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Our Students

Our students at San Quentin State Prison bring with them a wide array of life experiences, and are eager to learn and enthusiastic about the opportunity to enroll in college. Most bring resilience, tenacity, and adaptability to the classroom, and are highly intellectually capable. Many students are the first in their family to earn a degree and, like most people in prison, come from some of California’s most vulnerable communities. The complex learning challenges that so many students face are often directly or indirectly related to earlier chronic experiences of trauma.

3.55
GPA
The average grade point average of students in our 2018 graduating class.
300
STUDENTS
The average number of students enrolled in our classes at San Quentin each semester.
3,731
STUDENTS
The number of students, since 1996, who have taken at least one of our courses at San Quentin.

2019 Graduation

With friends, family, board members, volunteers, supporters, and staff in attendance, students celebrated completion of their AA degrees on June 7. Click here to meet the graduates.
WHAT WE OFFER

OUR STUDENTS

Our students bring resilience, tenacity, and adaptability to the classroom. Many are the first in their family to earn a degree and, like most people in prison, come from California’s most vulnerable communities.


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COLLEGE PREP

Our college preparatory courses help students to brush up on basics of writing and math, and to establish trust and comfort in the classroom setting.


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AA DEGREES

Our Associate of Arts degree program in General Studies provides a rigorous multi-disciplinary education through introductory courses in the humanities, social sciences, math, and science.


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