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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.

The Academic Advising Center's Online New Student Tutorial is available at the bottom of this page.


New Students entering Spring 2015 can begin registering on December 15, 2014.

Specific registration times (individual for each student) will be listed in WebAdvisor around December 5 in the Student Menu under "Registration Eligibility."


The link below includes information on first-term courses recommended by major for incoming freshmen (first-years). Please note that these classes are fall semester recommendations. While some of the classes may be available in the spring semester, others are fall-only classes.   


+-First Semester Advising:

Academic advising for new students begins during the second week of December (beginning Tuesday, December 9). New students enrolling in spring 2015 have the option of completing in-person advising or online advising. 

  • In-person advising for incoming FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS takes place in individual appointments.
  • 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.


+-In-Person Advising

In-Person Advising takes place on the Chapman University Campus in Orange, CA.

New Freshmen or Transfer students entering Spring 2015 are able to call our center and schedule an individual advising appointment with a professional advisor after submitting their deposit, being moved to student, and completing the online tutorial (link is available below).

We will begin taking phone calls to schedule appointments at (714) 744-7959 on December 5, 2014.

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.

Click the link below to being the Academic Advising Center's Online New Student Tutorial. You must complete the tutorial in full, including the final survey, in order to have your 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.