Spartan East Side Promise Program
What is the Spartan East Side Promise?
The Spartan East Side Promise Program (SESP) is San Jose State University's dedicated support service for East Side Union High School District students from the time of college exploration through college graduation. Within Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR), the Spartan East Side Promise Program is designed to support East Side Union High School District students and their families. Established in 2016, the Spartan East Side Promise (SESP) began as a collaboration between San José State University and East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) with the goal of offering guaranteed admission to qualified students who graduate high school from the District. Through a variety of interactive programming, the SESP provides a pathway to admission at SJSU by clearly specifying the admission requirements and sharing information about resources for academic success with students and families in the district. In 2019, the Promise began to expand into a program within SOAR that focuses on helping incoming ESUHSD students transition to SJSU, build connections, and navigate the University. Our Vision is to collaborate with the campus community on interactive, intentional programming to foster academic, personal, and professional development, and a college going mindset, in ESUHSD students.
Freshman applicants must first meet the CSU eligibility requirements for admission. Applicants are then reviewed for provisional admission through SJSU's admission selection process, called impaction. The SESP guarantees admission to Undeclared for qualified ESUHSD applicants with a 2.75 GPA or higher ONLY IF they do not meet the impaction criteria for their applied major, AND have A-G courses completed with a C- or better. Both students admitted through the SESP or directly to their major can participate in workshops and events.
This year’s event will be hosted fully online through Visit Days, with live and self-paced components for students to engage with from November 15 - 19th. In line with Student Outreach and Recruitment’s Spartan East Side Promise Program, the purpose of this event is to provide prospective students from the East Side Union High School District with a hands-on insight to life as an SJSU student. Some of the components of the event will include application workshops, virtual campus tours, and a resource fair.
SJSU Preview Days Admissions and Spartan East Side Promise Presentation
Financial Aid Presentation
Interactive Campus Resource Fair and Presentations
SJSU Career Center hosts "How to Explore Majors"
Ask a Counselor!
Looking to register for a workshop, or view the recording of a past presentation?
Services and Support
We provide a variety of academic, personal, and professional development workshops and events that strive to foster a college-going culture by creating a pathway to admission to SJSU, and supporting ESUHSD students and their families in their transition from high school to college.
Are you interested in receiving support, but cannot attend the workshops or events? View recordings of past workshops and engage in self-paced asynchronous content.
Explore the various partnerships, support services, and scholarships available to ESUHSD students and their families.
Regardless of major, all ESUHSD students and ESUHSD alumni currently enrolled at SJSU can participate in SESP Programming. Attend academic, personal, and professional development workshops and events. Connect with your SESP Peer Mentor and develop your Growth Pledge plan. Join the SESP Club for multiple student leadership opportunities. We are here to support your journey at SJSU!