Once you apply to your program there are several steps you must take to be set up for success in your first semester and beyond. The links below will take you through the different steps required.
We want to make your transition to Cal State San Marcos a smooth one. In Stage 1, we will help guide you through what happens after you submit your application and what to do after you have received your formal offer of admission.
Please note: ABSN students follow a slightly different process.
Follow the simple steps here and you will be part of the Cougar family in no time!
You are now part of the Cougar family! Here are some tips that will help you before your first day of school.
Step 1: Access Your Student Email - You will be assigned a "cougars email" after you have accepted your offer of admission.
Step 2: Registration - Learn more about our stress free registration process
Step 3: Pay for CSUSM - Still haven't paid your fees? Learn how to get help and get those fees paid.
Step 4: Orientation Information - Many of our programs include both an online and in person orientation component.
Step 5: Parking - Find out where to park and how to get your parking permit.
Step 6: Cougar Courses -Familiarize yourself with the online classroom environment.
Step 7: Buy Textbooks - Find out how and where to buy your textbooks!
Step 8: Find Housing - Still looking for a place to live? Look no more! Finding a place to live on or off campus is just a click away!