Metro Academies Advising Services Overview
The Metro Academies Advising Program provides year-round academic advising services to Metro students through Metro Academies staffed professional academic counselors, trained peer counselors, as well as in collaboration with other academic counselors on campus.
Drop-In Advising, Monday - Friday, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)
Request Metro Advising Appointment
If you are not able to attend during Zoom Drop In Advising Hours - You may request to schedule an appointment. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, SFSU ID and the topic you would like support with.
Basics for Advisors
1. A Metro Student is required to seek advising as part of their Metro course assignments.
Metro students see an advisor 2 times in either the Fall or Spring of the first year, and once a semester in their second year. Students are instructed to identify themselves as Metro students to help Advisors they are working with to best support them.
2. There are 13 Metro Academies
Students are placed in a Metro Academy based on a major or career interest. Below is the list of academies:
- Metro Academies of Business I
- Metro Academies of Business II
- Metro Academy of Education
- Metro Academy of Ethnic Studies
- Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts I
- Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts II
- Metro Academy of Health I
- Metro Academy of Health II
- Metro Academy of Health III
- Metro Academy of STEM 1 - Biology
- Metro Academy of STEM 2 - Computer Science
- Metro Academy of STEM 3 - Engineering
- Metro Academy of STEM 4 - Biology
3. Metro Course Sequence: Students take 1-2 courses every semester with their Metro Academy cohort in a certain sequence for the first two years of college.
The specific sections for the Metro courses are specific to a particular Metro Academy cohort and are taken a specific course sequence. Students are informed of the specific course section numbers through an email from Metro. If you need information about the particular Metro course sections, you can email email@example.com.
Metro Academies Course Opt-out Policy
Metro Course Opt-out Policy: If it is in the best interest of the student, weighing all costs and benefits of remaining in the Metro Academies course sequencing versus not doing so, the Metro Academies courses taken may be altered based on individual student circumstances as determined by an Advisor working directly with a student in collaboration with the Metro Academies Advising Coordinator. We prefer students to follow the set course sequence if at all possible to receive the maximum and intended benefit from being a part of Metro, however, we will consider individual student situations on a case by case basis.
Context & Rationale: Metro Academies course sequencing aims to serve the best interest of as many of the students as possible in the program, however, this is not possible for every single student based on the fact that students have different needs academically (ie, major requirements, skill levels, etc.). Thus, we have developed the following policy regarding students who may be best served by opting out of certain Metro Academy courses.
First Year Metro College Success Program Advising Requirement
First year Metro students are required to attend at least two academic advising appointments within their freshman year. These two advising appointments are required assignments within the first Metro Academy Core Foundation Course* and the student will know when they will need to complete the requirement.
Metro students who are also a part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are expected to meet with their EOP Advisor for these two mandatory appointments. Metro students who are not a part of the EOP program, are expected to meet with the Metro Advising Coordinator, Metro Advising Graduate Intern, or Undergraduate Advising Center Counselor that is assigned to the student’s particular Metro Academy.
EOP-Metro Students: Metro students who are also a part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are expected to meet with their EOP Advisor in addition to their Metro Advisor.
ADVISING REQUIREMENT 1: 30-minute Check-in Advising Appointment.
At the minimum, advisors are expected to review the student’s current class schedule, assess student’s current progress, and whether any additional support or referrals are needed such as tutoring, student success skills workshops, etc. If the student is currently taking remedial math or english courses, advisors are expected to review the 1 year remediation rule including the minimum grades the student must achieve in order to be compliant with the remediation policy. If the student is on academic probation, advisors are expected to review the academic probation policy including the minimum grades the student must achieve in order to be compliant with this policy, as well as develop a strategy for the student to increase his or her likelihood of achieving at least a 2.0 GPA. As the advisor deems appropriate, he or she may cover any additional topics that are relevant for the individual student which may include, but is not limited to: general education, university requirements, using and reading the university bulletin, exploring major/minor, major courses, adjustment to college, etc.
ADVISING REQUIREMENT 2: Complete a 2 Year Education Plan
Advisors are expected to support student in selecting and planning courses for the student’s subsequent 2-3 semesters (which covers student until the end of the second year in college) and recording these planned courses on the Metro Education Plan, which is specific to each Metro Academy and when the student is enrolled in his or her Metro Academy Core Foundation Course.* Metro students will be given a paper and electronic copy of their Education Plan to fill out with their advisor. In the event that you need access to this form, they are included here. If you" need support in identifying the Metro Academy to which a student belongs or whether the student is a “Fall Start” or “Spring Start” student, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Plans for the first two years of college are a signature service provided to Metro students. Education Plans are specific to a student’s Metro Academy and Cohort.
How to tell when a student is in his or her First Metro Academy Core Foundation Course
A Metro student is enrolled in the first Metro Academy Core Foundation course in either the Fall or Spring semester of the student’s first year. A Metro student is considered a “Fall Start” student if he or she takes the first Metro Academy Core Foundation course in the fall of freshman year. A Metro student is considered a “Spring Start” student if he or she takes the first Metro Academy Core Foundation course in the spring of freshman year. If you need support in identifying the Metro Academy to which a student belongs or whether the student is a “Fall Start” or “Spring Start” student, you can email email@example.com.
A Note About Cohort A and B
Metro students are organized into a Metro Academy and also a cohort within an Academy, either A or B.
Cohort A students take their first Metro Core Foundation course in the fall of freshman year.
Cohort B students take their first Metro Core Foundation course in the spring of freshman year.
The first Metro Academy Core Foundation course varies by Metro Academy. The first Metro Academy Core Foundation courses for each academy are the following:
|Metro Academy of Ethnic Studies||ETHS 100|
|Metro Academy of Health I, II, III||AU 120|
|Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts I & II||COMM 120|
|Metro STEM Academy I, II, III, IV||AU 120|
(1) If a student is in the Metro Academy of Engineering and you can see on their transcript that they were enrolled in H ED 120 in the Fall of their freshman year, he or she would be considered a Metro Academy of Engineering, Fall Start cohort student.
(2) If a student is in the Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts and he or she is currently enrolled in CINE 102 during their freshman spring semester, he or she would be considered a Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts, Spring Start cohort student.