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New Student Information Center

   The New Student Information Center offers new and continuing students general information about campus events and services, directions, and campus hours. Students and visitors are able to pick up applications for admissions, information about on-and-off-campus housing, student handbooks, and general information about the various services on campus. It is located in Langsdorf Hall (LH-112). (657) 278-3120.

Campus Tours

   Campus tours are typically conducted by the New Student Information Center. Call (657) 278-3120 to schedule a tour of the campus. Tours are offered daily: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:00 noon and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 3:00 p.m. Group tours for 15 or more people should be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance of desired tour date and time. Tours can last 60 to 90 minutes. You may also request a tour, with an emphasis on accessibility, through Disability Support Services at (657) 278-3117.

New Student Orientation

   New Student Orientation provides new freshman, transfer students, and their family members with an introduction to the opportunities for learning at CSUF both in and out of the classroom. A strong emphasis is placed on general education and registration for classes in the first semester. The programs also provide a place to meet people, get an overview of the campus, and discover the traditions of CSUF. Contact the New Student Information Center to find out when these events are scheduled and how to apply.

Student Information and Referral Center

   The Student Information and Referral Center (SIRC) is a service in joint collaboration with the Dean of Students Office and the Academic Advisement Center. SIRC is a place where new and continuing students can get questions answered and learn about services and programs on campus designed for student success at Cal State Fullerton.

   SIRC provides general campus information, campus involvement information, on-campus student organization information, and highlights evening programs and services. SIRC works in collaboration with the Academic Advisement Center on campus to provide students with academic advisement assistance and general education advisement. In addition, SIRC is the home of New Student Programs, which assists new students in making a successful transition to the university. The Center for Careers in Teaching is also located in SIRC and provides students with information and assistance about pursuing a career in teaching.

   SIRC is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located in University Hall (UH-178). (657) 278-2501.

Titan Welcome Week

   This is an opportunity to join with others in the CSUF community to welcome new students and kick off the new academic year. Titan Welcome Week is held during the first weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Events and programs offered during Titan Welcome Week range from academic open houses to the ever-popular ClubFest.

Housing and Residence Life Office

   Up to 396 students are accommodated in 66 Residence Hall suites on campus. Each three-bedroom, two-bath suite accommodates six residents, is air-conditioned, carpeted, and fully furnished.

   The housing complex offers its residents a study lounge, computer and typing rooms, a weight room, a multipurpose room, and coin-operated washers and dryers. Barbecue grills, a picnic area, a basketball court, a sand volley ball court, piano, billiards, ping pong, a large screen television set and VCR are also available for residents.

   Although the entire complex is designed with accessibility in mind, six ground floor suites have special features designed to accommodate those with special physical needs. It is imperative that students needing these special suites contact the Housing and Residence Life Office early to express their needs.

   The Housing and Residence Life Office also assists students in their search for off-campus housing by providing updated listings of local apartment complexes. Bulletin boards are available for posting cards by students seeking roommates or places to live. Other listings highlight rooms for rent in private homes and rooms in exchange for work. Information is available on referrals for community housing agencies handling landlord/tenant law.

   Residence hall space is available for summer session students and for educationally related groups sponsoring workshops and programs on campus.

   There are plans to add housing for another four hundred students in the near future which will be even better suited to meet the special needs of students.

   Contact the campus Housing and Residence Life Office for further information. The office is located in Cypress House 101 and the phone number is (657) 278-2168. Visit their website at http://www.fullerton.edu/housing.

Student Health and Counseling Center

   Physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, laboratory and radiology technologists, a pharmacist, and a physical therapist staff the Health Center. Most of the providers are primary care clinicians. The staff also includes specialists in the following fields: gynecology, orthopedics, dermatology, podiatry, psychiatry, and family planning counseling. The center has its own laboratory and pharmacy, which fills prescriptions from the center's providers. Also new to the center are chiropractic and optometric services. A student planning to go overseas may obtain inoculations at the Health Center. The Health Center does not provide the personal care services of daily living; students needing this kind of care will need to provide their own personal care attendant.

   All medical records are confidential; no information will be released without the patient's written permission, except in the rare case of a court subpoena.

   The basic medical services of the Student Health Center are supported jointly by the state budget and a student mandatory health fee. An optional Titan Health Card covering unlimited use of augmented services at a reduced fee may be purchased at the Health Center reception desk.

   Students who are new or newly readmitted and born after 1957 must show proof of vaccination against mumps, measles and rubella (MMR). Students who are under the age of eighteen must also show proof of vaccination against hepatitis-b. Those students who have not received either or both of these vaccinations can be inoculated at the Student Health Center for free. Students who do not fulfill these requirements will not be allowed to register for classes. The Health Center will also provide information regarding meningitis in residence hall living and will provide inoculation at cost for those wishing it.

   The Student Health Center is located in its own one story building directly east of the gymnasium. To schedule an appointment, call (657) 278-2813. To access the Student Health Center website go to http://www.fullerton.edu/healthcenter.

Office of Financial Aid

   The Office of Financial Aid is committed to providing eligible students with the necessary financial aid resources to ensure their academic success. There are a variety of federal, state, and private financial assistance programs offered to eligible students. In addition, the Office of Financial Aid works closely with the Department of Rehabilitation for those students eligible for that program. For further information concerning financial aid programs at the university call (657) 278-3125, or visit the office located in University Hall (UH-146), or visit the website at http://www.fullerton.edu/financialaid.

Career Planning and Placement Center

   The Career Planning and Placement Center provides career counseling and employment services. The center has designed many programs and services to fit career exploration, planning, and employment needs. One of the most popular services is the listing of local, part-time on and off campus jobs for students received each day from local employers. The center provides students opportunities for career exploration through individual counseling, a career resource library, the SIGI PLUS computer program, and a three-unit class (Counseling 252). The center also provides seminars and workshops covering job search techniques, resume writing, and interview skills; career employment listings and on campus recruitment by employers; minority services; and educational placement. The center is located in Langsdorf Hall (LH-208z). (657) 278-3121 http://www.fullerton.edu/career/.

Disability Support Services

   The Office of Disability Support Services provides assistance and offers support services to students with temporary and permanent disabilities. The purpose of this program is to make all of the university's educational, cultural, social, and physical facilities and programs accessible to students with orthopedic, functional, perceptual and/or learning disabilities. The program serves as the delegated authority on campus to review documentation and prescribe specific accommodations for students with disabilities.

   The program works in close cooperation with other university departments in order to provide a full range of services. The program also provides counseling, advisement, and advocacy, and supportive services for students with functional, psychological, and/or learning disabilities. Diagnostic assessment is provided for students who are matriculating in a degree objective program only for the purposes of determining eligibility for classroom accommodations and support services on campus

General Services Available:

- Assistance with the admissions process
- Academic referrals
- Architectural barrier identification and removal
- Braille Transcription Services
- Electronic Text Services
- Career development and referrals
- Computer Access Lab
- Consultation with faculty for students with academic needs
- Course specific accommodations and academic adjustments
- Course substitution on a very limited case by case basis
- Disability management advising
- Disabled Person parking permits
- Housing referral and information
- Newsletter
- Notetaker services
- Oral interpreters
- Orientation to the campus and supplementary programs for new students
- Personal and vocational counseling
- Priority registration
- Reader services
- Reentry counseling
- Referrals to appropriate on- and off-campus resources
- Registration assistance
- Scribes (test writers)
- Sign language interpreters
- Real-time captioners
- Special equipment access/loans
- Student employment referral
- Test-taking accommodations

   The program encourages involvement and input from students, faculty, and staff in order to maintain a responsive and high quality program. For further information regarding programs and services available to students with permanent and temporary disabilities, contact Disability Support Services at (657) 278-3117 or visit the office in University Hall (UH-101). You may also visit the website at http://www.fullerton.edu/dss.

Concluding Thoughts

   To be a successful college student - with or without a disability - one must be willing to work three (3) hours outside of class for each one hour in class. For a twelve (12) hour full-time load this translates to thirty-six (36) hours of preparation/study time outside of class. Students and their parents must realize that this is the equivalent of a full-time job. Many students with disabilities have become familiar with the fact that they often must work even harder. A student must be familiar with how his/her disability impacts the academic process and be willing to use the various support services and learning strategies prescribed and offered by DSS.

   It is the suggestion of DSS staff that entering freshmen should not join a fraternity, sorority, or social organization. The freshman year is the most problematic for students; consequently every effort must be focused on adjusting to the academic demands and pace. The only recommended exception would be to join the Challengers, a club for students with disabilities.

   The academic demands of a university are significantly greater than those of high school or even a community college. Many students are underprepared in terms of the requisite basic communication skills in the areas of reading, oral, and written expression. These basic skills are needed to succeed in almost every course offered on campus. Therefore, all entering students who are D/HH (deaf/hard of hearing) and those who have been diagnosed with a learning disability are strongly advised to take either READ-201 or READ-202, described below, during the first semester. Thereafter it is recommended that students take READ 290. Students with other disabilities are also strongly advised to consider taking these courses.

READ-201: Academic Reading: Analysis and Strategies. Analysis of reading and learning processes, reading interpretation and critical thinking strategies as applied to all types of academic reading, emphasis on integration and synthesis of academic information is the focus of this class.

READ-202: Vocabulary Cognition and Reading Comprehension. The focus is the study and analysis of general and academic vocabularies and their influence on reading comprehension and communication. The emphasis is on language knowledge and the development of contextual analysis and word association processes in reading communication.

READ-290: Critical Reading as Critical Thinking. This class covers the relationship of critical reading to critical thinking skills with application in the interpretation, analysis, criticism and advocacy of ideas encountered in academic readings.

   College is hard work. Often the course work will have little relevance to one's immediate needs or interests. The workload, nonetheless, must be attended to faithfully over the entire semester. College is not for everyone; there are many excellent opportunities in this day and age at various types of postsecondary institutions (e.g. technical and vocational programs and schools, and community colleges). You, however, have chosen to pursue a college education and as a motivated, intellectually ready student you can expect great joy by succeeding in the mainstream. This Resource Guide was created to give you information that will be helpful in achieving that success. Consult it often and use it to file and store your important academic records.

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