What Are Commuter Success Pathways?

San Diego State University offers a variety of Student Success Pathways for incoming first-year students. This is a campus-wide initiative in which multiple offices and colleges work in collaboration.

The goals of the various pathways are that incoming 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 from one course and apply it more deeply in another.

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

  • Achieve a deeper understanding of course material.
  • Have confidence in their academic work.
  • Have higher GPAs and lower instances of academic probation.
  • 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. 

Visit the Commuter Resource Center! 

We are located on the 2nd floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, in the Student Life & Leadership Office.

students sitting in commuter land studying


A snapshot of Commuter Success Pathways*:

1. Commuter Learning Community (5-6 units): A group of students who attend a set of courses and/or experiences together. For example, students who declare Psychology as their major might be placed in the Psychology Learning Community, which is composed of:

          General Studies 100B (1 unit) + Psychology 101 (3 units) + Psychology 296 Discussion/Analysis (1 unit)

2. University Seminar (USEM) (1 unit): A USEM course is taken by a small cohort of incoming first-year students. This course touches on subjects that assist students in their transition to the university environment, and eases access to important institutional resources like academic advising and co-curricular engagement opportunities. This course is classified as follows:

          General Studies 100A/100B (1 unit)

*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.