At the core of The Alliance are guaranteed admission agreements providing a framework for stakeholders to work together to close the achievement gap for the region’s most educationally at-risk students.
CSUSM and K-12 districts in the university’s service region share a commitment to enhancing student success. With an interest in expanding and enhancing student experiences, the university and partner districts have developed a mutual agreement in which K-12 districts to provide their students with a rigorous program of study and meaningful learning experiences and the university provides a guarantee of enrollment and experiences designed to support college perseverance through the K-12 pathway to college and career.
Students who meet the guaranteed admission criteria contained in districts agreements are guaranteed admission to California State University San Marcos.
To be accepted at CSUSM as an Alliance student, students must:
be continually enrolled in the District since the 9th grade
NOTE: The California State University (CSU) has temporarily suspended the use of ACT/SAT examinations in determining admission eligibility for all CSU campuses for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility applies only for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring 2022 admission cycles.”
participate in and successfully pass the Early Assessment Program in their junior year in mathematics and English, or successfully complete additional coursework designed to build the appropriate skills and knowledge
Mira Costa Promise (two years of free college to qualifying students)
The MiraCosta Promise offers two years of free college to qualifying students. To apply to the program, eligible students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a CA Dream Act Application and apply to MiraCosta College. Students who complete the eligibility requirements listed below will be automatically considered for the MiraCosta Promise and will be notified by email and their award message on SURF.
Palomar Promise (two years of free college to qualifying students)
The Palomar Promise program was launched in 2017. The program has since expanded to include all first-time college students. In an effort to increase accessibility of our program, we have removed previous eligibility restrictions such as school district, recent graduation year, and school type. Students must be a California resident or from an eligible exempt group (i.e. AB 540 and military dependents).