Our Mission

The mission of Student Success and Retention Services (SSRS) is to address historical and institutional inequities resulting in achievement gaps for underserved students by fostering a community of learners and leaders through innovative services and pedagogies that increase retention, persistence, graduation, and transfer rates.

SSRS provides academic enrichment and support services for

  • students with historically low retention and transfer rates
  • first-generation college students

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There are several programs under the SSRS umbrella including First Year Experience (FYE), Summer Bridge, the Puente Project and Umoja. Each of these programs provides a supportive community of peer mentors, tutors, faculty, counselors, and program staff to assist students in defining their educational goal and developing a plan of action to achieve them.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible for the Student Success & Retention Services (SSRS) programs if you meet the following requirements

  • You're a high school graduate or at least 18 years old
  • You're a first-generation college student, meaning your parents did not earn a college degree

Our individual programs may have additional selection criteria. Please view the program links on the margins of this page.

What are the Benefits?

  • Personal counseling
  • Academic mentoring and coaching
  • Opportunities to join study groups
  • Leadership development
  • Student computer center
  • Campus tours of four-year schools
  • Academic enrichment workshops
  • Scholarship and financial aid information
  • Book and calculator loans

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How To Apply:

All SSRS programs begin in the summer session (Summer Bridge- COUN 50).

We will be accepting applications in April.

If you are interested in joining any of our SSRS programs, please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to De Anza College
  2. Take the English Placement Test (please allow at least 3 weeks for placement results)
  3. Complete the SSRS online interest form.
  4. Attend orientation for the college or a specific program in July.
  5. Attend Summer Bridge in late August into September.

Support for SSRS Programs

You may contribute to the SSRS fund online, through the
Foothill-De Anza Foundation. These funds allow our students access to educational field trips, college/university visits, conferences, workshops, and other activities that contribute to their college success.  

Thank you for your continued support!

Contact

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Student Success and Retention Services  

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Cupertino, CA 95014

Office:  LCW 102

Phone: 408.864.8470

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