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Freshman year is full of adjustments to life in college at Chapman.  Freshmen have many decisions to explore including choosing their program(s) of study.  No matter what program is chosen it is important to become fully acquainted with the requirements and the Program Evaluation which is the central tool for monitoring academic progress.

Freshman year will also require hard work in the classroom to ensure academic success.  While Argyros students want to get down to economics, business or accounting classes right away, it is important to address General Education requirements and build a solid foundation in writing and speaking.  In addition it is completely ok to explore subjects that you did not previously consider.  We are here to support you in your quest for high academic achievement.   

Next: Go to Career Roadmap for Freshmen | Academic Roadmap for Sophomores


Describe the requirements for your degree using Program Evaluation

The Program Evaluation, found on web advisor, is your one and only guide to progress in your academic program.

Take-Away:  Learn to read and interpret all sections of the program evaluation.  Simply put, the student’s program evaluation is the single most important element in evaluating your progress towards the degree. Although there are advisors to help, it is ultimately up to the student to understand their program evaluation.

How:  Freshmen Students should attend the MAPS workshop to learn how to read your Program Evaluation.  Other tools, such as the Quick-Guide to Understanding your Program Evaluation Video or the Sample Program Evaluation PDF will be useful when reading a Program Evaluation (coming soon).


Identify Argyros School and Chapman resources for advising

Academic advising is integral to student success in which students learn to become members of their higher education community. Chapman University provides a wide array of advising services on campus.  It is important to know where to do to get questions answers and advice for the future. 

Take-Away:   Students should be able to describe where to find the answers for their questions. They should also be able to know how to schedule appointments with the various advising services. 

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Document freshmen and sophomore year academic plan

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.


Complete writing and speaking communications courses

Students should complete written and oral communication courses in freshman year to develop and improve skills necessary to be successful in college and as business leaders.

Take-Away: These courses will permit students to practice and develop specific written and oral communication skills which will help them to be more effective communicators. These skills include writing and speaking coherently and effectively, articulating abstract ideas, using appropriate syntax, and making presentations. 

How: Complete BUS 217 and/or BUS 218 and GE Writing Inquiry courses.


Demonstrate success in freshman year coursework

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.  Many faculty will publish scores on Blackboard account.  To learn how to find your grades on Blackboard watch How to Check your Grade on Blackboard video (link coming).

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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