Metro College Success Program

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. Metro courses are designed to reinforce the foundation skills needed for college success and throughout life--writing, public speaking, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning. Metro counselors help students stay on track with their course selection for speedy graduation. Our goal is to help students graduate in a timely manner and gain the skills they need to succeed in college and find a meaningful career.

Metro provides a two-year learning community of two courses each semester that share themes such as social justice, education equity, community health, and ethnic studies. Our students receive tutoring, advising, and support, and develop strong academic skills. They learn to write and speak with confidence and power, master mathematical concepts and think critically about real-world issues.

Metro courses satisfy general education requirements for all majors at SF State, which allows students to complete their bachelor’s degrees in any major.

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Metro Academies Wins National Honor

SF State’s Metro Academies, an innovative program that helps underrepresented students succeed in college, has earned national recognition for its success in retaining and graduating students.

Student Success Program Gets $3 Million

The State of California has awarded $3 million in support to the Metro College Success Program, which helps underrepresented students at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) navigate their first two years of college.

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College of Ethnic Studies Funding Initiatives

A plethora of graduating students


Scholarships provide much-needed support to students to defray the cost of attending University.

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Queer Ethnic
Studies Initiative

The Initiative is part of the College’s strategic plan to mobilize faculty expertise, support graduate student scholarship, and investigate the creation of a major on queers of color.

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Community University
Empowerment Fund (CUE)

CUE provides seed grants to innovative, socially engaged projects that improve conditions and the quality of life for communities of color.

Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung

Asian American
Research Initiative (AARI)

AARI conducts community-based research and activities to empower our communities.

For more information, contact:

Anjali Billa ( She/Her/Hers )
Associate Vice President
University Development
(415) 405-3625