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+ - Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor Program is designed to help new students make connections with the campus community and begin to establish a sense of belonging at Chapman University. Peer Mentors are successful and experienced student volunteers who are dedicated to supporting first-year and transfer students’ transition into college. This program is open to any new student who is interested in having a mentor to guide him/her/them through the first semester at Chapman. In an effort to build a successful mentoring relationship, mentees have the option of being paired with mentors based on a similar interest or individual characteristic. Residence Life and First Year Experience staff will monitor the program, providing mentor training and evaluation in support of successful mentor/mentee relationships. Questions? Please contact orientation@chapman.e

+ - Wilderness Treks

Students will embark on a 3 day and 2 night excursion at Cachuma Lake, Santa Barbara. Under the guidance of Wilderness Trek Leaders and professional staff, students will participate in a number of activities that will help them develop leadership, connect with nature, and get to know their peers. Trip highlights include hikes, kayaking, camping, and high ropes & zip line! Trek dates: Saturday, September 2 - Monday, September 4, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Vaughn at 714-628-7379 or resstu102@chapman.edu

Sign up for Wilderness Trek

+ - First Year Photo Project

The First Year Photo Project is a program made exclusively for you. It is a way to connect with Chapman early on and take others with you on your journey to college.

So how does it work? We first ask that you apply by submitting an application. This program is limited to the first thirty applications received. early July we will begin sending weekly topics for you to explore through photos. For example, one week may be “Getting Ready to Move” or “My last summer vacation before college starts”. Once the semester begins, we will have a few group meetings to give everyone an opportunity to discuss their pictures and the stories behind them. We look forward to seeing your journey through a different lens. Questions? Please contact orientation@chapman.edu.

+ - Emerging Leaders Retreat

The Emerging Leaders Retreat is a 3-day program where incoming first-year students will have the opportunity to meet peers and learn more about leadership in a fun and interactive setting. Students will be able to preference one of three tracks in which they would like to engage in. This is the perfect opportunity to explore ways to get involved at Chapman before the Fall semester even begins!

Retreat Tracks:

I Am Chapman- We all hold many different identities, perspectives and experiences that shape who we are and how we understand the world. Together, I AM CHAPMAN.

Through the foundations of Identity, Empathy, and Community, participants will be guided through activities and experiences that will allow for the thoughtful exploration of identity. We aim to not only appreciate and value the identities that we hold but also understand and learn how to be an ally for others. Participants will learn skills and gain resources on how to be an effective leader in diversity and inclusion in the Chapman community. During our experience we will travel to Los Angeles to visit the Museum of Tolerance.

Let's Be Real- Your guide to navigating life after high school.

Independent living is exciting, eye opening, and if we're honest, overwhelming! Join us on a journey of self-discovery through different emotional, social and cognitive intelligence and skills- all while exploring how you work and live with others. This unique opportunity to meet, bond and grow with your peers will culminate with a trip to a ropes course and as an extra added bonus, you'll be led by amazing facilitators that are recent Chapman graduates!

Common Ground- The future of our world, and the common ground we all walk upon, will be determined by the degree to which we accept the duties and responsibilities it demands from us.

There is more to Orange County than the amusement parks, ocean views, and television shows that made us famous. Nearly 31% of us are immigrants, 12% of us live below the poverty line, and 18% of us never graduated high school. We are also a community with a rich history of civic engagement and played a central role in our country's struggle for civil rights. Join us in learning more about the Orange County beyond Chapman's campus. We'll visit with local leaders working to improve our communities, tour historical landmarks for equity and justice, learn about stories that continue to shape the common ground we call Orange County, and make plans for using your time at Chapman in pursuit of a better tomorrow.

Retreat Dates: Friday, August 18 - Monday, August 21, 2017

Sign up for Emerging Leaders Retreat 

If you have any questions, contact Jordan Vaughn at (714) 628-7379 or resstu102@chapman.edu 

+ - First Generation Summer Bridge Program

This is a 2-day Bridge Program to help incoming first-generation college students and their families transition smoothly into Chapman University.

Summer Bridge Program Goals:

  • To facilitate the smooth transition of first-generation college students into university life by providing them with the skills needed to be academically successful
  • To help participants take advantage of campus resources and opportunities in order to succeed
  • To develop a sense of community among incoming and current first-generation college students

Questions?

Please contact First Generation Summer Bridge Staff, firstgen@chapman.edu

+ - First Year Associates Program

The Associates Program is a series of evening workshops in the Fall designed to provide first year students with additional opportunities to interact with faculty and representatives from various academic offices. Students who attend this program will gain an insider’s perspective on ways to get ahead academically at Chapman and beyond.

+ - Mapworks

Each Fall and Spring we ask all first year students to complete a short online survey called Mapworks. Mapworks is designed to help students understand how they are connecting at the University, what challenges may lie ahead, and what services are available to help them meet those challenges. Be on the lookout for more information once the academic year begins.