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3 out of 5
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Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2015

San Marcos is a great institution. The school shaped me into becoming a Policy Analyst. The location of the university is prime, and this allows students to concentrate in a comfortable environment. I would recommend this university to anyone interested in Business or Nursing school.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2015

I attended CSU San Marcos in Temecula to go through the 2 year Kinesiology program for my Bachelor's degree. I loved that we were in a cohort so I stayed with the same group of people for 2 years and we became a family. I would have liked to have more of a say in which classes and electives we could have taken but the program was already pre-determined for us. Overall, I received a great experience but wish I would have had more guidance with what exactly my degree qualified me for.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is a clean and safe campus located roughly 30 north of San Diego, and 45 minutes south of Los Angeles, and has a total student body of approximately 13,000 students. The psychology program at California State University San Marcos is comprised of coursework designed to prepare its students for graduate work in either Master's or PhD programs. As psychology is typically a research-based academic focus, the program faculty at San Marcos are keen to ensure their students are as cognizant as possible of the realistic employment opportunities that can be anticipated after graduation. To that end, the faculty members do not hide that a B.A. in this program will not in itself have a high earning potential. Rather, it is a program geared towards equipping its students with the knowledge, skills and abilities in research methods and experimental design necessary to perform at the highest level in graduate study, or work involving statistics and data analysis. With that being said, the program faculty are always accessible and willing to discuss potential volunteer, internship, or career opportunities in the surrounding city. From my own experience, most faculty members have even been willing to reach out to their own network of colleagues in order to certify that each students' academic or professional interests are, to the best of their abilities, recognized. I, for example, had no trouble finding internships related to my field of study largely because of the connections I made with my program faculty. To that end, although the school/program is not recognized as highly as its nearby counterparts such as University of California San Diego (UCSD) or San Diego State University (SDSU), the program nevertheless continues to foster minds through a series of comprehensive coursework in an array of psychology concentrations. Perhaps the most important factors to consider when determining whether or not to attend CSUSM for its psychology program are: (1) Am I willing to step out of my comfort zone and connect with faculty; (2) Am I willing to do all that I can to graduate in the top 15% of my class; (3) Am I willing to find practical work/internship experience whilst enrolled full time; (4) Do I want to pursue a graduate education; (5) What career paths am I interested in pursuing; and (6) How much am I actually willing to spend for a bachelor's degree in psychology? From my own experience after graduating with this degree, specifically after having worked full time in a data analysis job and having obtained admission to several top-tier schools for graduate study, a B.A. in psychology from any university has about the same utility in the workplace. Whether you spend $100,000.00 in tuition from a well-known institution, or about $40,000.00 from a lesser known institution (such as San Marcos), the career outlook and earning potential is essentially the same. However successful you become with a B.A. in psychology has more to do with the connections you make, and the practical experience you gain. With this in mind, the psychology program at CSUSM makes networking with faculty and peers easy; with a typical class enrolling about 30-40 students per classroom. Furthermore, with the school being centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego, the job opportunities are almost endless. Available at a fraction of the cost of a tier one university, I highly recommend motivated and go-getter students to pursue their undergraduate degree in psychology at California State University San Marcos.

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4 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting and Business/Management
Graduation Year: 2013

The accounting program is small, which makes it difficult to get into and even more difficult to get the classes you need. But if you are serious about it you will receive some of the best, hands-on instruction from teachers who are truly passionate about your success. Because there are so few of them they really band together to bring their students the most current information, best community resources, and good career and networking opportunities from all over San Diego County.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Human Development and Family Studies, General
Graduation Year: 2016

My experience at CSUSM was one of a kind. If you're looking for a mid-size school that has it all, look no further. CSUSM is seriously and genuinely like no other university. The environment is friendly and welcoming as soon as you take your first step onto campus, all the way until you take your last step as a student. CSUSM fosters innovation, growth, a diverse and loving safe space, and has so much to offer. The location is wonderful as well. Situated on a hill side, a little gem, it's near the beach, not to far from downtown San Diego, and surrounded by wonderful shopping centers as well as places to dine out. The staff and faculty are truly supportive of student growth and the opportunity to get involved on and off campus is honestly endless. I felt so empowered throughout my time at CSUSM and I cannot stress enough how phenomenal the whole package is. Once a cougar, always a cougar. CSUSM will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2015

I enjoyed my experience of acquiring a Human Development degree with an emphasis in counseling. The core courses gave me the knowledge needed to pursue further education, however the non core courses were most valuable in my opinion. Although, I did complete research on choosing my non core courses, I had little knowledge of the impact they would have on my thought processes in my daily life, as well as my career. The non core courses are geared toward broadening worldly life experience, which is profoundly necessary to sustain a career. Greatly appreciative.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Mass Communication/Media Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

A decent college for writing. If your interested major has something to do with entertainment (video games, television, movies, etc.) this is not the college for you.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Mass Communication/Media Studies
Graduation Year: 2011

A former commuter school that has grown a fantastic on-campus presence and community. There are some fantastic professors an departments that I was lucky to be taught by, and work with.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2010

The courses I needed were laid out for me. I had a nice selection of courses to meet grad requirements. Flexible times for courses

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