California State University San Marcos accepts freshman applications each year between October 1 and November 30 for admission to the following fall term. Get started by reviewing the admission criteria below.
A first time freshman applicant is a prospective student who has not taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation. First-time freshman applicants will be eligible for regular admission if they meet the following 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.
Over the next few months, special attention will be given to reviewing each application. Once an admission decision has been made, your MyCSUSM account will be updated.
Admission is based on self-reported information from your CSU Mentor application. Once you are provisionally admitted, we verify this information against your official transcript. Please make sure to report accurate information.
The web portal MyCSUSM provides you with access to your student records, including the status of your application for admission, transcripts and other admissions materials. You will need your user id number and password to sign into your MyCSUSM account. Your user id will be assigned after you submit the admissions application via CSU Mentor.
For example, if your name is Jane Doe and your student id is 012345678, then your default password would be JADO5678.
Visit MyCSUSM and check your emails frequently for important information and updates!
Important information from CSUSM will be communicated to you via e-mail. It is imperative that we have your correct e-mail and mailing addresses. To update your information, go to your Student Services Account 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.