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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?  

Incoming first year and transfer students who are seeking their first Bachelor's Degree. Currently enrolled CSUSM students are not eligible.

 Where and how do I apply?

Cal State Apply

Complete EOP application questions within your CSU admissions application. The EOP application includes five autobiographical questions and two recommendations.

 What is your application period?

The EOP application period is October 1 - November 30.

Applicants who fail to apply to EOP during the October 1 - November 30 CSU application period may contact the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center. EOP application access requests are granted through January 15.

EOP recommendations are due by January 30. Cal State Apply will email recommendation links to recommenders at the time of EOP application submission.

Who do I contact if I am experiencing technical issues with my EOP application?

Cal State Apply Application Help Center

When will I receive an EOP admissions decision?

EOP applications are reviewed after CSU admissions decisions are made. EOP admissions decisions are electronically communicated via the email address provided on the applicants' application.

 Are income verification documents required?

Income verifying documents are not required by EOP at CSU San Marcos. Our office will verify reported income information with CSUSM's Financial AId Office.

 I missed the EOP application period.  Can I still apply to the program?

Late application materials are not accepted nor processed. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that application materials are submitted by the deadline.

 Who do I contact if I have additional EOP application related questions for CSU San Marcos?


Brenda Corral, Retention Counselor
(760) 750-6051
*On Maternity Leave October 23, 2017 - January 31, 2018
Norma Larios, Associate Director
(760) 750-6061