Project Rebound

Project Rebound is a special admissions program assisting formerly incarcerated individuals wanting to enter San Francisco State University. The program offers special admissions for men and women who might not normally qualify for University acceptance because of application deadlines and minor academic deficiencies. This program is supported by the Associated Students, private donors, and many other departments at SFSU.

Project Rebound was started in 1967 by Professor John Irwin. The program is staffed by students and one full-time director, most of whom have had prior incarceration experiences. Project Rebound seeks to reduce recidivism, and is an alternative to the revolving door policy of the criminal justice system. Through encouraging students to pursue and excel in a course of study, Rebound provides a vital support to students in building success for themselves and their families.


Baldemar Arroyo

Baldemar Arroyo spent 21 years incarcerated, but his connection to the outside world stayed strong. “I knew eventually I would be released and I didn’t want to be the same person, I wanted opportunities.” Baldemar is now completing his bachelor’s degree in geography at SF State. 

“Project Rebound makes the transition from incarceration to education a lot easier and less intimidating. I wasn’t sure I had the time or luxury of coming out to SF State and going to a 4-year university and completing a bachelors’ degree. So, every little bit more information that I got from them, just kind of solidified that choice for me.”

News Article:

Project Rebound Marks 50 Years of Educating Former Prisoners

Tiffany Rabb spent close to a decade behind bars after a series of robberies. Years before her release, she figured out what she would do to turn her life around.


Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Funding Initiatives

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Center for Career & Leadership Development

Through integrated learning opportunities, the Center promotes career exploration and leadership development.

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The HOPE Fund provides students with essential emergency financial support to support their path to graduation.

Guardian Scholars at SFSU

Guardian Scholars

Guardian Scholars serves former and current foster care youth in pursuing their undergraduate degrees.

For more information contact:


Manny Nungaray

Executive Director of Development & 
Campaign Operations
University Development
Phone: (415) 405-2655