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Welcome to CSUF Athletics Academic Services

Cal State Fullerton is a top intercollegiate athletics program. Titans have a long tradition of success both in the classroom and in athletic competition. The Titans have secured 12 national championships, celebrated hundreds of individual All-Americans, and had many student-athletes continue their athletic success as professional and Olympic athletes. One of Cal State Fullerton’s priorities is the academic success of its student-athletes. The institution supports this priority through the provision of resources such as Athletics Academic Services.

Athletics Academic Services works closely with faculty, coaches and other student support offices to ensure the academic success of Titan student-athletes. The mission of Athletics Academic Services is to provide effective academic and life skills support to assist each student-athlete in reaching his/her academic goals.
Such support programs include:

Academic Advisement - General education advisement is available by appointment or on a walk-in basis in the Athletics Academic Advisement Office- LH 215. Student-athletes are advised to select courses which will not only help them maintain athletic eligibility, but lead them directly to graduation. Students with declared majors are referred to faculty advisors in their major departments. The advisement process encourages student-athletes to take ownership of their academic progress and make appropriate decisions regarding their goals.

Priority Registration - Priority registration helps ensure that student-athletes develop schedules which will allow them to carry a full class load, make progress toward graduation and compete in their sport.

Tutoring - provided to student-athletes in a variety of ways:

  • University Learning Center (MH 33, x2738): Tutoring and study groups for all courses
  • Drop in and appointments
  • Writing Center (MH45, x3650): Assistance with editing writing assignments
  • By appointment
  • Math Lab & Tutoring Center (MH 187, x3631): Mathematics tutoring on a drop-in basis
  • Opportunity Center for Student Success (MH 488 x4158): Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics tutoring
  • College of Business and Economics (MH 46 x2704): Accounting, Business Writing, Statistics, Programming and Finance tutoring

Athletics Study Hall - The Athletics Study Hall provides a structured learning environment with computers and study tables for student-athletes to work independently on their homework assignments. Each computer is linked to the Internet and hosts a selection of software programs. Computer Lab Monitors are on hand to maintain a quality learning environment, record attendance and assist with lab maintenance. All freshmen, first-time transfer students, and student-athletes whose cumulative grade-point average is below a 2.0 are required to complete 4 hours a week of study hall. Hours: Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Location: LH 217.

Academic Progress Reports - Athletics Academic Services requests mid-semester grade-checks for every student-athlete at least once per semester. Requests are sent to individual professors and returned feedback is organized and reviewed to determine if there are any additional support or referral needs. After obtaining information indicating a need for additional support, Athletics Academic Services brings together coaches, faculty, and the student-athlete to address concerns and make any necessary referrals and/or plans for improvement.

Travel Laptop Program - The program provides laptops for teams who are traveling to competitions. Coaches can check out a laptop for the trip and return it upon their arrival to campus.

Titan Academic Success Program -This program uses a proactive approach to motivate and assist student-athletes as they adjust to college life and academics while improving and maintaining acceptable college level academic performance and progress toward graduation. Student-athletes meet weekly with an Academic Mentor developing and working towards goals to lead them towards their academic success.

Awards & Scholarships - Titan Athletics and the NCAA honor student-athletes who excel academically and athletically. Annual awards include Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes, Titan Scholar-Athletes, and the Honor Roll.

NCAA CHAMPS/ Life Skills Program - The NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program is designed to address the total development of the student-athlete and help them develop the individual skills necessary to lead successful, productive lives and become leaders of and contributors to the community and the nation. The program consists of five components: academic excellence, athletic excellence, career development, personal development and service, and is designed to help student-athletes not only bridge the gaps from high school to college and from college to the professional world, but also to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Some life skills programming includes: Alcohol and Drug education programs offered by Athletics Academic Services in conjunction with other university student services departments. Athletics Academic Services acts as a resource for students who want to explore issues in personal academic service and career development and provides speakers and/or facilitates discussions on other life skills related topics.

All first-time freshman student-athletes are required to take University 100, a one unit course designed to help them develop skills in personal, academic, career and community service success.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) - SAAC strives to develop champions for life through leadership, school involvement, academic support and community outreach, establishes and maintains open channels of communication with all student-athletes and administration in order to appropriately express any issues of concern relevant to student-athletes. SAAC has two voting representatives from each of the seventeen intercollegiate teams as well as from the cheer and dance teams and the student athletic trainers. The team representatives on the Committee elect their board members. At the meetings, representatives discuss matters affecting student-athlete life and welfare, learn more about NCAA and Conference rules, and plan events.

Awards & Scholarships - Titan Athletics and the NCAA honor student-athletes who excel academically and athletically. Annual awards include Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes of the year, Titan Scholar-Athletes, and Honor Roll.

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