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Pathways to Academic Success & Opportunities


IMPORTANT NEWS! As a result of the pandemic and it’s presenting challenges for low income, first generation families and Latinos (e.g. limited resources, lack of technology, loss jobs or illness) we are happy to announce funding support from The San Diego Foundation. PASO will be focusing on initiatives to bridge the digital divide for students and parents as they prepare for college or their first year of college transition as it requires additional resources and activities.

Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pathways to Academic Success and Opportunities (PASO) Program has transitioned to a remote/virtual delivery of its support service (e.g. Academic Advising, Surface Pro/iPad renewal, etc.). We will not be offering in-person services until further notice. However, please continue to check your campus email on a regular basis to stay updated with important information and resources. Additionally, if you need to schedule an appointment with an advisor, email our PASO Office at or a PASO Advisor for immediate assistance at or

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PASO Director Message

Welcome to CSUSM and to our PASO website. If you meet the PASO eligibility criteria, please consider becoming a PASO Scholar. PASO is here to assist with your college transition by providing services to ensure your academic success. 

PASO is a federally funded Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Title V program that is designed to increase Latin@ retention and graduation rates at CSUSM. PASO provides additional academic and personal support to PASO Scholars during their first year of college.


Mission Statement:

“The Pathways to Academic Success and Opportunities is dedicated to college access, college transition, increasing retention and graduation rates amongst PASO Scholars by infusing culturally relevant curriculum, enhancing existing student support services, introducing innovative technological approaches, and striving to promote educational equity at the institutional level.”