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I have applied as a Freshman

Initial admission decisions will be based on the course information you reported on your application and official test scores received. Admission as a first-time freshman is solely based on:

  • Completion of college preparatory courses (a-g course list)
  • Grade point average in college preparatory courses 
  • Scores from the ACT (American College Testing) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) reasoning exams

California State University San Marcos will have limited space for fall admission due to the CSU systemwide enrollment management directives. All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for admission to multiple institutions. Please read impaction criteria for first-time freshman applicants.

Next Steps

Check MyCSUSM for Admission Status Updates

Your user ID and password will be sent to your email from within 2 weeks of submitting your application. Check MyCSUSM regularly for updates to your admission status, and for any items noted on your "To Do" list.  Send us any items listed by the posted deadlines.

Submit Your Test Scores

First-time freshman applicants must submit scores from the SAT or ACT exams. Exams must be taken by the December test date of senior year. Scores must be received by Cal State San Marcos by February 15. If you have taken an AP (Advanced Placement) exam and scored 3 or better, submit an official score report as well.

CSUSM's SAT I code is 5677; CSUSM's ACT code is 272.


Your application, application fee, and test scores are the only items intially required. CSUSM does not review other documents at the time you apply (unless specifically asked of you), including: transcripts of any type, letters of recommendation, portfolios.

Admission Decision Notice

You will receive notice of admission or denial via MyCSUSM and email, no paper letter is mailed out.  Notices begin going out in December and continue on a rolling basis.  You will not receive an admission decision until all requested documents and test scores have been submitted for review.

Local Admissions Area School Districts

Orange County: Capistrano Unified, Saddleback Valley Unified and private or independent high schools within these boundaries.

Riverside County: Hemet Unified, Lake Elsinore Unified, Murrieta Valley Unified, Perris Union High School District, San Jacinto Unified, Temecula Valley Unified, Val Verde Unified and private or independent high schools within these boundaries.

San Diego County: Bonsall Union High School District, Borrego Springs Unified ,Carlsbad Unified, Escondido Union High School District, Fallbrook Union High School District, Julian Union High School District, Oceanside Unified, Poway Unified, Ramona Unified, San Dieguito Union High School District, San Marcos Unified, Valley Center Pauma Unified, Vista Unified, Warner Unified and private or independent high schools within these boundaries.

Please note: Admitted first-time freshmen from outside CSUSM's local admission area will be required to live on campus.

Changing Info on Your CSUSM Application

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

  • Changes to your planned "a-g" coursework in your senior year
  • Unsatisfactory grades, such as D or F, in your senior year
  • Failure to meet the terms of the provisional contract after being offered admission as a freshman

In the subject line, please state "Changes to my application." In the body of your email, please include your CSUSM Student  ID number and your name as it would appear on your application. Please include specific changes 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 are denied admission and you feel you have extenuating circumstances, you have the right to appeal.  Read about the appeal process.