Metro Description and Outcomes


The Metro College Success Program (Metro) uses targeted outreach to support first-generation, low-income and/or historically underrepresented students in their success at San Francisco State University. Each themed Metro Academy is a learning community with personalized in-class academic support, advising and tutoring.

About Metro College Success Program

Adjusting to college can be challenging. Learning in a small, supportive community of students and faculty can help you thrive throughout your first two years and through to graduation. Metro’s goal is to help you graduate in a timely manner and gain the skills you need to succeed in college and find a meaningful career.

Metro is a two-year learning community of two courses each semester that share themes such as social justice, education equity, community health, or ethnic studies. Metro courses satisfy general education requirements for all majors at SF State, so you can go on to complete your bachelor’s degree in any major.Metro students receive individualized tutoring, advising and support. Metro students also develop strong academic skills. They learn to write and speak with confidence and power, master mathematical concepts, and think critically about real-world issues.

Additional Benefits of Metro
- 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 Access to tutoring services through the Metro Academic Resource Center (HSS 247)
- Continued support in upper division (past the first two years) and connection to alumni and faculty after graduation
- Learn about ways to continue to give back to your community & make a difference in the world

Metro Academies
Metro students are grouped in communities to prepare for a variety of majors and fields of interest. Metro has academies with the following areas, with an academy in each of the six colleges at SFSU. Metro also welcomes students who have not yet declared a major or with any field of interest outside of those listed below.


At A Glance
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or contact us. For more information on applying to the program, please visit our How to Apply page. 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.



Outreach Brochure



Metro Data Spring 2021



Metro Cost Efficiency Study


Achieving Equity: An Evaluation of a Multicomponent, Lower-Division Student Success Program