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“I've struggled this long and I can continue through the rest, but I'​​m coming back with a new mindset. As I return back, I do feel more acceptance, because I feel like the quality of education here and the type of content they teach us aligns with what I want to learn.” — Marissa Ledesma, Returning San Francisco State Student

​In fall 2021, San Francisco State University piloted an effort to contact 309 students from the fall 2019 cohort who’d left in good academic standing. This included Marissa Ledesma, who left SFSU at the end of her first year in spring 2020 when she struggled to find her place on campus and classes shifted to online. The next school year, she attended a community college in her hometown of Bakersfield, where she completed her general education requirements. As Ledesma began thinking of returning to a four-year, she picked up a call from SFSU that helped her connect with advising.

“It was very welcoming, and it made me feel like I was valued, that there was somewhere that wanted my attendance,” Ledesma says.

The campus waived associated fees and gave her priority registration, while the advising team helped her re-apply for fall 2021, change her major to sociology and plan a virtual schedule so she could remain at home another year. Ledesma will return to campus in-person this fall for her senior year to complete her major requirements with a plan to graduate in spring 2023.

SFSU’s reenrollment efforts have been expanded to other students who didn’t enroll in fall 2021 or spring 2022, and the campus has contacted more than 1,500 students.

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