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Argyros School Student Roadmap to Success

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+ - Freshman: Document freshman and sophomore year academic plan of coursework

A two-year academic plan provides a guide to the courses to be taken during freshman and sophomore years. 

Take-Away:  Students should have a documented plan for the courses they will take in their freshman and sophomore years. It is recommended students consult their advisor at Argyros School Advising if they have any questions in regards to their academic plan.  Keep the completed plan to assist in registration decisions and with Argyros School Advising counseling sessions. Although the plan may change as one adjusts programs and goals, it is important to have a current plan in place. 

How:  Complete your two-year academic plan using the templates provided here.  Meet with Argyros School Advising. Students should attend the MAPS workshop where an overview will be provided.

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+ - Freshman: Demonstrate success in college coursework at Chapman

A successful freshman year is demonstrated by maintaining the highest GPA possible.  College level coursework at the Argyros School and Chapman University can be challenging, and it is important to seek assistance with academics if needed.  Each semester the student’s GPA must be at 2.0 or above to remain in good standing.

Take-Away:  One way of demonstrating one’s own potential is by hard work in the classroom.  Grades are only one, but one very important measure.    

How:  In order for students to be successful it is expected that they attend all scheduled classes, meet with their professors at office hours (if needed), complete all assignments, and perform at the highest possible level on exams. If a course proves to be difficult the student should meet with their academic advisor and access academic support services.

Students should track their standing in their courses at all times. If it is not given, ask your professor for feedback on course performance throughout the semester. 

To meet with your professors check the course syllabus for their office hours.  Try to see them during these scheduled hours if possible.  If you cannot, then contact your instructor to make an appointment.  For assistance with writing visit The Writing Center. For additional help with tutoring visit the Tutoring, Learning & Testing (TLT) Center.

In addition, make an appointment to discuss academic your performance with Argyros School Advising.

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+ - Sophomore: Document full 4-year tailored academic plan

A four-year academic plan provides a guide to the courses to be taken during the entirety of the college years.  It provides a clear roadmap towards the goal of graduation.

Take-Away: Students should complete a 4 year academic plan of the courses they will take to meet the requirements of their personalized degree program, including all major(s) and minor(s), and, if applicable, any study abroad programs.  It is recommended that students consult an advisor at Argyros School Advising if they have questions regarding their academic plan.

Students are expected to be conversant in the program requirements for their chosen program, major(s) and minor(s).  The student’s catalog year defines that student’s contract with the institution regarding the requirements to complete the degree as academic requirements change over time.  Students should review the catalog (add link) to view these requirements.    

Students are encouraged to participate in a Study Abroad experience where they have a unique opportunity for immersion in another culture and country. Studying overseas promotes fresh perspectives on international political, economic and social issues, interpersonal relationships and career choices. Chapman’s Center for Global Education (add link) department works with students to coordinate study programs lasting from one semester to an entire academic year in a variety of destinations throughout Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe and Latin America.

How:  Students need to complete their four-year academic plan during their freshman or sophomore years. Make sure to review the University Catalog and review your academic plan document when registering each semester. If you have any problems with getting your classes please make an appointment with Argyros School Advising or take Academic Plans Workshop. If you are interested in studying abroad visit the Study Abroad Programs website.

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+ - Sophomore: Demonstrate proficiency in accounting, business math and MS Excel

Developing basic skill sets in accounting, math, business writing and MS Excel are critical for students’ success in their courses as well as in their future roles as business leaders.

Take-Away: Students will be exposed to business theory and practice, both of which will require proficiency in accounting, math, business writing and MS Excel. It is necessary to understand and utilize these skills to build upon for new concepts in upper division coursework. If it proves to be difficult the student should meet with their academic advisor and access academic support services. 

How: To meet with your professors check the course syllabus for their office hours.  Try to see them during these scheduled hours if at all possible.  If you cannot, then email your instructors to make an appointment.  For assistance with writing visit The Writing Center. For additional help with tutoring visit the Tutoring, Learning & Testing (TLT) Center.

In addition, make an appointment to discuss academic performance with Argyros School Advising.

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+ - Junior: Review degree requirements and establish record of academic success

By junior year majors in the Argyros School should be excelling in at least one area of their studies:  Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Management, Finance, International Business, Real Estate, etc.  Excelling is indicate by high performance (i.e., good grades) in courses and by motivation and passion for the topic.

Take-Away:  Students who can show passion and success in a particular area of study can apply this commitment towards their future endeavors.

How: Students will be exposed to business theory and practice, both of which will be critical for a student’s success in their upper division courses. In order for students to be successful it is expected that they attend all scheduled classes, meet with their professors at office hours (if needed), complete all assignments, and pass exams. Each student should set academic goals and strive to achieve them. If it proves to be difficult the student should meet with their academic advisor and access academic support services.

To meet with your professors check the course syllabus for their office hours.  Try to see them during these hours.  If you cannot, then email your instructors to make an appointment.  For assistance with writing visit The Writing Center (link to The Writing Center homepage. For additional help with tutoring visit the Tutoring, Learning & Testing (TLT) Center.

In addition, make an appointment to discuss academic performance with Argyros School Advising.

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+ - Junior: Complete graduate school application requirements (if applicable)

+ - Senior: Review graduation requirements and enhance record of academic quality

Each student should review their academic and program plans to ensure they are on track to graduation.

Take-Away: Argyros School Advisors will provide a second check for students to evaluate progress towards graduation. However, students are responsible for monitoring their own requirements for their planned degree completion date.

How:   Students should review four-year academic plans.  If there are questions with completion, course selection choices or potential problems with enrolling in classes, make an appointment with Argyros School Advising to discuss.

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