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Counselor Connection

It starts with you - students with cougar spirit gear at a sports eventWelcome Tukwut Partners!

The Office of Recruitment & Outreach is committed to strengthening relationships with all of our educational partners. We are focused on effective collaboration with our counselors, community-based organizations, local and regional school districts, community colleges and private schools. We are excited to partner with you and your organization to asssit your students join the Tukwut Lifestyle at CSU San Marcos.

Getting Connected

You are the gateway and bridge to CSU San Marcos for your prospective students. We want to provide you with as many resources as possible, so that you can guide your students and their families gain access to CSU San Marcos.

Applying to CSU San Marcos

CSU San Marcos accepts applications for Fall admission between October 1 - November 30 each year (Open to all freshmen and transfer applicants).


Complete and submit the online application at Cal State Apply, the California State University's comprehensive website.

Apply to CSUSM

Counselor Resources

The Nine Elements of College-Going Culture

Professor Patricia McDonough of UCLA has identified nine critical interrelated elements that together help schools build and strengthen a college-going culture

These nine elements are:

  • College Talk
  • Clear Expectations
  • Information and Resources
  • Comprehensive Counseling Model
  • Testing and Curriculum
  • Faculty Involvement
  • Family Involvement
  • College Partnerships
  • Articulation

First -Year Support Programs

College Events

  • Campus Tours
  • Discover CSUSM Day!
  • Fall Preview Tukwut Day! (Link to welcome center)
  • Tukwut Community College Day! (link to welcome center)
  • Counselor Spring Summit (Link to welcome center)

Paying for College

Student Resources

Connect with US

Office of Recruitment & Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Telephone: (760) 750-4870
Fax: (760) 750-3089
Craven Hall Suite 3300
Monday - Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 8am-1pm

Campus Tour Program

Telephone: (760) 750-4830

TRIO Pre-College Programs

Telephone: (760) 750-4887
Fax: (760) 750-308