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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register to attend Discover CSUSM?

You only need to register if you are a prospective or admitted student. If you are simply an interested community member, there is no need. Come and go as you please! 

I am a student and missed the online registration window. Can I attend as a walk-in at the event?

Yes. All walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event.

What if I can't make it to Discover, can I schedule an appointment to visit?

Yes! We have student-guided tours Monday through Friday. Email Admissions and Recruitment at: or call 760-750-4830 to arrange your personal campus visit. For housing tours, contact Universtiy Village Apartments (UVA) at or 760-750-3711.

Can I attend Discover CSUSM even if I have not applied or been accepted?

Yes. Prospective students, family and guests are all welcome to attend Discover CSUSM. High school juniors and transfer students planning early are also highly encouraged to attend.

Where can I park during the event? Is it free?

On Discover CSUSM Day only, parking is free in all general lots. No permit is required. Note: Faculty and Staff Lots will still require a Faculty/Staff parking permit. All lots are clearly marked, but you can use this map as a guide for extra peace of mind. 

Do you provide transportation or lodging?

No. You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging off-campus. Please see our mass transit and lodging pages for some helpful links.

What do I need to bring to Discover CSUSM?

Consider wearing comfortable walking shoes and clothing.  Weather during this time is generally in the 70s!  Don’t forget your camera (and sunscreen)!

Can I pay the housing fee in advance at the event?

Yes! We just ask that you bring a check, cashier's check, or money order as cash and card payments won't be accepted at this particular event. 

What is the best way to get around campus if I, or someone in my group, can't use stairs?

CSUSM has clearly marked accessibility paths all across campus. Here is a map of all those accessibility paths as well as the location of handicap parking and elevators. If further assistance is needed, please contact Chelsey Novak at at least 2 weeks in advance to set up proper accommodations. 

Can I stay on-campus during my visit?

No. Our residence halls are completely full with current students. There are many hotels and motels in our area for guests to stay. Please check out the lodging link for a complete list of options.

Can I register for classes at Discover CSUSM?

No. Registration will occur as part of Orientation Program in June-August. If you have been admitted to CSUSM for Fall 2015, you will be getting more information by email about this program. At Discover CSUSM, you get to have a sneak peek at our registration process!

Is Discover CSUSM mandatory for all admitted students?

No. Discover is our annual Open House and a chance for students and guests to explore CSUSM. This is a perfect opportunity to truly experience our remarkable University. If you can't wait for Discover CSUSM, or if you miss it, we have student-guided tours Monday through Friday. Email the Admissions and Recruitment or call 760-750-4830 to arrange your personal campus visit.
Discover CSUSM is not a substitute for the freshmen or transfer orientation.

Anyone interested in Discover CSUSM is welcome to attend. You can sign-up even if you're not applying to colleges yet. Friends and family members of interested students are always welcome. We'd love to see you!

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

The Office of Admissions and Recruitment at 760-750-4830 or email us at