Cal State San Marcos welcomes applications from first time freshman applicants for fall semesters. We utilize minimum CSU eligibility requirements for local admission area applicants, impaction criteria may be used for applicants from outside the local admission area.
Initial admission decisions will be based on the course information you reported on your application and official test scores received. Admission as a first time freshman is solely based on completion of college preparatory courses (a-g course list), grade point average in college preparatory courses and scores from the ACT (American College Testing) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) reasoning exams.
California State University San Marcos will have limited space for fall admission due to the CSU systemwide enrollment management directives. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to multiple institutions. Please read impaction criteria for first time freshman applicants.
Steps you can take through this process:
Admitted first-time freshmen from outside CSUSM's local admission area will be required to live on campus.
Orange County: Capistrano Unified, Saddleback Valley Unified and private or independent high schools within these boundaries.
Riverside County: Hemet Unified, Lake Elsinore Unified, Murrieta Valley Unified, Perris Union High School District, San Jacinto Unified, Temecula Valley Unified, Val Verde Unified and private or independent high schools within these boundaries.
San Diego County: Bonsall Union High School District, Borrego Springs Unified ,Carlsbad Unified, Escondido Union High School District, Fallbrook Union High School District, Julian Union High School District, Oceanside Unified, Poway Unified, Ramona Unified, San Dieguito Union High School District, San Marcos Unified, Valley Center Pauma Unified, Vista Unified, Warner Unified and private or independent high schools within these boundaries.
Your application, application fee and test scores are the only items intially required. CSUSM does not review other documents at the time you apply (unless specifically asked of you), including:
You must notify us in writing by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for the following reasons:
In the subject line, please state "Changes to my application." In the body of your email, please include your CSUSM Student ID number and your name as it would appear on your application. Please include specific changes that you would like to make on your application. This information will then go to the appropriate admissions officer to include in the evaluation of your application.
If you are denied admission and you feel you have extenuating circumstances, you have the right to appeal. Read about the appeal process.