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» First Year Checklist for those entering in the Spring of 2017

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

This checklist is intended for students who are entering Chapman in the spring as a first year student. A first year student has graduated high school, but has not yet completed any college coursework.
There is a separate checklist for spring transfer students.

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 If it has been more than two weeks since your acceptance, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at (714) 997-6600 or for this information.
  • You will use this username/password to register online and access your 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.

Important Dates


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Financial Aid Processing
If you haven't already, be sure to file the 2016-2017 FAFSA form which covers Fall of 2016 through Spring of 2017 as soon as possible.
Contact: Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid
(714) 997-6741 

+ - May

First Year Student Enrollment Deposit Deadline 
May 1, 2016 and on-going

You can deposit online here or by sending a non-refundable $200 check and completed student enrollment deposit agreement form to the Office of Admission. Deposits will continue to be accepted after May 1 on a space-available basis.
Contact: Office of Admission

(714) 997-6711 or 1-888-CU-APPLY 

+ - November

Housing Application and Housing Deposit Deadline 
November 1, 2016 - December 1, 2016

Housing Application and Housing Deposit Deadline 
The housing application for Spring 2017 will open in early November. Housing applications must be submitted online or postmarked by December 1, 2016 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

+ - December

Registration Information Letter 
Early December 2016

Provides information on December-January  advising options and course registration. Note: all registration is done online, but students must complete academic advising prior to their assigned registration date.  
Contact: Academic Advising Center 
(714) 744-7959

AP and IB Exam Results Due 
Early to mid December 2016

Submit all AP/IB exam test results to the Office of Admission for evaluation. 
Contact: Office of Admission 
(714) 997-6711 or 888-CU-APPLY

Health Record and Examination Form 
Early to mid December 2016

Submit the mandatory online Health Record Form. Students who fail to fill out the form will not be permitted to register. 
Contact: Student Health Services 
(714) 997-6851

Student ID Photo Submission 
December 2016 - January 2017

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

Academic Advising  
December 2016 - January 2017

Advising for new students begins in mid-December. 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 
December 2016 - January 2017

Placement testingg 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 New Student and Family Orientation
December 2016 - January 2017

Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600 

Parking Permit 
December 2016 - January 2017

Registration available. 

Tuition and Fees Payment 
December 20, 2016

Due in full for the spring semester or the first payment of an established payment plan is due. The preferred method of payment is via ePay.
Contact: Student Business Services
(714) 997-6617

Spring Semester Billing Statement E-mailed
Late December 2016 - January 2017 

You will receive an email granting you access to your billing statement that details tuition and other charges for the upcoming semester.
Contact: Student Business Services Office
(714) 997-6617 

Housing Assignment Information and Notification Email
Late December 2016 - January 2017 

The housing 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 transition to the residence community.
Contact: Office of Housing and Residence Life 
(714) 997-6603


+ - January

New Student Check-In for Spring students 
January 24, 2017

Contact: Office of Housing and Residence Life 
(714) 997-6603 

New Student and Family Orientation 
January 25, 2017

This is a mandatory program that familiarizes incoming students with the academic and social aspects of Chapman University. The link to register will not be available until mid-December. Prior to that, all information on the corresponding webpage will only refer to Fall orientation registration.
Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600 

First Day of Spring Classes
January 30, 2017


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