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California State University-San Marcos Admission Chances


Acceptance Chances

Acceptance Rate
54%
Admission Difficulty for California State University San Marcos
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into California State University-San Marcos? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 7,413 out of 13,718 applicants or 54% were admitted making California State University-San Marcos a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has very easy requirements for admission test scores. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
930-1130
Applicants Submitting SAT
88%
SAT Scores for California State University San Marcos
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 460
SAT Math 25th 470
SAT Composite 25th 930
SAT Scores for California State University San Marcos
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 570
SAT Math 75th 560
SAT Composite 75th 1130
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University San Marcos?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 830. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1030 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University San Marcos admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1130 and Above Good >67%
1030 to 1130 Avg + 54%-67%
930 to 1030 Avg - 41%-54%
830 to 930 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 830 Low <29%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
18-23
Applicants Submitting ACT
31%
ACT Scores for California State University San Marcos
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 17
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for California State University San Marcos
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 23
ACT Composite 75th 23
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into California State University-San Marcos?

Admission data indicates that California State University-San Marcos regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 23 and above have very competitive chances. 31 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University San Marcos.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University San Marcos admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
23 and Above Good >69%
20 to 23 Avg + 54%-69%
18 to 20 Avg - 43%-54%
16 to 18 Reach 33%-43%
Less than 16 Low <33%

Estimated GPA Requirements

California State University San Marcos has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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Admission Statistics

California State University San Marcos admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,460 5,258 13,718
Accepted 4,663 2,750 7,413
Acceptance Rate 55% 52% 54%
Enrolled 1,376 826 2,202
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 30% 30%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California State University San Marcos and what considerations affect admission decisions?

California State University San Marcos Admission Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at California State University San Marcos
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=366711 IPEDS survey data for California State University San Marcos.



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