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Transfer Students

Summer 2021 Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to California State University San Marcos! Orientation is a critical component to a successful transition to CSUSM.  At Orientation, you will have the chance to hear from fellow transfer students, attend information sessions about your college, and more!

Reservation Timeline

April 9, 2021: Orientation reservations open on MyCSUSM 
June 1, 2021: Orientation reservations close

How to make an Orientation Reservation

  1. Submit your Intent to Enroll (24-hour processing period once submitted).
  2. Log in to MyCSUSM and select Orientation Reservation from the Student Self-Service box on the home page. 
    1. If you do not see any available dates, please call our office at (760) 750-4930 or email us at
    2. Please Note: If you attempt to sign up for Orientation before the system opens, you will see a message saying you are not eligible for Orientation. Please check back after the system opens on April 9, 2021.
  3. Pay the registration fee.

Summer 2021 Orientation Details

  • Summer 2021 Orientation will take place in June before the beginning of the Fall Semester. Available dates will be listed in MyCSUSM when the reservation system opens.
  • Orientation will consist of a 3-4 hour live session via Zoom. Students will also be required to view a collection of pre-recorded presentations online before their Orientation date.
  • Students will receive instructions for accessing the Zoom session and pre-recorded content one week in advance of their Orientation session via their CSUSM email address.
  • 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.

Students with disabilities who would like to attend online 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.

Enrolling in Courses: At CSUSM, all students self-enroll in their courses. You are expected to self-enroll into your courses on your assigned enrollment appointment date, which you can view in your Student Center on MyCSUSM. There is no course enrollment at Orientation. If you do not attend an Orientation session, your courses will be dropped and you will have an opportunity to register again on the first day of the semester. If you need to reschedule your Orientation, call our office at (760)750-4930 prior to missing your Orientation session.

Preparing for Online Orientation

Installing Zoom and Signing In

  • The live portion of Orientation will take place on Zoom.
  • Make sure to download and install Zoom before your Orientation date. 
  • If you have already installed Zoom, check for updates to make sure you have the latest version.
  • You must be signed in to your CSUSM Zoom account to access the live orientation sessions. Follow the instructions below to sign in:

1. To sign in on the app, select Sign in with SSO.

 zoom sign-in

2. In the Company Domain field, enter csusm

 zoom domain

3. You should then be prompted to enter your CSUSM username and password.

csusm sign-in

4. After you sign in, you should be prompted to launch Zoom. 

Finding your CSUSM username and password


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Path to CSUSM

Starting at CSUSM in Fall of 2021? Check out the Path to CSUSM, a helpful guide for next steps!



Path to CSUSM

For other important dates and deadlines before and after Orientation, check out the Transfer Path to CSUSM!

Online Transfer Student Community

After Orientation, check your ORNT 15 course on Cougar Courses for resources to support your successful transition to CSUSM. This Online Transfer Student Community is a great opportunity to engage with fellow transfer students and learn of CSUSM campus tips and resources. Log in to your Cougar Courses and engage today! Additional opportunities to get involved at CSUSM as a Transfer student can be found on our Transfer Track page.

Contact New Student & Family Programs: