Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Metro?
Metro Academy (or Metro) is a “school within a school” during the first two years of college, serving as an educational home for approximately 140 students. Metro is designed to give students extra support and a strong foundation for college success. Students in Metro are part of a cohort or learning community that works together over three to four semesters, supporting each other every step of the way.
Courses are designed to reinforce the foundation skills you will need for college success and throughout your life--writing, public speaking, critical thinking and quantitative reasoning. Metro counselors help students stay on track with their course selection for speedy graduation. Metro Academy of Health is a fast track to majors such as Health Education; Sociology; Child & Adolescent Development; Criminal Justice; Urban Studies; Political Science; Psychology, and many more.
Metro Academies are located both at San Francisco State and at City College of San Francisco. Each Metro has a career theme. In 2011, each institution has a Metro Academy of Health and a Metro Academy of Child Development. Metro Academies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are also being planned.
Who can apply to Metro?
Any incoming first year student can apply to Metro for either the fall or spring semesters of their freshman year. Admissions is ongoing and seats are available until filled. Please see How to Apply for more information. Metro students are focused, dedicated and have the time and the commitment for a rigorous course of study.
How do I get into Metro?
If you want to sign up for Metro Academy of Health, your first step is to apply and be accepted to San Francisco State University, through the regular admissions process. Please check the SF State website for entrance requirements, deadlines and application. Once you have been accepted, the next step is to apply to Metro Academy by going to How to Apply. Note: Completion of this Metro Academy application is not a substitute for completion of the SF State admission application.
How long is the Metro program?
Metro is a three to four semester learning community of two linked courses each semester that share common themes of community health, education equity and social justice.
Can I participate in Metro at City College of San Francisco (CCSF)?
Yes! Metro Academy of Health is offered at both campuses. The process for applying to City College is a bit different than the San Francisco State process. For more details, please refer to the City College Health Education Department website.
Metro is for the first two years of college; what happens after I complete the program?
First you will complete your lower division requirements (your freshman and sophomore years) in Metro Academy. Then you will go on to complete your upper division requirements (the junior and senior years). During these final two years of coursework for the bachelor’s degree, your studies are based in the department of your major. Metro Academy of Health is a fast track to majors such as Health Education; Sociology; Child & Adolescent Development; Criminal Justice; Urban Studies; Political Science; Psychology, and many more.
What classes will I take as part of Metro?
See the Metro course sequence for more detail. Once you are accepted into Metro, you will meet with the coordinator and an academic counselor or advisor to create your education plan.
How do I apply?
The application process for Metro is separate from SF State admissions. Check out our How to Apply page for more details.
How do I register for classes?
After you apply and are accepted into the program, you will get more details as to how to register for your classes.
How is Metro Academy of Health different from entering SF State as a freshman with a declared major in Health?
Metro Academy of Health is a program designed to give students extra support and additional exposure to health equity topics and practices. Students in Metro Academy of Health are part of a cohort, or learning community, moving through three or four semesters of Metro courses and health-infused general education courses together. There will be close advising to help students stay on track with their course selection and the Metro courses are designed to reinforce and strengthen the skills you are learning in your general education courses (writing, speaking, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning) while grounding them in a public health context.
Are there other Metro Academies besides Metro Academy of Health?
Yes! There is currently a Metro Academy of Child Development for students interested in early child education. To learn more about Metro Academy of Child Development you can visit their website. We are in the process of creating a new Metro Academy in Science, set to begin in Fall of 2012.
How can I learn more about Metro Academy of Health?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415.338.3034.