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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.

First-generation students bring a multitude of strengths to SDSU. They bring their creativity, resilienc, perserverance, and inspiration. They also bring to SDSU their committment to family, community, and their multiculturalism and bilingualism/multilingualism. 

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, our Student Success Office is 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 
  • Resources and advice for future graduate school planning
  • Resources to identify faculty mentored opportunities

Congratulations fall 2021 first-gen students and welcome to SDSU! We look forward to meeting you at our  community meetings!

Current SDSU Student and Need immediate help? Contact our Student Success Help Desk | Faculty Advancement and Student Success | SDSU Student Success Office today!

Brenda Diaz, Student Success - Academic Advisor 
Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean, Student Success
                                                   First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution