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An international first-time freshman applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa, who is applying to one of our bachelor's degree programs and who has not yet completed post-secondary coursework at a college or university.

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APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • SPRING 2023: August 1, 2022 - November 15, 2022
    • Classes start on January 23
  • FALL 2023:  October 1, 2022 - June 1, 2023
    • Classes start on August 28

APPLICATION FEE WAIVED FOR 2023! 

To apply, submit the following:

  • University Application

    TWO OPTIONS:

    OPTION ONE:   Apply online at www.calstate.edu/apply  -Email iapply@csusm.edu to request an application fee waiver code. Resource for the online application: Application Guide for online application      

    IMPORTANT NOTICE for spring 2023 only: Please select "UNDECLARED" as your major option and we will help you change your major after your online application has been submitted.

    OR, you can apply with:

    OPTION TWO: Use the paper application, download fillable form and return to us– Application fee automatically waived.   

  • Transcripts
    1. All official academic records including certificates, examination grades, degrees or diplomas in the original language of issue through the postal mail in a school-sealed envelope. Copies will be accepted for the admission decision.
    2. Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas
  • Affidavit of Financial Support

    Submit your Affidavit of Financial Support including bank statements or scholarship letter for I20 issuance. 

  • Passport
    Submit a copy of your passport. Please make sure that the copy is legible and not blurry
  • English Language Proficiency Requirement

    Official TOEFLIELTS , Duolingo or Cambridge English score report - once you apply, you will be given online access to a student portal where you can check if you are required to submit a test score.

    If you do not have a passing test score, you can apply for guaranteed conditional admission through our English language program.  You should still complete the university application process and send us an email to let us know that you would like conditional admission.

    For details, see admission requirement section below. If you have questions, please contact iapply@csusm.edu


EXPEDITE PROCESSING: UPLOAD YOUR DOCUMENTS for an admissions decision 

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT I-20:   Please be reminded that you must send your official transcripts  through postal mail and have your test scores sent directly to CSUSM prior to the start of the term. US institutions can send transcripts electronically to transcripts@csusm.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • Are or will be a high school/secondary school graduate or equivalent
  • Equivalent of a "C+" (2.5) grade point average (for 2023 entry period)
  • SAT or ACT recommended but not required
  • Satisfy English Language Proficiency Admission Requirement:
  • Choose ONE of the following options:
    • TOEFL score of 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14
    • IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0
    • Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168.  (160 and above eligible for pathway program)
    • Duolingo score of 95
    • iTEP score of 3.6
    • Pearson's Test of English (PTE) score of 50
    • Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) 1125
    • Attended a high school where English was the principal language of instruction for 3 years (confirm with our International Admissions Office to see if your school is eligible)


Conditional admission is available through our language program if you do not have a passing IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge English score.  The minimum GPA required for conditional admission is 2.0.

Test credit accepted: Advanced Placement (AP),  A/AS levels, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) (see International Admissions office for details and other test credit accepted)

*Appeal process for special consideration due to extenuating circumstances/demonstrable hardship may be considered, submit appeal to: iapply@csusm.edu.

Office Location:

Located in the Extended Learning Building (accross from the Quad)
5th Floor #588
288 Campus Way
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
PARKING GARAGE ADDRESS:
295 June Way
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
Phone: (760) 750-4844  Fax: (760) 750-3138
 

Mailing Address:

California State University San Marcos - International Admissions
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 USA