May 27, 2023  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Services and Resources

ACE Scholars Services

Craven Hall 3400
Phone: (760) 750 4223

ACE Scholars Services is a support program for former foster youth. The mission of ACE is to empower students impacted by foster care to transform their lives through higher 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.

CSUSM offers priority admissions for former foster youth who meet both CSU and ACE admissions requirements. Specifically, freshmen and transfer students from every region of California receive a “front-of-the-line pass” for admissions.

The CSUSM campus has year-round apartment-style housing with a THP+FC option, a center and staff exclusively for ACE Scholars, and light rail and bus transportation, making CSUSM an excellent choice for former foster youth.

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 30.

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:,

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 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, it also enriches cultural life on the campus and within the community.

Department of Athletics

Student Affairs
Clarke Field House, Suite 106
Telephone: (760) 750-7100

The Purpose

CSUSM Athletics is committed to the scholar-athlete model, community service and developing student leadership through sportsmanship. The objectives of the NCAA DII intercollegiate athletic programs at Cal State San Marcos include:

  • Student Emphasis: To emphasize the student component of our student-athletes, seeking not only successful teams for the university but also high graduation rates of team members.
  • Athletic Success: To continue growing CSUSM beyond our surroundings, through high-level competition at the national level. Learning what it takes to win championships through confidence, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork.
  • Student-Athlete Experience/Development: To enhance the overall experience of our student-athletes both in the field of competition and in the classroom, so that they are further prepared for life after CSUSM.

The Administrative Staff

Jennifer Milo
Director of Athletics
Telephone: (760) 750-7100

Todd Snedden
Associate Director of Athletics
Telephone: (760) 750-7109

Jason Stock
Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance
Telephone: (760) 750-7101

Morod Shah
Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations
Telephone: (760) 750-7102

Stephen Wren
Associate Director of Athletics for Business Operations
Telephone: (760) 750-7118

Nick Burchfield
Associate Director of Athletics, Development and Sponsorships
Telephone: (760) 750-7127

Andrea Leonard
Senior Woman Administrator/Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7117

Bennett Cherry, Ph.D.
Faculty Athletics Representative
Telephone: (760) 750-4217

Krissty Andaur
Assistant Director of Athletics, Communications
Telephone: (760) 750-7123

Mindy Mills
Assistant Sports Information Director
Telephone: (760) 750-7114

Tyler Morrison
Assistant Sports Information Director
Telephone: (760) 750-7122

David Nathanson
Assistant Director of Athletics for Academics, Compliance, Eligibility, and Support Services
Telephone: (760) 750-7107

Paul Signorelli
Head Athletic Trainer
Telephone: (760) 750-7111

Rachel Wilson
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Telephone: (760) 750-7111

Fernando Brown
Assistant Director of Athletics, Operations
Telephone: (760) 750-7113


The Department of Athletics Head Coaches

B.J. Foster 
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7119

Matt Guiliano 
Head Baseball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7104 

Stef Ewing
Head Softball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7103

Ron Pulvers
Head Men’s Soccer Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7112

Bobby Renneisen
Head Women’s Soccer Coach
Telephone (760) 750-7115

Greg Hutton
Head Men’s & Women’s Golf Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7110

Torrey Olson
Head Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7105

Renee Jimenez
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7116

Andrea Leonard
Senior Woman Administrator/Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
Telephone: (760) 750-7117

Department of Athletics Intercollegiate 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 completed the three-year transition process and was accepted as a full NCAA Division II member in 2017-18. In 2019, CSUSM Women’s Golf finished runner-up at the NCAA DII Championship, while individually Jaime Jacob brought home CSUSM’s first-ever NCAA DII National Championship. The Department now has 14 intercollegiate teams and houses the university’s spirit programs that include a Cheer team, Dance team, and the university’s mascot, CRASH the Cougar.

For more information regarding the Department of Athletics, visit, or follow them on social media @CSUSMCougars.

ATM Services

ATM services are available to the campus community via the ATM machine located in the University Student Union. The ATM offers access to cash withdrawals, and is a member of the STAR and PLUS system ATM networks. CSUSM Corp contracts with Wells Fargo. 

Dining Services

(760) 750 - 4764 – Sodexo, University Dining Services (Main Office)

University Dining Services ( is operated by Sodexo through a partnership with the CSUSM Corporation, and is located in the University Student Union (USU) offering the following dining options:

(760) 750 - 4757 – CSUSM Starbucks (Kellogg Library)
(760) 750 - 4762 – Crash’s Café
(760) 510 - 3824 – Panda Express
(760) 750 - 4769 – World of Wings Café (WOW)
(760) 750 - 4769 – Caliente
(760) 750 - 4769 – Sub Connection
(760) 750 - 4764 – The Market at the Union / Jamba Juice

Additional Food Service and Dining Options On Campus Include:

(760) 703-3515 – Campus Coffee (The Coffee Cart) –– Independently owned and operated, located on Founders Plaza
(760) 750–3131 - Flavours Catering through SODEXO provides a full range of quality catering services (

Approved Caterers – for contact information

3 Local Brothers (Urge)
Brothers Signature Catering & Events
Hunter Steakhouse
Mr. Taco
Panera Bread
Red Tail Catering
San Marcos Deli

Meal Plans
Flexible voluntary meal plans can be designed to meet the needs of CSUSM’s students, faculty and staff. (

Snack and beverage vending machines are located throughout the campus in the following buildings: University Commons, Academic Hall, Arts Building, Science Hall II, Kellogg Library, Markstein Hall, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBSB) Building, the Clarke Field House, University Village Apartments (UVA), University Student Union (USU), and Extended Learning Building (ELB). 

University Store

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

Located on the Cal State San Marcos campus, the University Store provides a wide array of products and services both in-store and online, including Books, Apparel, Accessories, Gifts & Collectibles, Supplies, and Technology. New and used text books, book rental program, and bundled course materials are also offered.

CSUSM Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides quality childcare and preschool education to children from six weeks to five years old with low teacher-student ratios. There are discounted child tuition costs for students, faculty, and staff.

The Center’s research-based curriculum, Guided Discovery, is focused on play, which allows children to learn through stimulating age-appropriate games and activities. CCF also acts as a resource to various academic programs on campus, including Psychology, Nursing, and Education, providing CSUSM students with one-way observation areas and cameras for distance observation and teaching. 
For more information about the facility or to schedule a tour, please contact the CCF staff at (760) 750-8750.

Disability Support Services

CRA 4300 & 4200
(760) 750-4905 (TDD 750-4909)

The Office of Disability Support 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 Disability Support Services before services can be approved.

Reasonable accommodations 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 and using the interactive process. Reasonable accommodations 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
  • disability-related counseling
  • priority registration

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

Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS)

Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS) supports and operates more than 180 instructional classrooms and more than 40 computer labs throughout the campus. There are two open labs in the Kellogg Library on the second and third floors. In these spaces you will find renovated seating areas, open study desks, desktop computers, printing resources, and other Library resources.

IITS offers a variety of technical support opportunities in person, via chat, email, and phone. For in-person support, please visit us on the second floor of the Kellogg Library. For more information about services we offer, please visit


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.

University Library

(760) 750-4330

The University Library is the primary learning resource outside the classroom. The 200,000-square-foot Kellogg Library has more than 300 computers, more than 40 group study rooms, thousands of journals, and a quarter-million books. You can enter the Library through either the main entrance on the third level or at the second level near Craven Circle. 

Online Access

The University Library’s website provides access to online resources from the local collection, CSU system-wide OneSearch catalog, and more than 100 research databases. It also provides information on the library’s services, hours, and staff. You may make requests directly online for such things as Interlibrary Loan materials or research appointments.


For a list of the University Library’s operational hours and events, please visit the Library Hours and Events webpage at 
Any exceptions to these operational hours will be posted on the web site in advance and can be found on the Library calendar at

Library Card and Borrowing Policy

(760) 750-4348

The University ID-Cougar card or digital ID found on the CSUSM campus app serves as a Library card for checking out books and other materials. Cougar Cards can be obtained from the Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS) Student Technology Help Desk. Cards must have a current semester sticker to be valid. Validation stickers are issued at the Check Out / Circulation & Reserves Desk, Media Library Desk, or Student Technology Help Desk in the University Library throughout the semester.

With a current CSUSM ID card, faculty, staff, and students may borrow materials from CSUSM or directly from other California State University libraries as well as Mira Costa and Palomar community colleges. University Library users are responsible for the return of all materials checked out on their ID cards.

Borrowing & Requesting  
Circulating materials may be borrowed directly from the Check Out / Circulation & Reserves Desk or the Media Library Desk in the University Library. Circulating materials may also be requested through the CSU Catalog, OneSearch, and picked up from the Check Out / Circulation & Reserves Desk, Media Library Desk, or Library Lockers.

Loan Periods

Circulating materials may be borrowed from the Check Out / Circulation & Reserves desks in the University Library.


  • 365 days for faculty/staff
  • 16 weeks for graduate and undergraduate students
  • 30 days for all other users

Media (CDs, DVDs, VHS)

  • 30 days for all users

Periodicals, microforms and reference items do not circulate.

Course Reserves

(760) 750-8363  Books & E-documents

(760) 750-4370  Media

Course support materials are placed on reserve in the Library by your instructor. Print books and other physical items can be borrowed from the Check Out desk on the third floor of the Library. Electronic documents can be accessed via the Course Reserves search tab on the Library website. Media reserve materials can be viewed directly through your Cougar Courses.

Resource Sharing

(760) 750-4345

Resource Sharing is a service through which CSUSM faculty, staff, and students can obtain research materials not held in our library from other libraries. Resource Sharing is done through several different programs:

Other Local Libraries
If another local academic or public library has the book or journal you want, you can pay them a visit.
Wait Time: Same Day

If you find the book you want via CSU+, you can request it online and pick it up in the library, usually in 2 to 5 days. We will notify you via email when your items are ready. Only books can be requested via CSU+. 
Wait Time: 2-5 days

Interlibrary Loan Request
We can get just about anything you need, including books, articles, and dissertations, from just about any library within a couple of weeks. Articles can arrive in 2 to 5 days while books, etc. can take longer. We will notify you via email when your items are ready.
Wait Time: 2-10 days

Research Assistance

(760) 750-4391

Research assistance is available at the Research Help Desk, by appointment with subject specialist librarians, and by email, phone, or real-time chat. For more information:

Teaching and Learning

(760) 750-4375

The Teaching and Learning Department is a team of library faculty and staff that partners with college faculty to provide learning opportunities focused on research and inquiry. These collaborative efforts appear in virtually all academic programs and general education courses and can include in-class or online materials. For more information:


The California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Library makes available more than 500,000 titles, including print and electronic books, media (video, DVDs, CDs), 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 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 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 non-print materials that include DVDs, CDs, equipment and more. You can also find an open study space, group study rooms, computer stations, printers, and scanners in this area. Visit to find out more.

Photo Identification Cards

(760) 750-4370

Identification cards (Cougar Cards) are issued by the Media Library in the Kellogg Library building. Cougar cards have a photo, card type, and ID number imprinted on them. They 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. To obtain a Cougar ID card, patrons must present a valid form of picture ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, and pay a $5 fee.

Cougar cards can be obtained in the Media Library and 24/5 Zone during their open hours, which can be checked on the Library’s website at

Off-Campus Access

Many of the Library’s resources are available to anyone online. Other materials, such as full-text journals, are available only to CSUSM 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 on online access can be found at
Visit 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

Career Center Services

(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.

The Career Center collaborates 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;
  • conduct a wide range of workshops and seminars, such as résumé writing, effective interviewing, and professional etiquette, which 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;
  • provide access to academic and paid internship opportunities, as well as support for applying and interviewing;
  • create opportunities for students to “network” and interview with prospective employers on-campus;
  • provide “user friendly” computer guidance programs which explore strengths, interests, values, and skills in relation to career choice;
  • maintain website with useful 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.

TRIO Pre-College Programs

(760) 750-4887
Craven Hall 3300

The TRIO Pre-College programs motivate and support high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Our programs provide college planning and preparation tools to transition participants from high school to college, with the ultimate goal of completing a postsecondary education. TRIO programs are federally funded grants by the U.S. Department of Education and all program services are FREE to participants.

TRIO Talent Search (TS)

TRIO Talent Search (TS) identifies and assists high school students who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Talent Search provides academic, career, and financial counseling to 9th-to-12th-grade participants. Cal State San Marcos TRIO Talent Search serves 500 participants from our target schools: El Camino and Oceanside high schools in Oceanside, CA.

TRIO Upward Bound (UB)

TRIO Upward Bound (UB) provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Upward Bound provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Cal State San Marcos TRIO Upward Bound serves 75 participants from our target schools: Escondido and Orange Glen high schools in Escondido, CA. 

Parking and Commuter Services

(760) 750-7500 - University Police Building

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors must have a valid paid parking session (virtual permit) or must properly display a valid CSUSM physical 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:

  • Ensure your vehicle has a valid California State University San Marcos paid parking session, or physical permit properly displayed, before parking your vehicle;
  • Daily permits can be obtained from pay stations in general parking lots: B, C, F, or N, via the AMP app, PayByPhone app, or online from the Parking and Commuter Services website. Download the CSUSM app for quick access to virtual permit purchase options;
  • Park only in lots where the permit or parking session is valid;
  • Do not park in disabled parking spaces, unless a current validated DMV plate/placard is displayed; a valid California State University San Marcos parking permit is also required;
  • Park only in clearly marked parking spaces, not along fences, red curbs, reserved spaces, and/or undeveloped areas.
  • Keep your vehicle information up to date by checking your account routinely at:

Parking Refunds

Parking refund forms are available in Parking and Commuter Services, located in the University Police Building or can be found online: Refunds are calculated on a prorated schedule.

Commuter Options

Parking and Commuter Services promotes the use of alternative modes of transportation such as bicycling, carpooling, vanpooling, ridesharing, carsharing, and public transportation. Visit the Parking and Commuter Services website for additional information on commuter amenities.

Bicycling to Campus

Bike racks are located throughout the campus perimeter and are accessible to the CSUSM campus community. Bike lockers are available for rent on a semesterly basis.  
Bicycle registration is a free and highly encouraged service provided to CSUSM students, faculty, and staff. Register your bike to aid in the recovery and return if it is stolen. 

Carpooling, Vanpooling, or Ridesharing

Reserved proximity parking spaces are available to registered carpool teams with valid CSUSM carpool parking permits.

The Waze Carpool app and Carpool Bulletin Board located in the USU Commuter Lounge (first floor of USU) are available to aid in creating or finding a carpool team. Add a post to the Carpool Bulletin Board to find rides or create a carpool or vanpool team.


Zipcars are located on the first floor of Parking Structure 1 (PS1). Zipcar is a carsharing company that offers vehicles for rent on an hourly or daily basis. Eligible CSUSM students can attain a Zipcar membership for a discounted fee and reserve the vehicles for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For complete details go to

Public Transportation

The North County Transit District (NCTD) SPRINTER commuter train stops on campus at the corner of Barham Drive and La Moree as it travels to/from Escondido and Oceanside.

The NCTD BREEZE bus stops on campus at Craven Circle and the SPRINTER station on the same time schedule as the SPRINTER. Discounted Regional transit passes are available to eligible campus community members through Parking and Commuter Services. A valid CSUSM ID and validation sticker are required. 

Additional transit routes are available via Metropolitan Transit System (MTS).

More information can be found at

Other Amenities

  • Bike tire pumps are located at Craven Circle and Campus Way Circle bike racks.
  • Bike locks may be borrowed on a daily basis from the Parking and Commuter Services Office.
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations are located on the first floor of the parking structure.
  • A complete list of amenities, additional information, and updates on new programs can be found at, or follow us on social media: @ParkingCSUSM.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Information may be subject to change. To inquire about current parking information, visit the Parking and Commuter Services web site at: or call (760) 750-7500.

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, activate the fire alarm, and evacuate the building immediately. When safe to do so call 9-1-1 and report the fire. Once 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 on campus. You may also obtain information about emergency procedures by contacting University Police or the Emergency Management Office. For more information on emergency or safety tips and procedure, visit the University Police Department’s web site at:

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, Health, 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 website at  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 (business line) 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 by calling 9-1-1. 

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.
  • Alcohol Awareness and Impaired Driving Prevention presentations.
  • Safety Presentations, 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

Personal Mobility Devices

Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) are allowed on campus as a mode of transportation. Personal mobility devices are commonly known as skateboards, bicycles, in-line skates, scooters and other similar devices. Operation of personal mobility devices must be in accordance with the California Vehicle Codes “Rules of the Road” and other municipal codes and policies.
Hover Boards or other similar devices ARE NOT PERMITTED on campus. 

Operation of personal mobility devices must be in accordance with the California Vehicle Codes “Rules of the Road” and other municipal codes and policies. Personal mobility device operators shall exercise due care and reasonable caution to prevent collisions, injury to self, others or to property. It is the operator’s responsibility to know where on campus personal mobility devices are prohibited and where the dismount zones are located. Some of these areas include the University Access Service road, campus core, parking structures (PS1 and PS2) or any university building.
This policy addresses the use of Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) on the grounds of California State University, San Marcos and the property it controls. For a complete list of definitions and to review the Personal Mobility Device Policy, visit

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 state laws 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 25850, 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 1/2) inches, stun gun or “Less Lethal Weapon” on any property owned, controlled, or operated by the University without prior written permission of the President.
    As defined by penal code 16780 “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 20170, in a public place.
  • No person shall possess for any reason any fireworks, explosives or destructive device as defined 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, as defined in penal code 22810 (e )(1).
  • No person shall possess any weapon defined in section 16590 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 21510 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, visitors and 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:

Retention and Academic Assistance

Academic Success Center

Extended Learning Building, ELB 286

The Academic Success Center (ASC) supports students in discovering new ways of independent and collaborative learning. The ASC contributes to student academic success by facilitating faculty-staff partnerships that design, implement, and assess innovative, data-informed, evidence-based academic programming and support that ensures educational equity. This programming complements classroom learning and addresses diverse student academic needs.
The ASC includes Supplemental Instruction (see below), tutoring for challenging courses not supported by other learning centers, proactive interventions to promote students’ academic success, opportunities for faculty partnerships, and more.

Accounting Lab

(760) 750-4214

The Accounting Lab aids students in their study in these and related areas. The lab, 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.

Office of Academic Advising

Academic Advisors are available 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

TRIO Student Support Services

Craven Hall, 4100
(760) 750-4861
Director: Heather Northway

TRIO Student Support Services offers academic, personal, and professional support through services that empower and encourage undergraduate students from first-generation, low-income, and disability backgrounds to persist and graduate. 
TRIO SSS is committed to the CSUSM mission by providing an array of holistic social mobility programming that aligns with regional needs to enhance student life after graduation.

Support services offered through TRIO SSS include:

  • Academic advising
  • Academic coaching
  • Personal counseling
  • Peer mentoring
  • Learning community
  • Mid-semester evaluations/Early assessments
  • 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
  • Professional Development Symposium
  • Student Success Forums 

Educational Opportunity Program

Craven Hall, 4100
(760) 750-4861
Director: Andres Favela

The Educational Opportunity Program at CSU San Marcos designs, administers, and supports programs that deliver access and retention services to CSUSM EOP students. EOP focuses on highly motivated, low-income, first-generation college students who reflect the local and university community.

EOP provides eligible students with a variety of support services intended to assist eligible students toward the goal of attaining a college degree.

Support services offered through EOP include:

  • Staff Counselors
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Academic guidance and planning
  • Personal counseling
  • Financial aid (EOP Grant)
  • Priority registration
  • Summer Bridge
  • Transfer 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 EOP Center

Craven Hall, 4100

The Center provides opportunities for EOP 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, or in CRA 4100, or at

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

The Faculty Mentoring Program (FMP) at CSUSM serves students who are first generation and/or economically disadvantaged in their journey to receive their undergraduate degree. We do this by cultivating sustainable relationships between faculty mentors and our FMP student proteges. Faculty mentors provide students with social and instrumental support, so that students find the resources they need, engage in new leadership opportunities, and plan for their future.

Established in 1991, the Faculty Mentoring Program also offers a series of events and workshops 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
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.

STEM Success Center

ELB 204 (North) and ELB 250 (South)
(760) 750-4101 (North) and (760) 750-4738 (South)

The STEM Success Center supports all students by providing an open and welcoming environment with resources such as peer tutors, collaborative study spaces, laptops, textbooks, and dedicated space for faculty office hours. Our goal is to guide students in developing the skillset and self-confidence needed to succeed in the STEM disciplines. We strive to increase the number of students receiving degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields through our academic support, community building and specialized programming. STEM drop-in tutoring is available for the following courses:

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Extended Learning Building, ELB 286​

Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides academic support to students enrolled in historically difficult courses. The support comes in the form of regularly scheduled, out of class study sessions led by peer facilitators known as SI Leaders. The main goal of the SI program is to help students become independent learners. During study sessions, students enhance and learn new study skills as they engage with the course content through facilitated discussion and group work. The Supplemental Instruction Program is housed under the Academic Success Center.

Supplemental Instruction supports sections of Accounting: ACCT 201  and ACCT 202 ; Chemistry: CHEM 160 , CHEM 201 , and CHEM 202 ; Computer Science: CS 111 , CS 211 , and CS 231 ; Economics: ECON 201  and ECON 202 ; Mathematics: MATH 350 ; Psychology: PSYC 360 ; and Speech Language Pathology: SLP 201 , SLP 320 , SLP 357 , SLP 391 , and SLP 491 .

Writing Center

Extended Learning Building, ELB 273
(760) 750 4168

The Writing Center provides feedback on writing for students from all disciplines. Trained peer consultants work with students at any stage of the writing process, offering strategies, advice, and resources to help students improve their writing skills, and their Academic English. A central goal of the Writing Center is to help create better writers, not just better writing. This is done through one-one-one, small-group sessions, online tutoring services, 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 healthcare, 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 referral, and immunization services. Students will have access to pharmacy services for low-cost prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Students may seek visits with 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. 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: Hope & Wellness Center or at

Student Health Advisory Council

(760) 750-4917

The Student Health Advisory Council works closely with Student Health and Counseling Services. It is a voluntary 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. For further information, contact the staff advisor at (760) 750-4917 or at

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 who need help regarding dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, and stalking. Support with discussing options of next steps, possible accompaniment to medical, university administrative, and legal proceedings is available as well as academic advocacy.

Student Life

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI)

University Student Union, Suite 3700
Phone: (760) 750-4990
Fax: (760) 750-3149

Mission Statement

To serve, engage, and empower students.


Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit, student-run auxiliary organization that exists to provide services to students. ASI goals are to participate in shared governance of the University and offer programs and services that enrich the co-curricular experiences of students. ASI is governed by a 17-student member Board of Directors that is elected/appointed each spring and serves for one year beginning in May.

Programs and Services

Students become members of ASI when they pay their student body fee. The funds are allocated to provide quality experiences for students outside of the classroom. The Campus Activities Board organizes a diverse variety of activities and programs geared toward increasing the quality of student life on campus, including annual traditions such as Alternative Spring Break and Festival 78. The Board of Directors serves as the official voice to express student opinions, foster awareness of student issues, and protect the rights and interests of students. The Cougar Pantry serves all CSUSM students in an effort to decrease food insecurity on campus. The pantry stocks a variety of dry and canned goods, limited produce, milk, and toiletries. ASI also offers accounting services to recognized student organizations, free faxing for students, and various funding opportunities for students and student organizations.

Get Involved!

Become a voice of student service, engagement, and empowerment at California State University San Marcos. 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 website at or stop by our office on the third floor of the University Student Union in Suite 3700.

Student Life & Leadership

(760) 750-4970
University Student Union, 3600


Student Life & Leadership develops students’ capacity to lead and initiate positive social change. We provide inclusive spaces, programming, and co-curricular learning opportunities that cultivate the student experience.

Multicultural Programs
The programmatic themes for the Multicultural Programs includes:

  • Advocacy & Activism
  • Multicultural Competency
  • Critical Engagement across groups
  • Retention


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. Students may choose to complete the TLC with an emphasis in Multicultural Competency.

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

The Dean of Students Office provides a database for off-campus apartments, condominiums, rooms for rent and finding a roommate. Students can find those resources at: 

Civility Campaign

The mission of the Civility Campaign is to engage CSUSM students, faculty, and staff in learning opportunities to create a community that navigates social justice issues and multiple perspectives through self-reflection, care, respect, and empathy while acknowledging the culture and humanity of others.
With “Civil Discourse: Let’s Engage” as the tagline, the campus community can participate in Civility Dialogues, Civility Café Series, and the Civility Celebration.

New Student & Family Programs

New Student & Family 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 & Family 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:

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
  • 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

Campus Recreation offers a rich and rewarding student-employment experience with positions from operations to programming and more. Visit our website or call us at 760-750-6009.