How many units do I need to take each semester to graduate in four years?
I want to complete 30 units/year, but can only take 12 units/semester. What do I do?
How do I know what requirements I need to fulfill in order to graduate?
There are several different resources that can help you determine what requirements you need to graduate, including:
What is the difference between an Academic Advisor and a Faculty Advisor?
An academic advisor is a professional staff member who is trained in the complex details of CSUSM's academic, general education and University requirements and can provide accurate and specific advice about academic requirements.
A faculty advisor is a faculty member from your major or minor department who can provide in-depth advice about that program’s curriculum as well as advice about course choices, career paths, and preparation for graduate or professional study.
Will my graduation be delayed if I change my major and/or add a double major?
How can I make an appointment to meet with my advisor?
Academic Advising is divided by college at Cal State San Marcos. Visit http://www.csusm.edu/academicadvising/colleges/index.html to reach the correct academic advising office for your major.
Visit the department website and/or contact the department administrative coordinator for information about faculty advisors, including office hours.
How do I find out what community college classes are transferable to CSUSM?
If I fail a class, can I repeat it?
If I fail a class, can I still graduate in four years?
Can I take 15 units a semester even if I work a full-time job?
It is possible to take 15 units a semester if you work full-time; however, we expect that for every unit that you are registered, you commit two to three hours of time per week, including class time to your studies. Therefore, a 15-unit load implies a 45 to 60-hour-a-week commitment to class and study.
Personalized Academic Success Services (PASS) works with students to assess each student’s situation holistically to provide appropriate support and resources (on-campus or in the community) to help students achieve academic and personal success.
Note, if you are in any of the following programs, please see your program counselor/advisor instead of PASS for individual assistance. However, workshops offered through PASS are available for all CSUSM students:
How do I make sure the courses I need are available when I need them?
When you use Degree Planner, CSUSM is able to better allocate resources to the courses students need. Please use it early and often.
I can’t get the major requirement I need. What do I do?
Please contact your faculty advisor or department chair to discuss potential options. In addition, you may want to make an appointment to see your academic advisor and/or specialty program advisor if you are in any of the following programs: Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), TRiO Student Support Services, Pathways to Academic Success and Opportunities (PASO), College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), ACE Scholars.
Why are summer and winter classes more expensive?
Classes offered during the summer and winter terms are offered by Extended Learning, which has a different fee structure. For more information, visit: http://www.csusm.edu/el/admissions/index.html
How many units should I take in the summer to graduate in 4 years?
Students need to average 30 units a year to graduate in four years. How many units you need to take during the summer depends on your average academic year unit-load.
Can I take a summer class at a community college?
Students who would like to enroll in a summer class may consider going to a California Community College. Consult ASSIST.org for information on transferable courses.
What is the minimum requirement I need to receive my full Federal VA benefit?
You need to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per semester to receive your full Federal VA Benefit. Please contact the Epstein Family Veterans Center for more information regarding your VA benefit.
What happens if I am a veteran but I’m not enrolled full-time?
Please contact the Epstein Family Veterans Center.
How many units do I need to take to receive financial aid?
Will I lose financial aid if I stay in school too long?
Does financial aid cover summer and/or winter classes?
Will I receive a higher financial aid amount if my unit-load is higher than 15 units?
If I fail a class, can I receive financial aid to retake it?