Building a Student-Ready University

Touring the construction site of the new University Student Center are University Student Union Board Chair Allya Gonzales, Associated Students, Inc. Secretary Mi'Shaye Venerable and USU Student Representative Dylan McAlister-Becker.

By Nan Austin

The Blueprint for Student Success

Stanislaus State had had a change of mindset, laying out its Strategic Plan with “Be a student-ready University” as Goal 1.

“We need to shift the paradigm from expecting students to be college-ready to being a University that is student-ready,” said President Ellen Junn. We need to make all students feel like they belong, no matter what background or circumstance they come from.”

An extensive array of practical student services, support and opportunities back up this lofty idea, vetted with research and evaluated with data. From high school outreach for young prospects to career planning for graduates, the University works to help students find their path and fulfill their dreams.

In any given year, nearly 75 percent of Stanislaus State’s incoming freshmen come from families in which no one has attempted to earn a four-year degree. These promising pioneers have to figure out the college code ― the process, the choices, the workarounds ― without any in-house help or innate confidence that they can do this.

About 9 out of 10 Stan State students qualify for financial aid. Over half self-identify as Latinx, among them significant numbers of Dreamers and DACA students.

These are the students the University needs to be ready to serve and help to succeed.

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Visit Supporting Student Success: From Application to Graduation, and Beyond

The following stories divide student success efforts into categories, covering help for a better start, better grades, a better university experience, better career prospects and, ultimately, a better life.


1 | Getting In

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University Application and Admissions Support

  • Admissions and Outreach Services
  • Center for Excellence in Graduate Education

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2 | Warrior Welcome

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Transitioning to University Life

  • New Student Orientation
  • Freshmen Convocation
  • Transfer Welcome Program
  • New Graduate Student Welcome Event

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3 | Dollars and Sense

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Financial Aid and Financial Literacy Courses

  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Financial Literacy Education

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4 | Strong Starts

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Academic Preparation

  • Early Start
  • First Year Completion with Embedded FYE
  • ELEVATE
  • First Year Seminars

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5 | Been There. Done That. Here's How.

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Academic Support

  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Tutoring Center and Writing Center
  • The Commons
  • University Library
  • Disability Resource Services
  • Graduate Student Academic Support

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6 | Charting a Course

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Advising

  • Academic Success Center (ASC)
  • ASC Faculty Fellows
  • Educational Opportunity Program
  • Prmise Scholars Program
  • On-the-Cusp
  • Student Support Services
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) for STEM
  • Athletics
  • Stockton Campus

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7 | In the Fields

iconMentoring and Professional Development

  • Career and Professional Development Center
  • Faculty Mentor Program
  • Warrior Mentoring
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Study Abroad
  • Student Engagement in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (SERSCA)
  • College/Department/Program-Based Opportunities

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8 | Student Life

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  • Associated Students, Inc. (ASI)
  • University Student Union
  • Diversity Center
  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Athletics
  • Housing and Residential Life
  • Spaces for Student Life

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9 | Student Wellness

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Psychological & Emotional Support

  • ASI Student Resource Assistant
  • Psychological Counseling Services

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Physical Health & Wellness Opportunities

  • Student Health Center
  • Campus Recreation
  • General Education Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

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Ensuring Basic Needs Are Met

  • Warrior Food Pantry
  • California Faculty Association Campus Cares Fund
  • Emergency Housing and Meals
  • Clothing Closet

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10 | Looking Forward

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Graduation & Beyond

  • Enrollment Services
  • Career and Professional Development Center
  • Graduate School Exploration & Preparation
  • Alumni Association

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