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Your Path to CSUSM

First-Year Edition (For Fall 2020 Admission)*

*Please note that this Path is for students applying to CSUSM during the 2019-2020 academic year and starting at CSUSM in Fall 2020. The 2020-2021 Path to CSUSM is coming soon!

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

If you've completed all the steps on the Path to CSUSM, see below for the First-Year Experience Pathway!


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Deadline: Prior to Enrollment
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Please note that the First-Year Path to CSUSM is subject to change (last updated June 15, 2020).

Prefer a hard copy? Download the printer-friendly First-Year Path! (Last updated June 15, 2020. Please note that this web page and the printer-friendly version are slightly different 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.) 

First-Year Experience Pathway

finished with the First-Year Path to CSUSM? Congratulations! Next, check out the First-Year Experience Pathway for a step-by-step guide through your first semester. Transfer students might find this guide helpful too!

First-Year Experience Pathway