Metro Academies College Success Program


A Learning Community for the First Two Years of College 

The Metro Academies program (Metro) was developed to support the next generation of leaders in urban communities. Each Metro Academy is a 'school within a school' to give you an educational home in your first two years of college. Metro gives you personalized support for college success through in-class academic support and tutoring. At the core of Metro is a learning community made up of two linked courses each semester, pairing a general education course and a Metro course. In Metro, you will build a solid foundation for college success and meaningful work in a variety of careers.


Benefits of Metro Academy

  • A small learning community of students with similar interests work together during the first two years of college, getting the classes you need to progress quickly


  • A clear, fast track to graduation—all Metro classes satisfy graduation requirements in general education for all 241 majors in the Cal State University system


  • Instructors who are passionate about social justice teach interesting classes that are relevant to real life


  • One-on-one support from a dedicated academic advisor


  • Strong academic preparation using proven learning strategies–learn to write and speak with confidence and power, and to think critically about the big questions


  • Learn about ways to give back to your community & make a difference in the world


At a Glance

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or contact us.


We are currently accepting applications. See How to Apply for more information.


Please Note: To attend Metro, you must also be admitted to SF State through a separate application. For more information on how to apply to SF State, go to the Future Students page.