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First-Generation Student Success


Faculty Advancement and Student Success at San Diego State University welcomes you to our community!

SDSU adopted the Chancellor's Office first generation dimension which includes both "some college" and "no 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 2021 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 2021 first-gen students and welcome to SDSU! We look forward to meeting you at our  community meetings!

Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean, Student  Success

Dr. Martha Enciso, Associate Director, Weber Honors College

Rise Diamond, Student Success Communications

Brenda Diaz, Student Success Coordinator                                                    First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution