flagship of the CSU system) and UC San Diego (one of the top UC campuses), the school attracts local commuter students who either couldn’t make it in to these better institutions, or who are fleeing from them in search of smaller class sizes. Either way, the student body feels no connection to the school, and many transfer out within a few years of arriving.

It does have some bright spots. A relatively strong computer science program, a high-tech library, wireless access throughout campus, and brand-spanking-new computers in every lab give the place a technological feel. The CSUs are known for their Education programs, and San Marcos does this well. Business is the most popular major.

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