What Are Commuter Success Pathways?

San Diego State University offers a variety of Commuter Success Pathways for incoming first-year students.

All first-year commuter students are enrolled in a 1-unit University Seminar course designed to connect you academically and socially to the campus community. To further ensure your success, SDSU offers a variety of Commuter Success Pathways with the goal that incoming first-year students will:

  • Build relationships with peers, faculty, and staff
  • Feel a sense of belonging on campus
  • Become part of a small community of students with common academic or social interests
  • Receive academic support
  • Use knowledge from one course and apply it more deeply in another

Students who enroll in a Student Success Pathway in their first semester tend to:

  • Have higher GPAs and lower instances of academic probation
  • Have confidence in their academic work
  • Achieve a deeper understanding of course material
  • Have higher satisfaction with campus life
Incoming commuter students are placed into one of the Commuter Success Pathways, and in most cases, they have the ability to choose the pathway that fits their needs and interests. 



Commuter Success Pathways:



All incoming first-year students are enrolled in a university seminar course that is designed to support your success at SDSU. Most courses are small cohorts of. In many cases, the seminar is focused on a specific topic  or theme like Leadership, Women’s  & Gender Equity, LGBTQ+ Pride or  Community Service. 

For example:  

» General Studies 100A- University Seminar Commuter Student Success (1 unit) 

» Engineering 101- Engineering Orientation & Career Exploration (1 unit) 

» Business Administration 100- Exploration of Business (1 unit) 


A Learning Community is a small group of students who attend a set of courses and/or experiences together. It includes a General  Education (GE) course, that  usually relates to the student’s major, and a discussion/analysis 1-unit course led by a graduate teaching associate who specializes in that subject matter. Benefits include: establishing a supportive peer group, course content that helps students’ transition to college life by accessing peer and campus resources, an enhanced sense of connection to the campus community and access to high-impact educational practices.

For example: 

» Psychology 101 (3 units) +Psychology 296 Discussion/ Analysis (1 unit) + GENS 100B (1 unit)


An Integrated Curriculum Pathway  involves a small cohort of students who  enroll in one or two required General Education  (GE) courses together as a linked  community. The Integrated  Curriculum Pathway offers a supportive  community in order to maximize success. Data shows students often do  better in both courses. 

For example: 

» Rhetoric & Writing Studies 100 (3 units) +  Political Science 101 (3 units) + General Studies 100B (1 unit)

» Rhetoric & Writing Studies 100 (3 units) +  ARP 205 Exploring Leadership (3 units) + General Studies 100B (1 unit)


The SDSU Community Centers offer the following learning communities: APIDA, COMUNIDAD Latinx, DREAMer, Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders, Henrietta Goodwin, Young Men of Color Alliance, Pride House, Women and Gender Equity Learning Community.  These community centers and their respective learning communities support student success through a framework that addresses equity, justice, and inclusion.



*Commuter Life Academic Mentoring (CLAM): Students may be assigned a CLAM mentor as part of their Learning Community, or in some cases, in lieu of a Learning Community. CLAM mentors assist first-year students in identifying campus resources that may help them become more connected to SDSU.