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Academic Advantage Program for First-Year Students

The Academic Advantage Program (AAP) is an intense and innovative program offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science. This program is specially designed for first-year students who will enter engineering or computer science programs at Wright State University this fall, but all majors are encouraged to attend. If you need to improve your math skills, this is the program for you.

August 11–16, 2019

  • Deadline to register is August 2
  • No refunds will be given after August 2

Students living on campus will move-in to their residence hall room on Sunday, August 11 from 57 p.m. Students commuting to the program will check-in on Monday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m. The program runs from 8:30 a.m.5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. All students that have not placed into Calculus I, must take the math placement test prior to AAP. Make sure you select "Preparation for Calculus" in the ALEKS math placement test prep and learning module when you take your placement test.

Watch your Wright State email account for further information about the program.

Why should I sign up?

The purpose of Academic Advantage is to help entering engineering and computer science students succeed by easing the transition from high school to college. University education, in general, is a challenging endeavor, and the study of engineering or computer science, in particular, can be rigorous and demanding. Having the right skills up frontthe kinds of skills provided by Academic Advantagewill make meeting the challenge of higher education much easier. You will also have the opportunity to test into a higher math class on Friday. After your math placement retest on Friday, you will have the opportunity to talk with an academic advisor and revise your fall schedule as necessary. Testing into a higher math class can save you time and money!

What will I learn?

The focus of the program is to provide students with three distinct advantages:

  1. Math Skills
    • The focus of this instruction is to review the math skills that you need most in your first year of college. Multiple math sections will be offered with the instruction tailored to your specific math skill level. Problem-solving sessions will reinforce fundamentals and build your confidence. Instructors are members of the College of Engineering and Computer Science faculty. Whether you need algebra or trigonometry refresher or already have a calculus background, you will benefit from the instruction.
    • Regardless of your math placement level, whether its college algebra or calculus II, you will be challenged.
    • Students at Wright State are automatically placed into a math course based on their ACT/SAT math score. Students may also take the ALEKS math placement test to determine what math class they should start with at Wright State. Many students are not satisfied with their current math placement because it may mean additional math courses at Wright State. This program gives you a math refresher and the opportunity to take the ALEKS math placement test on Friday of the program. Students can't go down in their placement, so there is no risk in taking the ALEKS. Their math course is based on whichever score is highest, their ACT/SAT math OR the ALEKS math placement test. Your math level doesn't only affect math classes at Wright State. It also affects programming, chemistry, engineering and biology courses.
  2. Study and Success Strategies
    • The Academic Advantage program teaches you the most important academic skill of them all—how to learn. The math review will stress how to listen, take notes, and understand difficult concepts more efficiently and effectively.
  3. Social Interaction
    • Students will interact with our College of Engineering and Computer Science faculty and students, in and out of the classroom. We provide many opportunities to talk about Wright State college life and how to be a successful student. There will be evening activities as well.

Other Advantages and Spin-off Benefits

  • Two convenient attendance options for students:
    • Commute to the program for $200
    • Live on campus for $300
  • Opportunity to retake the ALEKS Math Placement Test. The math placement test has a one-time $25 fee that will be added to your fall bill at Wright State. This is separate from the AAP fee and gives you access to take the ALEKS placement test up to four times.
  • Early familiarization with the engineering and computer science facilities, as well as the rest of campus.
  • Opportunity to get to know other students in your freshman class, as well as some current students and faculty members.


Sample Schedule

Day and time Activity
Sunday, 57 p.m. Residence hall move-in
Dormitory move-in for those students who plan to live on campus. All students will check in at Hamilton Hall and then be directed to their room. Students will be moving into their permanent fall assignment in Hamilton Hall, the Woods or the Honors Community.
Monday, 8–8:30 a.m. Check-in
Monday, 8:309 a.m. Orientation
Monday, 9 a.m.noon Mathematics class/Math Placement Test, if needed
Monday, noon1:30 p.m. Lunch break
Monday, 1:305 p.m. Mathematics class
Monday, 5 p.m.? Optional activities
Tuesday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m.noon Mathematics class
Tuesday - Thursday, noon1:30 p.m. Lunch break
Tuesday - Thursday, 1:305 p.m. Mathematics class
Tuesday - Thursday, 5 p.m.? Optional Activities
Friday, 9:30 a.m.–noon Mathematics class
Friday, 12 p.m.–1 p.m. Lunch will be provided
Friday, 1 p.m.5 p.m. Math placement re-test and course changes as needed with academic advisors


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