Project Rebound

Project Rebound, The Draft: 2/23, & 2/24  2024 @ CAL STATE LAMark your calendars, folks! Get ready to witness the ultimate comeback this Spring, as we unveil Project Rebound at Cal State LA's Second Annual, "The Rough Draft: Symposium" Event. Don't miss the grand reveal!
Join us at the 2nd annual "The Rough Draft:," where we will be addressing what it means to have a meaningful reentry experience. We will be screening the documentary film, "Dancing in A Yard," directed by Manuela Vallefdeaturing Dr. Bidhan Roy of the English Dept. and Cal State LA's Prison Graduation Initiative. Come learn about the fantastic work being done here at Cal StateLA via Project Rebound and our community college counterparts. Together we are creating safer communities, lowering recidivism, and transforming lives one person at a time. Register for the conference by clicking the image above.

Project Rebound

Project Rebound Los Angeles at SFSU State for Annual Grad Event

Project Rebound assists formerly incarcerated individuals seeking to enroll at Cal State LA with support. Project Rebound was started in 1967 by Professor John Irwin at San Francisco State University. The program is staffed by students who have had prior incarceration experiences. The program offers an alternative to the revolving door policy of the criminal justice system by offering a program, which encourages students to excel in a course of study. The program seeks to encourage full-time students who are motivated to succeed in a field of study which leads to a Baccalaureate Degree.

Project Rebound serves as a liaison and advocate with campus services and programs as well as with community organizations. By offering resources and connections with supportive entities, Project Rebound attempts to help students with their basic needs so that they can concentrate on their studies and achieve educational and personal empowerment


E-Mail:  [email protected]

Location: King Hall D137


(Project Rebound does not offer housing or correspondence courses at this time.)

  • An introduction to the university setting and campus services
  • Campus tours for prospective students
  • Assistance with the admission process
  • Advocacy for students on parole, probation, or supervision
  • Academic Program Advising
  • FAFSA application assistance
  • Limited transportation if needed*
  • Tutoring and Mentoring for Rebound Students - EOP/Advisement centers
  • Internships and Volunteering are also available for students interested in working with Project - Rebound at Cal State LA; Federal Work Study/Service Learning Projects
  • Must be formerly incarcerated; off or on parole or probation
  • Must be living or paroling to the LA Area
  • Ability to perform college level work and maintain satisfactory progress by taking and completing 6-12 units each semester
  • High School Transcripts / GED (for freshman)
  • ACT or SAT scores (for freshman)
  • 56-60 units of credit (for transfer students)
  • College transcripts (for transfer students)
  • Admission application (CSU Mentor) and Financial Aid (FAFSA) application
  • CSU and FAFSA applications are available by writing to Project Rebound at Cal State LA


Graduating Class