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Cougar Career Closet


What is the Cougar Career Closet?

Founded in 2017 by the Latino Business Student Association, the Cougar Career Closet is stocked with gently used professional clothing FREE for all CSUSM students in need of proper attire for career-related events.  While the LBSA is still involved with marketing and acquiring donations, CSUSM’s Career Center now runs the daily operations. 

Your donations make a big difference! The Closet accepts clothing in clean, good condition, and recent style items to stock our closet. We hope that you will consider donating your gently used professional attire and share this information with others who may also have some items to spare. By working together we can help all of our students succeed on their career journey!

Your contributions can be tax deductible (please request a tax letter at drop off) and greatly appreciated by CSUSM

How does the Closet help students?

  • Provides free, new or gently used gender neutral professional attire 
  • Creates a fun, easily accessible shopping environment on-campus with dressing rooms
  • Increases confidence for interviews and presentations


Dear CSUSM alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the Cougar Career Closet,

Thank you so much for your generous donations to our Career Closet! We are temporarily unable to accept any clothing donations. However, we are gratefully accepting monetary donations to the closet, which will help CSUSM students have the professional attire they need when they return to campus.

Your gift will be used to fill any existing gaps in the closet inventory to ensure that all students have the chance to build their professional wardrobe.

To donate funds, please visit the CSUSM Giving Page and in the "Select a donation designation" field, please select “Other,” then in the "Enter your own designation and special instructions" field, enter “Cougar Career Closet.”

Are you interested in helping students during this time of need? Please visit the CSUSM Student Relief Fund for more information, or contact Sean Briner in the Office of Annual Giving at

Thank you for giving CSUSM students the essentials they need to be interview and career ready!

Make Your Gift to the Cougar Career Closet

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"The Cougar Career Closet helped me obtain two internships by giving me the confidence of dressing professionally! Both of the pieces I picked out are what I wore in my interviews. I recommend the Cougar Career Closet to all my friends because it is the most amazing resource and the confidence of dressing professionally can go a long way. In my case, an invite to do a second internship at my first firm of choice! Thank you so much, Career Closet!"                                                                                                         -Molley M., Spring 2021
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"I had the advantage of using the Cougar Career Closet which benefited me in earning an on-campus job. This resource provided three different outfits that allowed me to have a professional appearance when needed. I have used these outfits in my final presentations and job interviews. I would recommend the Cougar Career Closet for any individual who is in need of professional attire." 
-Samantha B., Spring 2024