Gates to Success


Gates to Success in the Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement is committed to serving first-generation college students across the university from all levels and majors to help students achieve a meaningful educational experience at San Diego State University. 

Our Mission

To build community among our first-generation college student population and campus/community advocates in order to help support and advance first-generation college student success at SDSU and beyond graduation.

We serve students by connecting students to mentorship programs, campus resources and a variety of transformational opportunities such as:
  • internships
  • leadership opportunities
  • national scholarship and fellowship opportunities
  • research
  • study abroad
  • service-learning
We welcome all students, all levels and all majors!  Congratulations on your continued success and we look forward to meeting you!


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Michelle Lopez, Assistant Dean, Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement (Lead)

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Dr. Martha Enciso, Associate Director, Weber Honors College
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What is a first-generation student?

At SDSU, you are considered a First-Generation college student if your parent/guardian(s) did not attend college.