What is Project Rebound?

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In 1952, John Irwin (1929-2010) served a five-year prison term in Soledad Prison. During his time in prison he earned 24 college credits through a university extension program. After his release from prison, Irwin earned a B.A. from UCLA, a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and then served as a Professor of Sociology and Criminology at San Francisco State University for 27 years, during which he became known internationally as an expert on the U.S. prison system.

In 1967, Irwin created Project Rebound as a way to matriculate people into San Francisco State University directly from the criminal justice system. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of formerly incarcerated people have obtained bachelor’s degrees and beyond.

In 2016, with the generous support of the Opportunity Institute and the CSU Chancellor Timothy White, Project Rebound has expanded beyond San Francisco State onto eight other CSU campuses. San Diego State University is a part of this exciting new consortium of programs, which also includes CSU Bakersfield, Fresno, Los Angeles, Pomona, Fullerton, San Bernardino, and Sacramento.

What is Our Mission?

By making higher education more accessible and supporting formerly incarcerated students to excel in a course of study, Project Rebound has created an alternative to the revolving door policy of mass incarceration. We are committed to demonstrating the central importance and the possibility of meeting the needs of our students, who often face a broad array of challenges that have until now, caused them to be left behind.

What We Offer

  • Outreach
  • Admissions Assistance
  • Financial Aid
  • Community
  • Mentorship, Advocacy & Academic Advising