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Returning Students

Welcome Back!

This orientation is for students who have previously attended CSUSM, took a period of time off, and are now returning. Students that were considered part of CSUSM Extended Learning (EL) or Open University are not considered "Returning Students".

Do I need to attend Orientation?

If it has been more than three years since you last attended a CSUSM Orientation, you must attend Orientation again. Extended Learning Orientation and Temecula Campus Orientation are separate and do not classify as previously attending a CSUSM University Orientation.

If it has been less than three years since you last attended a CSUSM Orientation, you do not need to attend Orientation again. However, the CSUSM community is constantly changing and you are encouraged to attend.

Returning Student FAQs

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For a complete list of items to complete before Fall semester, please visit our Returning Student Next Steps Checklist!


Orientation Reservations:

All Summer 2020 Orientation sessions will be fully online due to the campus closure.

Open registration for 2020 Orientation is closed. To make a reservation, please call our office at (760) 750-4930 or email us at

How to make an Orientation Reservation

  1. Submit your 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.
  4. Pay the registration fee.

Please Note: If you fail to attend an Orientation session your courses will be dropped in mid-August. You will have an opportunity to register again August 27th. If you need to reschedule, be sure to call Orientation at (760)750-4930 prior to missing your session.

Contact Us:

Phone: (760) 750-4930