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Conditional Business Status Information

Are you applying for Conditional Business Status in Spring for Fall 2020?

Here are some things you should know:

  • Continuing CSUSM Students who are completing their final pre-business courses in Spring 2020 are eligible to apply for Conditional Business Status. 
  • If you are completing your final pre-business courses in Summer 2020, please wait until the Summer 2020 application period begins (tentatively on May 11, 2020)

  • If you are a student who has been admitted to CSUSM for Fall 2020, please wait until the Summer 2020 application period to submit your business status application. 
    • If you submit it prior to Summer 2020, your application will not be reviewed. 

  • The Spring 2020 business status application period is from Monday, February 24 - Friday, March 27, 2020
    • Print, complete, and submit the application to the CoBA Advising Office in MARK 126 or email your completed application to
    • Applications received after March 27, 2020 will not be processed and you will have to wait until Summer 2020 to apply for business status. There are no exceptions!

  • Students must pass all pre-business core courses  with a C or higher and a minimum 2.65 GPA from these classes.
    • Completion of GE requirements are not considered for business status.
    • If your GPA falls between 2.5 and 2.649, you will be placed on a waitlist and given business status if space becomes available. 
    • Students who have been placed on the business status waitlist are encouraged to repeat courses in which a C was earned in order to raise your GPA.
  • Students who previously applied for business status, but did not retain it (business status was denied or you were waitlisted) can apply for business status now, but your application will be placed on hold until we have received your final grades from Spring 2020.
    • If you previously applied but did not retain business status, you may enroll in BUS 300 and/or any other Upper-division GE courses that you have not completed now and adjust your schedule once you have earned business status.
  • If you are taking Spring 2020 classes at a community college, please attach evidence of enrollment (unofficial transcript, class schedule, etc.) to the application.
    • The deadline to submit your official transcript from Spring 2020 is Monday, June 1, 2020
    • If your transcript is not received by this date, you will be moved back to pre-business and dropped from any upper-division business classes for Fall 2020 (and Summer 2020 if enrolled). No exceptions! 
    • Submit official transcripts directly to the CoBA Advising Office in MARK 126.
      • Please DO NOT submit your transcript to Cougar Central as it could take up to 6 weeks for them to process and post your transcript.
  • Students will be notified via their CSUSM email address once they have earned conditional business status.
    • At the end of the semester, we will only send an additional email if there is a problem with your application. 
    • If you do not receive a second email at the end of the semester, you can safely assume you have retained business status and can proceed with your business courses for Fall 2020 and beyond.