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I have been admitted as a Freshman

Congratulations on your acceptance to CSUSM!

The following steps will ensure your successful transition to Cal State San Marcos. These steps are also available in your MyCSUSM account.

1. Intent to Enroll & Enrollment Deposit

Your intent to enroll and the $150 enrollment deposit must be submitted by May 1. Failure to submit the intent to enroll and enrollment deposit by May 1 will result in cancellation of your offer of admission.

You must indicate your intent to enroll through MyCSUSM. Once you have logged into your account, select the "Student Center," then choose "Accept" or "Decline" for your fall application. If you chose "Accept," you are required to complete all the steps to accept the offer of admission.

The $150 enrollment deposit is non-refundable and will apply toward tuition for your fall term. The enrollment deposit will be waived only for students who qualified for a fee-waiver at the time of application.

2. Financial Aid and Scholarships

All students are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through by the priority date of March 2. To ensure that CSUSM receives your information electronically, please use the school code 030113.

3. Placement Exams

All first-time freshmen are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Math (ELM) examination unless the requirements have been met by other exams or courses.

You can view your Math and/or English requirement status through MyCSUSM. Once you have logged into your account, select the "Student Center," then choose, "Institutions Attended/Test Scores," under the "Admissions" header.

Placement Exams should be taken as early as possible. Your Math and/or English placement must be completed by May. You will not be able to sign-up for orientation or register for fall classes until your official scores have been received by CSUSM.

4. Early Start

If your ELM score is below 50, you must participate in Early Start for Math. If your EPT score is below 147, you must participate in Early Start for English.

If you do not participate in Early Start, you will not be able to attend orientation or enroll in classes.

Some students will be exempt from the Early Start requirement. You can determine if you are exempt or learn more about Early Start at Earlystart.

5. Student Housing

First-time freshmen from outside of CSUSM's local admission area are required to live in student housing.

Applying for student housing is a separate process from your admission application to CSUSM. Learn more about student housing and its application process at CSUSMhousing.

6. Orientation

Orientation sessions are conducted between June and August. Newly admitted students must submit the intent to enroll and pay the enrollment deposit to reserve an orientation date. More information about orientation reservations will be emailed to you in early spring.

7. Final Transcripts

A final transcript showing completion of all requirements with verification of graduation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Student Outreach at CSUSM. Final transcripts must be official and received by CSUSM no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 15. Failure to submit by July 15 will result in cancellation of your offer of admission.

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

8. Fees & Tuition

Student Financial Services has a current listing of fees, tuition, payment plans and payment deadlines at Additional information will be provided during your Orientation session.

9. Immunization Requirements

Students born after January 1, 1957, must demonstrate proof of full immunization to Measles and Rubella. All first-time students, 18 or younger on August 1 of their entering academic year, are required to present proof of full-immunization against Hepatitis B. Proof must be submitted to Student Health Services before the student can enroll for classes.

10. Disability Support Services

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) is committed to providing opportunities for higher education to students with disabilities and to making the programs, activities, and facilities at Cal State San Marcos fully accessible to students with disablities.

Learn more about Disability Support Services at or by calling (760) 750-4905.

11. Parking Permit

Purchase your parking permit online before your first day to avoid any parking citations.  Parking is enforced 24/7, even on the first day of classes.