The CSS offers programs, services, and experiences designed to promote student success in and out of the classroom.
Commuter Student Support
If you an new commuter student (entering freshmen or transfer) or a continuing student who has never lived on campus, visit this page to learn about resources in the Commuter Commons, and to learn about events specifically for commuters.
MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible)
USD is committed to the individual success of first-year students, using the MAP-Works program to reach out to students who could benefit from additional support in their first semester.
Out-of-State Student Program
With almost half of USD's undergraduates coming from outside of California, this program is designed to support out-of-state students through their college experience. Visit this page to learn more about the Out-of-State Student Council and featured events.
Preceptorial Assistant Program
Preceptorial Assistants (PAs) serve as mentors to first-year students in their preceptorial class. Visit this page for more information on how to become a PA after your first year.
Student Success Coaching
This unique program allows undergraduate students to meet with a Peer Advisor in a counseling setting. Visit this page for more details on how a Peer Advisor can assist you, and how to set up an appointment at the CSS.
Student Success Workshops
These workshops offered in the Fall semester are designed to help first-year students with the transition to college. Visit this page for the monthly workshop schedule and descriptions.
Transfer Student Support
The CSS collaborates with several departments and offices to promote transfer student success. Recent initiatives include a customized orientation program for transfer students.
Student Assessment and Retention
The CSS assists with administering and reporting findings from assessments of first year students and the first year student experience, including the Cooperative Institutional Research Project (CIRP) "Freshman Survey” and “Your First College Year”(YFCY) survey.