California State University–San Marcos is a public institution that was founded in 1989. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,727, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 304 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University–San Marcos’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 84.
San Marcos is a beautiful city surrounded by green, rolling hills. The population is just over 60,000. The Historical Society and Museum offer visitors a chance to learn about the history of San Marcos, while Jacks Pond and the Wildlife Discovery Center cater to those inclined toward the outdoors. Entertainment includes an 18-hole golf course, public lake, and an 18-theatre cinema.
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CSU San Marcos offers 44 undergraduate programs, 10 Graduate Programs and 1 Doctorate in Education in three colleges and one nursing school. The university has three colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, and Education as well as a School of Nursing in addition to a robust Extended Learning program.
- College of Arts and Science (COAS)
- College of Business Administration (CoBA)
- College of Education (COE)
Greek life has a strong presence on the campus. There are several fraternities and sororities such as Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Pi Sigma, Alpha Xi Delta, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Greek Leadership Council, Order of Omega, and Zeta Beta Tau. The Pride is the school newspaper that includes all the latest information and news about the University.
The school’s athletic department has ten teams (women’s and men’s in each of the following sports): golf, cross country, track & field, soccer, as well as women’s softball, and men’s baseball. The official colors of the Cougars are bright/royal blue and white.
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