Many students appreciate when their parents and family members accompany them on move in day. Moving to campus can be overwhelming and exciting for both students and family members. Follow these tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible:
Most Chapman students live with a roommate (or two!) Students are matched with roommates based on the lifestyle responses they provided on the housing application. Students often find that living with other students is one of the most fun and challenging experiences they have in college. We encourage you to talk with your student to help him/her acknowledge individual living habits and to think about how to incorporate those into a successful living arrangement.
Each floor has a student Resident Advisor who has undergone extensive training and is available to help build community and ensure the safety of their residents. Each building is led by a Resident Director who is a professional staff member and is responsible for supervising the RAs and managing the operation of the residence hall. The RA and RD are happy to assist your student in having a successful on campus experience.
Your student’s safety and the security of their residential area are very important, as it is the foundation to a successful living and learning environment. The RAs and RDs, as well as Public Safety, maintain an active presence within the residence halls. You can help us keep our communities safe by talking with your student about the tips below:
While your student’s primary focus should be his/her academic pursuits, studies show that involvement outside of the classroom provides students with significant benefit. Along with sports and recreation, Greek Life, and campus clubs and organizations, the Office of Housing and Residence Life has a number of involvement opportunities on our Student Employment and Leadership Opportunities page.
Let the Journey Begin: A Parent’s Monthly Guide to the College Experience
By Jacqueline Kiernan MacKay, Houghton Mifflin, 2001
Letting Go: A Parents’ Guide to Understanding the College Years (5th Edition)
By Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, Harper Collins, 2009
You’re On Your Own (But I’m here if you need me): Mentoring Your Child during the College Years
By Marjorie Savage, Fireside, 2003
You may find it helpful to learn about other resources Chapman offers to help support students: