Statement of Accreditation Status
California State University, San Marcos

333 S Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 24, 2016
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Multi-institution System
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Regina Eisenbach Dean, Academic Advising and Academic Programs regina [at]
Board of Directors Chair Lillian Kimbell Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CSU trusteesecretariat [at]
Chief Academic Officer Carl Kemnitz Provost ckemnitz [at]
Chief Executive Officer Ellen Neufeldt President neufeldte [at]
Chief Financial Officer Leon Wyden Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services lwyden [at]
Director Institutional Research Jeffrey Marks Director of Institutional Planning & Analysis jmarks [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Accelerated Nursing Bachelors 2010 On-Site
American Indian Studies Bachelors 2017 On-Site
Anthropology Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate of Advanced Study: Board Certified Behavio Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Applied Physics Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Art, Media, and Design Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Biochemistry Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Biological Sciences Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Biological Sciences Masters 1998 On-Site
Biotechnology Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Biotechnology Masters 2009 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1999 On-Site
Business Administration Masters 1996 On-Site
Certificate in Applied Geographic Information Systems Non-degree 2017 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Studies in Multicultural Education Non-degree 2008 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Biliteracy Education: Spanish Non-degree 2002 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Business Foundations Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Business Intelligence Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Core Business Knowledge Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Cybersecurity Management, Risk and Governance Non-degree 2018 Distance Education
Certificate of Advanced Study in Cybersecurity Technologies Non-degree 2018 Distance Education
Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Technology Non-degree 2011 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Hospitality and Tourism Management Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in International Business Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Leadership in Middle Level Education Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Middle Level Education Non-degree 2002 On-Site
Certificate of Advanced Study in Science Teaching Non-degree 2007 On-Site
Certificate of Specialized Study in Military Science Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Certificates of Specialized Study: Basic EngiBeering™ and Brewing Science Non-degree 2019 On-Site
Chemistry Bachelors 1993 On-Site
Chemistry Masters 2019 On-Site
Child and Adolescent Development Bachelors 2015 On-Site
Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate (CNL) Non-degree 2012 On-Site
Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate (CNS Non-degree 2012 On-Site
Communication Bachelors 1996 On-Site
Computer Science Bachelors 1995 On-Site
Computer Science Masters 1997 On-Site
Criminology and Justice Studies Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Criminology and Justice Studies Bachelors 2013 Distance Education
Curriculum and Instruction Masters 2020 On-Site
Cybersecurity Masters 2018 Distance Education
Dual Language Certificate Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Economics Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Education Masters 1993 On-Site
Education (with credentials) Masters 1993 Distance Education
Educational Administration Masters 2018 Distance Education
Educational Leadership Professional Doctorate 2004 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Environmental Studies Bachelors 2015 On-Site
Ethnic Studies Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNP) Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (PNP) Non-degree 2012 On-Site
Geography Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Global Studies Bachelors 2009 On-Site
Global Teacher Studies and Preparation Certificate Non-degree 2012 On-Site
History Bachelors 1990 On-Site
History Masters 2007 On-Site
Human Development Bachelors 1997 On-Site
International Baccalaureate Teacher Studies and Preparation Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Kinesiology Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Kinesiology Masters 2016 On-Site
Liberal Studies Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Literature and Writing Studies Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Literature and Writing Studies Masters 1996 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Mathematics Masters 1993 On-Site
Media Studies Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Multilingual and Multicultural Education Masters 2020 On-Site
Music Bachelors 2015 On-Site
Nursing Masters 2009 On-Site
Nursing Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Nursing Bachelors 2014 Distance Education
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Palliative Care Nurse Specialist Certificate Non-degree 2013 On-Site
Political Science Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Pre-Health Professions Certificate Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Psychology Masters 1994 On-Site
Public Health Masters 2018 Distance Education
Public Health Masters 2016 On-Site
Reading, Language, and Literacy Masters 2018 Distance Education
Social Sciences Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Social Sciences Bachelors 2013 Distance Education
Social Work Masters 2013 On-Site
Sociological Practice Masters 1996 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 1990 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 2013 Distance Education
Software Engineering Bachelors 2018 On-Site
Spanish Bachelors 1993 On-Site
Spanish Masters 2000 On-Site
Special Education Masters 2018 On-Site
Special Major Bachelors 1993 On-Site
Speech-Language Pathology Bachelors 2015 On-Site
Speech-Language Pathology Masters 2015 On-Site
Theatre Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Wildfire Science and the Urban Interface Bachelors 2018 Distance Education
Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Bachelors 1993 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2025 Offsite Review
Spring 2026 Accreditation Visit

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