Frequently Asked Questions

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Program

MicroCollege Program Information

MicroCollege is a post-high school college transition program designed to help financially vulnerable students earn 4-year college degrees. Because of its extraordinary support model, it is particularly ideal for students who want extra help making a successful transition to college.

Many students choose MicroCollege because they want smaller class sizes, 500 hours of dedicated coaching, and more time to complete classes to smooth their transition to college – ensuring that they earn the best grades possible. Additionally, MicroCollege is offered at NO cost, including all tuition, fees, books, and a laptop computer that students can keep when they complete the program.

What makes MicroCollege unique isn’t the courses that students take – it’s what happens outside of class. Students benefit from a structured cohort model with integrated coaching and tutoring, as well as a Success Seminar focused on their continued development as successful college students and young professionals. With this level of extraordinary support, the program produces consistently outstanding results.
No, students must have earned a High School diploma or its equivalent to be eligible for MicroCollege.
MicroCollege does not offer athletics, but students may form their own clubs, affinity groups, or organizations. (We had a popular Magic the Gathering club recently at our Sacramento site!). Students are placed in cohorts where they take classes, study and participate in events as a group throughout their time at MicroCollege. When students transition to their next college or university, they can participate in the organizations offered at their selected school.

MicroCollege does not offer athletic programming, and student-athletes interested in participating in the NCAA or NAIA will not have their eligibility impacted by attending MicroCollege. They are able to transfer to a college or university of their choice and begin their student-athlete career at their selected school. (Please check the Eligibility Centers for more information).

94% of MicroCollege students have been accepted to 4-year colleges and universities and continue their education. Through their participation in MicroCollege, many students (who were not previously eligible) became eligible for Competitive Cal Grant awards, and gained admission to more selective colleges and universities.

MicroCollege alumni are enrolled at colleges and universities across the country. In California, alumni have successfully enrolled at several UC and CSU campuses, as well as private colleges such as Mills and William Jessup University. MicroCollege is launching in New York this year and expects to see similar matriculation outcomes there as well.

Yes! Credits are issued by a regionally-accredited, non-profit partner university. MicroCollege only offers the general education courses required by public state universities, including CSUs and UCs. See the transfer guide here: https://www.microcollege.info/additional-details

In California, MicroCollege sites will be located in Los Angeles, Oakland, Richmond, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, and the Central Valley near our partner schools. Our New York site will be located in Rochester. Specific site locations will be conveniently located for students near public transportation for easy access. MicroCollege does not offer transportation, but if students have trouble making it to the site, success coaches will work with students to discuss potential solutions. Specific locations will be determined and shared with incoming students soon.
No, Microcollege chooses a site near our partner schools and public transportation for easy access. There is no student housing or dormitories.

process

Application and Admissions Process

There is no minimum GPA requirement to apply for Microcollege, and SAT/ACT is not required. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Since space in MicroCollege is limited, the program prioritizes students with academic and/or financial needs who could benefit from a more supportive transition to college. MicroCollege collaborates with school staff to identify and encourage prospective students to apply based on academic and/or financial needs.

No, applying to MicroCollege is free. Go to www.microcollege.info and click “Apply Now” to complete and submit the interest form. You will receive an email to the application. To ensure proper submission, utilize a personal email not a school email.

MicroCollege is designed to serve recent high school graduates. The common age range of applicants are between the ages of 18 and 20.

Yes! Students with a high school diploma or a GED are eligible to apply to Microcollege.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so you should apply as early as possible for the best chances of being admitted.
In order to apply, students must submit a MicroCollege application, an unofficial transcript, and complete the FAFSA or their state’s Dream Act Grant application. The application takes about 20 minutes to complete, and includes an essay of 300 words or less. Honors Pathway provides financial aid workshops to support students and families in completing the FAFSA and Dream Act grant application in their state.

Click here to view our upcoming events calendar. If you have any specific questions, you can email finaid@microcollege.info for additional assistance.
Use the following State-School-Code information for your California application (CA-WJU- 001281) and New York application (NY-Medaille-002777).
MicroCollege complies with federal reporting requirements, which require that we ask this information in a specific format. The demographic information provided has no impact on your application. MicroCollege sites are vibrant and diverse, and students’ identities are both recognized and respected.
Yes, we have limited ability to accept applicants from non-partner high schools if they are somehow affiliated with a partner high school or community organization. This includes students 1 or 2 years out of high school.

Program

Program Cost and Aid

MicroCollege is funded through a combination of students’ grant aid and generous university scholarships – not loans. MicroCollege utilizes ≤25% of federal and state grant aid available to the student per year they are enrolled. The program is designed to serve students with academic and financial needs, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to students or families to participate.

MicroCollege uses these fees to pay for faculty, staff, books, equipment (each student is issued a laptop), and facilities, etc. Students pay NO tuition or fees, and all their books and supplies are provided for them, along with over 500 hours of tutoring and academic support per year. Best of all, the program generates no student debt!
If a student withdraws from MicroCollege, they receive any college credits they earned up to that point. There is never any charge for the program, and there are no loans that would need to be repaid.

Success coaches at MicroCollege provide wrap-around services for students, problem-solving with them, and leveraging local resources to meet their needs.

MicroCollege sites are fun, vibrant locations designed to meet the academic needs of most college students. However, MicroCollege does not provide childcare services. Students who need childcare services should work with their Success Coach to devise a plan that will work for both the student and the child.

Academic

Academic Timeline and Framework

MicroCollege will begin sharing admission decisions with students who’ve completed the application as early as March.

MicroCollege will accept applications until May but due to the rolling admissions process, availability may become limited closer to the application deadline. Rolling admission is a process where our program reviews and makes decisions on applicants soon after assessing the application. MicroCollege assesses applications and fills available spaces on a first come first serve basis and continues to accept applications until all available spots in the program are filled. MicroCollege highly recommends that students complete their application as soon as possible.

No. MicroCollege is a classroom-based program. Courses are taught in-person at a college extension site by college faculty, with small class sizes and two tutors specialized in math and writing assigned to each cohort of approximately 35 students. MicroCollege is designed to prepare students for success on a traditional college campus – that means teaching students how to be successful in traditional college classrooms, how to utilize office hours, how to ask for tutoring, and how to navigate financial aid. Note that during the COVID pandemic, MicroCollege is a remote, synchronous program.

In short, we help students learn how to become successful at college before they arrive on campus.
Students have the choice to transfer after one or two years at MicroCollege. MicroCollege offers the ability for students to earn an Associate Degree over two years.

After MicroCollege, students can transfer to the college or university of their choice with advanced standing due to the college credits they have earned. Students can transfer either to a two- or four-year college.

Honors Pathway continues to support students with counseling and advising and career support after they transfer – all the way until they graduate college and start a career.
Yes! Students could earn an Associates of Arts (A.A.) degree if they complete enough credits at MicroCollege. The degree is issued by one of our Partner Universities, not MicroCollege directly.
Students are definitely able to attend a trade school after Microcollege. Trade schools have varying course requirements, but many trade schools do require the same courses that students take at MicroCollege. Let us know if you have a specific trade school or program in mind, and we can help determine how MicroCollege can help you!

Students are able to earn over 60 credits in two years at MicroCollege, equivalent to an associate’s degree. In the first year, students can earn up to 36 credits. Students take 12 units per semester during their first year and average 15 units a semester in their second year. Students may transfer to their preferred college or university of choice in their first or second year at MicroCollege.

Yes, MicroCollege supports students with learning needs and students who are learning English as a second language. Each cohort, averaging 35 students, is supported by two tutors and a success coach. The two tutors are subject matter experts in math and writing. The success coach manages the cohort, provides counseling, academic support, and mentoring. Over 500 hours of coaching and academic support are provided every year. Our program also includes an “Extended Time Option” which provides students additional time to reach proficiency, resulting in higher grades and earned course credits.

Students transfer to the college or university of their choice, with advanced standing due to the college credits they have earned. Students can transfer either to a two- or four-year college. Honors Pathway continues to support students with counseling, advising, and career support after they transfer – all the way until they graduate with their degree and start a career.
Yes! Credits are issued by a regionally-accredited, non-profit partner university. MicroCollege offers the general education courses required by public state universities.
Faculty who teach at MicroCollege serve under faculty appointment at William Jessup University, the sponsoring university in Northern California, and Medaille College, the sponsoring university in New York. Faculty must have earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the subject matter of their class.

Most faculty who teach at MicroCollege also teach at other institutions, including UC Berkeley, Cal State East Bay, Mills College, Johns Hopkins, American River College, Peralta College, and others. In fact, it’s possible that MicroCollege students will take classes with their same MicroCollege faculty when they arrive on their college campus!

Unlike most traditional colleges and universities, MicroCollege offers students additional time and resources to successfully complete classes, reducing or eliminating D’s, F’s, or repeated courses. In doing so, MicroCollege allows students time to adjust to the increased workload of college, as well as variations in academic preparation. This is similar to MIT’s First Year Grading policy.

Course

Course Transfer Guide - Yr 1

All MicroCollege students earn real college credits from our University Sponsors. William Jessup University (WJU), accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, is the California University Sponsor for the MicroCollege Program.

CSU General Education Breadth

CSU GE Breadth William Jessup University – MicroCollege Credits
English Language,
Communication,
and Critical Thinking
(nine credits)
A-1 ENGL 101A English Composition 3
A-2 ENGL 101B English Composition 3
A-3 PHIL 103 Critical Reasoning 3
Scientific Inquiry
and Quantitative Reasoning
(nine credits)
B-4 MATH 101 College Algebra 3
B-4 MATH 120 Statistics 3
Arts and Humanities
(nine credits)
C-1 MUS 140 American Popular Music since 1900
OR
HIST 375 History of Contemporary American Cinema
3
C-2 ENGL 286 Creative Writing 3
Social Sciences
(nine credits)
D-1 SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
D-2 HIST 231 World Civilization I
OR
HIST 232 World Civilization II
3
D-3 PPOL 111 American Government 3

IGETC/UC

IGETC/UC William Jessup University – MicroCollege Credits
English
Communication
1A ENGL 101A English Composition 3
1B ENGL 101B English Composition 3
Mathematical Concepts
and Quantitative Reasoning
2A MATH 101 College Algebra 3
2B MATH 120 Statistics
OR
MATH 102 Precalculus
3
Arts and Humanities 3A MUS 140 American Popular Music since 1900
OR
HIST 375 History of Contemporary American Cinema
3
3B PHIL 103 Critical Reasoning 3
3C ENGL 286 Creative Writing 3
Social
and Behavioral Sciences
4A SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
4B HIST 231 World Civilization I
OR
HIST 232 World Civilization II
3
4C PPOL 111 American Government 3

Outcomes

Outcomes

100% of students are admitted to a 4-year university as part of the MicroCollege program. 85% of students who have finished the program have been accepted to a different 4-year college or university, such as a CSU, UC, or private liberal arts college.

guide

Applicant Portal Troubleshooting Guide

You can access your application at https://www.microcollege.info/ by clicking on the apply now button. If you’ve already registered, click “Yes, I’m returning”. If you are new to the site, please click “No, this is my first time.”.

To access the application, cookies must be enabled. To enable cookies on your browser, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More. Settings.
  3. Under “Privacy and security,” click Site settings.
  4. Click Cookies.
  5. From here, you can: Turn on cookies: Next to “Blocked,” turn on the switch. Turn off cookies: Turn off Allow sites to save and read cookie data.

Still, having technical difficulties?

If you have any additional questions, connect with us by email at enroll@microcollege.info. If you’re an advisor, reach us by email at Advisors@microcollege.info.

Join us at our MicroCollege Drop In Hours to speak to an enrollment staff member at https://calendly.com/mcenroll.

Connect

Connect with an Enrollment Staff Member

If you have any additional questions, connect with us by email at enroll@microcollege.info.
Join us at our MicroCollege Drop In Hours to speak to an enrollment staff member at https://calendly.com/mcenroll.

Click here to view our upcoming events calendar.

Students transfer to the college or university of their choice, with advanced standing due to the college credits they have earned. Students can transfer either to a two- or four-year college.

Honors Pathway continues to support students with counseling and advising and career support after they transfer – all the way until they graduate college and start a career.

Many students choose MicroCollege over a community college because they want smaller class sizes, 500 hours of dedicated coaching, and more time to complete classes to smooth their transition to college – ensuring that they earn the best grades possible. Additionally, MicroCollege is offered at NO cost, including all tuition, fees, books, and a laptop computer that students can keep when they complete the program.
Faculty who teach at MicroCollege serve under faculty appointment at a partner university. Faculty must have earned a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the subject matter of their class. Most faculty who teach at MicroCollege also teach the same classes at nearby colleges and universities. In fact, it’s possible that MicroCollege students will take classes with their same MicroCollege faculty when they arrive on their next college campus!
No. MicroCollege is a non-sectarian program, meaning that it is not religious. While some of our partner universities may have religious affiliations, MicroCollege does not have such affiliations.
Yes! Credits are issued by a regionally-accredited, non-profit partner university. MicroCollege only offers the general education courses required by public state universities, including CSUs and UCs. See the transfer guide below!
If students withdraw from MicroCollege, they receive any college credits they earned up to that point. There is never any charge for the program, and there are no loans that need to be repaid.
MicroCollege is funded through a combination of students’ grant aid and generous university scholarships – not loans. There is no cost to students or families to participate.
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