Metro Advising

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.

Resources

Zoom Drop In Advising

Monday - Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm

https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/84928941411?pwd=VWxVSGdMeGV5TlZWOUJhU2ZpdVU4QT09

Meeting ID:849 2894 1411
Passcode:447893

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 metroadv@sfsu.edu. 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. For the most accurate way to find out who the assigned advisor is, please log into:

https://sfsu.campus.eab.com/

Please note there are also specific advisors assigned to each Metro Academy:

Advisor List

*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:

  • Business I
  • Business II
  • Education
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Liberal & Creative Arts I
  • Liberal & Creative Arts II
  • Health I
  • Health II
  • Health III
  • STEM 1 - Biology
  • STEM 2 - Computer Science
  • STEM 3 - Engineering
  • STEM 4 - Biology

3. Metro Course Sequence: Students take 1-2 courses every semester with their Metro Academy cohort for the first two years of college.

Metro Academy courses are taken a in a course sequence. All Metro courses count toward General Education Requirements toward graduation. If you need information about the Metro course sections, you can email metroadv@sfsu.edu.

 

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.

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.

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. The advisor 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: Degree Planning Meeting

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 in the Degree Planner.

 

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 metro@sfsu.edu

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:

Business
Ethnic Studies
Education
Health
STEM
ETHS 120
Metro Academy of Liberal & Creative Arts I & II COMM 120

Student Examples

(1) If a student is in the Metro Academy student and you can see on their class schedule that they were/are enrolled in ETHS 120 or COM 120 in the Fall of their freshman year, they would be considered Fall Start cohort student

(2) If a student is in the Metro Academy student and you can see on their class schedule that they were/are enrolled in ETHS 120 or COM 120 in the Spring semester, they would be considered Spring Start cohort student.