Newly admitted scholars

 For Commuter Course Package advising please contact:

Melissa Gonzalez at (619) 594-1033

Amanda Fuller at (619) 594-0474

Justin Villasenor at (619) 594-2380

For general advising needs visit:

Office of Advising & Evaluations in SSW 1551

San Diego State University offers a variety of Student Success Pathways for incoming freshmen. This is a campus-wide initiative in which multiple offices and colleges work in collaboration. Students participating in a Pathway build relationships with peers, faculty, and staff and achieve a deeper understanding of course material and have higher GPAs. To learn visit the Commuter Life website. 

At the beginning of each new academic year the Compact Scholars Program hosts incoming Compact freshmen and their families on SDSUs campus for an opportunity to learn about the valuable resources and benefits available to them.

For the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the Compact Scholar Welcome Reception took place on Saturday, August 25, 2018 following the SDSU New Student & Family Convocation. For an overview of the resources and benefits provided at the reception please watch the video below.

Compact Scholars Welcome Reception Video

University Seminar

University Seminar (GENS 100A) is a one unit, credit/no credit course designed to help first-year students become engaged members of the San Diego State University academic community. The instructional team helps connect students to faculty, peers, and their discipline early in their college career. The course encourages students to claim their education through a focus on the process of learning, to cultivate the habits of mind of lifelong achievement and success, and to develop skills that are applicable across subjects and across time. Through the reflection and discussion that is required of them in this course, students are asked to understand their role as members of the academic community and the responsibility and privileges associated with their membership therein.

The course blends Web-based curriculum on Blackboard with required face-to-face meetings with faculty and/or peer mentors - a model that provides flexibility, yet requires commitment and self-directed students.