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» First Year Students

Welcome New Panthers!

The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience supports students who are getting ready to attend Chapman University. In addition to assisting students with this transition, we provide academic, leadership, and social programming for First Year Students throughout the year. Please visit this site often to obtain important information and updates.

What we want students to gain through the first year experience:

  • A sense of academic citizenship and membership into the Chapman community of scholars
  • Significant progress towards academic and career clarity
  • Satisfactory academic performance
  • Meaningful connection with peers
  • Sense of belonging to the University 

Important Links to Remember:

Timeline for Incoming First Year Students - This timeline was created to ensure that first year students follow the necessary steps to successful enrollment at Chapman University. 

Academic Advising - Please visit this site for any questions regarding registering for classes.

Financial Aid - Learn about Chapman's financial aid programs including frequently asked questions and forms.

Residence Life and First Year Experience - If a student plans to live on campus, this site is a key resource to get questions answered. Over 90% of First Year students live on campus. Students who live in first year communities have a stronger connection to the university, are more successful in their classes, have higher graduation rates, a higher grade point average, and report a higher level of satisfaction with their university experience.

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The Chapman Guide

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