What Are Commuter Success Pathways?
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.
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 Commuter Land!
We are located on the 2nd floor of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, in the Student Life & Leadership Office.
The Two Main Commuter Success Pathways:
1. First-Year Interest Group (1 unit): A university seminar course (GEN S 100) taken by a small cohort of incoming first-time freshmen. In many cases, the seminar is focused on a specific topic or theme like Leadership, Women's & Gender Equity, LGBTQ+ Pride or Poetry. For example:
- General Studies 100A (1 unit)
2. Commuter Learning Community (5-6 units): Blend of a FIG and Commuter Scholar Seminar. A group of students who attend a set of courses and/or experiences together. For example:
- General Studies 100B (1 unit) + Psychology 101 (3 units) + Psychology 296 Discussion/Analysis (1 unit)