A first-time freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation.
For Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 admission, CSU campuses have temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT exams in determining admission eligibility. Admission requirements (including test scores) beyond Fall 2022 have not been determined.
Are, or will be, a high school graduate or have completed a GED.
For fall admission, all requirements and high school graduation must be completed by the end of the spring term. Courses completed in the summer after graduation will not be considered in the admissions evaluation.
CSUSM will accommodate all applicants to non-impacted majors from the local admission area who meet minimum eligibility criteria above.
Prospective students from outside of CSUSM's local admission area are welcome to apply for admission during the priority application period.
However, because we receive more applicants than we have available spots, they will only be considered if enrollment space is available after local admission area applicants have been accommodated.
In addition to the minimum eligibility criteria above, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Out of state/non-resident applicants will only be considered if enrollment space is available after local admission area applicants have been accommodated. In addition to the minimum eligibility criteria above, applicants must meet the following criteria:
October 1 - December 15: Submit an application and the $70.00 application fee to Cal State San Marcos on Cal State Apply . You will receive an email confirmation once your application has been submitted.
Please note: Nursing Program application period closes on Nov 30.
MyCSUSM is an online student portal which provides you access to the status of your application for admissions, your student records, transcripts, and other admissions materials. Shortly after you submit your application, you will receive an email from the Student Technology Help Desk with instructions on how to access MyCSUSM.
Visit MyCSUSM and check your emails frequently for important information and updates.
Admission is based on self-reported information from your application. Once you are conditionally admitted, we verify this information against your official transcript. Please make sure to report accurate information.
Your admission may be rescinded for any of the following reasons: