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Admission Information

EOP at CSU San Marcos is open to incoming First Year Freshman and Transfer students seeking their first Bachelor's Degree. The program actively seeks prospective applicants who need admission assistance and support services to succeed in college. 

Fall Application Period

  • CSUSM Admission Application period (October 1 - November 30th)
    • This information is subject to change. If you need more detailed information, please contact CSUSM admission directly for CSUSM Application date.
  • EOP Application period (October 1 - January 15th)
  • EOP Admission decision communication will be sent out end of April. 

Spring Application Period

  • CSUSM Application period is August 1st - August 31st. 
    • This information is subject to change. If you need more detailed information, please contact CSUSM admission directly for CSUSM Application date.
  • EOP Application for CSUSM is August 1st - October 15th.
  • Application decisions communication to be expected by end of November.

Applicants must:

  • Be California residents
  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parent graduated with a four-year university degree from the United States)
  • Submit a complete EOP application (2 Letter of Recommendation and Biographical Questions)
  • Meet EOP Income Eligibility Guidelines 
  • Demonstrate through their official FAFSA or CADAA appliciation that the family is unable to provide an annual contribution of more than $1,500 (EFC) toward their college expenses
  • Display academic potential and motivation to succeed in college

Application Tips:

  • Review the full list of EOP Deadlines
  • Avoid using school emails as you may no longer have access once you have graduated.
  • Recommendation Letters
    • The Cal State Apply application will automatically set the deadline at two weeks from the day you request the EOP recommendation. 
    • Recommenders can complete the form after the two week automated deadline but must be received by the campus deadline.
    • Follow up with recommenders to avoid missing recommendation letters.
      • Contact Cal State Apply center to update/change recommenders.
  • Check your emails regularly for communications regarding your admissions status to both CSUSM and EOP.
  • View the Application Preparation Worksheet to help you prepare.

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