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California State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 23rd 2019By -  Aishwarya Bhatnagar

California State University San Marcos accepts applications twice around the year, that is, in Spring and Fall. The acceptance rate recorded for 2018 admissions was 58%.

  • Candidates seeking application for Bachelor’s courses may apply with SAT or ACT scores. However, applying via SAT or ACT is not mandatory.
  • The application fee is 55 USD and it can be waived.
  • Candidates can apply both online and offline.


Application PortalCal State Apply/Offline
Application Fee (refundable)55 USD
Acceptance Rate58%
Mode of Payment Online
Academic Calendar Semester-based
Intake seasonsSpring/Fall/Winter
Financial AidScholarships, Loans

California State University San Marcos Admission Deadlines

The applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission:

Fall 2019Open until July 2019
Spring 2020November 1, 2019
Fall 2020May 1, 2020

California State University San Marcos International Student Admissions

The admission process of international students is mostly the same as that of domestic students. However, some additional requirements should be fulfilled if applying for admissions at California State University, San Macros.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • All academic records in the original language must be sent via post.
  • Official English translations of all academic records are needed.
  • Affidavit of Financial support
  • Official TOEFL / IELTS / Cambridge English Score report
  • Copy of passport
  • Equivalent of B (3.0) grade point equivalent and high school graduate or equivalent of Bachelor's degree with an overall 2.5 GPA or higher.

English Proficiency test scores for International Students

International students can submit TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge English test scores as proof of English language proficiency. They can also prove it if they have attended a high school for at least 3 years where English was the principal language of instruction.

TOEFL (iBt)6180
Cambridge English Test 168180

Visa Process for International Students

  • International students will be issued form l-20 from the university.
  • Applicants need to provide a copy of passport, proof of financial support, sponsor letter and bank statement.
  • Complete the form and fill the SEVIS l-901 fee.
  • Applicants should apply of F-1 or J-1 visa and attend the visa interview.

California State University San Marcos Undergraduate Admission

California State University San Macros offers around 43 majors and 39 minors to prospective students.

Where to apply: Cal State Apply or Offline Application

Application Fee: 55 USD

Admission Requirements: The following academic requirements must be fulfilled before submitting an application for admission:

  • High school transcript
  • English Language proficiency test score
  • Grade B or 3.0 or equivalent
  • 75th percentile students had 1140 in SAT and 66 in ACT

California State University San Marcos Graduate Admissions

The university offers as many as 24 master's programs in all different fields.

Where to apply: Cal State Apply or Offline Application

Application Fee: 55 USD

Admission Requirements:

  • The equivalent of a Bachelor's degree
  • Overall GPA 2.5 or higher
  • English Language proficiency test score
  • Some programs may require GRE or GMAT scores.

Some of the graduate courses offered and their academic requirements at Calfornia State University San Macros are as follows:

CourseApplication DeadlinesAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
M.S. Computer ScienceVariesGPA- 2.5, GRE scores: 143 (verbal), 155 (quantitative) and 3.5 (Analytical); SOP, 3 LORs TOEFL (PBT): 550
TOEFL (iBt): 213
MBAVariesGPA- 3.0, 3 years of work experience, 500 in GMAT or GRE equivalent scores, 2 LORs and SOPTOEFL (IBT): 80
IELTS: 6.0
Master of Public Healthvaries4 years of study and hold a baccalaureate degree or it's equivalent. GPA of 2.5, 2 LORs and SOP TOEFL (iBt): 80
IELTS: 6.0
MA History Fall: 15th March
Spring: 15th November
GPA of 3.0, GRE scores: 151 (verbal), 3 LORs and SOP TOEFL (PBT): 550

With the diverse variety of courses provided by the university, the competition among applicants is high. Since SAT/ACT scores are not mandatory, GPA or grade may be of more importance. Applicants should contact the authorities to get clear information for that academic year. The acceptance rate only states that the admission procedure is competitive for students.

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