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Transfer Applicants

Admission decisions will be based on official college transcripts received, official test scores received, and courses reported on your application as in-progress or planned.

California State University San Marcos will have limited space for fall admission and will use impaction criteria for applicants from outside the local admission area.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to multiple institutions. See impaction criteria.

Next Steps:

  1. Your ID and password are emailed to you within two weeks of your application submission.  You can regularly check your admission status and the items on your "To Do List," at MyCSUSM. All items must be received by the posted deadlines.
  2. You can apply for student housing online.
  3. The following documents must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than close of business on February 15:
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Official test scores (if needed for admission) from AP (Advanced Placement) exams, IB (International Baccalaureate) exams, or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams. CSUSM's submission code is 005677
    • $55 non-refundable application fee
Submitting Official Transcripts

Electronic delivery is the preferred delivery method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use as the recipient email address.

If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope sealed by your school and addressed to:

Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Need to change information on your CSUSM application?

You must notify us in writing by sending an email to: for the following reasons:

  • Changes to your in-progress or planned coursework in the fall or spring term
  • Unsatisfactory grades, such as D or F, in required courses in either the fall or spring term
  • Failure to meet the terms of the provisional offer of admission

In the subject line, please state "Changes to my application". In the body of your email, please include:

  • Your CSUSM Student ID number
  • Your name as it appears on your application
  • Specific changes or updates 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.

Denied Admission

If you have been denied admission it is unlikely that our decision will be reversed on appeal. See appeals process.