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2016-2018 Catalog 
2016-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Services and Resources

ACE Scholars Services

Craven Hall 3400
Director: Jim Mickelson
Phone: (760) 750 4223
Email: ace@csusm.edu

ACE Scholars Services is a program for former foster youth. The mission of ACE is to transform the lives of foster youth through education. Our philosophy is to provide an opportunity for foster youth to obtain a four year college degree through individualized services that move the student from a highly dependent state to a self sustaining confident individual who is integrated into the college community.

ACE Scholars Services works to encourage and assist foster youth to prepare for college, facilitate the transition from high school to college, provide support services needed to ensure success in college, and facilitate the transition from college to workforce.

The CSUSM campus has year round apartment style housing, on campus daycare services, and light rail and bus transportation, making CSUSM an excellent choice for former foster youth. CSUSM has MOU agreements with the Counties of San Diego and Riverside to ensure that all capable foster youth who are eligible have access to higher education though a guaranteed admission.  ACE Scholars Services is a top tier program as CSUSM serves more former foster youth per capita than any other university.

ACE Scholars Services defines a former foster youth as an individual who was placed in the foster care system on or after their 13th birthday and remained in the system for more than two years, and is under the age of 26.

ACE Scholars Services web site has a step by step guide for admissions, application, financial aid, and other information needed to help foster youth obtain a college education at California State University San Marcos: http://www.csusm.edu/ace/prospective-students/application-steps-freshmen.html, http://www.csusm.edu/ace/prospective-students/application-steps-transfers.html.

Arts and Lectures

(760) 750 8272

The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences produces the Arts and Lectures Series, a wide range of curriculum linked events.

Each year, Arts & Lectures engages the support and advice of CSUSM faculty, staff, students and the community in developing a series of 20-30 events including lectures across various fields, film/video screenings, visual art talks, dance and theatre performances, music concerts, scientific discussions, book readings and more.

The series has become an integral part of campus life and offers eye-opening perspectives on multiple topics, issues, and disciplines by bringing in exceptional guests who are experts in various fields creatively and intellectually. The program not only supplements and complements curricular needs but it also enriches cultural life on the campus and within the community.


Office of the President
Department of Athletics: Field House, Suite 106J
Telephone: (760) 750-7100
E-mail: athletics@csusm.edu

The Purpose

The objectives of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Cal State San Marcos include:

  • Student emphasis. To emphasize the student component of student-athlete, seeking not only successful teams for the university but also 100% graduation rates of team members.
  • Academic enrichment. To augment the academic programs of the university with experiential learning that takes place through sports, striving to develop confidence, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork in student-athletes.
  • Community linkages. To establish new linkages and strengthen existing linkages with all members of the surrounding communities.

The Administrative Staff

Jennifer Milo
Director of Athletics
Telephone: (760) 750-7100
E-mail: jmilo@csusm.edu

Todd Snedden
Associate Director of Athletics
Telephone: (760) 750-7109
E-mail: tsnedden@csusm.edu

Jason Stock
Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance
Telephone: (760) 750-7101
E-mail: jstock@csusm.edu

Morod Shah
Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations
Telephone: (760) 750-7102
E-mail: mshah@csusm.edu

Rachel Johnson
Assistant Director of Compliance, Senior Woman Administrator
Telephone: (760) 750-7120
E-mail: rjohnson@csusm.edu

Linda Colker
Assistant Director of Athletics for Business Operations
Telephone: (760) 750-7118
E-mail: lcolker@csusm.edu

Michelle Hamilton
Assistant Athletic Director/Head Athletic Trainer
Telephone: (760) 750-7111
E-mail: mhamilto@csusm.edu

Matt Berson
Sports Information Director
Telephone: (760) 750-7114
E-mail: mberson@csusm.edu

Mindy Mills
Assistant Sports Information Director
Telephone: (760) 750-7114
E-mail: mmills@csusm.edu

David Nathanson
Student-Athlete Support Services Coordinator
Telephone: (760) 750-7107
E-mail: dnathanson@csusm.edu

Bennett Cherry, Ph. D.
Faculty Athletics Representative
Telephone: (760) 750-4217
E-mail: bcherry@csusm.edu

Fernando Brown
External Operations Coordinator/Equipment Manager
Telephone: (760) 750-7113
E-mail: fbrown@csusm.edu

Ashley Eszlinger
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: (760) 750-7100
E-mail: aeszlinger@csusme.edu

The Coaches

B.J. Foster 
Interim Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7119
Email: brfoster@csusm.edu

Matt Guiliano 
Head Baseball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7104 
E-mail: mguiliano@csusm.edu

Laurie Nevarez
Head Softball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7103
E-mail: lnevarez@csusm.edu

Dennis Pugh
Head Baseball Coach
Telephone: (760)750-7104
E-mail: dpugh@csusm.edu

Ron Pulvers
Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7112
E-mail: rpulvers@csusm.edu

Bobby Renneisen
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Telephone (760) 750-7115
E-mail: brenneis@csusm.edu

Greg Hutton
Head Men’s & Women’s Golf Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7110
E-mail: ghutton@csusm.edu

Steve Scott
Head Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7105
E-mail: sscott@csusm.edu

Jim Saia
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7119
E-mail: jsaia@csusm.edu

Renee Jimenez
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7116
E-mail: rjimenez@csusm.edu

Andrea Leonard
Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7117
E-mail: aleonard@csusm.edu

The Teams

The Cal State San Marcos Department of Athletics has achieved steady growth since its inception in the late 1990’s. In 1998-99, the department started with the men’s and women’s golf, cross country, and track & field teams, which became perennial contenders in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In 2006, CSUSM added baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer, all of which have developed into highly successful programs. In 2011, the University added women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. In 2014-15, CSUSM Athletics was accepted into candidacy by NCAA Division II and now competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) conference. The department’s goal is to complete the three-year transition process and be accepted as a full NCAA Division II member in 2017-18.


CSUSM has experienced steady improvement since its inception in 2007. In 2015, CSUSM won 23 of its last 28 games on its way to a record-breaking 36-win season. The Cougars won their third A.I.I. title in the past five seasons and qualified for the NAIA Opening Round.

CSUSM baseball wrapped up its NAIA stint with an NAIA All-American, 29 all-conference honorees and 15 A.I.I. All-Tournament selections.


The Cal State San Marcos men’s and women’s basketball teams have held their own since their arrival in 2011.

The CSUSM men put together their second straight 30-win season in 2014-15, won their second Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference title and advanced to the NAIA Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. In the past two seasons, the Cougars have gone 62-6 overall and been ranked No. 1 nationally, a whopping 11 times. CSUSM looks forward to its first season competing in NCAA DII and the CCAA in 2015-16.

CSUSM women’s basketball won its third A.I.I. Conference title in four years and second competing at the NAIA Division I level. The Cougars concluded their NAIA campaign with a two NAIA All-America awards, 14 all-conference accolades and eight A.I.I. All-Tournament selections.

Cross Country

Endurance and desire are the name of the game for Cal State San Marcos Cross-Country, and those traits are personified by Coach Steve Scott. A member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and 2009 NAIA Women’s Cross-Country Coach of the Year, Coach Scott fields a team of roughly 30 young men and women each fall, and has taken that squad to the NAIA National Championships since the program began in 1999.

Between 2009 and 2011, the CSUSM women’s cross-country team brought the University three NAIA national titles, the first three national championships in the department’s history. The CSUSM men’s team has won the A.I.I. title for seven consecutive seasons. In its final appearance at the NAIA Championships, the cross country teams placed fourth in the combined team competition after both squads collected seventh-place finishes.

Running for the first time as a NCAA Division II squad in 2015, three members of the women’s squad earned All-CCAA honors after finishing in the top 15 at the conference championships. On the men’s side, three Cougars finished in the CCAA top-20 with two adding their names to the CSUSM record books after running personal-bests.


With access to some of the top golf courses in Northern San Diego County, the men’s and women’s golf teams at Cal State San Marcos have ample opportunity to sharpen their playing skills. The squads travel around California and across the nation to play tournaments during both the fall and spring.

The Cougar men closed out live in the NAIA in style, capturing the A.I.I. Conference title in the spring of 2015. Dylan Healey became the first player in program history to win the conference’s individual title. In their first semester competing in NCAA Division II in the fall of 2015, the Cougars won two of their three tournaments and upset then-No. 1 Chico State at the Wildcats’ home tournament.

Vanessa Chap captured the women’s individual title at the A.I.I. Conference Championships in the spring of 2015. The Cougars look forward to competition in NCAA Division II.


The Cougar men’s soccer team closed out life in the NAIA by setting a program record with 13 wins in route to an appearance in the A.I.I. Semifinals in 2014. In its first year of NCAA Division II competition in 2015, CSUSM upset first-place Stanislaus State and made quite an impression in the CCAA.

CSUSM women’s soccer ended life in the NAIA with an A.I.I. Conference title and its second consecutive appearance in the NAIA National Championships second round in 2014.


In a short period of time, Cal State San Marcos softball became one of the top programs in the NAIA. Led by Laurie Nevarez, the Cougars have put together six consecutive seasons of 30 or more victories. They made the NAIA tournament six straight years as well.

Track & Field

Consisting of over 50 student-athletes, the CSUSM men’s and women’s track & field teams continually compete nationally. In 2015, the teams combined for 13 NAIA All-Americans. Kate Bouvatte won the national title in the women’s marathon.


Head coach Andrea Leonard has set a strong foundation in the first five seasons of the Cal State San Marcos volleyball program. From 2011-2014, the Cougars tallied a 16-0 record at the A.I.I. Conference Championships and captured four consecutive tournament titles. The program has produced six NAIA All-Americans, 17 All-Conference selections and 14 A.I.I. All-Tournament team honorees.

Playing for the first time on campus in Hunter Gymnasium in 2015, the Cal State San Marcos volleyball team’s inaugural season competing in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) was a bit of a rollercoaster with half the team consisting of freshmen. The season was highlighted with a come-from-behind five-set victory over Cal State East Bay in front of the Cougars’ home crowd, marking the first CCAA victory in program history.

Cougar Shops

ATM Services

A full range of ATM services are available to the campus community via the ATM machines located in Kellogg Library, University Village Apartments (UVA), and the University Student Union. The ATMs offer 24 hour access to cash withdrawals, and are a member of the STAR and PLUS system ATM networks.

Food Services

(760) 750 - 4757 – CSUSM Starbucks
(760) 750 - 4762 – Jazzman’s Café & Bakery
(760) 510 - 3824 – Panda Express
(760) 750 - 4769 – Wow Café
(760) 750 - 4769 – Wholly Habaneros
(760) 750 - 4769 – Sub Versions
(760) 750 - 3131 – Flavours, CSUSM Catering
(760) 703 - 3515 – Campus Coffee (The Coffee Cart)
(760) 750 - 4764 – Sodexo, University Food Services

The University Food Services are operated by Sodexo, through an agreement with the University Auxiliary and Research Services Corporation (UARSC), a non-profit corporation, with university proceeds being used to further the educational mission of Cal State San Marcos.

Located in the University Student Union (USU) Building is the dining area with Panda Express, Wow Café, Wholly Habaneros, Sub Versions and the Market. Jazzman’s Café & Bakery is located next to the USU Information counter, with assorted snack and beverage vending machines located on the same level. Hours vary throughout the year, please call individual stores for hours. Additional snack and beverage vending machines are located in the University Commons, Academic Hall, Arts Building, University Hall, Science II, Kellogg Library, Markstein Hall, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBSB) Building, the Clarke Fieldhouse, University Village Apartments, and the Foundation Classroom Building.

University Store and CSUSM Bookstore

(760) 750-4730
(760) 750-4737

Located on the Cal State San Marcos campus, the University Store and CSUSM Bookstore provide a wide array of products and services both in store and online, including new and used traditional, rental and e-Book textbooks for classes. Additional offerings are special class orders, reference books, class related office supplies, educationally priced software, Fed Ex services, gift cards, and Cal State San Marcos emblematic apparel and gifts.

Disabled Student Services

CRA 4300
(760) 750-4905 (TDD 750-4909)

The Office of Disabled Student Services (DSS) determines reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. All students with disabilities who request reasonable accommodations are required to provide appropriate and recent documentation to the Office of Disabled Student Services before support services can be approved.

Support services are available through DSS for those students who qualify, noting that the appropriate accommodations for each student will be approved based on the documented disability. Services available include:

  • access to course materials in alternate format;
  • readers;
  • notetakers;
  • interpreters or captioners (for the hearing impaired);
  • testing accommodations;
  • access to specially adapted equipment;
  • application assistance;
  • supplemental academic advising;
  • psychoeducational screening and assessment;
  • disability-related counseling, and
  • priority registration.

For further information on reasonable accommodations and required paperwork, please contact the Office of Disabled Student Services.

Instructional Computing Laboratories

(760) 750-6505

The University has both instructional computer labs and a 90-seat open access lab. Assisted access software is available in each lab. Most instructional labs, are available to students when the room is not scheduled for classes or special events. Additional information about the labs can be viewed at http://www.csusm.edu/iits/support/computer-labs/index.html.

International Student Services

(760) 750-4090
Fax (760) 750-3284

International student services are provided by the Office of Global Education. International student services include initial orientation and advising on matters such as housing, registration, visa regulations, work authorization, taxes, health insurance requirements, health services, safety issues, and other campus services.

Upon admission to the University, international students will receive information as to the date and time of their orientation session. When they arrive in San Marcos, international students should report to the international student advisor and remain in regular contact with the office as long as they are students.

International students should notify the international student advisor of their address and telephone number, their plans to work on- and off-campus, and their intention to travel outside the United States, including return trips to their home country. Upon request, the Office of Global Education will serve as a contact point for international students in the event of personal or family emergencies.


(760) 750-4330

The 200,000 square foot Kellogg Library has over 300 computers, over 40 group study rooms, thousands of journals, and a quarter million books. Kellogg Library is the primary learning resource outside the classroom. You can enter the Library by either the main entrance on the 3rd level or at the 2nd level. To reach the 1st floor classrooms, use the stairwell or elevator in the Starbucks Tower.

Web Access


The web site provides access to the Library catalog and over 100 research databases. It also provides information on the library’s services, hours, and people. You may make requests directly online for such things as InterLibrary Loan materials or research appointments.


Monday – Thursday – 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Media Library Hours
Monday –Thursday – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Sunday – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Any exceptions for Library hours will be posted in advance on the Library web site: https://biblio.csusm.edu/hours_calendar

Library Card and Borrowing Policy

(760) 750-4348

The University ID card issued by the Media Library serves as a Library card for checking out books and other materials. Cards must have a current semester sticker to be valid. Validation stickers are issued at the 2nd or 3rd floor Check Out Circulation & Reserves Desks or at Parking Services throughout the semester.

Library users are responsible for the return of all materials checked out on their ID cards. All Library materials are subject to recall after two weeks. With a current CSUSM ID card, faculty, staff, and students may borrow books directly from other California State University libraries. An agreement with MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges allows Cal State San Marcos students, faculty and staff to check out materials at these libraries as well.


(760) 750-8363

Reserve materials, both print and electronic, are placed in the Library by your instructor. They can be obtained at the Check Out Desk on the third floor of the Library, at the Media Library, and via the Library web site.

Resource Sharing

(760) 750-4345

Resource Sharing is a service through which Cal State San Marcos faculty, staff, and students can obtain research materials not held in our library from other libraries. Resource Sharing is done through two different programs: 1) The San Diego Circuit, a local consortium; and 2) Interlibrary Loan, a worldwide resource sharing system.

San Diego Circuit

The San Diego Circuit is a book-sharing consortium in which CSUSM partners with SDSU, UCSD, USD, the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego County Library. Books not available at CSUSM can be requested from other Circuit libraries and typically arrive within 1-3 business days.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan is a system through which libraries worldwide can share research materials. Materials not available at CSUSM can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Loaned items (books, etc.) generally arrive within 5 10 business days and are held at the Library Check Out Desk for pickup. Articles are delivered electronically and typically arrive within 3 5 business days.

Research Assistance

(760) 750 4391

Research assistance is one of the missions of the Library. Research assistance is available at the Research Help Desk, by appointment with subject specialist librarians, and by email, phone, or real time chat. Visit http://biblio.csusm.edu/research-assistance to find out more.

Information Literacy

(760) 750 4375

Developing the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an information rich environment is an essential part of your education. The Information Literacy Program (ILP) works with students to ensure that all become successful lifelong learners. The ILP provides course-integrated instruction within General Education and specific fields of study. Through Context: Library Series and other programs, the ILP provides outreach to target student groups on campus and in the community.


The California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Library makes available over 500,000 titles, including print and electronic books, media (video, DVD, CD’s), print and electronic journals, and government documents. You will find research materials to support all areas of the CSUSM curriculum, from Accounting to Women’s Studies. Whether you need resources for a research paper, background materials to support a thesis, or guidance on field research methods, the Library collections are available to you.

The catalog also lists materials instructors have put on reserve for their classes.

Subject access to periodicals and newspapers is provided over the Web and full text databases. The “Get It!” system helps users locate the full text of an article, whether online or in print.

The Library is a selective depository for United States and California State documents. In addition, the Library houses a small collection of curriculum materials and the University Archives. Visit https://biblio.csusm.edu/ to find out more.

Media Library

(760) 750 4370

The Media Library is located on the second floor of the Kellogg Library and provides access to the collection of non print materials including video tapes, DVDs, spoken and musical audio tapes, and CDs. A complete listing is available through the Library catalog. Individual listening and viewing facilities are located in the Media Library. Visit http://biblio.csusm.edu/media_library to find out more.

Photo Identification Cards

(760) 750-4370

Student identification cards are issued by the Media Library in the Kellogg Library building. The identification cards, which have the student’s photo and ID number imprinted on them, are required to check out library and IITS materials, to receive health services, write checks on campus, gain access to secure areas, and for identification purposes if requested by a University representative acting in an official capacity. A computer based photo ID system is used to take individual photographs and print the cards. To obtain a Cougar ID card, students must be prepared to present a valid picture ID and payment of $5.00.

Photo IDs can be obtained in the Media Library during their open hours, which can be checked on the Library’s web site at http://biblio.csusm.edu/media_library.

For additional information, call the Media Library at (760) 750-4370, or visit https://biblio.csusm.edu/media_library.

Off Campus Access

(760) 750-4391

Many of the Library’s resources are available to anyone on the Web. Other materials, such as full-text journals, are only available to Cal State San Marcos students, faculty, and staff. Any registered student can access Library resources from their home computer. For off-campus access, simply go to the catalog or research databases as you would on campus. When you click on a link, the proxy server will ask you for your campus username and password. More detailed information about the Library and its services is available at the Research Help Desk on the 3rd floor of the Kellogg Library. Visit https://biblio.csusm.edu/distance-education for more information about services specifically for Temecula and Distance Education.

Lifelong Learning and Development

Alumni and Annual Giving

(760) 750-4416

The Office of Alumni and Annual Giving is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of Cal State San Marcos alumni. Alumni and Annual Giving works to encourage a life-long relationship with alumni through their continued connection with the University through job fairs, special events, alumni-based benefits, or electronic and print communications.

Alumni Association

The Cal State San Marcos Alumni Association provides alumni with opportunities to enhance their cultural, personal, and professional development through their continued involvement with the University. For more information or to join the Cal State San Marcos Alumni Association, please call (760) 750-4416 or check out the association’s web site at www.csusmalumni.org

Career Center

(760) 750-4900
Craven Hall, 1400

The University maintains a centralized Career Center as a part of the Division of Student Affairs. This office, located on the First Floor of Craven Hall, provides services and programs on career development and planning, and job-related services in business, community organizations, government, and educational fields.

Career Services

The Career Center works in cooperation with academic departments to assist students in choosing educational paths, assessing life direction, and establishing career goals. Experienced staff members are available to provide general as well as specific career information which will assist students in obtaining career positions that best utilize their professional preparation, experience, and abilities, while providing personal satisfaction. Students are encouraged to utilize these services early in their college experience.

The Career Center focuses on the following student-centered objectives:

  • counsel students one-on-one on choosing a field of study, deciding on a career, selecting a program for advanced studies, or finding employment and internships;
  • conduct a wide range of workshops and seminars, such as résumé writing, effective interviewing, and professional etiquette, which will prepare students for careers or graduate study;
  • coordinate job listing services, which include career-related positions for Cal State San Marcos students, along with part-time and temporary positions;
  • create opportunities for students to “network” and interview with prospective employers on-campus;
  • provide “user friendly” computer guidance programs which explore interests, values, and skills in relation to career choice;
  • maintain a computer lab and library of career information, including labor-market data, graduate school programs, and resources on career fields and job search techniques;
  • assist students individually in all phases of finding employment, including assistance with resumes, interviewing, employer research, and acceptance offers;
  • guide students through the process of applying for graduate or professional school; and
  • provide CSU Alumni Association members with services for free.

Career Placement

The Career Center may furnish, upon request, information about the employment of students who graduate from programs or courses of study preparing students for a particular career field. Any such data provided must be in a form that does not allow for the identification of any individual student. This information includes data concerning the average starting salary and the percentage of previously enrolled students who obtained employment. The information may include data collected from either graduates of the campus or graduates of all campuses in the California State University system.

Outreach Programs

Craven Hall 3300
(760) 750-4870 Grades K-8 Early Outreach
(760) 750-4887 Grades 9-12 TRiO Programs

The mission of Outreach Programs is to identify and serve K-12 low-income and/or first-generation college bound students from our diverse regional community to promote, advocate, and facilitate access to higher education. Outreach Programs accomplishes this by providing academic services and diverse enrichment programs to support K-12 students and schools, and families. Services range from K–8th grade campus visits, workshops, and presentations to 9th–12th grade tutoring, academic advising, mentoring, college application assistance, summer programs, college visits, and cultural/career educational events. Outreach Programs includes Early Outreach, TRiO Talent Search, and TRiO Upward Bound.

Early Outreach

(760) 750 4870 Grades K-8

The Early Outreach Program seeks to prepare and increase the number of economically, educationally, physically, and environmentally disadvantaged students entering and graduating from postsecondary education. Specifically, K-8th grade students from the Alliance K-12 Partner School Districts that have established formal guaranteed admission agreements with CSUSM: Carlsbad Unified School District, Escondido Union High School District, Fallbrook Union High School District, Lake Elsinore Unified School District, Murrieta Valley Unified School District, Oceanside Unified School District, San Marcos Unified School District, Temecula Valley Unified School District, Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, and Vista Unified School District.

TRiO Talent Search (TS)

(760) 750-4887 Grades 9-12

TRiO Talent Search (TS) is a federally funded grant program through the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of TRiO TS is to encourage our program participants to complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education within six years. CSUSM TRiO TS is an academic preparation program designed to identify and assist 9th–12th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. CSUSM TRiO TS serves 500 students from El Camino and Oceanside High Schools in Oceanside, CA. Services provided by TRiO TS include: academic, financial, and career advising to postsecondary programs; career exploration; information on postsecondary education; exposure to college campuses; information on student financial assistance; assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications; and assistance in preparing for college entrance exams.

TRiO Upward Bound (UB)

(760) 750-4887 Grades 9-12

TRiO Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded grant program through the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of TRiO UB is to increase the rate at which program participants complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education and attain either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree within six years following graduation from high school. CSUSM TRiO UB provides fundamental support to 9th–12th grade participants from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. CSUSM TRiO UB serves 75 students from Escondido and Orange Glen High Schools in Escondido, CA. Services provided by TRiO UB include: academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, and foreign languages; academic advising and support; tutorial services at each target school; mentoring; summer program; cultural enrichment; local and extended college visits; college entrance exam preparations; and assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications.

Parking and Commuter Services

(760) 750-7500 - University Police Building

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to properly display a valid CSUSM parking permit at all times while parked on campus. Parking regulations are posted in parking lots and roadways; these areas are closely monitored. The following reminders will assist users of the California State University San Marcos parking facilities:

  • Display a valid California State University San Marcos parking permit before parking your vehicle;
  • Daily permits can be obtained in general parking lots: B, C, F, K, N, Z, and Parking Structure I (PSI);
  • Park only in lots where the permit is valid;
  • Do not park in disabled parking spaces, unless a current validated DMV plate/placard is displayed along with a valid California State University San Marcos parking permit;
  • Park only in clearly marked parking spaces, not along fences, red curbs, reserved spaces, and /or undeveloped areas.

Parking Refunds

Parking refund forms are available in Parking and Commuter Services in the University Police Building. Refunds will not be processed until after the fifth week of instruction and are calculated on a prorated schedule.

Commuter Options

Other alternative modes of transportation Parking and Commuter Services promotes are bicycling, carpooling/ridesharing, and public transportation.

Bicycling to Campus

There are bike racks around the campus perimeter as well as bike lockers that may be rented for the semester. Register your bike to help UPD locate it if it is stolen.

Carpooling or Ridesharing

Registered carpoolers (with carpool permits) have access to proximity reserved parking spaces.

To find a ride, there is a complimentary online ride-match program. Sign up for ride-matching at www.icommutesd.com. This is a secure and confidential way to find a ride. Use your CSUSM e-mail to stay within the campus community.

Public Transportation

The SPRINTER commuter train stops on campus at the corner of Barham Drive and La Moree as it travels to/from Escondido and Oceanside.

The BREEZE bus stops on campus at Craven Circle and the SPRINTER station on the same time schedule as the SPRINTER. A limited number of discounted passes are available through Parking and Commuter Services.

Pre-printed information may be subject to change. Please call Parking and Commuter Services at (760) 750-7500, Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, to inquire about current parking information, or visit the Parking and Commuter Services web site at: www.csusm.edu/parking.

Campus Safety

Emergency Procedures

(760) 750-4567

To ensure everyone’s safety in an emergency, please take the time to review the emergency evacuation plans posted throughout all University buildings. In the event of a fire, dial 9-1-1 to report the fire, activate the emergency alarm, and evacuate the building immediately. When outside of the building, move upwind and away from the building. In any emergency, elevators are not to be used as part of an emergency evacuation route plan. Pre-plan your emergency evacuation by being familiar with at least two emergency evacuation routes from wherever you are in the University. You may also obtain information about emergency procedures by contacting University Police. For more information on emergency or safety tips and procedure, visit the University Police Department’s web site at: http://www.csusm.edu/police/

Injury and Illness Prevention Program

(760) 750-4502

Cal State San Marcos has an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) intended to provide a carefully controlled, safe, and healthy work environment for all employees and students. The IIPP is based on the concept that safety is a grass-roots program and is required per the California Code of Regulations. The IIPP policy assures that any employee may refuse to participate in any activity that the person, in good conscience, believes could cause harm to his/her well-being. Mandatory IIPP training is offered by Safety, Risk, and Sustainability for all employees of Cal State San Marcos. A schedule of training opportunities is published each semester. Please call, (760) 750-4502, or visit the web site at http://www.csusm.edu/srs/ for a listing of training events or further information.

University Police Department

(760) 750-4567
911 — Emergency

The University Police Department, a full service police department, is located in the Public Safety Building at 425 La Moree Road. The main telephone number is (760) 750-4567. The University Police operates 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with statewide jurisdiction. Its primary responsibilities include crime prevention, law enforcement, criminal investigation, traffic enforcement, and disaster preparedness. If you are a victim of a crime or witness of a suspicious activity, report the incident immediately to the University Police. Since calls to 911 from cellular phones are received by the California Highway Patrol, we recommend that you program (760) 750-4567 into your cell phone for on-campus emergencies.

The University Police Department provides the following campus community services:

  • Safety Escort Service from dusk to dawn.
  • The University Lost and Found program.
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) program, a women’s self defense and empowerment course.
  • PRICE (Preventing Rape by Intoxication through Community Education) Program, an educational program designed to reduce sexual assaults that are a result of victim intoxication.
  • 502 Blues, an alcohol awareness and impaired driving prevention presentation.
  • Cougar Watch, a community based crime prevention coalition.
  • Professional Speaker Bureau, officers provide information on a wide variety of safety and crime prevention topics.

For more information on these and other services, please see our website at www.csusm.edu/police.


Riding skateboards is prohibited on all University property at all times. Roller skates, roller blades, ‘scooters’, and devices of a similar nature are included in this prohibition.

Weapons on Campus

It is the policy of California State University San Marcos to provide a safe environment for all students, employees, visitors, and guests by enforcing all laws pertaining to firearms, weapons, or destructive devises on campus. The restrictions pertaining to these devices are:

  • It is a violation of Penal Code section 626.9 for any person, except as defined in Penal Code Section 12031, to bring or possess any firearm onto any property owned, controlled, or operated by the University without the prior written permission of the President or designee.
  • It is a violation of Penal Code section 626.10, with specific exceptions as noted within 626.10 of the Penal Code, for any person to bring or possess and dirk, dagger, ice pick, knife having a fixed blade longer than two and one half (2 Ω) inches, stun gun or “Less Lethal Weapon” on any property owned, controlled, or operated by the University without prior written permission of the President.
    A “Less Lethal Weapon” means any device that is designed to, or that has been converted to expel or propel less lethal ammunition by any action, mechanism, or process for the purpose of incapacitating, immobilizing, or stunning a human being through the infliction of any less than lethal impairment of physical condition, function, or senses, including physical pain or discomfort. It is not necessary that a weapon leave any lasting or permanent incapacitation, discomfort, pain, or other injury or disability in order to qualify as a less lethal weapon. Examples would include, but not limited to, BB guns, pellet guns, Airsoft guns, and paint ball guns.
  • No person may openly display or expose any imitation firearm, as defined in Penal Code Section 12550, in a public place.
  • No person shall possess for any reason any fireworks, explosives or destructive device as enumerated in the California Health and Safety Code without prior written permission of the President.
  • No person shall possess any tear gas weapon to include Mace, CN gas, or CS Gas, pepper spray, or other similar gas weapon containing more than 2.5 ounces net weight of aerosol spray.
  • No person shall possess any weapon enumerated in 12020 of the Penal Code, to include, but not limited to, billy clubs, metal or plastic knuckles, belt buckle knife, shurikins (AKA Chinese throwing stars), nunchaku, blackjack, sap, or any metal or replica practice hand grenade.
  • It is a violation of Penal Code 653k to possess or keep in a vehicle a switchblade or gravity knife (A “butterfly knife” for example).

This policy applies to all members of the campus community and visitors or guests on property owned, controlled or operated by the University except as expressly enumerated in the Penal Code and Health and Safety Code.


Cal State San Marcos considers hazing a serious matter and will thoroughly investigate all reports of hazing. In addition to being a violation of campus policy, hazing incidents may also be referred to the San Diego District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution.

Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or pre initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6), and in addition, any act likely to cause physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events.

Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing incident is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.

For further information regarding prevention, reporting, and education can be obtained from the University Hazing Education Team at: http://www.csusm.edu/sll/resources/hazing.

EPT and ELM Exams

College Access and Readiness Success Services provide the EPT (English Placement Test) and ELM (Entry Level Mathematics) examination through EPT/ELM Proficiency Services. For more information, students can visit the following link: [http://www.csusm.edu/readiness/], email ELM EPT@csusm.edu, or call (760) 750 6060.

Retention and Academic Assistance

Accountancy/Statistics Laboratory

(760) 750 4214

The Accountancy/Statistics Laboratory aids students in their study in these and related areas. The laboratory, which is supported by the College of Business Administration, provides individual and group tutoring and has resource materials. All Cal State San Marcos students are welcome to use this facility as a supplement to other study and learning activities.

Undergraduate Advising Services

Academic Advisors are available by college to assist undergraduate students with general education, major, minor and graduation requirement planning. In addition, major/minor specific advising may be supported by faculty of the respective discipline. Students are encouraged to refer to the department websites for faculty advising information. Academic Advising information can be found at www.csusm.edu/academicadvising.

TRiO Student Support Services

Craven Hall, 4100
(760) 750-4861
Director: Heather Northway
E-mail: northway@csusm.edu

The mission of TRiO Student Support Services is to provide support to students from low-income, first-generation, and/or disability backgrounds with comprehensive support services in their pursuit of a university degree. TRiO SSS is a federally funded grant and is committed to increasing the retention and graduation rates of its student participants. TRiO SSS is an integral part of the mission of the University as it seeks to embrace and enhance cultural pluralism and academic excellence. TRiO SSS students follow a comprehensive plan that helps them stay focused on academic success.

Support services offered through TRIO SSS include:

  • Academic advising
  • Academic coaching
  • Personal counseling
  • Peer tutoring
  • Peer mentoring
  • Learning community
  • Mid-semester evaluations/Early intervention
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Specialized advising for skill-building and academic guidance
  • Tutoring
  • Priority registration
  • Limited free printing and copying
  • Financial literacy
  • One-unit class
  • Community services projects
  • Graduation recognition ceremony
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Community building activities for first and second years

Educational Opportunity Program

Craven Hall, 4100
(760) 750-4861
Director: Andres Favela
E-mail: afavela@csusm.edu

The mission of Educational Opportunity Program is to serve historically low-income and first-generation college students with academic support services that lead to a university degree. An array of support services are available to EOP students to assist them in making the most of their educational opportunities. EOP grants are also available to those students who are eligible through Financial Aid and are in good standing with the program.

Support services offered through EOP include:

  • Peer Mentoring
  • Academic planning
  • Personal counseling
  • Financial aid (assistance)
  • Priority registration
  • Summer Bridge
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Academic workshops and conferences
  • First-year Learning Cohorts

Applications are taken for Fall Admittance only.

Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge is a program that is available through the EOP Program.

Summer Bridge prepares first-year students to succeed in CSUSM’s academic, social, and cultural environment through an intensive five- to six-week program that provides first-year EOP students with rigorous instruction in writing, math, study skills, college success strategies, and community building activities.

The Center

Craven Hall, 4100

The Center provides opportunities for EOP and SSS students to build community, form study groups, and/or conduct research. Other services offered through The Center include:

  • Access to computers
  • Free limited copies and printing

EOP admissions information, applications, and deadlines may be obtained by visiting the department’s web site at http://www.csusm.edu/eop/, or in CRA 4100, or on CSUMentor.edu.

Early Assessment Program (EAP)

The CSU has worked with the State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop the Early Assessment Program (EAP). EAP incorporates the CSU’s placement standards into existing high school standards tests in English and mathematics. The goal of the Early Assessment Program is to have California high school graduates enter the CSU fully prepared to begin college level study.

Faculty Mentoring Program

Coordinator: Sonia M. Perez
Kellogg Library, 2400
(760) 750 4017
Email: fmp@csusm.edu

Established in 1991, the mission of the Faculty Mentoring Program is to increase the retention of upper division students who are at risk of failing to graduate from Cal State San Marcos. At the core of the Faculty Mentoring Program is the one on one mentoring relationship that matches a student with a volunteer faculty member, based on shared academic interests. The most important objective of the mentoring relationship is to assist the student in meeting graduation requirements. Mentors also provide guidance about graduate degrees and the graduate application process.

The Mentoring Program also offers a program of group activities that gather individual student protégées together into an annual cohort. Through individual mentoring and group activities, the Faculty Mentoring Program serves at risk students by involving them in a process of creating strong professional relationships, establishing a shared culture, practicing constructive academic and professional behavior, and embracing a positive attitude about collaboration and academic success.

The Faculty Mentoring Program is administered by the Director of the Faculty Center, in collaboration with a Faculty Fellow. Faculty mentors are recruited and supported by the Faculty Center as part of its mission to support faculty development, and specifically, to enhance faculty success in promoting student learning and academic achievement among at risk upper division students (e.g. retention, timely degree-completion, advising about careers, application to advanced degree programs, etc.).

Students may submit an application if they are first generation college students and/or can demonstrate financial need, and must be at the junior or senior level. All faculty (part time and full time) are welcome to participate.

Personalized Academic Success Services (PASS)

Personalized Academic Success Services (PASS) works with students by holistically assessing each individual situation to provide appropriate support and resources (on campus or in the community) to help students achieve academic and personal success.

Services Include:

  • Academic Goal Development
  • Academic and Personal Development Workshops (i.e. Time Management, Test-Taking, Note-Taking, etc.)
  • Support for Students on Academic Probation/Disqualification
  • Student Support and Transition Counseling
  • Resource Referral Services
  • Help for new freshmen and transfer students transitioning/adjusting from high school or transfer college/university to CSUSM

Contact Information:
Arlene Toya, Student Academic Success Coordinator
Phone: (760) 750 6056
E mail: pass@csusm.edu
Location: Kellogg Library 1105

Note: If you are in ACE, CAMP, EOP, or SSS, you will need to contact your program counselor/advisor for assistance instead of PASS.

Language Learning Center

Kellogg Library 1107
(760) 750 8058

The Language Learning Center works closely with students and faculty to help students become strong and confident in another language. The LCL supports all languages taught on campus, some popular languages studied at nearby colleges, and English for students who hear or speak another language at home. The LLC offers: tutoring, study tips, textbook loans, resources, workshops, technological support, and classroom support. In addition, the LLC advises on CSUSM’s graduation Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER) and administers the Foreign Language Proficiency Exam and the Spanish Placement Exam as ways to meet the LOTER.

Math Lab

Kellogg Library, KELL 1109
(760) 750 4101
Director: Jennifer Brich
E mail: jbrich@csusm.edu

The Math Lab provides academic support, tutoring, and assistance to undergraduate Cal State San Marcos students taking B4 requirement math courses, fulfilling General Education requirements in mathematics, or preparing for the CBEST, ELM and other standardized tests. The Math Lab also offers computers and resources on math for students in B4 classes and faculty use.

Writing Center

Kellogg Library, 1103
(760) 750 4168

The Writing Center offers students from all disciplines an opportunity to get feedback on their writing from trained peer consultants. Consultants work with students at any stage of the writing process, offering strategies, advice, and resources to help students improve their writing skills. One of the central goals of the Writing Center is to help create better writers, not just better writing. The Writing Center does this by focusing feedback on the writing process, not just the paper at hand. In addition to one on one tutoring sessions, the Writing Center also offers on line tutoring services, small group sessions, and writing and grammar workshops.

Student Health and Counseling Services

(760) 750-4915 Appointments
(760) 750-4924 TDD
(760) 750-3181 Fax

Student Health and Counseling Services provides basic primary health care, health education, and psychological counseling to enrolled Cal State San Marcos students. The Student Health and Counseling Services staff includes medical, psychological, and administrative professionals who are trained to assist students who have medical, mental, and/or health related problems. Visits with a doctor, nurse practitioner, health educator, nurse, or psychologist are absolutely free with an appointment. Visits may include routine preventive health screenings, such as PAP exams and physicals, or treatment for colds, respiratory infections, and other general health issues. A psychiatrist is available for low cost visits.

Also available are laboratory, radiology, and immunization services. Students will have access to pharmacy services for low cost prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Students may seek visits with a health educators at the HOPE & Wellness Center for information, educational counseling, support, resources, and/or referral services for: Alcohol and other drugs, contraception, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, nutrition and fitness, relationships, sexual assault and rape, sexual harassment, sexual health, smoking cessation, stress management, and other health issues. Free anonymous HIV testing is available. Please call us for dates and time. Short-term individual, couple, family, and group counseling services are available to help students cope with issues that can affect them personally and academically.

All services provided are strictly confidential. For more information, please visit our web site.

Peer Health Education

(760) 750-4917

Through the Healthy Cougars (PAWS) program, there are opportunities available for students to become certified peer health educators. These volunteers are committed to promoting awareness and advocating health and wellness related issues to the Cal State San Marcos community. This includes giving up-to-date information about health related issues through various programs, workshops, events and presentations, and referral of students to appropriate offices and resources on campus as needed. These students receive formal, direct training from the staff of Student Health and Counseling Services, as well as ongoing education and support. For information about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Student Health and Counseling Services.

Student Health Advisory Council

(760) 750-4917

A Student Health Advisory Council works closely with Student Health and Counseling Services. It is a voluntary policy advisory council whose mission is to ensure high quality, confidential, and professional primary and preventive health care for Cal State San Marcos students. The advisory council is also involved with campus-wide health programs for students. Membership is established through application, and new students are welcome to apply at the beginning of each semester through Associated Students, Inc. For further information, contact the staff advisor at (760) 750-4917.

Family PACT

(760) 750-4968

Family PACT is a state planning, access, care, and treatment program that provides free family planning services to low income individuals who qualify, as well as education, counseling and treatment to protect your reproductive health. Please contact us today about eligibility.

Sexual Violence Advocate

(760) 750-4915

A confidential sexual violence advocate and educator is available for students to support with dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, and stalking. Support with discussing options, possible accompaniment to medical, university administrative, and legal proceedings is available.

Student Life

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI)

University Student Union, Suite 3700

ASI Gender Equity Center

University Student Union, Suite 3200

ASI LGBTQA Pride Center

University Student Union, Suite 3100

Phone: (760) 750-4990
Fax: (760) 750-3149

Mission Statement

To serve, engage, and empower students.


Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit auxiliary organization that exists to provide services to students. This organization’s goals are to participate in shared governance of the University and offer programs and services which enrich the co-curricular experiences of students. ASI is governed by a student Board of Directors that is elected each spring and serves for one year beginning in May.

Programs and Services

Each student pays a fee each semester to Associated Students, Inc. This money is allocated to provide quality experiences for students outside of the classroom. ASI operates the ASI Community Centers (Gender Equity Center and LGBTQA Pride Center), which provide programs, education, advocacy, and community space for students. Campus Activities Board provides students with a wide variety of activities and programs geared toward increasing the quality of life on campus, including annual traditions such as The Ball, Alternative Spring Break, and Undie Run. The Board of Directors serves as the official voice to express student opinions and protect the rights and interests of students. ASI also offers banking services to recognized student organizations, event funding for student organizations, funds for students attending professional conferences, and free faxing for students.

Get Involved!

Associated Students, Inc. offers many opportunities for students to get involved through participation in our programs and services, student employment, and service on the ASI Board of Directors. For more information, visit our web site at www.csusm.edu/asi or stop by our offices and centers in the University Student Union.

Student Life & Leadership

(760) 750-4970
University Student Union, 3600


The mission of Student Life & Leadership is to further the holistic education of California State University San Marcos students in preparation for their role as active participants in a diverse global community. In all endeavors, Student Life & Leadership seeks to embody our primary values of Student-Centered Service, Inclusiveness, Teamwork, and Innovation.


Student Life & Leadership will promote a rich co-curricular agenda to further student education, wellness, and retention from admission through graduation. Department programs and services will enable students to practice the concepts and skills they learn in the classroom as they engage a myriad of campus involvement opportunities. Students will build self-awareness and expand their worldview as they engage their peers amidst the diversity of the campus community. By engaging the intentional learning experiences offered by Student Life & Leadership, students will expand their skills in critical thinking, communication and leadership, thus maximizing their university experience and preparation for life after college.

Student Organizations

Students can choose to get involved with over 100 recognized student organizations- or they can start their own! As a result of getting involved, Student Organization leaders develop a campus support network, grow their leadership skills, and plan fun activities for their groups and the campus at large. Student Organizations offer a wide variety of opportunities for students to enhance their academic and social life on campus.

Student Organizations provide a unique and supportive setting where students grow and learn from each other. Current student leaders report that their communication, interpersonal, and social skills have improved as a result of being involved on campus and in the San Marcos community.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity & Sorority Life at California State University San Marcos is a vibrant community based on the values of leadership development, intellectural development, service to others and community impact, diversity and inclusion, lifelong membership, and organizational standards. Fraternities and sororities offer unique opportunities for students to become involved in building campus traditions during their college years, and then continue to be connected to their organizations beyond graduation. Our community operates under a deferred recruitment model, which means students must have completed 12 college units before they can join a chapter.

To learn more about Fraternity & Sorority Life, please attend any of the recruitment events scheduled in mid-September and mid-February, or contact SLL.

Multicultural Programs

Multicultural Programs provides intentional learning experiences that educate and support students in the various stages of their own identity development and encourages students to embrace a variety of world views.

Multicultural Programs also strives to establish and support programs that affirm the diversity of the campus community in its many forms by embracing a broad definition of culture to include world views formed by race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, abilities, sexual orientation, and religion.

Cross-Cultural Center

Established in 2003, the Cross-Cultural Center (CCC) is a space for all students to use. The CCC is a space where students can connect with others, increase awareness, and engage in dialogue. Students may also relax between classes, browse the multicultural library collection, and schedule meetings for their organizations. The CCC is located in University Student Union, 3400.


Grounded in CSUSM’s Integrated Co-Curricular Model, the Tukwut Leadership Circle is a program designed to support student leadership, interpersonal, career, and professional development through weekly workshops and campus and community engagement. Students can do this by engaging in our multidimensional leadership certificate program. The program is open to all students, and is designed for students to complete within one year. The program takes approximately 30 hours to complete.

Tukwut Leadership Circle Program Components:

  • 7 Leadership Workshops
  • 7 Hours of Campus Engagement
  • 7 Hours of Civic Engagement
  • Type Focus Self-Assessment
  • Résumé
  • Leadership Reflection Paper
  • Exit Panel Interview
  • LinkedIn portfolio

Students can also participate in the LEAD retreat, Leadership Fast-Track, or Peer Mentoring Program.

Off-Campus Housing

Student Life & Leadership offers a limited number of off-campus housing services to Cal State San Marcos students, faculty, and staff. You can place an ad or search the web site for a variety of living arrangements, including roommate finders, apartment listings, and rooms in private residences. Take the time to check out all the information we have, including educational materials, by visiting our web site at www.csusm.och101.com.

Civility Campaign

The Civility Campaign defines civility to reflect the community values of CSUSM. The university strives to be a community demonstrating respect for oneself and for others, treatment of others with dignity, and behaviors which promote a physically and psychologically safe, secure and supportive climate enabling all community members to engage as full and active participants where the free flow of ideas is encouraged and affirmed. The campus definition of Civility is as follows “Conducting oneself with care, respect, and empathy while acknowledging the culture and humanity of others.” For more information, please visit www.csusm.edu/civility.

Orientation & New Student Programs

New Student Programs works hard to provide an exciting transition experience for all incoming students and their families. The transition process for new students begins at Orientation, where they learn about the campus community and build connections with their fellow students, as well as faculty and staff. New Student Programs also offers additional programs throughout the academic year to continue the support for new students as they begin their journey at CSUSM. Visit our web site to find specific information about Orientation and other transition programs for new students: www.csusm.edu/sll/onsp.

If you are interested in an exciting leadership opportunity that will allow you to assist incoming students and their families, check out the Orientation Team. The recruitment and selection for this team occurs in early Spring.

Clarke Field House

(760) 750-7400

The M. Gordon Clarke Field House, home to Campus Recreation, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Kinesiology (non-lecture courses), is a place to build community and enhance student life through programs, activities, and events.

The Clarke Field House serves the student and campus community in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • As a venue for students to recreate and participate in fitness and wellness programs. Visit the section about “Campus Recreation” for more details.
  • As home to CSUSM’s intercollegiate athletic teams, and an athletic support staff and administration made up of over 40 employees. Visit the “Athletics” section for more information about our programs. Contact us at (760) 750-7100 or www.csusmcougars.com.
  • As a supporting facility for Kinesiology courses that are activity-based in nature.

Campus Recreation

(760) 750-7400

Campus Recreation (REC) is dedicated to promoting holistic wellness and enriching the CSUSM experience by providing inclusive recreation services, facilities and opportunities. REC, funded by the Recreation Fee and a portion of the USU fee, supports the following:


  • Clarke Field House (fitness center, locker rooms, outdoor basketball court, gymnasium with volleyball and half-court basketball).
  • Mangrum Track & Field
  • Lower Field
  • Disc Golf Course (18 holes)


  • Fitness (personal training and group fitness)
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Intramurals
  • Sport Clubs
  • Special Events

REC offers a rich and rewarding student-employment experience, with positions ranging from operations, programming, leadership positions, personal training and more. Visit our website or our Information Desk at the Clarke Field House for more details.

University Student Union


The University Student Union (USU) serves as the center of campus life by providing welcoming and innovative spaces that foster community engagement and campus pride. Hosting over 300 student events annually, the USU has become the hub of campus life. CSUSM now has a deeper sense of community which supports enduring campus loyalty for our present and future Cougar Alumni. Student employees are at the core of the USU, with over 25,000 hours annually provided in support of building operations and programming alone.

The University Student Union includes the following features:

  • Five food concepts where students can meet, dine and relax
  • A large market for the student on-the-run that includes a Jamba Juice location inside
  • Outdoor amphitheater with seating for over 400
  • USU Activity Centers where students can play pool, air hockey, foosball & console gaming
  • Small and intimate lounge spaces for a more subdued atmosphere
  • Commuter Lounge for students who don’t live on campus
  • Cross Cultural Center, LGBTQA Pride Center, Gender Equity Center, Latin@ Center
  • 9,000 square foot ballroom with 2 additional meeting rooms
  • Associated Students Inc., Student Life & Leadership and the Dean of Students
  • A rooftop patio that includes a Green Roof to support energy conservation
  • Computers, print stations, and an ATM for convenience
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification
  • The best student employment opportunities on campus

For more information about the USU, please visit the Information Desk on the 4th Floor or visit our web site at www.csusm.edu/usu.