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.
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.
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)