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San Diego State University

Compact for Success

CFS Program Description

Since 2000, San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) have been opening doors to higher education for Southbay students. Learn more about the Compact for Success:


The award-winning Compact for Success Program helps students build a vision for their future through:

College prep curriculum

The strength of the Compact for Success Program lies in rigorous college prep courses (A-G curriculum) available to all students.


Upon completion of the Compact for Success requirements, all students have the opportunity of guaranteed admission to SDSU, earning the status of Compact Scholars.

Motivational Activities

Encouragement and success go hand-in-hand. Compact support and motivational activities throughout middle and high school help students to become college ready and give them opportunities to visit SDSU multiple times.


Informational workshops, step-by-step procedures and how-to sessions guide parents and students through every step of the college admission process. Review and monitoring of student progress begins at middle school and continues through high school.

Academic Focus

To ensure that students succeed in a college preparatory curriculum and Advanced Placement courses, Compact for Success aligns itself with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a program that helps students increase their potential by instilling academic and organizational habits, critical thinking activities, notetaking skills, and tutorial support.

Career Paths

As a nationally renowned univerity, SDSU offers over 80 majors with an emphasis in Accounting, Biology, Business, Finance, Chemistry, Communication, Engineering, Nutrition, Information Systems, and International Business. Learn more about SDSU's academic programs.

Test Readiness

Test performance is a critical component of the college admission process and to achieve Compact Scholar status.

  • 7th to 11th Grades:
    California Standards Test (CST) Influences course placement
  • 10th Grade:
    PSAT Practice test for College Admission
    CAHSEE Graduation Requirement
  • 11th Grade:
    Early Assessment Program (EAP) via CSD Determines college proficiency
    SAT/ACT College Admission Tests
  • 12th Grade:
    Entry Level Math (ELM)
    English Placement Test (EPT)
    Achieves Compact Scholar status

* Test prep workshops conducted in 11th grade for SAT and ACT exams