California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has received a lot of recent recognition for its efforts in community service. The university was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This commendation is the highest federal recognition for university commitment to community service. It is awarded to colleges that support service programs and promote effective practices in community partnerships. Students at CSUSM gave a total of 256,459 hours of community service during the last academic year.

CSUSM was also recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching with the granting of the 2015 Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes the school’s engagement through teaching, research, and service. CSUSM submitted a 72-page report on its collaborative, transformative community partnerships, including the CSU Institute for Palliative Care and the Community Engagement Division, which houses the school’s Office of Tribal Engagement. This designation is valid through 2025.