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San Diego State University

Division of Student Affairs

New to SDSU? Here's Help!

Photo: Eric Rivera and studentsWelcome from Vice President Eric Rivera

Welcome to SDSU! Your education and well-being are the top priorities for Student Affairs. In addition to having a nationally recognized program for new students and parents, we provide services and programs to help students achieve success throughout their time at SDSU and beyond.

I encourage you to explore our website. It provides a wealth of information to help make your SDSU experience the best that it can be.

Whether you are new to campus as a freshman or as a transfer student, I wish you success as you embark upon your SDSU journey.
— Eric Rivera, Vice President for Student Affairs 

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Find links to helpful information:

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New student orientation focuses on academic planning and prepares freshmen and transfer students to register for classes.

The Division of Student Affairs

As a student-centered partner in the SDSU learning community, the Division of Student Affairs plays a vital role in the personal growth, wellness, intellectual development, academic achievement and career success of each individual student. Learn more about how Student Affairs supports new freshman and transfer students — and their families.

SOAR Program

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SOAR (Success, Opportunity, Academics, Relationship) helps EOP students succeed. The SOAR Mentor Program pairs trained upper-class student mentors with incoming freshmen called protégés. 

Who should apply to be a protégé? First semester students who would appreciate the guidance, support and friendship of an experienced SDSU student.