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Is your student feeling stressed or looking for healthier ways to cope?  Counseling and Psychological Services is here to help them, no matter where students are studying this spring.

Several new therapists have joined the department. Students can consult with a therapist – often on the same day–about their options. 

This is how you can help: 

  • Guide your student to the C&PS website to find workshops, group programs, and pandemic coping strategies and tips.
  • Remind your student that if they just need someone to listen and help problem-solve they can drop in for a confidential “Talk It Out” with a C&PS counselor.
Is your student, or an SDSU student you know, having a food, housing, financial or health crisis? Request assistance from our Economic Crisis Response Team.


Get Ahead and Graduate Sooner with Summer Session Courses at SDSU

Zak, an SDSU Ambassador, and Criminal Justice Senior
shares his experience with SDSU Summer Session. 

Why did you take Summer Session courses and how did this benefit your experience at SDSU?

  • I am enrolled for a major and two minors, so I took summer school every year to get ahead and graduate early. Summer Session really benefitted me as it didn't force me to overwork during fall and spring semesters to achieve my goals and still let me have time during the fall and spring semesters for extracurricular activities such as SDSU Ambassadors and the Triathlon club. 

Would you recommend SDSU Summer Session to other students, if so why?

  • I would certainly recommend the SDSU Summer Session! It can help you graduate earlier, or at least stay on track, and still be able to partake in extracurricular activities. The summer classes are a nice atmosphere, the classes are smaller and there is much more interaction with the professor and with other students.

What advice would you give a student wanting to take classes during Summer Session?

  • Explore the programs and classes available to them for summer. There may be certain classes that they might prefer to take over summer, however it is important to check which classes are available during the summer sessions as not all classes are offered over the summer, and some are offered alternate years. 
  • Summer classes mean having to pay more in the year, so it’s good to financially plan the cost and also to research if there are scholarships available to meet the costs. 
  • I also recommend planning time to have personal days off where you can enjoy yourself, instead of doing work every single day. It’s important to remember that some sort of break between end of Spring semester and beginning of Fall semester is important to recharge, so do take advantage of the fact that there are two summer sessions, and you may only need to do one of them each year to meet your goals.

Summer Session Registration Opens March 1

San Diego State University summer courses can help you get ahead in your coursework and stay connected to your professors and the campus over the summer. SDSU is offering hundreds of online courses in three short sessions. Taking just one summer session course can put you on track to graduate on time or leave room in your schedule for an internship, a job, participation in a student organization next year, or other valuable experience.

Visit the Office of the Registrar website for a list of summer courses.

Class Schedule (select Summer 2021)

Summer Financial Aid is available for those who qualify: 

To be considered for summer financial aid you must

  • Be a continuing student from the spring semester or a new student who plans to enroll at SDSU for the fall semester.
  • File a FAFSA for the 2021-22 year and have an Award Notification from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Cyber Security and Your Student 

We urge you to speak with your student about cybersecurity risk, and remind them to be extra cautious when they receive emails, texts, and phone calls requesting their personal information. Cybersecurity threats are on the rise and cyber criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their tactics. 

Malicious phishing emails are being circulated by unknown cyber actors from compromised SDSU email accounts. Unfortunately, there have been documented cases of students providing sensitive personal information (e.g. banking information, social security numbers, etc.) and depositing fraudulent checks, resulting in both identity theft and financial losses.

SDSU has run a series of educational campaigns about threats and how students, and also faculty and staff, can protect themselves and the university. Remind your student: 

  • If you notice misspellings, poor grammar and formatting issues, take note. Such tend to be signs that a message might be fraudulent. 
  • Be certain that websites you visit are legitimate before entering your username and password, particularly if you were led to the site after clicking on a link via an email or text.
  • If you, at any time, have questions or concerns about a message sent to you, take a moment and avoid immediately responding to the message. Reach out to verify that the message is legitimate. 
  • Always report fraudulent messages. If a student receives a phishing email, they should immediately forward the message to Do not attempt to open any links, do not download any attachments, and do not reply to the message. 
  • Visit the IT Security Office Phishing webpage to see examples of phishing emails and be sure to follow ITSO on Twitter @SDSUITSO for SDSU information security updates. 

SDSU Events Calendar

Ever wondered where you and your student can go to find out what events are happening at SDSU? In addition to our many social media sites, SDSU has a calendar that is updated daily with all kinds of exciting events! Visit to take a look at what’s coming up in the spring semester! From the SDSU Leadership Summit, Research Symposium, and Greenfest, to Dance Marathon and more!
Well-being Challenge Feb. 8-12

Associated Students is hosting a well-being challenge February 8 - 12. Students can participate in the challenges by following @as_sdsu on instagram.

Each day will highlight dimensions from the "8 Dimensions of Well-Being" by demonstrating an activity that achieves each specific dimension. Additional activities and resources to achieve each dimension will be shared. Students can complete the Well-Being Challenge Bingo card to be entered to win prizes.

SDSU Leadership Summit

All SDSU students are invited to join the annual SDSU Leadership Summit, which will take place virtually February 19-21. We are excited to announce that the conference will be free of cost this year.

The 2021 conference theme will be “Leadership in Action.” Today’s world needs strong leaders. What skills and characteristics are needed to make successful leaders?
Encourage your student to join us at the 12th annual SDSU Leadership Summit to learn strategies to develop their own leadership action plan.

Your student can register for the SDSU Leadership Summit at the event webpage

Email Chelsea Winer, the SDSU Leadership Summit coordinator, for more details or questions.


The SDSU Ambassadors are highly regarded student leaders on our campus and serve as the official student representatives, tour guides and orientation leaders for San Diego State University. It is a professional, service-oriented team that serves the University throughout the academic year by volunteering at New Student and Family Convocation, Family Weekend and Explore SDSU. They also give campus tours to thousands of prospective students and their families throughout the year. During the summer months, they transition to become student employees in their role of an orientation leader, where they welcome and assist with the transition of new students and their families to SDSU. 

If you think your student is a good fit for this leadership position and is looking to get involved and find their home within SDSU, please encourage them to attend a virtual information session and apply to become an SDSU Ambassador!

Library Update

The buildings might be closed, but that doesn’t mean that library isn’t here to serve our students.

Students can access a number of services from anywhere – and  some of them at any time of the day or night, including the 24/7 Ask a Librarian service! 

For more information about the library’s current services, visit the library’s COVID-19 page.

Subscribe for Latest Updates on COVID-19 

The SDSU COVID-19 Weekly digest provides the latest on the pandemic, including case counts, the latest public health guidance, plus tips and reminders.

Register by visiting the Weekly Digest registration page.

The SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) is a vibrant creative and cultural community and home to some of America’s most prestigious programs in communication, criminal justice, hotel and tourism management, public affairs, media, performance, creative industry, and visual art. 

Each of the seven schools, three departments, 43 majors, and 15 centers and institutes offers innovative curriculum and cutting-edge research with broad reach. All have earned the respect of their professional networks in the country and around the world. 

PSFA is also home to ROTC for three branches of the military: Army, Navy/Marine, and Air Force, and the College proudly supports veteran, active duty, reserve, National Guard, and military dependent students.

PSFA Highlights:

  • Nearly 5,000 Students
  • 300 Faculty Members.
  • Experiential learning combined with academic study attracting top students from around the U.S. and the world.
  • 140 scholarships totaling close to $1 million.
  • Over 700 students enrolled in internships each year.
  • The only international minor offered at SDSU.
  • Home to the Arts Alive SDSU initiative, providing engagement in the arts as an integral part of a comprehensive education.
  • The new state-of-the-art Performing Arts District breaking ground in 2021.

PSFA’s Seven Schools:

  • Art + Design: One of the top fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2012.”
  • Communication: Recognized as a top national program with bachelor's degrees in Communication and in Health Communication as well as a master's degree in Communication.
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management: Boasting strong industry ties, the School has a nearly 100 percent placement rate for its graduates.
  • Journalism and Media Studies: Preparing students for the society we envision for tomorrow, while modeling today the values of community engagement, ethical professionalism, diversity in a global world, critical reflection, and technology in service of the public good.
  • Music and Dance: Embracing a full span of artistic evolution and innovation, the School educates 65% of San Diego’s music teachers.
  • Public Affairs: Repeatedly ranked one of the top programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, and Masters in Public Administration ranked #2 in best value MPA’s by Best Value Schools in 2021.
  • Theatre, Television and Film: Named one of the Top Ten Production Design Schools in the nation in 2018 by the Hollywood Reporter, and home to one of the few schools in the U.S. to offer an MFA in Musical Theatre.


This free event from February 24-26 invites SDSU students to discover how identity and cultural influences lead to empowered career decision-making. 

The conference includes workshops, panels and networking with companies such as Apple, Geico and City Year. Encourage your student to join us and become empowered by the learning and connections at the DCC. 

Have your student visit the Career Services DCC web page for registration and RSVP information.

Important Dates to Remember!

February 2 - Schedule adjustment deadline. 

  • Last day for students to add, drop, or change grading basis (7:59 p.m. deadline). 

  • Last day to opt-out of Immediate Access for online course materials.

February 12 - Rest and recovery day.*

February 24 - Payment accepted for Summer Session 2021

March 1 - Summer Session 2021 Registration Begins

March 8 - Rest and recovery day.*

March 30 - Rest and recovery day.*

March 31 - Cesar Chavez Day. Campus closed.

April 15 - Rest and recovery day.*

May 6 Last day of classes 

May 7 - May 13 - Final Examinations

May 13 - Commencement - Imperial Valley campus

May 14 – May 16 - Commencement – San Diego Campus 

May 21 - Last day of spring semester.

*Rest and recovery days are specifically designated for no instruction, no assignments, no deadlines, and no exams. Office hours, meetings and committee obligations will also be suspended during each rest and recovery day.

**Dates Subject to Change

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