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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

Donations

Currently the Closet is still closed to students until we have Covid19 protocol in place, but we are accepting donations of clean, in 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.

The following items are needed:

New or gently used business professional clothing for men and women, all sizes:

  • Two-piece suits
  • Jackets and Blazers
  • Blouses and dress shirts
  • Dress pants
  • Ties
  • Skirts and Dresses
  • Clothes should be cleaned prior to donation
  • Clothes should be good to excellent quality and purchased within the last five years/current with fashion

Drop off donations:

Drop off donations at the CSUSM Career Center (Craven Hall 1400)

New Donation Drop Off Policy:  ***IMPORTANT PLEASE READ*** Please call the Career Center at 760-750-4900 when you arrive at the loading zone of Craven Circle.  The Career Center will meet you at your car to pick up the donations.  Leaving your car unattended may result in a parking citation.

  • Monday - Thursday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fridays from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
  • Park in loading zone in Craven Circle for quick drop offs
    Address: 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096

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

Questions about a donation? Contact the Career Center at careers@csusm.edu or (760)750-4900.

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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