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All incoming freshmen have an advising hold on their account and must complete academic advising prior to registering for courses.

As a new freshman entering in fall 2014, you have the option to attend a group advising workshop with a professional advisor in the Academic Advising Center or to complete an online advising tutorial. Your registration hold will be lifted only after you complete one of these options.

+-Mandatory Advising for Fall 2014 Freshmen Admits

In-Person Advising:

All students are encouraged to come to campus and meet with an advisor. Group advising sessions will be available for new freshmen in mid-June (see specific dates below). In these group sessions, we will review all of the necessary information for students to be able to register for courses: General Education program, first term courses for the major, math placement testing, foreign language requirement, and registration policies and procedures. Students will have the opportunity to meet with a specialist advisor for their College and a peer advisor. Space in each workshop is limited to provide the best advising experience.

IMPORTANT - Incoming fall semester FRESHMEN will NOT be scheduled for individual advising appointments. They must either complete online advising or attend a group advising session in June or July.

2014 Group Advising Sessions - Dates and Times:

Session Date Session Time RSVP Deadline (Noon)
Thursday, June 12 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, June 9
Friday, June 13 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 10
Thursday, June 19 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, June 16
Friday, June 20 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 17
Wednesday, June 25 1 - 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19

Thursday, June 26*

1 - 5 p.m. Monday, June 23
Friday, June 27* 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 24
Wednesday, July 2* 1 - 5 p.m. Thursday, June 26
Thursday, July 3 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, June 30
Wednesday, July 9 1 - 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3
Thursday, July 10 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, July 7
Friday, July 11 1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 8

*Sessions on June 26, June 27, and July 2 will be limited in space. Students attending these three specific sessions will be limited to having only one guest join them. On all other dates, students are allowed to bring up to 2 guests.

NOTE: RSVP for a specific date may close earlier than the posted deadline if the event has reached capacity. Otherwise, the RSVP will close at Noon on the indicated date.


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 the group advising sessions.  Follow-up phone appointments with an advisor will be available for non-local students who have additional questions after completing the tutorial and final AAC Survey. You must allow 24 hours for processing of your tutorial completionThe online tutorial is available at the bottom of our New Students page. You may call (714) 744-7959 to schedule a phone appointment. A registration hotline will also be available from July 7-18 (more details coming soon).

Appointment with a Program Advisor (in the Major):

After meeting with an AAC advisor, students are recommended to schedule an appointment with a Program Advisor in their major department to discuss the specific requirements for the major, research or internship opportunities, or career goals.  Please note that faculty availability is limited during the summer months.  To schedule an appointment with a program advisor, students should call or email the department directly. Please visit the Advising Portal for contact information for each department.

+-Steps to Advising and Registration

Select an advising method

If you select in-person group advising (recommended), you must RSVP for a workshop (see link above). If you have completed the online tutorial in full and would like to schedule a follow-up phone appointment, you will need to contact the AAC at (714) 744-7959. It is recommended that advising is completed well in advance of your assigned registration date. Please check your Registration Eligibility on WebAdvisor.

Complete the math placement test if necessary

All students who have not been waived out of Math 098/099 based on SAT scores will be required to take the online math placement exam. You can check for Math 098/099 waivers on your program evaluation accessed through WebAdvisor.

Take the Language Placement Test

Login to Blackboard (available under "quick links" on the Chapman homepage)

Determine your assigned registration date

You can view your assigned date and time by logging in to WebAdvisor, and clicking on "registration eligibility." Registration dates are randomly assigned, and cannot be changed.  You can register anytime on or after your assigned date.  

Select a math course

If you are placed in Math 098 or 099, it is required that you enroll in these courses in your first term, and that you complete these courses before the end of your first year at Chapman. If you place into Math 104 or GE Math, you are not required to take math in your first semester, although it is recommended. You can discuss your math course with your advisor during your advising session or follow-up phone appointment.

Register for a Freshman Foundation Course (FFC 100)

All new freshmen are required to take a Freshman Foundation Course in their first semester of enrollment.

Note: Students who have completed at least one full-time semester at a 4-year institution, or at least 15 credits at a community college will be waived from the FFC requirement. College courses taken while in high school (concurrent enrollment) do not apply to the FFC waiver. 

Fill in the rest of your schedule with General Education courses

After reviewing recommended first-term courses for your major, you can then select courses from any area of the General Education program. More information will be provided in your advising session/tutorial.

Build your preferred list in WebAdvisor

Step by step instructions will be provided in your advising session/tutorial. You may also want to utilize the registration worksheet to aid in your planning.

Register for courses

All course registration is completed online through WebAdvisor, on or after the student's assigned registration date and time. Students will not be able to register until the advising requirement is completed.

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Math Placement Exam

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