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.
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).
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
Specific locations will be determined soon!
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.
If a student withdraws from MicroCollege, they receive any college credits they earned up to that point.
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.
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.
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.
Credits are issued by a regionally-accredited, non-profit partner university, meaning that credit transfer is maximized. MicroCollege offers the general education courses required by public state universities.
Faculty who teach at MicroCollege serve under faculty appointment at its partner universities. 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.
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.
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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.