About

The Rock, the River, the Tree: Student Support Services (SSS) helps to meet the "success beyond college" needs of 380 eligible students who are first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, and/or who have documents disabilities. SSS strengthens its participants' abilities through academic foundations, values, and support systems. It provides services to retain and graduate students, helping them begin their professional careers or pursue graduate education. Admitted students transition to USD during a one-week Bridge program.

Services provided throughout students' academic careers: academic advising, financial aid, personal counseling, cultural activities, empowering workshops, peer networking, mentoring, and post-BA planning. SSS encourages a USD climate that nurtures success for all.

  • Rock activities assess and enhance academic foundations.
  • River activities help students to articulate values held, and how they influence self-esteem and behavior.
  • Tree activities help families to target achievement and bond students with peer, community, and global family. 
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