CSUCI Graduation Guide

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GRADUATION GUIDE


Welcome to CSUCI! This brochure is designed to make sure you are successful here and to help you stay on track to graduate in a timely manner – four years if you are starting as a freshman, two years if you are a transfer. Inside you will find concrete steps you should take each year and tips to help you get the most out of your experience at CSUCI. Each year has three key items, “Tips for Success”, “Checklist” and “Fundamentals” to help keep you on track. We have also included descriptions of key departments on campus, highlighted within the grey arrows, that will aid in your academic success at CSUCI.

PHOTO: DRAGONFLY VISION

Ernesto Guerrero, Ed.D. Director of Academic Advising

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

Student organizations design and implement programs, events and activities which support and enrich the goals of CSUCI’s educational mission. Involvement in organizations presents students with the opportunity to broaden their learning, obtain leadership and interpersonal skills, and develop a commitment to service. www.csuci.edu/clubs-organizations Student Leadership Programs (SLP) provides services and programs which facilitate student engagement, development, and learning experiences that prepare students to be effective, inclusive, and innovative leaders within their communities. www.csuci.edu/careerdevelopment/studentleadership


Freshman

• Take Math and English Writing course • Take other GE courses • Meet with an academic advisor • Take a UNIV course

Sophomore

A DEGREE IN FOUR YEARS AT A GLANCE In order to graduate in four years, students must complete 15 units per semester, or a total of 30 units per year.

• Complete GE courses • Choose a Major • Enroll in lower division major courses • Complete prerequisite courses

Junior Senior

• Meet with your major advisor • Take UDGE courses • Take upper division major courses • Monitor your CARR

CHECKLIST  General Education  Upper Division General

Education

 American Institutions

Requirement

 Foreign Language &

Multicultural Perspectives

 Minimum 120 Units  All Major Requirements

• Apply for graduation • Clear any remaining holds • Ensure final requirements are in progress in CARR • Complete any remaining units

FUNDAMENTALS


START!  Familiarize yourself with the CSUCI catalog and University policies and procedures.

 Meet with a Major

Advisor for questions about your major or potential major

Suggested Classes • Consider enrolling in a University class (e.g., UNIV 100 or 150) to introduce you to CSUCI

 Visit the Advising

Center to review General Education and graduation requirements

 Understand your

CSUCI Academic Requirements Report (CARR).

• Complete English Writing (A2) and Math (B4)

 Schedule your First

Appointment with a Peer Advisor

SOPHOMORE FUNDAMENTALS

• Take other GE courses such as Area A1 or A3

Freshman Checklist  Take 15 units per

semester

 Reapply for

Financial Aid and apply for scholarships

 Check your Dolphin

Email and myCI account often

 Attend all classes

Tips for Success • Memorize your CSUCI student ID number • Develop relationships with professors through office hours • Attend the Major Fair to explore CSUCI’s majors • Familiarize yourself with the library services • Complete English Writing (A2) and Math (B4) GE requirements • Begin taking other General Education courses, such as Areas A1 or A3 • Visit Career & Leadership Development • Create a LinkedIn Profile for job searching and networking • Seek tutoring at STEM Center, Learning Resource Center, or Writing & Multiliteracy Center • Get involved on campus or student leadership

LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is open to support all members of the CSUCI community in their academic endeavors. We offer free one-on-one peer tutoring in mathematics during all business hours, as well as peer tutoring in other subjects depending on tutor availability. Our tutors will help students with study skills, fundamental concepts, comprehension, homework, test preparation, and much more. Tutors at the LRC work with students to foster better understanding and promote learning. go.csuci.edu/lrc


START!  If you have not chosen a major, make this a high priority

 Complete General

Education and lower division (100 and 200 level) major courses

 Declare a major

 Meet with a Major

 Visit the Advising

JUNIOR FUNDAMENTALS

before completing 60 units

Center to make sure you are on track or to obtain information on GE and graduation requirements.

Advisor once you have declared a major

Sophomore Checklist  Take 15 units per

semester

 Reapply for

Financial Aid and apply for scholarships

 Send official

transcripts if you’ve taken coursework at other colleges

 Check your myCI

account and Dolphin Email frequently

Tips for Success • Develop relationships with professors through office hours • Attend the Major Fair to explore CSUCI’s majors • Explore study abroad options such as CSU International Programs • Consider taking UNIV 250 • Take a summer school course • Get involved on campus or in student leadership • Consider on campus employment • Visit Career & Leadership Development • Seek tutoring at STEM Center, Learning Resource Center or Writing & Multiliteracy Center • Research opportunities for community engagement or internships

WRITING & MULTILITERACY CENTER

At the Writing & Multiliteracy Center (WMC), students receive free support services and programs (such as tutoring in writing and public speaking, workshops, writing labs, online consultations) that help them address challenges of effectively communicating in written, oral, visual, multimodal, and digital formats. Available to all students across disciplines at any stage of their academic career, WMC tutoring is one of the most critical tools students can use to achieve college success and timely completion of coursework leading to graduation. www.csuci.edu/wmc/


START!  Visit the Advising

 View your Academic Requirements Report (CARR) to track your degree progress

 Meet with your Major Advisor

 New transfer students, familiarize yourself with policies, procedures, and the CSUCI catalog

 New transfer students, review your Transfer Credit Report in CI Records

 If you earned an Associate of Science for Transfer or Associate of Art for Transfer, send an official transcript with the degree posted

 Enroll in upper division major classes

 Understand CSUCI’s Upper Division General Education (UDGE) requirement

 Finish any remaining lower division major or GE requirements

 Check your myCI account for any holds or outstanding obligations

Center to review remaining General Education or graduation requirements

Junior Checklist  Take 15 units per

semester

 Reapply for

Financial Aid and apply for scholarships

 Send official

transcripts if you’ve taken coursework at other colleges

 Check your myCI

account and Dolphin Email frequently

Tips for Success • Develop relationships with professors through office hours • Consider a college transition and success course such as UNIV 300 or 349 • Consider studying abroad your junior year • Take a summer school course • If you qualify, utilize Disability Resource Programs for additional support • Attend the Academic Advising Grad Check Workshop • Visit Career & Leadership Development and attend the Career & Internship Fair • Research opportunities for community engagement or internships • Engage in undergraduate research • Get involved on campus or in student leadership • Seek tutoring at STEM Center, Learning Resource Center or Writing & Multiliteracy Center • Build a network of faculty, staff and students for professional connections, letters of recommendation and references

SENIOR FUNDAMENTALS

CAREER & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Guided by the philosophy that career development is a lifelong process of exploration and decision-making, Career & Leadership Development (CLD) delivers programs and student services designed to enrich the whole development of CSUCI students. We aim to provide programs and services to help students integrate their academic experiences with lifelong learning and career opportunities through effective career exploration, planning, and preparation. www.csuci.edu/careerdevelopment


START!  Apply for graduation by the priority filing deadline

 Meet with Academic

Advising or your Major Advisor to clear up any outstanding requirements

 View your CARR to confirm

you have met or are in progress with all GE, major and graduation requirements

 Submit any required

documentation to Records & Registration such as course substitution requests STUDENT RESOURCES

Post-Graduate • Attend CSUCI Alumni Events • Continue to use Career & Leadership Development resources

• Keep up with your contacts on LinkedIn • Send thank you notes to those who helped you succeed

Senior Checklist  Take 15 units per

semester

 Reapply for Financial

Aid and apply for scholarships

 Send official

transcripts if you’ve taken coursework at other colleges

 Check your myCI

account and Dolphin Email frequently

Tips for Success • Attend Grad School Fair • Attend Grad Fest and RSVP for Commencement • Visit Graduate Studies Center • Visit Career & Leadership Development and attend the Career & Internship Fair • Seek tutoring at STEM Center, Learning Resource Center or Writing & Multiliteracy Center • Connect with your network of faculty and staff for career advice and opportunities and letters of recommendation. • Apply for graduate or professional degree program (if continuing education) • Apply for Financial Aid or Scholarships (if continuing education) • Consider joining CSUCI’s Alumni & Friends • Engage in undergraduate research • Order your CSUCI transcript after your degree is posted

GRADUATE STUDIES CENTER

At the Graduate Studies Center, we assist and support undergraduate students as they plan and prepare for postbaccalaureate life. We are your one stop resource center for all of your graduate school needs. Our services include: graduate school counseling, personal statement and thesis writing support, graduate & professional school test preparation resources, graduate school based workshops and much more. Come see us by your junior year! www.csuci.edu/gsc/


STUDENT RESOURCES ACADEMIC

NON-ACADEMIC

Student Leadership Programs

Academic Advising 805-437-8571

Student Business Services 805-437-8810

Bell Tower East, Room 1769

Bell Tower, Room 1595

Sage Hall, within Enrollment Center

advisement@csuci.edu

sbs@csuci.edu

Records & Registration 805-437-8500

Career & Leadership Development 805-437-3270

Sage Hall, within Enrollment Center

Bell Tower, Room 1548

records.registration@csuci.edu

career.services@csuci.edu

Learning Resource Center 805-437-8409

Counseling & Psychological Services 805-437-2088

John Spoor Broome Library, Room 2760

Bell Tower East, Room 1867

Writing & Multiliteracy Center 805-437-8934

Financial Aid 805-437-8530

lrc@csuci.edu

caps@csuci.edu

wmc.tutors@csuci.edu

financial.aid@csuci.edu

John Spoor Broome Library, Room 2675

Sage Hall, within Enrollment Center

Catalog

Housing & Residential Education 805-437-2733

catalog.csuci.edu

John Spoor Broome Library (805) 437-8561

reference.librarian@csuci.edu

STEM Center 805-437-3598

acceso@csuci.edu

El Dorado Hall, Room 120 International Programs 805-437-3107

international@csuci.edu

Sage Hall, Room 2061

studentleadership@csuci.edu

Student Organizations & Involvement 805-437-3356 involvement@csuci.edu

Bell Tower East, Room 1769 Center for Community Engagement 805-437-8851 Ojai Hall, Room 1934 Graduate Studies Center 805-437-3579 gs.center@csuci.edu

El Dorado Hall

ALUMNI RELATIONS Imagine life after graduation. Where will you be working? Where will you be living? Well, you won’t be alone. Your CSUCI Alumni & Friends Association offers a lifelong commitment to assist you in career support and connection after you get your degree. We offer specialized services like career one-on-one mentorship programs that place you with hiring professionals in your field. We also keep you connected to the 14,000 graduates living locally and around the globe.

student.housing@csuci.edu

Santa Cruz Village

Dolphin Pantry 805-437-3521 Arroyo Hall, Room 117

We also encourage you to pay it forward. As an alumnus, it’s up to you to give back to help future students succeed. Be a part of your lifelong CSUCI family.

Multicultural Dream Center 805-437-8407 Bell Tower, Room 1530 Alumni & Friends Association 805-437-3764 alumni.friends@csuci.edu

University Hall, Room 1616

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