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Student services you may be missing out on

With a wide range of options available to Metropolitan State students, everyone can benefit from the opportunities these services offer. Get to know these great services and utilize them to enhance your academic journey.

Tutoring Services

Meet with tutors that can help relieve stress from complicated homework problems and writing assignments. No more headaches and guessing! Metropolitan State offers math, science and computer science centers at the Saint Paul Campus and Midway Center. Writing centers serve students at those locations, as well as at the Minneapolis Campus.

Find a tutoring center

Career Center

With so many degree options, it’s important to research the one that’s right for you. The Career Center’s page features websites listed to help explore occupations, identify skills and learn about different types of majors. The Pathways Program can help students within the insurance and financial services explore career options and skills to secure a job in their chosen field. Webinars, resume resources and online workshops are also available to students looking to enhance their professional skills. In person career counseling is also available.

Find out more about the Career Center

Counseling Services

Student life can be stressful—learn to manage stressors and release anxiety with the help of a counselor. Simply set up an appointment and let the healing begin.

Contact Counseling Services

Student Parent Center  

Find on and off campus resources to navigate the challenges of parenting while in school through the Student Parent Center. Participate in support and discussion groups, find a peer mentor and attend fun family events organized by the center.

Found out more about the Student Parent Center

Academic Advising

Advisers are waiting to assist you with your college plans, financial concerns and your path to achieving your degree.

Set up an appointment with an advisor


TRIO consists of three distinct programs that help make access, retention and graduation possible for first generation students and those with limited income.

  • Upward Bound is targeted at high school students wishing to gain college skills and credits.
  • TRIO’s Student Support Services are committed to helping Metropolitan State students reach their academic goals by supplying extra resources to make success happen.
  • The Power of You provides financial and academic support to transferring students and to those who meet requirements.

Learn more about TRIO

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a food pantry that provides unprepared food directly to students in need who do not have enough to eat. Food for Thought is organized by the Student Parent Center in partnership with Good in the ‘Hood, receiving assistance from the Student Senate and Second Harvest Heartland. It’s open to all Metropolitan State students, located at the Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall 201A and is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The pantry accepts any and all food donations. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Contact the Student Parent Center at student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1564 for more information.

TRIO students mark academic success with End of the Year Banquet

TRIO Student Support Services hosted their Annual End of the Year Banquet the evening of Wednesday May 4. The annual spring event recognizes the end of another successful academic year for all of the TRIO students, especially TRIO graduates. Forty-five TRIO students graduated on May 2; 20 graduated in December.

Two TRIO students, Rachel Baltes and Yeng Houa Xiong Thao, emcee’d the event that was attended by 90 TRIO students and guests. Students were invited to bring one person who has supported them during their time at Metropolitan State.

TRIO Alumnus and Metropolitan State graduate, Jeremiah Rotich was this year’s guest speaker. Rotich shared his formula for success and encouraged attendees to create their own plan then commit time and energy and focus in or to complete the plan.

Certificates of congratulations were presented to graduating seniors and awards for student leadership, rising stars, most charismatic and outstanding faculty were given.

Guests were entertained with songs performed by TRIO students Nchatxu Vang, Yao Lee and Ger Lee.

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally-funded program (U.S. Department of Education) which serves first-generation, limited income and students with disabilities who are enrolled at Metropolitan State University as degree-seeking undergraduate students. Our commitment is to improve the retention and graduation through structured and enhanced academic support in order to level the playing field of educational opportunity for the students we serve.

Disability Services scavenger hunt

To promote the new location and highlight the office’s partners within the university, Disability Services is hosting scavenger hunts in May and September. The activity is open to all students and those who complete the challenge earn a chance to win a $25 Target gift card.

Students can participate by obtaining a passport card at the Disability Services office, L223 New Main. Visit the locations listed in the passport and obtain a stamp from each. Turn in the completed the passport and turn it back in to the  Disability Services office. The hunts run the entire months of May and September. The following departments will be participating in the hunts.

Center for Academic Excellence:  Main Tutoring Center – L 130. The Center for Academic Excellence is a learning and student-support department at Metropolitan State University devoted to cultivating student success and helping students achieve their academic goals. The center also works collaboratively with faculty across disciplines to address student needs.

Center for Academic Excellence – STEM Center – SEC:  Room 122. The Science Center provides support for select biology, chemistry, and physics courses at Metropolitan State University. Students can come to the Science Center for group work, individual practice, and tutoring assistance.

TRio – FH L101. TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO:SSS targets degree-seeking undergraduates, who meet eligibility requirements. Their goal is to assist students:

  • by enhancing and supporting YOUR college experience
  • by engaging YOU with support through faculty, staff and students
  • by providing strategies, personal development and a sense of community
  • by increasing YOUR likelihood to stay in college and graduate with a four-year degree from Metropolitan State University

Counseling Services – FH 221. Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers individual and group counseling as well as workshops to help students find better ways to cope with and resolve the problems of everyday life.

Veterans Services – FH 201. Is here to assist all who have or are currently serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Library (Assistive Technology) Library 2nd Floor Circulation Desk. The Library and Information Services exists to fulfill the information needs and foster the intellectual growth of the Metropolitan State University community.

Gateway Student Services FH 1st Floor

Disability Services NM L223. Disability Services helps students get started acquiring any necessary accommodations.





Apply for summer student worker positions with TRIO Upward Bound

TRIO Upward Bound is seeking college students to work with high school students for the 2016 summer program. Working with the TRIO Upward Bound summer program provides students with an opportunity to work with high school students as they prepare for college. Temporary summer positions range from one to six weeks, and include the following:

  • classroom assistant
  • residential advisor
  • talent show coordinator

Applicants must have at least one year of college experience and be enrolled as a full-time student this spring 2016 semester. Positions will be available until filled.

To apply, send your resume and a letter of interest to trio.upwardbound@metrostate.edu. View and share job flyer here.

Nina J. Englund joins TRIO-Upward Bound

Nina J. Englund
Nina J. Englund

TRIO-Upward Bound welcomes Nina J. Englund as an intern at Metropolitan State University. Her primary role is to create meaningful touch-points with Upward Bound’s high school graduates currently enrolled at various colleges and universities, and to review their college progress and journeys. Other responsibilities include creating networking activities and a Metropolitan State TRIO-Upward Bound alumni society.

Englund is enrolled in the Leadership and Student Affairs Master’s Degree program at Saint Thomas University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She works for the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as a supervisor for the Get Ready/GEAR UP Program.

TRIO-Upward Bound is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education to provide services to first-generation and limited income high school students at Washington Technology Secondary School in St. Paul to prepare them for college access and college success.

TRIO students attend graduate conference at Wisconsin Dells

Metropolitan State University’s TRIO program sponsored nine students to attend the annual Wisconsin Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (WAEOPP) graduate conference at Chula Vista in Wisconsin Dells, Sept. 25–26. The TRIO program covered the cost of registration, lodging, transportation and some meals.

Participating students learned valuable information such as how to fund graduate school and write a powerful statement of purpose. They heard from keynote speaker Donald Asher, author of numerous, bestselling guidebooks on graduate admissions. The conference was instrumental in their educational journey as they plan to continue their studies beyond their undergraduate degree.

TRIO Student Support Services is a federally-funded program committed to serving first generation, limited income and disabled students enrolled at Metropolitan State University as degree seeking undergraduate students. Certain eligibility requirements and criteria must be met to participate in programming. For more information visit this link.

TRIO Participants in photo, from left; Ismaila Gbadamosi, Chhorn Pho, Camila Mercado-Michelli, Khahn Trihn, EhTa Zar, Doneva Carter, Fatima Ali, Orchale Clark and Gregory Clark

Aug. 31-Sept. 3: TRIO hosts open house

TRIO Student Support Services invites students, staff and faculty to stop by their office for an open house event this week during the following hours:

  • Monday, Aug. 31, 12–4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2, 4–6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 3, noon–4 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to meet TRIO staff, learn about programs and events, and enjoy a cold treat. TRIO is located at Saint Paul Campus, Room LL100, Founders Hall, 700 East Seventh Street. For more information contact trio.center@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1525. View event flyer here.

Metropolitan State TRIO student support programs receive $2 million grant

TRIO students completing one of the many workshops hosted by the program.
TRIO students completing one of the many workshops hosted by the program.

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a $2.3 million grant for TRIO-Student Support Services at Metropolitan State. The award, to be disbursed over the next five years, provides $1.23 million to support college engagement, retention and the graduation of limited income students who are first in their families to earn a four-year degree. Of the award, $1.1 million is designated to support academic enrichment, retention and graduation of undergraduate students with disabilities.

The two grants will serve hundreds of eligible students by providing academic mentoring and advising, tutoring and academic development, financial literacy development, graduate school preparation, professional readiness, cultural and social engagement, and service-learning experiences. Continue reading Metropolitan State TRIO student support programs receive $2 million grant

Student employment opportunities through Upward Bound


The Upward Bound Program is seeking students to fill the following positions:

Upward Bound ACT Prep Instructor

The Upward Bound ACT prep instructor provides ACT preparation to high school students. The ACT instructor develops and leads ACT workshops for 10-14 students. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching strategies for successfully completing the ACT
  • administering practice test/assessments and determining areas of need
  • leading study sessions on test sections for students that require assistance

ACT preparation is provided once a week at Washington Technology Magnet school from 3–5 p.m.

To apply for this position, students must e-mail their cover letter, resume and three references to Yolonda Rogers, TRiO Upward Bound program coordinator, at yolonda.rogers@metrostate.edu.


Upward Bound Office Assistant

The Upward Bound office assistant supports the Upward Bound program through duties that include, but are not limited to:

  • word processing
  • filing
  • data entry
  • photocopying
  • collating
  • assembling and mailing materials
  • answering routine calls
  • providing general information on the Upward Bound program
  • assisting with Upward Bound programs and events
  • preparing and maintaining supplies for classroom resources and activities.

To apply for this position, students must e-mail their resume, three references and schedule of availability to Yolonda Rogers, TRiO Upward Bound program coordinator, at yolonda.rogers@metrostate.edu.


For more about either position, contact Yolonda Rogers, TRiO Upward Bound program coordinator, at 651-793-1318, yolonda.rogers@metrostate.edu, or stop by Founders Hall, Room L109 at Saint Paul Campus.

Students invited to TRiO Student Union open meeting


TRiO Student Union—a student organization that helps students with their academic, social, professional and leadership development—invites students to attend their open meeting.

The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4:30–5:45 p.m. at the Saint Paul Campus in St. John’s Hall, conference room TBD.  All students are welcome to attend. Students may RSVP via the event on OrgSync to receive updates, or simply come to the meeting.