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How to Apply

Everything you need to know about applying to Cal State San Marcos can be found in this section. Please select the category that best describes you for more information on your eligibility and application requirements.


Our online application must be complete through, California State University's comprehensive website. Be sure to apply on time! Review important dates and deadlines.


A non-refundable application processing fee of $55 is required. (This is required for each campus to which you apply.) For low-income California residents, a fee waiver may be available online using CSUMentor.


Submit official scores from the ACT or SAT exams (first-time freshman) or official transcripts from each college or university attended.


Check on the status of your application on MyCSUSM (you will receive login information after you apply).

What do I do after I apply?
We begin admitting students on a rolling basis in mid-December.  Check your MyCSUSM account regularly to ensure all your information is up to date, and that the office has received your required documentation.