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Ready for NCAA: Representative to Visit Campus

By Mathew Berson, Katie Chappell & Christine Vaughan

Cal State San Marcos hosts an NCAA site visit on Wednesday, April 30 as part of the application process to join the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. CSUSM submitted their application in February and will know of the association's decision by mid-July.

The campus visit is the next step on the road to the NCAA for Cougar Athletics. The University currently competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The Alden and Associates, Inc. representative, contracted by the NCAA, will evaluate the University and its athletics program. During the visit, the representative will meet with President Haynes, Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo and administrators from Enrollment Management Services, as well as student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff. The evaluator will tour the campus and visit a number of buildings and departments.

"CSUSM Athletics is ready to take that next step in our competitive growth," said Milo. "Our coaches, staff and student-athletes have worked extremely hard to build a strong foundation that will give us the opportunity to have an immediate impact in the NCAA and the CCAA conference. We are ready."

If accepted, the transition to full Division II membership will take place over three years. The Cougars would start playing a Division II schedule in the fall of 2015, and would have postseason eligibility starting in the 2017-18 season.

Moving to the NCAA will enable the Cougars to join the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) conference and compete against 12 public universities in California, including 11 CSU schools and UC San Diego.

The Department of Athletics encourages the campus community to show their Cougar spirit on April 30 by proudly wearing CSUSM gear and sporting Cougar blue.

Join CSUSM on the road to the NCAA with the hashtag #ReadyforNCAA.