Too many students – even those with good high school GPA’s – struggle to make a successful transition to college. Whether its huge class sizes, trouble finding help, expensive textbooks, or lack of enough financial aid, it can be difficult for students to start off on the right foot.
MicroCollege is the first-year college program designed to help students successfully transition from high school to college.
MicroCollege offers credit-bearing, transferable college courses in small-class settings, taught in-person by real college faculty. Just as importantly, students receive over 500 hours of tutoring and mentoring to ensure that they can perform to their best potential!
All classes are offered at standalone MicroCollege sites located in students’ communities. MicroCollege sites are fun, vibrant locations where students, faculty, and staff work together.
Courses taken via MicroCollege are graded on an “A, B, C, and ‘Not Yet’” grading model. This approach to first-year grading is similar to the approach taken by top US universities like MIT and CalTech. Rather than issuing permanent D’s or F’s, students can get more time, do more work, and receive additional support until they earn a satisfactory grade.
None. Zero. Nada.
MicroCollege is offered by local school districts at NO cost to students and families. The program includes all tuition, fees, books, materials, and school supplies – along with a laptop computer that students can keep when they complete the program!
MicroCollege does not rely on federal or state financial aid. When students complete MicroCollege, they have as few as three years of college remaining, but with all of their financial aid still available to them.
MicroCollege offers the General Educations courses required by public and private universities in students’ state, and are widely transferable to traditional colleges and universities in the US. Students’ credits are issued by our partner universities, all of whom are regionally accredited and non-profit.
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All courses are taught by real college faculty under appointment by our partner universities – often the same faculty that students have when they transfer to their next college! Faculty who have taught within the MicroCollege program has also taught at Cal State East Bay, UC Berkeley, Mills College, University of San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University, Nevada State College, Florida Institute of Technology, Norwich University, and various community colleges!
College courses completed at MicroCollege are added to students’ high school transcripts, which can significantly boost students’ high school GPAs! As a result, many students are accepted to more competitive colleges and universities after attending MicroCollege, and are often eligible for more grant or scholarship money!
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