Welcome to SSRS

Our Mission

The mission of Student Success and Retention Services (SSRS) is to address historical and institutional inequities resulting in achievement gaps for underserved students by fostering a community of learners and leaders through innovative services and pedagogies that increase retention, persistence, graduation, and transfer rates.

SSRS provides academic enrichment and support services for

  • students with historically low retention and transfer rates
  • first-generation college students


There are several programs under the SSRS umbrella including First Year Experience (FYE), IMPACT AAPI, the Puente Project, Summer Bridge and the Umoja Community. Each of these programs provides a supportive community of peer mentors, tutors, faculty, counselors, and program staff to assist students in defining their educational goal and developing a plan of action to achieve them.

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible for the Student Success & Retention Services (SSRS) programs if you meet the following requirements

  • You're a high school graduate or at least 18 years old
  • You're a first-generation college student, meaning your parents did not earn a college degree

Our individual programs may have additional selection criteria. Please view the program links on the margins of this page.

What are the Benefits?

  • Personal counseling
  • Academic mentoring and coaching
  • Opportunities to join study groups
  • Leadership development
  • Student computer center
  • Campus tours of four-year schools
  • Academic enrichment workshops
  • Scholarship and financial aid information
  • Book and calculator loans


How To Apply:

All SSRS programs begin in the summer session (Summer Bridge- COUN 50).

We will be accepting applications in April.

If you are interested in joining any of our SSRS programs, please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to De Anza College
  2. Make sure the Assessment Office has your high school transcript, in order to determine your English placement.
  3. Complete the SSRS online interest form.
  4. Attend orientation for the college or a specific program in July.
  5. Attend Summer Bridge in late August into September.

Support for SSRS Programs

You may contribute to the SSRS fund online, through the
Foothill-De Anza Foundation. These funds allow our students access to educational field trips, college/university visits, conferences, workshops, and other activities that contribute to their college success.  

Thank you for your continued support!


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Student Success and Retention Services  

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Cupertino, CA 95014

Office:  LCW 102

Phone: 408.864.8819

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SSRS counselors serve students who are enrolled in these programs:

Click the yellow button to learn how you can meet with a counselor by telephone or on Zoom.

Our Counselors

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