Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC)

Student writing support will resume virtually on January 25, 2021. Book an appointment.

The GSSC provides prospective and current students with the support needed to transition to and thrive in graduate school. We host academic and professional development workshops on topics relevant to student needs. We provide high-quality academic and writing support in the form of one-on-one appointments with expert Graduate Success Consultants. On campus, students can use study carrels for individual studying, group meeting tables, an Apple TV for presentations, tables, and cushioned seats with sliding tables.


Graduate Workshops

Thesis Retreats (Registration Required)

Thesis Retreat, February 5, 2021, 10am-3pm - Includes breakout sessions for thesis submission and formatting and data management and analysis.

Thesis Retreat, March 15, 2021, 10am-3pm - Includes breakout session for data management and analysis with SPSS.

Thesis Retreat, April 16, 2021, 10am-3pm - Includes breakout sessions for summarizing and synthesizing sources and time management for writing projects.

Graduate Student Drop-In Group & Listening Space PDF File Opens in new window

Destress, take a self-care break, and have a taste of campus life. Meets Wednesdays from 1-1:50pm on the following dates: Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24, Apr. 7, Apr. 21, May 5, May 19

GSSC Workshops

Foundations of Effective Graduate Academic Writing, February 24, 2021, 6-7pm - Zoom LinkOpens in new window  - This workshop will discuss strategies and techniques to draft writing documents that are organized, concise, and persuasive.  Topics discussed will including writing introductions, thesis statements, topic/conclusion sentences, and use of active voice.  In addition, outline techniques will be discussed to ensure that content is presented in a cohesive and organized manner. 

Effective Reading at the Graduate Level, April 7, 2021, 6-7 pm - Zoom LinkOpens in new window  - This interactive workshop will describe the basic components of effective reading at the graduate level.  Students will gain a greater understanding about best ways to manage barriers to effective reading and how to break down readings and identify what to skim and what to focus on when reading articles or texts.  This workshop will discuss techniques for comprehending and applying different types of reading sources such as textbooks or scholarly articles. 

Time Management, April 21, 2021, 6-7pm – Zoom LinkOpens in new window  - This workshop will strengthen your understanding of time management principle and skills.  Students will get a chance to diagnose and discuss barriers to effective time management. Topics discussed will include prioritization, creating manageable schedules, minimizing distractions, and remaining committed to schedules.  

Career Development Workshops & Info Sessions


Academic and Writing Support for Graduate Students

We provide free one-on-one academic assistance to all graduate students at CSU Fullerton, in writing, class presentations, resumes and applications, literature reviews, term papers, research, and statistics. Our expert Graduate Success Consultants are available free of charge virtually in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends!

Please note:

  • You may only make one appointment per week.
  • Appointments are one hour. May be extended only if the consultant is available.
  • Please respect the system. Abuses (missed appointments, etc.) will cause repercussions.

Book an appointment with Graduate Learning Specialists using SetMore

Appointment Materials

If you are seeking assistance with a written assignment, please be ready to share your assignment with the consultant during the appointment. 

Cancellation Policy

If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment with a Graduate Success Consultant, please do so at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment time. If your appointment is less than 24 hours away, please send an email to


Student Advising

GSSC can assist you in navigating graduate school. Prospective graduate students can receive assistance through the application process, and with the transition into graduate school. Continuing graduate students can receive assistance in resolving unforeseen issues, overcoming academic probation, or by getting connected to campus resources. Students who meet with a success consultant typically learn more about funding opportunities at Cal State Fullerton and campus resources to help them succeed.

Prospective Students

Prospective students gain a better understanding of the application process and further insight into funding opportunities at Cal State Fullerton.

Continuing Students

Continuing students benefit from reviewing academic policies, learning about funding opportunities, and even establishing plans to help overcome academic probation.

Prospective and continuing students can make an appointment by emailing Dr. Rigo Hernandez,


Graduate Student Food Pantry

The Graduate Student Food Pantry was established in 2016 to address the growing food insecurity problem among graduate students at CSUF. The Graduate Student Food Pantry is not currently open, but will resume operations when campus returns to normal operations.

The Graduate Student Food Pantry needs to maintain a healthy budget in order to sustain itself. Fundraisers for the food pantry occur throughout the year. Faculty, staff, alumni, and fellow students can make donations directly to the GSSC PLS 365 or monetary donations through our foundation account number 97901: Graduate Student Food Pantry. Donations can be made online by visiting our donation website .

If you have any questions about the Graduate Student Food Pantry, please contact us at by email at .

Contact GSSC

Pollak Library South, Room 365 | P: (657) 278-3374 | Coordinator: Dr. Rigo Hernandez