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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-talk (8255)

If you or someone you care about needs to speak to someone or is in crisis and needs immediate help, please call National suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-8255 open 24/7. If emergency medical care is needed, call 911 or go to the nearest ER of the nearest hospital.

Students who need to speak to a counselor immediately but it's after hours, please call us at (760) 750-4915 and press 9 to be directly connected with a phone counselor  who is contracted  with SHCS 24 hours/7 days a week. 

Welcome to Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS), we acknowledge that wellness is essential to academic success. We are committed to recognizing the health needs of our diverse student population and promoting the social, emotional, and physical well being of our students so that they may achieve their academic goals.

At SHCS, we embrace a holistic and collaborative approach to healthcare by offering primary care, preventive services, wellness education, and mental health services to the CSUSM community. SHCS offers quality healthcare provided by a multidisciplinary team of medical and mental health professionals and support staff who are trained to assist students with their health and wellness related needs. If this is a medical emergency, please see emergency facilities. We are currently offering support for students for their medical and mental health care. Please see our Health Assistance Fund page to see the application and eligibility requirements. 

SHCS does not provide testing for COVID-19 but CSUSM has partnered with the county for FREE walk-up testing on campus 5 days a week, Sunday-Thurdsday from 10 am-4 pm

In addition, CSUSM has partnered with the county for the COVID-19 Vaccine. The site will be located at the Sports Center and Clarke Field House with free parking provided in Parking Structure 1 on levels 2 and 3 and disabled parking in Lot L next to the Sports Center. Vaccines will be available to those in eligible phases/tiers by appointment only. No walk ups will be accepted.

More information about the  Vaccination Super Station is available on the County’s website or by calling the County’s 2-1-1 hotline for general guidance.

If you have been tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the COVID positive testing form to ensure that we provide support and resources and to assist CSUSM and public health officials with monitoring the incidence of cases occurring in our community. 

Positive COVID-19 Reporting Form


The California State University system announced today that all faculty, staff and students who access campus facilities this fall must be immunized against the coronavirus, contingent on full approval of one or more COVID-19 vaccines by the FDA as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. We know this raises many questions. We are working to understand what this means for our employees and will share more information once it is available.

In the meantime, we encourage all individuals ages 16 and older to make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you cannot get a vaccination from a health care provider, visit or the San Diego County vaccination website. Also, we are now receiving limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines for distribution to CSUSM employees and students. Please watch your email for an invitation to make an appointment at the campus vaccination site.

From SHCS Medical Director: 

"Although the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are pending full approval (beyond Emergency Use Authorization) by the FDA, it is anticipated that such approval will be forthcoming in the very near future. Given the accelerated and robust rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines nationwide, there is sufficient ‘real world’ safety and efficacy data (beyond initial clinical trials) which is required for consideration for FDA approval.

As such, it will be reasonable to assume that these vaccines will be fully FDA-approved prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Once FDA approval is attained, the directive from the Chancellor’s Office will be in effect."

--Dr. James Chun



SHCS Mission

The primary mission of the Student Health and Counseling Services Team is: 

  • To provide quality medical care that allows students to perform optimally, physically, and mentally; and to enhance their academic and intellectual potential.    
  • To promote and encourage personal responsibility through informed decision making regarding students' lifestyle.
  • To provide an environment that is culturally sensitive, compassionate, affordable, accessible and confidential. 
  • To provide effective Health Education programs to help students develop healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices.
  • To enhance the academic mission through the provision of educational and co-curricular opportunities for student engagement.

HOPE & Wellness Center Resources 
 Welcome to the H.O.P.E. (Health, Outreach, Promotion, Education) & Wellness Center. Our goal at the HOPE & Wellness Center is to provide effective Health Education programs to help students develop healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. Through the center, we engage students in dialogues about various health topics through workshops, outreach events and one on one educational counseling.

Contact Us

SHCS  and our Pharmacy is open,  
but by appointments only (NO WALK-IN). 

OPEN:  Monday-Friday 
@ 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Phone: (760) 750-4915
Fax: (760) 750-3181

Mailing Address

Student Health & Counseling Services
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001     

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For the safety and protection of your children and their health, we kindly request that other childcare arrangements are made for your appointment time. Thank you.