California State University San Marcos accepts upper-division transfer student applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission to the following fall term. Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below.
An upper-division transfer applicant is a prospective student who has taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation. Upper-division transfer applicants will be eligible for regular admission if they meet the following criteria:
Prospective students from outside of CSUSM's local admission area are welcome to apply for admission during the priority application period. However, because we receive more applicants than we have available spots, they will only be considered if enrollment space is available after local service area applicants have been accommodated. Read more about local and non-local admission area, impaction criteria and impacted majors.
A transfer applicant is considered to be in our local admissions area if they complete 12 units at Palomar, MiraCosta or Mt. San Jacinto. The 12 units can be completed all at once in your final semester, or completed ‘part-time’ over your final two semesters, earning 6 units each semester. Units earned at other institutions during the same semesters will disqualify your local eligibility.
Over the next few months, special attention will be given to reviewing each application. Once an admission decision has been made, your MyCSUSM account will be updated.
Admission is based on information reported on official transcripts and self-reported information for planned and in-progress coursework from your CSU Mentor application. Once you have been conditionally admitted, we verify this information against your final official transcripts. Please make sure to report accurate information.
The web portal MyCSUSM provides you with access to your student records, including the status of your application for admission, transcripts and other admissions materials. You will need your user ID number and password to sign into your MyCSUSM account. Your user ID will be emailed to you after you submit the admissions application via CSU Mentor.
For example, if your name is Jane Doe and your student ID is 012345678, then your default password would be JADO5678.
Visit MyCSUSM and check your emails frequently for important information and updates!
Important information from CSUSM will be communicated to you via e-mail. It is imperative that we have your correct e-mail and mailing addresses. To update your information, go to your Student Services Account and under General Information, edit account details.