department menu

Campus Tours

Greetings from Campus Tours at Cal State San Marcos!

Thank you for your interest in visiting our campus.  Our tours are led by one of our P.R.I.D.E. Student Ambassadors.  During the tour you will learn about our campus history and traditions, academic programs, and student life.  We look forward to your visit!

Individual and Small Group Tours

These tours are for individual prospective students, parents, and anyone interested in learning more about Cal State San Marcos.  To provide a quality tour experience, we close the tour reservation when we reach 10 guests.

Monday-Friday (office is open 9AM-3PM)

  • Morning Tour: 10:00 AM
  • Afternoon Tour: 1:00 PM

Dates Campus Tours will be closed

Your visit will include:

  • 15-20 minute admissions information presentation
  • 45-50 minute student-led tour

Please Make a Reservation

To reserve your spot on a campus tour, please click the Schedule My Tour button below to select your tour date and time.  Please print-out your email confirmation and bring with you to check-in.

Schedule My Tour

PLEASE NOTE: We want you to get the most out of your visit here, therefore campus tours are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.  If you have any questions about the status of your tour before you head out to campus, please call our office at 760-750-4830.  We reserve the right to cancel any tours.  Also, please note that if you or your group are more than 15 minutes late, we may not be able to accomodate your group due to Student Ambassador class schedules.  Should your tour be cancelled due to weather or late arrival, we hope you will reschedule and visit us again.

Effective fall 2017, CSUSM has adopted a smoke and tobacco free campus policy, contributing to our commitment to be a respectful, safe and healthy learning and working environment for all our faculty, staff, students and visitors.

For special accommodations, please give us notice 2 weeks in advance.

Parking on Campus

A parking permit is required at all times while parked on campus. The closest general lot to Cougar Central is Lot C.  Visitors may purchase a daily or timed permit at the pay station located near the stairs.  The pay station accepts cash (1's, 5's, and quarters) or credit card. 

  • All Day Permit $9
  • 4 Hour Permit $6
  • 2 Hour Permit $4

From Lot C, cross the street towards Craven Hall.  Take the elevator to the 3rd floor and follow the blue signs to Cougar Central.  

Out of Town Guests

Local Hotels

Contact Information

Campus Tours
Cougar Central, Craven Hall 3rd floor
Cal State San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
(760) 750-4830
Email: campustour@csusm.edu