A transfer applicant is a prospective student who has taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation.
Cal State San Marcos accepts transfer applications only from upper-division transfer or readmission applicants who will have completed 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of the spring semester (for fall admission) or summer (for spring admission). For spring admission, this means that courses taken in the fall semester may not be used to meet admission requirements. We do not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units. Transfer students meeting the following criteria will receive priority for available spaces:
A transfer applicant is considered to be in our local admissions area if they complete
12 units at Palomar, MiraCosta or Mt. San Jacinto. The 12 units can be completed
all at once in your final semester, or completed ‘part-time’ over your final two semesters,
earning 6 units each semester. Units earned at other institutions during the same
semesters will disqualify your local eligibility.
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 service area applicants have been accommodated. Read more about local and non-local admission area, impaction criteria and impacted majors.
August 1 - August 31
October 1 - December 15: Submit an application along with the $70 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
Before February 15: Submit official IB or AP test results if scores are needed to fulfill the "Golden Four" or 60 unit transfer requirements.
MyCSUSM is an online student portal which provides you access to your student records, including the status of your application for admission, 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 information reported on official transcripts and self-reported information for planned and in-progress coursework from your application. Once you have been conditionally admitted, we verify this information against your final official transcripts. Please make sure to report accurate information.
Your admission may be rescinded for any of the following reasons: