Contact Us

Latest First-Gen Updates

First-Generation Student Success


The Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement at San Diego State University welcomes you to our community!

At SDSU, you are a First-Generation/first-gen college student if you are the first person in your family to attend college. We recognize that there are many definitions of first-generation college students such as being the first in your family to graduate from a 4-year institution in the U.S. We welcome all first-generation college students! According to the Cal State University 2020 Fact Book, nearly one-third of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college.

We recognize that first-generation students bring a multitude of strengths to our organization and university such as:

  • Inspiration
  • Multiculturalism
  • Bilingualism/Multilingualism
  • Perseverance
  • Resiliency

We understand that being the first in your family to attend college or graduate school may come with unique challenges. To help students in their transition, we are committed to providing SDSU first-gen students a connection to:

  • Community: Meet peers that share the same goals, have similar experiences, and are also breaking academic and social boundaries.
  • Campus Resources via:
    • Faculty mentorship and support programs
    • Faculty/Staff guest speakers
    • Research & Service-Learning opportunities
    • Other campus engagement opportunities

Congratulations fall 2020 first-gen students and welcome to SDSU! We look forward to meeting you at our  community meetings!

Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean, Academic Engagement & Student Achievement

Dr. Martha Enciso, Associate Director, Weber Honors College

Lorise “Rise” Diamond, Development & Engagement Coordinator
[email protected]

To be added to our Faculty/Staff First-Gen Employee Resource Group (ERG), please email:

[email protected]
                                                    Firstgen Forward Distinction