• Students participating in an outdoor adventure program
  • group photo of emerging leaders students
  • Students participating in a team building activity

First Year Programs

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+ - We CU! Mentor Program

We CU! Mentor Program is a collaborative initiative designed to help all students make connections with the campus community and establish a sense of belonging at Chapman University. Mentors consist of dedicated students, staff and faculty who are eager to support you wherever you may find yourself in your college journey. More information to come or the Fall 2018 semester!

On behalf of Residence Life and First Year Experience, The Cross-Cultural Center and The Promising Futures Program, we look forward to your participation! If you have any questions, please email crossculturalcenter@chapman.edu.

+ - CU Adventure Trek

This year’s CU Adventure Trek will take place on Saturday, September 8th. Open to the first 25 students who apply, this program will offer the unique experience to participate in a Hollywood Hills hike! Beginning at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park, students will be led by experienced guides who will take you through a long list of attractions and destinations that include the Griffith Observatory, the world-famous Hollywood sign and so much more! 

Unfortunately, the programs for this year have reached full capacity and applications have closed. Please contact Jordan Vaughn at resstu102@chapman.edu with questions.

+ - 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!

First Year Photo Project Application

Applications are due Friday, July 20th at 5:00pm. Contact Jordan Vaughn at resstu102@chapman.edu with questions!

+ - Emerging Leaders Retreat

Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Leaders Retreat! At this time, the retreat is at full capacity. Please email resstu102@chapman.edu with any questions.

+ - First Generation Summer Bridge Program

This is a 3-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


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

Summer Bridge Application

+ - Architecture of Belonging Study

You are invited to participate in the Architecture of Belonging project. This important study seeks to understand how residence hall spaces facilitate or hinder the development of belonging and community among students. Participation involves photo journal and a participating in a focus group. As a small token of our appreciation, you will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card upon participation in both the photo journal process and focus group. Students enrolled in PSY 101 may be eligible for research study participation credit for this course.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michelle Samura at samura@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.