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»Freshman Checklist

What You Need to Know — When You Need to Know It

Activating your Chapman Student Account

  • Shortly after receiving your offer of admission, an email is sent from our Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department to the email address listed on your application. It outlines how to activate your Student Account and access to my.chapman.edu. If it has been more than two weeks since your acceptance, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at
    (714) 997-6600 or servicedesk@chapman.edu for this information.
  • You will use this username/password to register online and access your my.chapman.edu student information system. 

Setting up your PantherMail E-mail Account

  • Once you are admitted, all official e-mails from Chapman (including information on your specific registration date and time) will be sent to your Chapman e-mail account.
  • Set up your new e-mail account, using the instructions outlined in the email from our Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department after being granted admission.

March 2

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Financial Aid Processing Due
The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 2. If the priority deadline is not met you may still apply, but funding for certain aid programs may be exhausted.
Contact: Office of Financial Aid 
(714) 997-6741

May 1

Freshman Enrollment Deposit Deadline 
Applicable to incoming freshmen only. You can make the deposit online here or by sending a non-refundable $200 check and completed student enrollment deposit agreement form to the Office of Admission. 
Contact: Office of Admission 
(714) 997-6711 or toll free (888) CU-APPLY

Housing Application and Housing Deposit Deadline 
Housing applications must be submitted online or postmarked by may 1 for first priority processing and submitted with a non-refundable $50 housing application fee and $600 security deposit (This deposit is separate from the enrollment deposit.) Applications submitted without an application fee and a housing deposit will not be processed or considered for an assignment. 
Contact: Office of Housing and Residence Life 
(714) 997-6603

Mid - May

Registration Information Letter 
Provides information on summer advising options and course registration. Note: all registration is done online, but students must complete academic advising prior to their assigned registration date. Students will have the option of receiving advising online or attending a small group advising workshop. Please visit the Registration Checklist in preparation for your registration date.
Contact: Academic Advising Center 
(714) 744-7959

June - July

Student ID Photo Submission
Submit a recent photo to be used for your Chapman University student identification card by the end of July (recommended). 
Online Photo Submissions
(714) 997-6600

New Student Welcome Receptions
Receptions are held throughout the summer all over the country to welcome new students and their families to the Chapman community.
Register online now to attend a welcome reception >

Academic Advising
Advising for new students begins the first week of June. Students must complete their academic advising requirement prior to course registration. The advising registration hold will be lifted only after students satisfy the mandatory advising requirement.
Contact: Academic Advising Center
(714) 744-7959

Math Placement Testing 
Placement testing is completed online for those students who wish to place into a higher level math course. Any student who scored below a 500 on the SAT/Math or below 21 on the ACT/Math is required to take the Algebra Placement Test.

Register for Classes
All new students will be assigned a specific date and time when they can begin registering for courses. Those dates will be available on WebAdvisor in late June or early July.

Register for New Student, Transfer and Family Orientation 
Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600 

Parking Permit
Registration available.

Mid - July

Fall Semester Billing Statement E-mailed 
You will receive a billing statement that details tuition and other charges for the upcoming semester. 
Contact: Business Office 
(714) 997-6617

Housing Assignment Information and Notification E-mail 
The Housing Assignment information and Notification Email provides students with housing information, which includes their housing assignment, roommates’ names and contact information, and other helpful information to assist students with their move to the residence community. 
Contact: Office of Housing and Residence Life 
(714) 997-6603

July 20

Tuition and Fees Payment
Due for fall semester
Contact: Student and Business Services - ePay
(714) 997-6617

July 31

Final High School Transcripts Due 
Final transcripts must include all final grades and proof of completion. Please submit all final transcripts to the Office of Admission.
Contact: Office of Admission 
(714) 997-6711 or toll-free 888-CU-APPLY

AP and IB Exam Results Due 
Please submit all AP/IB exam test results to the Office of Admission for evaluation. 
Contact: Office of Admission 
(714) 997-6711 or toll-free 888-CU-APPLY

Health Record and Examination Form 
All students are required to submit the online Student Health Services Form
Contact: Student Health Center 
(714) 997-6851

August 25

New Student Check-In
Contact: Office of Housing and Residence Life 
(714) 997-6603

Late August

New Student and Family Orientation 
This is a mandatory program that familiarizes incoming students with the academic and social aspects of Chapman University. 
Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600 

For more information, please visit www.chapman.edu/orientation

August 31

First Day of Fall Classes

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