California State University San Marcos (CSUSM or Cal State San Marcos) is a public comprehensive university in San Marcos, California, United States, and one of the 23 campuses of the California State University system.[6] San Marcos is a suburban city in the North County area of San Diego County. It was founded in 1989 as the 20th CSU campus. The first class was admitted in 1990.

CSU San Marcos offers 62 different Bachelor’s degrees,[7] 15 master’s degrees, an Ed.D. program, and 13 teaching credentials.[8][9] The university has four colleges: the College of Business Administration; the College of Science and Mathematics; the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences; and the College of Education, Health and Human Services.[10] In Fall of 2013, the university had 615 faculty, of which 225 (or 36.5 percent) were tenured or on the tenure track.