California State University San Marcos was founded in 1989 and its first class graduated in 1992.  It currently enrolls about 13,000 students and employs about 600 faculty.  The university is made up of four colleges; College of Business Administration, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and College of Education, Health and Human Services

MiraCosta College is a public, community college located in Oceanside, CA.  MiraCosta offers over 20 associates degrees, from Automotive Technology to Media Arts and Technologies.  Starting in Fall of 2017, the college will start offering bachelor’s degrees in Biomanufacturing.

National University is a private, non-profit education system headquartered in La Jolla, CA.  It has campuses all over California, including sites on military bases.  The university has 6 different schools and offers associates to master’s degrees, as well as teacher credentials

Palomar College has one campus located in San Marcos, but has six different educational sites around North County.  Palomar offers over 250 associates degrees and certificate programs.  The college has its own newspaper, magazine, radio station, and TV channel.

North County is also home to alumni from the San Diego area colleges:

San Diego State University in the regions oldest educational institute, it was founded in 1897.  Today, SDSU enrolls over 30,000 students and offers over 190 bachelor’s degrees.  Stoney Brook institute named SDSU the number small research school in the United States four years in a row.  60 percent of SDSU alumni stay in the San Diego area and the school contributes about $2.4 billion to the San Diego economy.

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is one of the top research schools in the world.  U.S. News & World Report named UC San Diego the 15th best university in the world for 2017 for research.  It enrolls approximately 35,000 students, 8,000 being graduate students.  UCSD is located in the La Jolla area of San Diego 

The University of San Diego is private, catholic-affiliated university located in the Mission Valley part of San Diego.  It enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate students and offers 42 different degrees.  The USD campus environment was ranked 2nd in the country by the Princeton Review.