Welcome to United for Success

The United for Success (U4S) program, which began at SSU in 1964, is a federally-funded TRiO Student Support Services program designed to help first generation, low-income students, including students with disabilities, who have a goal to graduate with a Bachelor's degree within six years.

The U4S program provides eligible students with a rich variety of services designed to provide academic, personal and social support to achieve your goals and dreams. The program serves 350 students each year.

United for Success Leadership Team

Who can Apply?

SSU students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Students must have academic need and meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be a first generation college student (neither parent has a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college in the United States)
  • Meet federal low-income guidelines
  • Have a documented disability

How to Apply?

Students need to come in-person to the Learning Center, in Salazar 1040, to pick up and and fill out an application for United for Success.

All applications are then reviewed for eligiblity, if eligible for United for Success you will be contacted to schedule an intake appointment with one of our staff memembers to introduce you to the services that we can provide.

When to Apply?

Students are welcome to apply almost at any time when they are an undergraduate here at SSU.

However, we strongly advise our students to apply early for United for Success, since we can only help 350 students each year. Each academic year we typically have room to accept about 125 new participants into the program.

United for Success Staff Photo Fall 2017

Meet Our Staff


United for Success staff photo from left to right: Rose Calzontzi, Achara Barclay, Leslie Shelton, Eric Jenné, Claudia Holt, Michael Eynon.

Student Leadership Team Photo Fall 2017

Meet Our Student Leadership Team


Student staff photo from left to right: Deisy, Maribel, Olivia, Kristina, Joi, Jessica, Verenicce.

United for Success Professionals provide support for:


Math

Eric Jenné
Understanding the math assignment
Understanding of core math concepts
Preparing for math class's quizzes, midterms and finals
Prepare for the math portion of standardized tests like CBEST, CSET, GRE, TEAS

Reading & Writing

Claudia Holt & Achara Barclay
Understanding the writing assignment
Brainstorming Ideas
Researching the topic
Writing Personal Statements for:
  • Grants & Scholarships
  • Graduate Schools
  • Scholarly applications

Financial Literacy

Eric Jenné
Building & Maintaining a Budgeting
Finding Scholarships & Grants
Understanding Student Loan Debt
Managing Your Personal Wealth
Establishing Good Credit Habits

College Support

Michael Eynon & Leslie Shelton
Goal Setting & Time Management
Exploring & Choosing a Major
Managing the Transition to College
Discussing Personal Issues
Asessing Learning Intelligences

U4S Workshops

The United for Success (U4S) program, hosts many workshops on various topics to help support our students both academically and personally. We have workshops on budgeting, time management, reducing test aniexty, to writing a winning scholarship essay - just to name a few.

U4S Alum Highlights

Kiara Stickley joined the Peace Corps this past summer.

She shares, "Being a teacher has been a very rich, rewarding, and satisfying experience."

Indonesia has been an amazing experience so far. I went to Kediri a city in East Java to complete a 10 week training program with the Peace Corps.

Lindsey White & Sofia Jamall's summer wedding!

Lindsey and Sofia tied the knot in the late afternoon July 15th, 2017 at Elk Grove United Methodist Church in Elk Grove, CA.

Contact Us

United for Success
1040 Salazar Hall
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
P: (707) 664-2853
E: learning@sonoma.edu
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