Artist's rendering of planned sports arena at Cal State San Marcos. Image courtesy CSUSM
Artist’s rendering of planned sports arena at Cal State San Marcos. Image courtesy CSUSM

The NCAA Divison II membership committee informed Cal State San Marcos Friday that they have been granted “Candidacy Year Two” in their transition to NCAA Division II athletics.

“A tremendous amount of work went into making sure that CSUSM Athletics met the NCAA DII Membership Committee’s benchmarks for NCAA Candidacy Year One,” said the university’s Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo in a release. “Our staff and coaches were one-hundred percent dedicated this past year to finishing strong in the NAIA while, at the same time, operating as an NCAA DII member. I am very proud of my team. We will continue this dedication into NCAA Candidacy Year Two.”

The Cougars will compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association for the 2015-16 athletic season, after meeting all of their benchmarks last year as they transitioned out of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Cross-town rival UC San Diego is also a member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association, along with 11 other CSU schools.

If CSUSM is able to meet their benchmarks once again in 2o15-16, they will move on to Provisional Membership for 2017-18, where they will be unable to compete in postseason play.

This will be San Marcos’ first season not affiliated with the NAIA, who they have been a member with since the inception of its athletic program in 1998.