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Freshman Students Fall '19 Path to CSUSM

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Initial Document DeadlineFebruary 15
Apply for Financial Aid & ScholarshipsMarch 2
Provide Documentation for Any Disabilities (If needed)Preferably prior to signing up for orientation
Placement Exams (If needed for lower division Chemistry and Math Placement)Prior to Course Enrollment
Discover CSUSM Day (Opt in)April 13
Submit Intent to Enroll & Pay $150 Enrollment DepositBy May 1
Apply for Student Housing (If needed)By May 6
Sign up for a Summer Orientation SessionBy May 31
Sign up for Early Start (If needed)By June 2
Pre-Orientation “ORNT 10” Online via Cougar CoursesBefore you enroll for classes and attend Orientation
Advising and Enrollment TutorialJune 10 (Prior to enrolling for classes)
Hands-on Workshops for Enrolling the Cougar Way for fall classesAround June 10* *Prior steps must be completed first.
Attend OrientationJune (dates vary- pre-sign up needed)
Submit Final Transcripts and Test scoresJuly 15
Post-Orientation “ORNT 10” Online via Cougar CoursesAugust 21
Pay Tuition and FeesAugust 21
Move In (If Applicable)UVA- Aug 23 QUAD- Aug 24
Weeks of WelcomeAugust 24- September 8
Online TrainingAugust 31
Purchase Your Fall parking permit (If needed)By start of classes
Submit Your Immunization RecordsOctober 15
Check in for Next Steps in your first year at CSUSM!

Initial Document Deadline

February 15

Freshman Students must submit official test scores.

Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

March 2

Financial Aid Site

Provide Documentation for Any Disabilities (If needed)

Preferably prior to signing up for orientation

Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must be approved for services by providing appropriate and recent documentation to the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS). This office is located in Craven Hall 4300, and can be contacted by phone at (760) 750-4905, TDD (760) 750-4909 or by email at: dss@csusm.edu. Additional information on available services can be found at the DSS website.

Placement Exams (If needed for lower division Chemistry and Math Placement)

Prior to Course Enrollment

Testing Services provides students with a variety of services in testing and assessment that are required for course placement. Students may have placement exam needs connected to Math, Chemistry or a Language. Testing Services/

Discover CSUSM Day (Opt in)

April 13

Discover CSUSM Day is a perfect opportunity for prospective and newly admitted students, families, and anyone interested in learning about CSUSM to see the campus up close, explore our academic colleges and programs, talk with current students about their own experiences and see why Cal State San Marcos is the premier university of the region. Join us for campus and housing tours, academic lectures, information sessions, and learn more about our student clubs, organizations, academic departments and resources at the student life expo.

Submit Intent to Enroll & Pay $150 Enrollment Deposit

By May 1

Accepting your acceptance to CSUSM via MyCSUSM. This must be completed prior to applying for housing, signing up for orientation and enrolling for Fall classes.

Apply for Student Housing (If needed)

NOTE: Housing deadline extended, space still available.

Learn more and apply at: Housing - Future Residents

Sign up for a Summer Orientation Session

By May 31

  • Sign up starting mid-April via MyCSUSM. Dates are according to a student’s major/ college. So be sure to solidify your major prior to signing up. There are no guest programs available, orientation is a student only program for transfer students. Details about orientation: Orientation site
  • Specialized Programs may have a unique date option- be sure to read direct emails form your specialized program for details. (EOP, SSS Trio, DSS, Veterans, ACE Scholars, International Students).
  • Students must submit an Intent to Enroll prior to enrolling for orientation.
  • Students must sign up for Orientation prior to enrolling for classes.
  • Students that do NOT attend their scheduled orientation will have their classes dropped in August and need to start the enrollment process over. If you need to reschedule contact Orientation at (760)750-4930 or orientation@csusm.edu right away!
  • Students with Financial Aid may have enough funds to cover all or some Orientation Fees.

Sign Up for Early Start (If needed)

Sign up for Early Start

Pre-Orientation “ORNT 10” Online via Cougar Courses

Before you enroll for classes and attend Orientation

Log in and complete the ORNT 10 Pre-Orientation via Cougar Courses

Advising and Enrollment Tutorial

June 10 (Prior to enrolling for classes)

The New Student Advising & Enrollment Tutorial is designed to ensure you have and understand the requirements needed to earn your bachelor's degree from CSUSM, as well as the tools needed to self-enroll in your first semester courses. Completion of this Tutorial is mandatory for new students.

Hands-on Workshops for Enrolling the Cougar Way for fall classes

Around June 10* *Prior steps must be completed first.

How to enroll the Cougar Way!

Attend Orientation

June (dates vary- pre-sign up needed)

Students that do NOT attend their scheduled orientation will have their classes dropped in August and need to start the enrollment process over. If you need to reschedule contact Orientation at (760)750-4930 or orientation@csusm.edu right away! Orientation Site

Submit Final Transcripts and AP scores

July 15

Deadline for receipt of final transcripts with spring grades. NOTE: This is the date transcripts must be received by CSUSM (Not just post marked)

Post-Orientation “ORNT 10” Online via Cougar Courses

August 21

Log in and complete the ORNT 10 Post-Orientation via Cougar Courses to get prepared for the start of fall semester! Cougar Courses

Pay Tuition and Fees

August 21

Move In (If Applicable)

UVA- Aug 23 QUAD- Aug 24

Check out the Move-In Prep video on your ORNT 10 course in Housing's Website.

Weeks of Welcome

August 24- September 8

Download the campus app or check out the website for the full schedule: Weeks of Welcome Schedule

Online Training

August 31

  • Not Anymore training via MyCSUSM - Not Anymore
  • Students that do not complete the training by the deadline will have a hold on their account preventing Spring enrollment.

Purchase Your Fall parking permit (If needed)

By start of classes

Submit Your Immunization Records

October 15

  • For more information: Immunization Records Requirement
  • Students that do not submit by October 15 will have a hold on their account preventing Spring enrollment.

Check in for Next Steps in your first year at CSUSM!

Orientation site