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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. According to the Cal State University 2018 Fact Book, 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 aid 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

2018 - 2019 Academic Year

Fall First-Gen Student Workshop Series

    • Scholarships & Fellowships - 1st to Apply
    • Goal development and alignment with future careers or advanced degree pathways
    • Identifying mentors
    • Summer research opportunities

To be added to our Faculty/Staff First-Gen Advocate list, please email Dylan Mazelis at:

[email protected]