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Breakout Sessions

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9:00am - 10:00am

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships (Presented at 9:00am and 9:30am)

    Arts Building, Room 240

    Did you know CSUSM awarded over $150 million in financial aid last year? Learn how to apply for and get the most out of your financial aid awards at CSUSM. A quality education can be affordable!

  • College of Education, Health & Human Services

    University Hall, Room 100

    College overview with information on programs offered and career paths.

  • CSUSM Athletics

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1105

    Get to know our NCAA Division II CSUSM Cougars and why we #BLEEDBLUE! The Department of Athletics is committed to advancing academic and athletic excellence by promoting school pride and an environment of teamwork and leadership.

  • GEL 101 - This Class Rocks!

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1111

    GEL 101 is CSUSM's First-Year Seminar - a course designed to help you do you at the U(niversity). In GEL 101, your academic success and campus integration are at the heart of our mission. Come learn more about why this class rocks!

  • Let's Talk About Success Coaching for First Year Students

    University Hall, Room 101

    Learn about our award-winning Success Coaching program for first-year students! Hear from our team who personally guides students through their first year at CSUSM with one-on-one sessions and workshops to encourage and develop study skills, goal setting, and academic success.

  • Transfer Reception

    University Student Union, Room 2310

    Transferring from a community college or another 4-year institution? We welcome our transfer students to join us for a reception to kick off Cougar Blue Day! Meet faculty, staff, and fellow students.

  • Planning for Study Abroad During your Undergraduate Career

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 3125

    Learn about the variety of study abroad options at CSUSM and how you can plan to make overseas exploration a part of your undergraduate career.www.csusm.edu/global.


10:00am - 11:00am

  • First Year Student Panel

    Academic Hall, Room 102

    Hear from a panel of current student leaders sharing their experiences as a CSUSM Cougar! Bring your questions!

  • Let's Talk About Success Coaching for First Year Students

    University Hall, Room 101

    Learn about our award-winning Success Coaching program for first-year students! Hear from our team who personally guides students through their first year at CSUSM with one-on-one sessions and workshops to encourage and develop study skills, goal setting, and academic success.

  • Meet the Physics Department

    Science Hall 2, Room 251

    Stop by the Physics Department and learn about the academic and career opportunities available to Applied Physics majors!

  • Next Steps to CSUSM (Transfer Students)

    Markstein Hall, Room 106

    Next Steps to CSUSM for Transfer Students! We'll review what you need to do between now and your first day of class. This session is open to all Fall 2022 admitted students and their families.

  • Project Rebound

    Markstein Hall, Room 101

    Project Rebound is program that empowers and supports formerly incarcerated students. Come meet some of our students and learn about the importance of supporting marginal groups.

  • Proximos Pasos

    Academic Hall, Room 305

    Próximos Pasos hacia CSUSM ¡Usted ha sido admitido a Cal State San Marcos!¿Qué es lo siguiente? Acompáñenos y obtenga más información sobre lospróximos pasos para ingresar a la universidad.

  • Planning for Study Abroad During Your Undergraduate Career

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 3125

    Learn about the variety of study abroad options at CSUSM and how you can plan to make overseas exploration a part of your undergraduate career.www.csusm.edu/global.

  • Latin@/x Center - Bienvenidos!

    University Hall, Room 237

    Join us to learn more about the Latin@/x Center resources, programs, and new initiatives. We are eager to welcome new and prospective students to our familia!

  • Introduction to the Majors: Criminology & Justice Studies and Sociology

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1103

    An Introduction to our two majors: Criminology & Justice Studies and Sociology, including coursework, internship opportunities, and all the things you can do with one of these majors.

  • Learning & Tutoring Services

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1111

    Learn about our student support programs that enhance the retention, graduation, and success of all students! Our Centers (STEM Success Center, Academic Success Center, and Writing Center) create pathways to educational equity that empower students to achieve their full academic potential at CSUSM and beyond.

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Science Hall 2, Room 242

    Stop by the Chemistry Department and learn about the academic and career opportunities available to Chemistry or Biochemistry majors!

  • Music Department

    Arts Building, Room 220

    The Music Department strives for solid traditional training practices while exposing students to advanced music technology. Hear about the many resources and opportunities offered to our students including our state-of-the-art technology lab, recording studio, and flexible curriculum.

  • Muslim Student Association

    Markstein Hall, Room 214

    We seek to the Muslim community, educate those who wish to learn about Islam, and serve surrounding communities' needs.

  • The DREAMer Resource Office

    Markstein Hall, Room 102

    Come meet the DREAMer Resource Office team and learn about the resources available for students, staff, faculty, and their immediate family members.

  • Academic Prep and Placement for Incoming Freshmen

    Markstein Hall, Room 208

    Learn about placement in General Education (GE) written communication (English) and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses. Hear more about multiple measures, the Early Start summer program, and placement exams.

  • Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences (OTRES) Programs

    Science Hall 2, Room 202

    Learn about the different student programs available in The Office for Training, Research and Education in the Sciences (OTRES).

  • Psychological Sciences/Child and Adolescent Development Student Panel

    Markstein Hall, Room 210

    Hear from a panel of current CSUSM students majoring in Psychological Sciences and Child and Adolescent Development! In this panel, moderated by a Psychology Department faculty member, students will introduce themselves, discuss their experiences, share tips and advice, and answer questions from the audience.


11:00am - 12:00pm

  • Transfer Student Panel

    Academic Hall, Room 102

    Hear from a panel of current transfer student leaders sharing their experiences as a CSUSM Cougar! Hear about their transition from a community college or another 4-year institution and bring your questions!

  • Academic Prep and Placement for Incoming Freshmen

    Markstein Hall, Room 208

    Learn about placement in General Education (GE) written communication (English) and mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses. Hear more about multiple measures, the Early Start summer program, and placement exams.

  • Planning for Study Abroad During Your Undergraduate Career

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 3125

    Learn about the variety of study abroad options at CSUSM and how you can plan to make overseas exploration a part of your undergraduate career. www.csusm.edu/global.

  • Music Department

    Arts Building, Room 220

    The Music Department strives for solid traditional training practices while exposing students to advanced music technology. Hear about the many resources and opportunities offered to our students including our state-of-the-art technology lab, recording studio, and flexible curriculum.

  • Let's Talk About Success Coaching for First Year Students

    University Hall, Room 101

    Learn about our award-winning Success Coaching program for first-year students! Hear from our team who personally guides students through their first year at CSUSM with one-on-one sessions and workshops to encourage and develop study skills, goal setting, and academic success.

  • Meet the Physics Department

    Science Hall 2, Room 251

    Stop by the Physics Department and learn about the academic and career opportunities available to Applied Physics majors!

  • Next Steps to CSUSM (Freshman)

    Markstein Hall, Room 106

    Next Steps to CSUSM for Freshman Students! We'll review what you need to do between now and your first day of class. This session is open to all Fall 2022 admitted students and their families.

  • The History Department and You

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 2111

    Learn more about the History Department and major.

  • Learn about the Social Sciences Major

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1105

    Can't decide on just one discipline to major in? Come learn about Social Sciences, a program which allows you to construct a major from three different disciplines.

  • Parent & Family Panel

    Markstein Hall, Room 102

    Learn how to best support your student from a campus panel of experts from the Dean of Students, Admissions & Records, University Police, Student Health and Counseling, and Dining and Housing.

  • CSUSM Women's Lacrosse Club

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1103

    CSUSM Women’s Lacrosse is a Division II club within the Western Women's Lacrosse League. As a student-run organization, we emphasize the importance of teamwork and community, while remaining a highly competitive team!

  • Planifica cómo estudiar en el extranjero durante tu carrera académica

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1111

    Learn about the variety of study abroad options at CSUSM and how you can plan ahead to make overseas exploration a part of your undergraduate career.

  • Computer Science + Engineering

    Science Hall 2, Room 242

    Meet the Faculty and Staff in Computer Science and Engineering. Stop by the Computer Science Department and learn about the academic and career opportunities available to Computer Science or Engineering majors!

  • Biology/Biotechnology Science

    Science Hall 2, Room 243

    Stop by the Biology Department and learn about the academic and career opportunities available to Biology or Biotechnology majors!


12:00pm - 1:00pm

  • New Student & Family Programs at CSUSM

    Academic Hall, Room 102

    Parents and family members are key supporters of our CSUSM Cougars transitioning into and throughout their Cal State San Marcos journey. An informed and knowledgeable support system is ideal, and we are here to build on that knowledge to empower our students to use services and resources for their success!

  • Mathematics Department

    Science Hall 2, Room 242

    Meet the Faculty and Staff in Mathematics. Stop by the Mathematics Department and learn about the academic and career opportunities available to Math majors!

  • Music Department

    Arts Building, Room 220

    The Music Department strives for solid traditional training practices while exposing students to advanced music technology. Hear about the many resources and opportunities offered to our students including our state-of-the-art technology lab, recording studio, and flexible curriculum
  • Planning for Study Abroad During Your Undergraduate Career

    Social & Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 3125

    Learn about the variety of study abroad options at CSUSM and how you can plan ahead to make overseas exploration a part of your undergraduate career. www.csusm.edu/global.

  • Descripción general de los programas para nuevos estudiantes y familias

    Markstein Hall, Room 102

    Los padres y los miembros de la familia son partidarios clave de la transición denuestros CSUSM Cougars y durante su trayecto en la Universidad de San Marcos.¡Estamos aquí para informarlos de los servicios y recursos que existen para susestudiantes y que así juntos podamos apoyar los en su éxito!

  • Meet the Physics Department

    Science Hall 2, Room 251

    Stop by the Physics Department and learn about the academic and career opportunities available to Applied Physics majors!

  • Proximos Pasos

    Academic Hall, Room 305

    Próximos pasos hacia CSUSM. ¡Usted ha sido admitido a Cal State San Marcos! ¿Qué es lo siguiente? Acompáñenos y obtenga más información sobre lospróximos pasos para ingresar a la universidad.

  • Creative Writing Pop-Up: Begin Your CSUSM Story

    Markstein Hall, Room 210

    CSUSM is the CSU’s Writing Campus, and LTWR is the writing department! Come meet LTWR faculty and students and try out the kinds of short, playful facilitated writing experiments you’ll enjoy in LTWR workshop classes: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction activities such as warmups, music writes, stolen lines, graphic narrative, pass-alongs, collage, and blackout poems. Drop in for the whole session or at any time. Materials and snacks provided, plus a book raffle.