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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



Log in to your CSUSM Email
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Check it daily! (Available after submitting Intent to Enroll)
Stay in the Loop.
Follow Us!
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Submit Test Scores
Due February 15
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Apply at any time
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Apply for Housing
(if applicable)
Opens February
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Deadlines vary


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Complete Placement Exams
(if applicable)
Due prior to course enrollment
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Opens in May
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Complete Mandatory Enrollment Tutorial
Opens in May (due prior to course enrollment)


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Complete First-Year Go2Orientation Module:
Due before Zoom Orientation
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Provide documentation for Veterans Services or Cal Vet Fee Waiver (if applicable)
Submit after course enrollment


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Purchase Fall Parking Permit
(if applicable)
Opens August 12
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Pay Tuition and Fees
First Installment Due: TBD
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August 28
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Complete CIRP Survey
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Attend Weeks of Welcome Events
August 28 - September 12
Check your personal and CSUSM email daily. The majority of your campus-related communication will come via email!

Please note that the First-Year Path to CSUSM is subject to change. Last updated March 8, 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 February 15, 2021.