Craven Hall was the first building at Cal State San Marcos that was programmed to house all of the administrative functions for the entire campus.  At the beginning of the campus' history this building also housed the Library, College of Business Administration, Student Services and the College of Arts & Sciences. Craven Hall was named after Senator William Craven who helped to found CSUSM in 1989.

In 2007 three floors of this building were renovated after Kellogg Library and Markstein Hall were occupied.  As part of this renovation, Cougar Central was established which centralized all student services into one location.  This one-stop shop makes it easier for students to visit Financial Aid and Scholarships, Enrollment Management Services, and the Cashier's Office all in one visit. As you exit, you will find yourself in Tukwut Courtyard. Tukwut is the Luiseño word for mountain lion, and was selected by our first class of students to serve
as our mascot.

This building now houses the following units on campus:

  • Division Offices; Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Community Engagement, University Advancement, Finance and Administrative Services
  • Cougar Central
  • College of Science and Math
  • Community Service Learning
  • Business and Financial Services
  • Risk Management
  • Event and Conference Services
  • Office of Communications
  • Disabled Student Services
  • Testing Center
  • Career Center
  • Undergraduate Advising Services
  • Human Resources and Equal Opportunity
  • Student Life and Leadership
  • Student Support Services / Educational Opportunity Program
  • Outreach and Recruitment
  • CSU Institute for Pallative Care

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Building No:



154,967 / 89,521

Project Cost:


Funding Source:

State and Auxillary Funds


December 1992

Renovation Completion:

July 2007

LEED Certification:



CSU Trustees


Robbins Jorgensen Christopher


Jaynes Corporation of California