Cal State San Marcos is impacted at the undergraduate level in all majors and programs to applicants outside of our local admissions area. As such, we are unable to accept all CSU-eligible applicants for admission. Each year there are more applicants seeking admission to Cal State San Marcos than there are spaces available. The out of area admissions process is highly selective and applicants must meet criteria that are over and above the minimum established by the CSU. Our process is also deadline driven, and we hold applicants to our stated deadlines.
If you were denied admission, it is unlikely that our decision will be reversed on appeal. The appeals process is only for applicants who have a serious and compelling reason that they feel the committee should consider.
Failure to review email messages sent by the University, or to adhere to deadlines are not grounds for an appeal.
To submit an appeal, carefully read and follow the five steps below. Only complete appeals will be considered. Appeals must be written by the student.
Or mail the complete appeals package with supporting documentation to:
University Admissions Appeals Committee
Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
If you have questions regarding the appeals process, please contact the Office of Admissions & Student Outreach at 760-750-4848 - select option 0.