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» Academic Advising for New Students

Academic advising for new students entering fall 2017 begins June 1! Please reference the advising email you were sent from our office in mid-May. Please continue to check this website for important information throughout May, June, and July. 

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.

+ - Registration Dates and Hotline for New Students

New Students entering fall 2017 can begin registering in mid-July

New transfer students will register on July 5 and 6.

New freshmen students will register from July 7 to July 14.

**Note: Each student will be assigned a specific online registration appointment. Registration appointment times will be listed in each student's Student Center in in the box titled "Enrollment Dates" on the right-hand side. For this first registration, appointment times will be assigned at random and cannot be changed. Continue to watch your Student Center for updates.

A Registration Hotline will be available during the registration period (July 5-14 only). 

The Academic Advising Center will provide a Peer Advisor Registration Support Hotline for new students who have already completed academic advising during the registration period.

Call 714-516-5100 during open hours (listed below) to ask about items such as: 

  • usage
  • How to add classes
  • Waitlisting/Swapping classes
  • Building a shopping cart
  • AP/IB credit
  • Language & math placement exams
Date Time
Monday, July 3 Campus closed
Tuesday, July 4 Campus closed
Wednesday, July 5 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, July 6 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 1-2 p.m.
Friday, July 7 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 1-2 p.m.
Monday, July 10 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, July 13 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, July 14 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


+ - Helpful Handouts

Below are some helpful handouts for new students to use during the Registration Period:

Language Placement Guide

Waitlisting and Swap Guide

What is General Education (including how to search for GE classes)

+ - First Semester Advising:

New students enrolling in fall 2017 have the option of completing in-person advising or online advising. 

  • In-person advising for incoming FRESHMEN takes place in group sessions only (Note: Group Sessions have reached capacity. Therefore, freshmen now must complete online advising.)
  • In-person advising for incoming 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.

NOTE: All incoming freshmen AND transfers have an advising hold on their account and must complete MANDATORY academic advising (either online or in-person) prior to registering for classes.


+ - In-Person Advising

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

Fall 2017 TRANSFER Admits are able to schedule individual appointments. We will begin taking phone calls to schedule appointments on June 1.

Step 1: Students must first pay their deposit and be moved to student status (matriculated)

Step 2: Students then must complete our Online New Student Tutorial in full, including the final survey

Step 3: After 24 hours have passed after completing our tutorial, students can call our center at 714-744-7959 to schedule an individual advising appointment (either in person or over the phone). Note that we will begin taking phone calls at the end of the day on June 1.

Fall 2017 FRESHMEN Admits use an online system to RSVP for a group workshop. Workshops take place in June and July. See our New Freshmen page for details and an RSVP link for the workshops (RSVP open June 1).

NOTE: 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

The 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.

The link below will take students to the Academic Advising Center's Online New Student Tutorial. Students must complete the tutorial in full, including the final survey, in order to have their hold lifted/schedule an appointment.

Fall 2017 New Students - Please note: When you access your Program Evaluation in your Student Center as part of the Tutorial, your transfer coursework may not be fully updated and reflecting on your evaluation. It will continue to be updated, so please continue to check your program evaluation periodically.


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New Transfers

Are you transferring to Chapman from another college or university? Read more about important advising information for transfers.