May 31, 2023  
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 1 
2012-2013 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 3, Issue 1 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Section Eight, Student Life


Enrollment Verification

Students may obtain a letter from the Student Services Department verifying their enrollment as documentation for student discounts, insurance, loan deferments, or other purposes. The request must be made in writing and must indicate the student’s name, address, phone number, and student identification number, as well as the information to be released, the reason for the release, and the location to which the letter should be sent.

Transcript Requests

Requests for transcripts are made to the Student Services Department. Argosy University provides a Transcript Request Form. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 requires all transcript requests to be submitted in writing and to be signed by the former or current student. Telephone requests for transcripts cannot be processed.


Argosy University does not offer or operate student housing. At some campuses, the Student Services Department maintains a list of housing options as well as a list of Argosy University students who wish to share housing. Contact the Student Services Department at your campus for more information.

Support Services

Each campus of Argosy University offers students a wide range of personal and professional opportunities designed to support students’ educational programs and learning needs that are not available through courses or practicum. Services vary by campus according to the needs of each student population. These support services range from a Student Government Association to lecture/workshop series, special-interest groups, and common hours. Students are encouraged to contact the campus Student Services Department for a full description of co-curricular activities.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are available at some campuses. Argosy University is committed to assisting students in integrating the many aspects of their lives while supporting personal growth and development. Services include short-term counseling, consultation, and referral to community agencies. Local referral lists may also be available at campuses that do not provide counseling services.

Tutoring Services

Argosy University is committed to supporting students’ academic needs. To this end, tutoring services are available for many courses at many campuses. Interested students should contact their Student Services Department for assistance in obtaining tutoring services.

Student Government

The primary purpose of the campus student government associations or student senates is to represent student concerns, facilitate communication, and assist the faculty and administration in promoting the welfare of the campus. Through participation on various campus committees, student government often influences policy making on the campuses. The student government is also responsible for organizing social gatherings and events promoting honor societies, providing confidential advice relating to Argosy University matters to students requesting such assistance, assisting with orientation, and selecting student representation for committees.

Lecture, Symposia, and Workshop Series

Periodically campuses invite distinguished professionals from a variety of academic fields to present lectures and conduct workshops or symposia. Open to the community, these presentations provide an opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty to discuss issues of interest.

Special Interest Groups

Campuses coordinate special interest groups that discuss ideas related to a specific topic. Composed of faculty and students, these groups cover a variety of issues. Participation in these groups is available without additional charge to any interested student.

Career Services

Argosy University offers a variety of resources and serves to assist currently enrolled students in developing career plans and reaching their employment goals. While the primary focus of the Career Services Office is to assist students upon graduation, any enrolled student may seek employment information through Career Services. Although Argosy University does not guarantee employment it is vitally important to both the graduate and the University that each student obtains appropriate employment. Therefore, job search advice, support and assistance is provided to students prior to graduation by career services professionals located in either a centralized remote location or by on-ground staff at their campus. Students should contact their campus directly to determine the type of services available at their location. Career services professionals can provide a variety of tailored assistance including resume and cover letter coaching and critique, mock interviews, assistance developing and implementing job search strategies and help identifying and generating job leads.

In addition to career service professionals, enrolled students have access to a variety of “self-directed” web-based career resources and services through the Campus Common (Student Portal). These resources will assist students in building their career and job search related knowledge, credentials and skills. Furthermore, they provide a forum for networking and becoming connected with classmates and other professionals.

Alumni Community

About a month after graduating, alumni are added to Argosy University’s national online alumni community. As a registered member of the online alumni community, graduates can search a national directory of Argosy University alumni, create a profile, post personal and professional updates, get a permanent email forwarding address and receive periodic e-newsletters.

Some Argosy University campuses, offer additional alumni services and events. Alumni should contact their campus directly to determine the services available at their location.

Professional Associations

Argosy University encourages students to join professional organizations that reflect each student’s career path. Students in the College of Health Sciences are encouraged to join the following national organizations: American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), National Society for Histotechnology.

Honor Societies

Several campuses include honor societies as an important component of the student activities programs. Students should consult with the Student Services Department for further information.

Student Forums

Several campuses schedule periodic town hall meetings or student forums for the open discussion of issues of concern to students.

Book Purchase

MBS Direct

At most campuses, textbooks and course packets are conveniently made available to Argosy University students through MBS Direct, a national textbook distributor. MBS Direct maintains a current list of Argosy courses and the required books/materials for those courses. Students can access MBS Direct in several ways:

  • Order over the Internet at
  • Call MBS Direct at 800.325.3252 and give the school name, course name, and course number
  • Fax the MBS Direct Order Form to 800.325.5152
  • Mail the Order Form to MBS Direct P.O. Box 597

Columbia MO 65205
[Express orders to MBS Direct 2711West Ash, Columbia, MO 65203]
Payment may be made by credit card
(Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), check, or money order.

Orders are shipped within 24 hours.

MBS operators are available to take your call as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST/EDT
  • Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST/EDT
  • Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST/EDT

The operators will inform inquirers of the availability of used books and optional materials.

Used Books

While students may purchase new books, the MBS textbook buyers make every effort to maximize the number of used books available, providing a 25 percent savings.


Textbooks are delivered directly to the student using UPS tracking. There are three methods of shipping available: Ground (three to five days), Second Day Air, and Next Day Air. The charges for the delivery are based on current UPS rates based on weight of the package and where the package is being shipped.

Textbook Buyback

Books may be sold back to MBS by calling the toll-free number to determine the current value of the book. For books with resale value, MBS will send a check directly to the seller.

Campus Bookstore

At some campuses, students may purchase their books at an on-site bookstore or nearby local bookstore.

Electronic Books

1. Digital Bookshelf and eBooks
Argosy University is in the process of enhancing the learning experience by converting traditional textbooks to electronic media. Thus eventually most courses will have a digital resource fee associated with them. This mandatory fee is a flat rate per course and allows students access to an Electronic Library and HTML versions of textbook(s), and in some cases, other electronic media, which is integrated into the course. Students are responsible for reading the Digital Bookshelf and eBook User’s Manual publication which describes the media, access to the materials and your rights and responsibilities related to Digital Bookshelf.

Students retaking a course are charged only once for the digital resources fee associated with the same course because students have access to the digital resources materials for five years. Provided the digital resources for the retaken course still uses the same digital books, students do not purchase additional textbook(s) for these courses. On average the price of the digital resource fee is less than the retail price of the textbook(s) for each course, with the added benefits of no shipping charges and immediate access to the materials. When you register for a course, the course registration will display whether there is a digital resource fee or whether paper textbooks are required for each particular course.

2. Hardware Specifications
eCollege and VitalSource System and Hardware Specifications
Argosy University uses eCollege and Vital Source to deliver its digital resources. As with any software, the faster the processor, the more RAM, and the larger hard drive space you provide, the better the performance. Users wanting to move their material to their hard drive may need additional space. It is also important that users understand the process and benefits of maintaining their machines in top operating condition by keeping them current with the latest operating system updates, correctly configuring virus control, and other beneficial habits.

Preferred Requirements:

Preferred Software Specifications:
Mac OSX 10.5 or 10.6
Windows 7 or Vista with Microsoft .Net 3.5 SP1

  • Latest version of Safari Browser, MozillaFirefox, or Internet Explorer

Preferred Hardware Specifications:

  • 2.0 GHz INTEL processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Graphics card capable of 1024x768resolution or larger
  • Soundcard and speakers
  • High speed internet access

Minimum Requirements:
Minimum Software Specifications:
Apple Mac OSX 10.4
Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or higher with Microsoft .Net 3.5 SP1

  • Safari browser 3.0.4 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 6 or higher


Minimum Hardware Specifications:

  • 1.0 GHz processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • Graphics card capable of 1024x768 screen resolution
  • Dial-up internet access is the minimum standard, however, a higher speed is recommended

Recommended Plug‐ins or Downloads:
Course instructor may employee technology in the eCollege classroom that requires one of these recommended plug‐ins or downloads in order to function properly. If your instructor uses the ClassLive technology, Java will be required. If your instructor provides PDF files, Adobe Reader may be required to open and view those files. You can download these items at the time that they are deemed necessary.

  • Java
  • If Mac MacOS Classic Java (MRJ 2.2.5) (
  • If Window ‐ Sun’s Java 2 SDK (Java 1.5 or Java 1.6) (
  • Adobe Reader (

Recommendation regarding “Netbooks”
Students often see “Netbooks” (small laptop computers primarily designed for web browsing and emailing) as an affordable option when looking to purchase a computer for classwork. However, it is strongly recommend that students do not purchase a Netbook.

Purchasing a low-price laptop or desktop computer that meets the system requirements outlined above is a much better solution for classwork. While newer Netbooks may meet resolution and screen size requirements for reading your eBooks, much like some older laptops, some older Netbooks may not be able to graphically handle these sites. This means that reading e-texts and participating in the classroom could become difficult. It may be challenging to scroll through your readings and effectively and efficiently work through the material.


The student bodies of the Argosy University campuses are noted for their diverse social, ethnic, economic, and educational characteristics. The academic programs and social life of the campuses foster the development of attitudes and skills essential to working with a wide range of individuals and populations. Some campuses feature a Minority Student Union or Diversity Committee that supports minority students, promotes diversity, increases cross-cultural sensitivity, organizes ethnic events, provides academic support and referral services, and facilitates communication.


Several campuses publish their own campus newsletter to promote campus events and student activities and enhance communication. These publications also enable students to practice their journalistic and leadership skills. Interested students should contact the Student Services Department to volunteer to serve on the publication staff at the campus.

Campus Facilities

Argosy University campuses offer classrooms, library resources, and computer access. For a complete description of campus facilities, refer to the Student Portal.

Library Resources

Argosy University’s library collections contain a wealth of subject-specific research materials to support the University’s programs of study. Accessible both on and off campus, Argosy University’s online resources feature nearly 25,000 full-text journals and over 34,000 electronic books and other content covering all academic subject areas including Business & Economics, Career & General Education, Computers, Engineering & Applied Science, Humanities, Science, Medicine & Allied Health, and Social & Behavior Sciences. Many titles are directly accessible through the Online Public Access Catalog at Librarians are available to provide research and reference assistance in scholarly pursuits and in support of lifelong learning.