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Student Resources

Student Services

Admissions: The Office of Admissions oversees the recruitment of students via campus tours, events, presentations, school visits, and college fairs. They guide prospective students from their initial contact with the campus, through the application process, admission, up until the day they register for new student orientation.
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Registrar: The Office of the Registrar provides an important link between the academic policies of CSUSM, our academic departments, and students. They maintain the academic records of all registered students by verifying student status, confirming graduation and issuing diplomas, providing transcripts, and processing enrollment.
 icon_career Career Center: The Career Center inspires, challenges, and prepares all students and alumni to navigate the path from college to career with clarity, competence and confidence.  The CSUSM Career Center is committed to offering students and alumni opportunities to find meaningful and enjoyable employment.  In addition to full-time career positions, the Career Center assists students in their search for part-time or short-term employment to complement their educational experience. The Career Center also helps students choose majors and careers, craft resumes, learn how to search for and find employment, and negotiate salary. The role of the Career Center is to act as an educational agency rather than an employment or placement agency and help students determine their own career goals and launch their careers. 
 icon_commencement Commencement: The Commencement Office manages and coordinates the development, design, planning and organizing of enrollment and commencement events and their associated activities. These events include Commencement, GradFest, Discover CSUSM, and the CSU Counselor Conference. They work with various Campus Organizations/Departments, Distinguished Guests, and outside vendors. 
 icon_finaid Financial Aid & Scholarships: The mission of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at California State University, San Marcos is to provide access to postsecondary education by eliminating or reducing financial barriers to students’ academic success.
 icon_orientation New Student Orientation & Family Programs: These programs support incoming students and their families through a successful transition to CSUSM. Through summer orientations, weeks of welcome, and innovative programming for first-year and transfer students, the programs aim to foster knowledge of resources and services while cultivating a sense of pride in the CSUSM community.  

Student Support

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icon_ace ACE Scholars Services: ACE Scholars Services supports former foster youth at California State University San Marcos. CSUSM serves more former foster youth per capita than any other university in the nation. Thanks to professional staff and donor support, ACE Scholars Services supports an 86% persistence rate — far greater than the national average of 50%.
icon_ccn Cougar Care Network: The Cougar Care Network (CCN) is CSUSM’s early support initiative to improve student success, retention, and persistence. Through early alert referrals from campus community members, CCN serves as a safety “net” to assist students who may be experiencing challenges inside or outside of the classroom.
icon_pantry Cougar Pantry: Each currently enrolled CSUSM student can make an appointment to visit the pantry once a week. All you need is your current CSUSM student ID! The pantry offers canned, non-perishable food items along with limited produce, milk, and toiletries. Other offerings in the space may vary.
icon_dss Disability Support Services: Consistent with CSUSM’s goals, the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) has been designated to provide services and accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure that they have both equal opportunity and access in their educational pursuits.
icon_dreamer DREAMer Resource Office: The DREAMer Resource Office provides a welcoming and safe atmosphere and serves as a resource for our undocumented students. They are committed to facilitating the process of finding solutions to challenges students face due to their immigration status.
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Educational Opportunity Program: The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) designs, administers, and supports programs that deliver access and retention services to highly motivated, low-income, and first-generation college students who reflect the local and University community.  Services and programming include an EOP grant, transitional programs, a residential summer bridge experience, mentoring and counseling services, and community of learners cohorts.
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Readiness & Success Services: Readiness and Success Services assist a diversified student population with two programs: Proficiency Services consists of the Early Assessment Program (EAP) for high school students and provides services geared toward helping current CSUSM students meet proficiency requirements and facilitates first-year students’ navigation through their Early Start and completion of their B4 and A2 requirements; and Personalized Academic Success Services (PASS) works with students to assess each student's situation holistically and provide support and resources (on-campus or in the community) to help students achieve academic and personal success.
icon_shcs Student Health & Counseling Services: The Student Health & Counseling (SHCS) professionals who serve students are dedicated to providing services in a warm, caring, and professional environment and take a proactive approach in helping them create healthy lifestyles.
icon_title_ix Title IX/Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation: In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, CSUSM does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs or activities. Title IX protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. CSUSM’s Title IX Office educates the campus community, investigates allegations of violations of sexual harassment and misconduct, and provides advocacy and support services. 
TRIO Student Support Services: TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) offers personal, transitional, and academic support to students from first-generation, low-income, and disability backgrounds, enabling them to persist and graduate from Cal State San Marcos. SSS is a federally funded program with the primary purpose of increasing the retention and graduation rates of student participants.
icon_veterans Veterans Services:The Veteran Center team is dedicated to ensuring the successful transition of our students into sustainable careers. They provide opportunities for mentorship and professional development; networking and portfolio building. They also provide Veterans Affairs information and certification, CalVet application assistance, and monthly access to VA compensation and vocational representatives.

Student Involvement

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icon_asi Associated Students, Inc.: Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is the official voice to express student opinions, foster awareness of student issues, and protect the rights and interests of students. ASI is comprised of student-focused entities, each with a unique statement of purpose in service of the mission. Students involved in ASI serve CSUSM students by engaging in lobbying for student concerns at local and state levels, planning and delivering social, educational, recreational, and cultural programming, participating in student leadership retreats, and advocating for social justice throughout our communities.
icon_bsc Black Student Center: The Black Student Center promotes the academic, cultural, social, and political consciousness of students of color by actively engaging in institutional partnerships that will result in the overall increase of student recruitment, active member participation, retention, and graduation rates.
icon_rec Campus Recreation: Campus Recreation provides the CSUSM Campus Community with a variety of opportunities to de-stress, compete, create, explore, and experience a wide variety of healthy opportunities. Campus Recreation is a team with several different functional areas including Fitness and wellness, Sport Clubs, Intramurals, Outreach/Special Events, and Outdoor Adventures. Each program offers unique experiences to enhance students’ overall health and wellness.

Cross-Cultural Center: The Cross-Cultural Center (CCC) is dedicated to supporting the students of CSUSM by providing services and implementing programs that foster an inclusive environment to encourage full and equal participation of all students. Their dedication to supporting students aligns with the university’s commitment to respecting and modeling the diversity of our region within a context of social justice. 

icon_gec Gender Equity Center: The Gender Equity Center (GEC) is an inclusive space which promotes positive interactions in a diverse environment.  The GEC strives to provide a space that celebrates and affirms students of all gender identities and expressions.  The GEC provides a variety of resources and opportunities for discussion and education around multiple topics related to gender identity and expression including feminism, women’s issues, trans issues, and masculinity with attention to the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and culture.
icon_latina Latin@ Center: The Latin@ Center celebrates and enhances the understanding of our vast and extensive Latin@ culture. They are aligned with the CSUSM’s mission to offer an inclusive and safe space for Latin@ Cougars to share ideas, foster cultural identity, understand social vies and “testimonies” that enhance deeper reflection, awareness, and sensitivity in understanding the resiliency of the Latin@ community. They are committed to closing the achievement gap by providing support for retention, success, and graduation of Latin@ students.
icon_pride LGBTQA Pride Center: The LGBTQA Pride Center is an inclusive space which promotes positive interactions in a diverse environment.  The center strives to provide a space that celebrates and affirms students who identify with all genders and sexualities in the LGBTQ community and their allies.
icon_res_ed Residential Education: Residence Education is committed to making life on campus safe, enjoyable, exciting, educational, and supportive for all students. They help students engage with peers from different backgrounds and life experiences to enrich their development and promote their academic success.
icon_sll Student Life & Leadership: Student Life & Leadership (SLL) is the office of campus involvement. The department houses fraternity and sorority life, student organizations, and leadership programs such as the Tukwut Leadership Circle. SLL also provides students with a physical space to study (conference rooms and open space) and meet with friends. 
icon_usu University Student Union: Built on a foundation of community, the University Student Union (USU) is the heartbeat of the CSUSM student experience, committed to diversity, innovation and learning. The USU opened in January 2014, and is home to many departments, centers, and services that play an integral role in serving the campus community.

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