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#1 What to Expect

Transfer Orientation Before, During, and After

  • Prior to orientation, you will register yourself for your courses through the MyCSUSM registration website. You should plan to enroll in a minimum of 12 units (considered full-time.)
    • You will use the Degree Planner, which will let you know the requirements you still need to fulfill.
    • You will use the Schedule Assistant, to plan your fall schedule days and times.
    • You should complete the orientation 15 homework that will show you how to use both of these tools.
  • Prior to orientation your advisors will be reaching out to those individuals who have not enrolled in at least 12 units, to help complete his or her schedule.
  • At orientation you'll be one of about 200 students .  After introductions to the University, you and about 20-30 other Liberal Studies majors will break away from the big group and join the Liberal Studies advisors in a computer lab.  You will spend the rest of the orientation in that room with your academic advisors.
  • Your advisors will give a presentation on our services, how to reach us, the major, and the important requirements and policies you need to know to be a successful student at Cal State San Marcos. This will last about an hour.
  • Remember: While advisors will be available that day to answer questions, we cannot do extensive one-on-one advising, nor do long-range academic planning. You can reach your advisors during the summer. Beginning the third week of the semester, you can schedule an appointment with an advisor to do long-range planning.
  • The best way to be prepared is by completing this orientation checklist and quiz.