Spartan East Side Promise Program

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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.

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Special Admissions Requirements

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.

Summer Program

Are you a new Spartan for Fall 2021?

In partnership, the East Side Union High School District and San José State University present our 5th annual summer transition program designed to give you an edge as you prepare to start your first year at SJSU. Through interactive programming, we offer specialized support for students to become familiar with requirements, advising tools, and the creation of their educational plan. This FREE program will be completely online via Zoom from June 14-25th (Mondays-Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm) Each day will have a different theme, as well as self-paced activities.

Register by June 7th!

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.

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View workshops and events for Current SJSU students 

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Videos and Digital Resources

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.

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Community Partnerships

Explore the various partnerships, support services, and scholarships available to ESUHSD students and their families.

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Get Involved!

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!

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Workshops to be announced soon!

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Meet the Team

Get to know the SESP Team! Set an appointment with your Peer Mentor, our Transition Coordinator, or Lead.

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