Mentor Programs

Commuter Life at San Diego State University is excited to share all about our Commuter Life mentor programs for First years, Sophomores, and Transfer Students. Through these mentorship programs, Commuter Life aims to inspire a well-rounded experience on campus and to create a network of community and campus resources for SDSU's commuter students.

Commuter Life Academic Mentoring (CLAM)

Commuter Life Academic Mentoring program is designed to assist first-time commuter freshmen successfully transition from high school to San Diego State University. Our CLAM mentors encourage and guide students in their first year to excel academically and succeed during their time here at SDSU. Mentees and mentors will meet weekly or biweekly during each semester based on need. A Commuter Life Academic Mentor will help other students with anything from managing their time, to getting involved on campus, building a resume, getting to know other students and much more!

Email [email protected] to sign up!

Sophomore Surge Mentoring (Surge)

Sophomore Surge is designed to pair sophomore commuter students with junior, senior or graduate students who will be a mentor and provide important information and resources needed during the sophomore year. Mentees and mentors will meet weekly or biweekly during each semester based on need. 

Topics that students will learn more about include getting involved on campus, preparation for upper division courses, professional career and leadership advice/tips/resources, and many more items to help you succeed during your sophomore year and get you in the right direction for your junior year.

Email [email protected] to sign up!


Transfer Student Mentoring

The Center for Commuter Life has Transfer mentors for incoming transfer students, who will support transfers with transitioning to SDSU, understanding the resources available, sharing their experience as a transfer student, and connecting transfer students with academic advising support.

Email [email protected] to sign up!

Check out what our mentees have to say


"I felt more connected to campus even though we are still online " -Elizabeth 

"Personally - made the transition into college a lot easier and more manageable; academically - kept me on track with my schoolwork" -Alyssa 

"I gained a sense of comfort since it felt like I had a distant guardian angel that had my back throughout the arduous semester." 

"I gained a friend and more knowledge about the resources at sdsu" Larisa 

"I gained someone I could trust, and a relationship that helped me through my first semester of college." Rene