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Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pathways to Academic Success and Opportunities (PASO) Program has transitioned to a remote/virtual delivery of its support service (e.g. Academic Advising, Surface Pro/iPad renewal, etc.). We will not be offering in-person services until further notice. However, please continue to check your campus email on a regular basis to stay updated with important information and resources. Additionally, if you need to schedule an appointment with an advisor, email our PASO Office at or a PASO Advisor for immediate assistance at or

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PASO Director Message

Welcome to CSUSM and to our PASO website. If you meet the PASO eligibility criteria, please consider becoming a PASO Scholar. PASO is here to assist with your college transition by providing services to ensure your academic success. 

PASO is a federally funded Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Title V program that is designed to increase Latin@ retention and graduation rates at CSUSM. PASO provides additional academic and personal support to PASO Scholars during their first year of college.

Our PASO team consists of full time staff and upper division CSUSM students who are bilingual and bicultural, trained to assist you with: academic advising, financial aid, math and writing tutoring, time management, financial education, and much more. Our PASO Staff have insightful knowledge on how to navigate your transition from high school to college. 

PASO is ready to support you with the resources you need. I cordially invite you to visit us soon!


Mission Statement:

“The Pathways to Academic Success and Opportunities is dedicated to college access, college transition, increasing retention and graduation rates amongst PASO Scholars by infusing culturally relevant curriculum, enhancing existing student support services, introducing innovative technological approaches, and striving to promote educational equity at the institutional level.”

Find Us

Location:  Extended Learning Building (ELB) 248
Telephone:  (760) 750-8580

PASO Office Hours

Mon - Thurs:  9a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Fri:  9a.m.-12p.m.

Mailing Address

CSU San Marcos
PASO Office, 288 Campus Way, ELB 248, San Marcos, CA. 92096


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