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» Academic Advising for New Students

Whether you're a new freshman or transfer student, we would like to welcome you to Chapman University! 

Academic advising for new students entering Spring 2018 begins December 5! Please reference the advising email you will be sent from our office in late November for more information.  

Note: Academic advising for new students entering fall 2018 will not begin until early June. If you have questions at this time, please contact the Office of Admission directly and they will assist you. You will receive an advising email from our office in mid-May. Please continue to check this website for important information throughout May, June, and July. 


+ - First Semester Advising Requirement

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

As a first step, students must complete the ONLINE NEW STUDENT TUTORIAL in full, including the final survey (link for tutorial is below starting December 5).

After completing the tutorial, students can then schedule optional follow-up appointments, either in-person or on the phone (see below for details).


Completion of our online new student tutorial is REQUIRED for all incoming students to complete their advising requirement and remove their hold (allowing them to register for classes). Follow-up in-person or 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.

Spring 2018 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.


+ - AAC Advising Appointment Options

Spring 2018 FIRST YEAR AND TRANSFER Students are able to schedule individual appointments after completing the Online New Student Tutorial in full. We will begin taking phone calls to schedule appointments on December 5.

  • 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 December 5.

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.

+ - Appointment with a Program Advisor (in the Major):

After meeting with an AAC advisor, new students are able 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.

This is recommended for all students, but in particular TRANSFER students. 

Please note that faculty availability is limited during the interterm.  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 (under Program Advising).

+ - GE for Transfer Students Video

After completing our online tutorial, we highly recommend that all new transfers watch the following video to learn more about GE for Transfer Students. NOTE: Watching the below video does not allow students to make an appointment with an advisor. To make an appointment, students must watch and complete in full the Online New Student Tutorial found on this page.

+ - 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)

+ - Steps to Advising and Registration

Determine your assigned registration date

Registration dates are randomly assigned, and cannot be changed.  You can register anytime on or after your assigned date. You can view your assigned date and time on in your Student Center.

Turn in your transcripts

Do you have any outstanding final transcripts that need to be turned in? Be sure to request them to be sent to the Office of Admission. Pending transfer credits may impact educational planning and may result in a miscalculation of the student's remaining credits and requirements.

Review your program evaluation and advisor notes and recommendations

Your program evaluation will be available online through My.Chapman.Edu.  If you have not met with an advisor, you can use the program evaluation guide to assist you. A portion of the Academic Advising New Student Online Tutorial is dedicated to reviewing the Program Evaluation.

Complete the math placement test if necessary 

Please visit the Math Placement website to determine if you need to complete the Algebra Placement Test based on your SAT/ACT scores or transferable college-level math course. If your scores do not meet the minimum criteria to be exempt from the Math 098/099 requirement, or if you have not completed a transferable college-level math course, you are required to complete the online Algebra Placement Test prior to registering for courses. Depending on your score, you may also be required to register in Math 098 or 099 in the spring 2018 semester. The Algebra Placement Test will be available starting December 8, 2017. For more information on the Math Preparatory Skills requirement (Math 098/099), please visit the Math Preparatory Skills website.

Take the Language Placement Test

Beginning December 8, login to Blackboard ( and see the "Language Placement Exams" under My Organizations).

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 First-Year Foundation Course (FFC 100) if needed

All new freshmen are required to complete a First-Year Foundation Course (FFC 100) in their first year of enrollment.

To learn more about the various FFC 100 course topics, visit the FFC website.

Note: The requirement is waived for students who have completed 24 or more transferable credits from another institution of higher education prior to matriculation and excludes all dual credit (MUST be completed after completion of high school.) Please ask your advisor about FFC 100 waivers based on transferred credits. 

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. Note that these recommended courses by major on our website are based on fall 2017 course recommendations.

Build your shopping cart in My.Chapman.Edu

Step by step instructions will be provided in your advising session/tutorial. 

Register for courses

All course registration is completed online through 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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