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Your Path to CSUSM

First-Year Edition (For Fall 2021 Admission)

This First-Year Path is a helpful tool to keep track of some of the steps you will need to take as you prepare for your first semester at CSUSM. But please note that the Path to CSUSM is not a replacement for checking your CSUSM Cougar Email or MyCSUSM


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Submit Test Scores
Due February 15
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Provide Documentation for Disabilities
(if applicable)
Apply at any time
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Apply for Housing
(if applicable)
Priority Deadline: May 17


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Complete Placement Exams
(if applicable)

Due prior to course enrollment
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Attend Cougar Blue Days
April 9, 10, 11
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Complete Mandatory Enrollment Tutorial
Opens in May (due prior to course enrollment)


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Purchase Fall Parking Permit(if applicable)
Opens August 12
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Pay Tuition and Fees
Due August 25
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Move in to Housing
August 27-28
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Attend Miiyu
August 28
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Complete CIRP Survey
Closes August 30
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Attend Weeks of Welcome Events
August 28 - September 12

Please note that the First-Year Path to CSUSM is subject to change. Last updated June 1, 2021. 

Prefer a hard copy? Download the printer-friendly First-Year Path! Please note that this web page and the printer-friendly version may differ slightly due to space constraints on the PDF. Both versions are subject to change. Please refer to the web page version above for the most complete information. Printer-friendly version last updated June 1, 2021.