California State University San Marcos accepts applications for fall admission between October 1 and November 30 for freshman admission to the following fall term.
A first-time freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation.
Admission eligibility criteria:
For fall admission, all requirements and high school graduation must be completed by the end of the spring term. Courses completed in the summer after graduation will not be considered in the admissions evaluation.
MyCSUSM is an online student portal which provides you access to the status of your application for admissions, your student records, transcripts, and other admissions materials. Shortly after you submit your application, you will receive an email from the Student Technology Help Desk with instructions on how to access MyCSUSM.
Visit MyCSUSM and check your emails frequently for important information and updates.
Admission is based on self-reported information from your application. Once you are conditionally admitted, we verify this information against your official transcript. Please make sure to report accurate information.
Important information from CSUSM will be communicated to you via email. It is imperative that we have your correct email and mailing addresses. To update your information, go to your Student Center in MyCSUSM and under 'General Information' edit account details.
Prospective students from outside of CSUSM's local admission area are welcome to apply for admission during the priority application period. However, because we receive more applicants than we have available spots, they will only be considered if enrollment space is available after local admission area applicants have been accommodated. Read more about local and non-local admission area, impaction criteria and impacted majors.