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Student Success & Retention Services


Our Mission
The mission of Student Success & 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.

Student Success and Retention Services (SSRS)
provides academic enrichment and support services for:


• students with historically low retention and transfer rates and

• first-generation college students








There are several programs under the SSRS umbrella including Summer Bridge, First Year Experience (FYE), Umoja, and as well as the Puente Project. 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
• First-Generation College Student
   (meaning parents do not have a college degree)


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

  • personal counseling,
  • academic mentoring and coaching,
  • opportunities to join study groups,
  • leadership development,
  • student computer center,
  • four-year and university campus tours,
  • academic enrichment workshops,
  • scholarship and financial aid information,
  • book and calculator loans



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. Take the English Placement Test (please allow at least 3 weeks for placement results)
  3. Complete Online Interest form
  4. Attend College or Program Specific Orientation (July).
  5. Attend Summer Bridge (late August-September)

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Contribute to the SSRS Programs fund directly through the Foothill-De Anza Foundation website at

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 of our SSRS programs!

De Anza College
Student Success & Retention Services (SSRS)

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Office:  LCW 102
Contact:  (408) 864-8470

Last Updated: 10/2/17