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September 22- Fall 2010 Admission

September 22, 2009

Fall 2010 Admission

As part of the CSU adopted plan to address the significant reduction in state support, the system will reduce enrollment by 40,000 students over the next two years. For California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) our enrollment target has been reduced by 6 percent. This is a big blow to a University that has seen such tremendous growth as ours, and a blow to our region.

With our directive to reduce enrollment by 6 percent, CSUSM will have very limited space for fall 2010 admission. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to multiple institutions.

CSUSM will accommodate new first-time freshman and upper-division transfer applicants from our local service area, defined as north of Highway 56 in San Diego County extending to southern Orange County and southwestern Riverside County. These applicants must apply during the CSU fall 2010 priority application period of October 1 - November 30, 2009, and must meet all CSU minimum admission requirements and all other University requirements and deadlines for fall 2010.  All requirements and deadlines will be strictly enforced.  In addition, the University is presently considering impaction status for several highly enrolled majors, and applicants for those majors, whether they come from our service area or not, will be subject to additional major requirements.

Prospective students from outside of CSUSM's local service area are welcome to apply for admission during the priority application period; however, CSU systemwide impaction will be utilized -- higher admission criteria, waitlists, academic program impaction, and other options. These students will only be admitted if enrollment space is available after local service area applicants have been accommodated.

Additionally, CSUSM will continue to honor our "PACE Promise" with San Marcos Unified, and our other memoranda of agreements for guaranteed admission to those students fulfilling the specified criteria and meeting deadline requirements.

Our campus remains committed to serving as many students as possible and providing a quality education. While we regret having to make these decisions, faced with our current budget situation and obligation to reduce enrollment next year, these are the action steps we must take. 

Thank you for your continued support of California State University San Marcos. For more information on impaction, please visit