What can the Community for Excellence do for you?​

The Community for Excellence (C4E) is a CSU collaborative effort to assist a group of nearly 1800 students at CSU who are recipients of CSU Partnership Awards, Scholarship Foundations, and our Institutional Scholarships. The honor of the award not only includes financial support but also a dedicated CSU staff member, a Scholar Contact, who will support and encourage you from admission through graduation.

C4E Competencies

Our goal is to provide you with a holistic experience. In addition to your one-on-one meetings with your Scholar Contact, C4E aims to ensure every student demonstrates competency in key skillsets that will empower you in your collegiate journey at CSU and in your future endeavors. We’ll do this by introducing you to CSU resources early on, giving you the tools to connect to your career field, and sharing skills that will support your success in the classroom and beyond.


Your experience in C4E will focus on the following 6 competencies:

Academic Success

Your academic success includes understanding academic expectations, utilizing resources that support you in the classroom, developing effective study strategies and and skills, and ultimately defining what success looks like for you.

Career & Professional Development

Your career and professional development includes things like choosing a major, getting involved in undergraduate research or internship opportunities, and building skills for applying to grad school and jobs.

Financial Wellness

Your financial well-being is an important part of being a student. C4E will support you in understanding financial aid requirements and policies, effective budgeting, and developing skills that will set you up to meet future financial goals.

Leadership and Involvement

An important part of your college experience is getting involved on campus and in the community. Whether you’re an active member of a student organization, learning through an education abroad opportunity, or developing your connections within your academic department, being engaged will help you thrive as a member of the CSU community and prepare you for life at graduation.

Life Management

The life management competency focuses on skills like navigating conflict in your living situation, meal prepping or cooking on a budget, understanding and signing a lease, finding affordable housing or childcare, and commuting. C4E supports you in developing the everyday skills you’ll continue to use for years to come.

Personal Growth & Identity

The personal growth and identity competency is about understanding yourself, setting personal goals, caring for your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and finding a community who will support and challenge you to be the most authentic version of yourself.

Additional Resources

Find Your Scholar Contact

Scholar Contacts are here to support you and answer any questions you may have.

Student Resources

Looking for ways to get involved, tutoring, volunteering, etc?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Have questions? We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

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