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Family Orientation

Welcome CSUSM Families!

Congratulations on your student's admission to California State University San Marcos! We are pleased to offer Family Orientation for guests of First Year Students. Family Orientation sessions run concurrently with selected First Year Student Orientation sessions. When making their own reservation, students are permitted to make reservations for up to 2 guests for an additional fee (spaces are limited). 

Orientation is a critical component to a successful transition to CSUSM.  At Orientation, you will have the chance to meet fellow CSUSM families, hear from current students, faculty, and staff, and learn how to guide your student through the transition to CSUSM. 

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Summer Orientation Reservations

April 8, 2023: Orientation reservations open on MyCSUSM 
June 1, 2023: Orientation reservations close

How to make an Orientation Reservation

Your student must sign you up for Family Orientation when making their Orientation reservation by following these steps:

  1. Submit Intent to Enroll (24-hour processing period once submitted).
  2. Clear any Housing Holds (if applicable).
  3. Log in to MyCSUSM and select Orientation Reservation. Select a date listed as Transfer Student with Family Orientation
  4. Enter names and contact information for guests before confirming the reservation. 

Orientation Details

Dates: Orientation will take place in January before the beginning of the Spring Semester. Available dates will be listed in MyCSUSM when the reservation system opens.

Rescheduling & Cancellations: Any changes to your Orientation reservation must be made at least 1 week prior to your scheduled session by calling (760)750-4930 or emailing If you would like to cancel your reservation, please review the Cancellation & Refund Policy.

Individuals with disabilities who would like to attend Orientation: Please contact New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) by phone at (760) 750-4930 or email at regarding any special accommodation needs. It is requested that individuals requiring auxiliary aids such as closed captioning, sign language interpreters, or alternative format materials notify NSFP at least seven working days in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

Virtual Family Handbook

The Virtual Family Handbook is a available as a resource to you before, during, and after orientation! The handbook is full of useful information about CSUSM. An accessible PDF version of the handbook is also available.

Additional Information

Please encourage your student to check their email and this website frequently for Orientation updates. Guests are also invited to join the Cougar Family Network to receive campus news and updates throughout the year!

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