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Tukwut Welcome Center

Welcome to the Tukwut Welcome Center! As a prospective student, we invite you to Discover CSU San Marcos. The prospective student center is the hub for all university communication, information, and student support services for all prospective students, their families, the community, and all internal and external educational campus partners.

The Tukwut Welcome Center is named in honor of Luiseño Indians. The Luiseño Indians people are a federally recognized tribe, located in northern San Diego County, California. The Luiseño Indians people are the original inhabitants of the land where CSU San Marcos resides. The word Tukwut is deeply embedded in our campus' history and traditions. Learn more about the origin and meaning of Tukwut and its significance to CSU San Marcos.

Newly admitted students and their families become Tukwut Students once they accept admission to CSU San Marcos. Then say it with us: TUKE-wut!

To learn more about the history of the Luiseño Indians people and culture you can visit The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center.

Be About that Tukwut Life!

Tukwut Life is a campus-wide, community-supported initiative that defines the Cal State San Marcos student life experience. Our vision is for students to see, hear, taste, and touch student life on CSUSM’s campus. Through signature programs, events and leadership opportunities, students will engage in meaningful relationships and develop memories that will last a lifetime. These holistic, transformative learning experiences will help students succeed in and outside of the classroom and develop them into dynamic leaders.

Your first steps on campus can be explored through multiple ways:

We at CSU San Marcos Bleed Blue! Show your CSU San Marcos pride by wearing Tukwut (Cougar) Blue every Thursday! On the first Thursday of every month, stop by the USU arcade to pick up a free SWAG item!

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