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San Diego State University

Compact for Success

Compact Mentor Program

Celebrating 12 Years of Students Helping Students Succeed

Program overview

The Compact Mentor Program provides a crucial piece of the communication puzzle. It pairs Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) middle and high school students with a current SDSU student who is highly knowledgeable about Compact for Success. Compact Mentors help pre-college students understand what will be expected of them and what it takes to succeed at San Diego State University. The Compact Mentor Program (formerly Compact Advisor Program) began during the 2002-03 school year through the collaborative efforts of SDSU and Sweetwater.


Program features

  • Sweetwater students and parents are officially welcomed to the Compact for Success during the student's 7th grade year.
  • School personnel encourage 7th graders to attend the annual 7th Grade Campus Visit to SDSU.
  • Each middle school hosts an annual "College: Making It Happen" night for parents and students.
  • Posters featuring A-G requirements are posted in every classroom at Sweetwater middle schools and high schools.

Compact Advisors

About the Compact Mentors

Compact Mentors are trained SDSU students who work on campus and in the field to help guide Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) students reach their goal of higher education. They journey to the schools in the SUHSD to inform the middle school and high school students about the necessary steps they’ll need to take in order to get accepted to San Diego State.

Advisors are selected based primarily on their academic standing at SDSU, and they serve as role models for the middle and high school students they work with. Compact Mentors have a genuine interest in encouraging students to pursue higher education; this is one of the reasons why the program has been so successful — it’s students motivating other students to reach their full potential.

Altogether, there are 20 Compact Mentors. Their responsibilities are to encourage students to stay on track, recognize the steps they need to take in order to be eligible for SDSU, and advise them about the many ways of paying for college tuition. Mentors generally meet students one-on-one or in small groups and occasionally will give classroom presentations.

Mentors are intimately involved in two of the core activities of the Compact: the 10th Grade Campus Visits and the 7th Grade Annual Campus Visits, where Sweetwater students tour the campus with their parents for the very first time. Mentors are responsible for making sure these events run smoothly — which usually means guiding the visitors to the correct destination or answering any student/ parent questions.

While Mentors primarily assist students with entry into SDSU, they also help students interested in applying to other California campuses.