An upper-division transfer applicant is a prospective student who has taken college courses after the summer following their high school graduation.
Cal State San Marcos only accepts upper division transfer students who meet the admission eligibility criteria:
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 service area applicants have been accommodated. Read more about local and non-local admission area, impaction criteria and impacted majors.
A transfer applicant is considered to be in our local admissions area if they complete
12 units at Palomar, MiraCosta or Mt. San Jacinto. The 12 units can be completed
all at once in your final semester, or completed ‘part-time’ over your final two semesters,
earning 6 units each semester. Units earned at other institutions during the same
semesters will disqualify your local eligibility.
MyCSUSM is an online student portal which provides you access to your student records, including the status of your application for admission, 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 information reported on official transcripts and self-reported information for planned and in-progress coursework from your application. Once you have been conditionally admitted, we verify this information against your final official transcripts. Please make sure to report accurate information.
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 Center on MyCSUSM and under 'General Information', edit account details.