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Pre-Orientation Advising

Pre-Orientation Advising consists of three videos that teach new students how to read the Academic Requirements Report and utilize Degree Planner and Schedule Assistant in order to register for classes. Pre-Orientation Advising ensures that you are prepared for your Orienation and meeting with an academic advisor.

Please Note: You cannot schedule an academic advising appointment until AFTER you have attended Orientation. You will receive support for schedule adjustments at Orientation.

How to access Pre-Orientation Advising

The Pre-Orientation Advising course can be found in Cougar Courses.

Step 1: Activate your cougar e-mail and password in your MyCSUSM. 

Step 2: Access Cougar Courses for Pre-Orientation Advising videos and quizzes at least one week prior to attending your scheduled Orientation.

For additional support see the guide on how to navigate cougar courses.

Pre-Enrolled Classes (First Year Students)

Cal State San Marcos will be pre-enrolling first year students in anywhere from 1 to 3 required classes for your major to assist you in a timely graduation. You will see these classes appear at least 1 week before your scheduled orientation program. You will be able to make adjustments to this schedule and add additional classes at orientation. Any adjustments to your major need to be made prior to June 1st for this pre-enrollment process. If you change your major after you made a reservation for Orientation you will need to contact Orientation to verify your new major is still present that day. Note that some CSUSM majors are impacted and students cannot change into them after admissions (Ex: Nursing- see Nursing FAQs).

No Longer Attending CSUSM?

If you no longer plan on attending Cal State San Marcos, please notify the Office of Admissions AND cancel your orientation by emailing BOTH and by May 31st.

Contact Us:

Phone: (760) 750-4930