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Whether you're a new freshman or transfer student, we would like to welcome you to Chapman University! The Academic Advising Center is committed to assisting you throughout your time at Chapman. Our mission is to coordinate and support an advising program that consistently provides students with the information and counsel they need to develop sound educational goals, and make effective decisions regarding the University courses and programs that will enable them to realize those goals.

Chapman University offers a variety of academic advising services to support your academic planning, assist with registration, and address your individual interests and needs. While each department and office provides its own unique service, we all work together to provide assistance and resources for Chapman students. It is important that you make regular contact with both your professional advisor in the AAC and your program advisor in your major department.

Academic advising for new students entering spring 2016 begins in December. Please continue to check back here for additional information.


New Students entering Spring 2016 can begin registering in mid-December (stay tuned for specific dates).

**Note: Each student is assigned a specific online registration appointment. Registration appointment times are listed in each student's Student Center in my.chapman.edu in the box titled "Enrollment Dates" on the right-hand side. 

+-First Semester Advising:

Academic advising for new students begins during the second week of December (we begin taking phone calls on Tuesday, December 8, for appointments beginning Thursday, December 10). New students enrolling in spring 2016 have the option of completing in-person advising or online advising. 

  • In-person advising for incoming spring 2016 FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS takes place in individual appointments (see next section for details on when you can begin to call)
  • Online advising (for freshmen and transfer students) is available for students who are not local to the Southern California area and those who are comfortable receiving important information in an electronic environment.

FRESHMEN STUDENTS: All incoming freshmen have an advising hold on their account and must complete MANDATORY academic advising (either online or individual appointment) prior to registering for classes.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: Advising for new transfer students is highly recommended. All TRANSFER students are encouraged to come to campus and meet with an advisor in an individual appointment.

+-Steps to Making an Appointment:

Step 1: Students must first pay their deposit and be moved to student status (matriculated)

Step 2: Students then must complete our Online New Student Tutorial in full, including the final survey

Step 3: After 24 hours have passed after completing our tutorial, students can call our center at 714-744-7959 to schedule an individual advising appointment (either in person or over the phone). Note that we will begin taking phone calls on December 8, 2015, for appointments beginning on December 10, 2015.

Step 4: It is imperative that all students transferring any coursework to Chapman turn in their official transcripts/AP or IB scores to the Registrar as soon as possible.

Visit our Freshmen or Transfer section of this website for more information on advising and registration.

+-Online Advising

An online tutorial is available for those students who are out of the local area, or who are comfortable receiving important information in an electronic environment. The tutorial will cover all of the same information as an in-person appointment.  Follow-up phone appointments with an advisor, or email options will be available for students who have additional questions after completion of the tutorial. You will need your Chapman username and password to access the tutorial.

The link below will take students to the Academic Advising Center's Online New Student Tutorial. Students must complete the tutorial in full, including the final survey, in order to have their hold lifted/schedule an appointment.


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New Freshmen

Joining us as a new freshman student? Visit our New Freshmen page for more information.

New Transfers

Are you transferring to Chapman from another college or university? Read more about important advising information for transfers.