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California State University San Marcos

WHAT WE DO

Cal State San Marcos is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. For many years the University was considered North County’s best-kept secret. Not anymore – the secret is out, CSUSM is THE place. At 13,000 students and growing, we are nationally considered a large university and we are regionally a high-demand, first-choice institution. CSUSM is the place where dedicated and talented faculty facilitate the success of our students—our region’s future leaders and change-makers. It’s the place where area businesses and organizations partner to foster economic growth and create real-world learning experiences for the sake of stronger communities. And it’s a place with a track record of accomplishments. CSUSM has recently received national recognition for best practices as a model employer, as a diverse and military-friendly campus, and as a community-engaged institution.  

WHY WE CHOSE THE 78 CORRIDOR

CSUSM is the only public comprehensive university in North San Diego County and we take that role very seriously. Beginning in 2006, we began establishing guaranteed admission agreements with 10 regional school districts, to ensure that students are prepared for college and supported throughout their entire educational journey.  We are the only university in our state with a program of this magnitude – creating a college-bound culture for some 200,000 students from across our region.

We are very proud that not only do the vast majority of our students come from our region, but that after graduation some 85%  of them remain here, equipped with profession-ready skills, creative talents, global awareness and homegrown commitment to help power the regional economy. Our sister public universities in the San Diego region have important roles, but they do not serve the region in the same way that we do:  Educating historically underrepresented and diverse student populations and those who stay after graduation to give back to their communities and contribute to the regional economy.

WE LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS

ViaSat, a communication company located in Carlsbad, constantly asks, “What’s next?” and has been recognized for its  innovation, growth and corporate culture. Because it is always looking with an eye toward the future, ViaSat has been an invaluable CSUSM champion, providing support and expertise holistically across campus to develop our students and provide real-world learning opportunities.  Several of ViaSat’s senior leaders volunteer their time and expertise on multiple college advisory boards and the company’s leadership and input was also invaluable as we developed our new Cybersecurity Professional Master’s Degree.

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW...

For 25 years, there has been great synergy between the University and our region. We have literally grown up together, coming of age as we have helped create, and were fed and nurtured by, regional businesses, organizations, schools, neighborhoods and cities.  Moving forward over the next five years and beyond, we will continue to drive forward as a place of community engagement, a place for academic excellence and research, and a place for welcoming and stimulating environments supporting the success of the rich diversity of students we serve..

We know that the San Diego region will continue to have workforce needs in multiple areas, including the life sciences, healthcare and information and communication technologies.  To meet these demands we continue to survey key stakeholders in multiple business and nonprofit sectors to learn about their expectations and create innovative degree and certificate programs to fill those needs.  Among these are new or planned programs such as our master’s degree program in public health and health information management; stackable certificates, potentially leading to master’s degrees, in international business, business intelligence, tourism and hospitality; and professional master’s degrees in cybersecurity and biotechnology.  Efforts like these are part of our commitment to ensure that our students graduate career-ready to serve the needs of our region. 

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