See Your Student Succeed with Encounter to Excellence

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As a parent of an incoming CSUDH freshman, you want your student to start strong and get on the right path to a university degree. So do we. Encounter to Excellence at CSUDH is a unique program designed to equip your student with the tools, information, resources and guidance for a successful first year of college -- and a strong foundation for the rest of their education.

As a participant in Encounter to Excellence, your student will benefit from:


Summer Bridge Academy

The gateway to Encounter to Excellence, Summer Bridge Academy is a six-week summer program required for participating students who need to take developmental English and math classes. Completed before the fall semester starts, Summer Bridge Academy focuses on building the English and math skills required for CSUDH classes and allows students to get an Early Start on completing required developmental courses. Learn more about Summer Bridge.

Individualized Academic Advising

A key part of Encounter to Excellence is one-on-one, intensive academic advising. Your student will be assigned an academic advisor who takes a proactive approach to make sure your student:

  • Stays on top of coursework
  • Attends classes
  • Chooses the right courses
  • Gets on the right path to a degree
  • Communicates with professors
  • Gets the academic help they need
  • Takes advantage of student services such as financial aid, housing and the Career Center

If your student is struggling with a particular class or subject, his or her academic advisor will intervene early to work with the student and professor before the student falls behind or fails the class.

Free Tutoring

Offered only to Encounter to Excellence students, free tutoring in English, math and other academic subjects strengthens your student's academic skills and confidence for success in class.

Cohort Model

Encounter to Excellence follows a cohort model, in which a small, supportive group of first-time freshman complete the Summer Bridge Academy and Encounter to Excellence experience together. The success rate of students in cohort models like this is very high.

Learn more.

We invite you and your student to learn more about the advantages of participating in Encounter to Excellence.