New and Current SJSU students

Transition Programming

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.  To do this, we have three objectives:

1 - Help students become part of larger campus community
2 - Serve as a support system for ESUHSD students and their families
3 - Decrease % of academic probation and disqualification in cohort

Learn more about our programming below, schedule an appointment with a peer mentor, or check out campus resources


ESUHSD Spartan Summer Program

In partnership with the East Side Union High School District and East Side Education Foundation, this hybrid summer program provides incoming ESUHSD Freshmen with academic guidance, connections to campus resources, and an opportunity to build their peer support network. This 10-day program will be held in June, and includes multiple components to educate, empower, and provide a community of support for our new Spartans. 

Registration will be available to provisionally admitted Fall 2023 first-time freshmen starting in March.


SESP Peer Mentors and the Growth Pledge


All ESUHSD students enrolled at SJSU have the opportunity to take the SESP Growth Pledge. The Growth Pledge is designed to be a commitment from both the student and the Spartan East Side Promise Program staff to advocate, engage and work towards the student’s academic success. The steps for the Growth Pledge are as follows:

  1. Schedule a meeting with a Peer Mentor to develop your SMART Goals
  2. Begin to develop your 4-5 year plan using the MyGPS advising tools
  3. Connect with at least two Professors in office hours
  4. Meet with an Academic Advisor in your College Student Success Center
  5. Connect with a Career Center Advisor 
  6. Create your resume 
  7. Attend at least one SESP event or workshop
  8. Explore campus engagement opportunities
  9. Visit the Writing Center 
  10. Share your story thru an SESP medium 

This pledge also includes opportunities to meet at minimum once a semester with an SESP Peer Mentor to discuss and develop an action plan to work towards students’ personal, academic, and professional goals. SESP Peer Mentors are also available to meet with students as needed by appointment.

Schedule a Peer Mentor Meeting


As we are not academic advisors, we highly encourage students to meet with an advisor in their College Student Success Center at least once a semester to ensure they are on track to graduate.


Workshop Recordings and Nearpods


Missed a workshop? Check out our most recent workshop, "E-Advising and Scheduling Resource" as you prepare to create your Spring Schedule and meet with your academic advisor!


Looking for a more interactive, but self-paced experience? Check out our latest Nearpod workshops coming soon!


Get Involved!