First Year Experience

Through our First Year Program, you’ll have all the resources you’ll need to help prepare you to successfully transition to college life at California State University San Marcos and achieve academic excellence in the classroom. Check out some of its benefits:

  • Our Lower Division Academic Roadmaps (LDRs, which we like to pronounce "leaders") will help you plan out and optimize your class schedule so you get the right courses you need to graduate in a timely manner. Your road map will be tailored to your major, and provide you with an individualized, semester-by-semester outline of your suggested course sequencing. Maybe you’re not sure what program you’d like to study. No problem! You can still use the LDR Web site to explore your options.
  • Math is a requirement at CSUSM. If you do not pass the ELM exam (entry level mathematics), save yourself one to three semesters of math prerequisites by participating in our Mathematics Acceleration Program in the Summer (MAPS). It’s an intensive, six-week summer mathematics program prior to your first fall semester where you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your math skills and be prepared for college-level math. Following the completion of the course, you can retake the ELM and receive individualized advising to ensure proper placement in the correct math course for Fall.
  • College is a whole other world. What if a course existed that walked you through the ins and outs of life at college? That’s GEL 101: The Student, The University, The Community. In this course (for which you’ll earn three credits), you’ll explore time management, writing, and study skills integral to your success in college. You’ll also develop your personal academic plan, research career options and clarify your career goals, and discover how you can be an active member on campus and in the community.
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Office of First-Year Programs
Designs, implements and supports programs to help first-year students achieve academic excellence in the classroom and develop a deeper understanding of, and commitment to, long-term academic goals.