Special Programs and Services
College Avenue Compact
Graduates of Hoover High School who meet the requirements will be guaranteed admission to SDSU through the College Avenue Compact of the City Heights Educational Collaborative. Learn more about the College Avenue Compact.
Compact for Success
Sweetwater School District students who earn a 3.00 cumulative GPA in all a–g coursework and clear remediation requirements will have the opportunity of guaranteed admission to SDSU, earning the status of Compact Scholars. Learn more about the Compact for Success.
FAST Summer Program
All California resident first-time freshmen admitted to San Diego State University who have remediation needs in English or mathematics will be required to enroll in a program to become college ready in the summer prior to fall enrollment. Participation in a college readiness program is mandatory and required system-wide. College readiness programs are offered at SDSU from early July to mid-August; students should make their summer plans accordingly.
San Diego State University's college readiness program, FAST (Freshmen Academic Success Track), is designed to prepare students to excel in their classes at SDSU. Students with remediation needs who will be attending SDSU in the fall are required to complete the FAST program. Learn more about the FAST program.
Educational Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is an undergraduate retention program that provides support for low-income, educationally disadvantaged students throughout their entire San Diego State University experience. Qualifying California residents receive support in their transition from high school to college, academic advising and personal counseling, free tutoring, student-to-student mentoring, and an EOP grant (depending upon financial eligibility). Learn more about EOP services and the application process.
The SDSU Guardian Scholars Program is committed to helping students exiting the foster care system by providing a comprehensive, holistic support program to help them achieve the goal of a college degree. SDSU helps Guardian Scholars navigate the unknown waters of a college education through access to key campus resources when they are most needed. For a portion of these students, this support will include a significant scholarship to supplement their financial aid package and reduce reliance on student loans. In addition, arrangements have been made to provide Guardian Scholars living in the residence halls with on-campus housing between semesters and during the summer. SDSU's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) serves as the main resource for Guardian Scholars, offering ongoing services such as academic advising, tutoring, skills assessment, and math and writing labs. In addition, EOP counselors will link the students to other critical services available from departments and programs throughout the university that are prepared to serve the unique needs of former foster youth. Learn more about the Guardian Scholars program.
Students with high academic achievements and extracurricular activities at San Diego local admission area high schools or selected Los Angeles area high schools may be eligible to receive up to $60,000 to attend San Diego State University. The Presidential Scholars program was created to help students pay for basic tuition and fees, housing, books, and living expenses while attending SDSU. This exclusive community at SDSU is made up of students from all disciplines who are committed to achieving excellence. To be eligible for Presidential Scholars, students must be admitted to SDSU and invited to apply to the program. Learn more about the Presidential Scholars program.
Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way prepares students to be leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the so-called STEM disciplines from which invention and innovation spring. The program partners with middle schools and high schools to provide rigorous, relevant STEM education that encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love of learning. As PLTW's affiliate institute for the state of California, SDSU is responsible for teacher training, counselor conferences, professional development workshops and additional support. Learn more about Project Lead the Way.
Since 2010 San Diego State University and Reality Changers, a nonprofit that helps build first-generation college students, have partnered to provide San Diego inner-city students with guaranteed admission to the university. This strategic partnership provides a valuable pipeline for inner-city youth qualifying for admission into San Diego State University. Reality Changers' core program prepares all students to meet California State University admission requirements. In addition to the academic requirements, students selected for guaranteed admissions are required to complete additional community service projects. Learn more about Reality Changers.
Student Disability Services
Student Disability Services provides qualified students with disabilities equal access to higher education through academic support services, technology and advocacy in order to promote their retention and graduation. In addition to the accommodations provided by Student Disability Services, enhanced support services are available to eligible undergraduate students through Student Support Services for Students with Disabilities, a federally funded grant program.
Applicants with disabilities should follow the university's application process and must meet the same admissions standards as all other applicants. Documentation of disability should be sent directly to Student Disability Services after notification of provisional admission is received. See the SDS Web site and the SSS/SWD Web site for more information about student eligibility for accommodations and services.