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

As a new freshman entering in spring 2015, you must either complete an online advising tutorial or attend an in-person advising appointment. Your registration hold will be lifted only after you complete the online tutorial.

+-Mandatory Advising for Spring 2015 Freshmen Admits

Online Advising:

An 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 a one-on-one appointment with a professional advisor.  Follow-up phone appointments with an advisor are available for students who have additional questions after completing the tutorial and final AAC Survey. Please allow up to 24 hours for the processing of your tutorial completion. The tutorial is available on our New Students page (at the bottom of the page). You may call (714) 744-7959 to schedule a follow-up phone appointment. 

Appointment with an Academic Advisor:

Students may schedule an individual appointment with a professional academic advisor.  Appointments are 30 minutes in length, dedicated to reviewing the student's program evaluation. Before an appointment can be scheduled, students are required to complete the AAC Online New Student tutorial (including the final AAC Survey). The tutorial is available on our New Students page. After completion of the tutorial, please allow 24 hours for processing. After the 24 hours has passed, students can call the Academic Advising Center at (714) 744-7959 to schedule an advising appointment.  Students must have completed the online tutorial, paid their enrollment deposit, and be in moved-to-student status before they can schedule an advising appointment. Please note: We have a 5-minute late policy for all student appointments. If you arrive more than 5 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you will be required to reschedule.

Appointment with a Program Advisor (in the Major):

After meeting with an AAC advisor, students are recommended 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.  Please note that faculty availability is limited during the summer months.  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.

+-Steps to Advising and Registration

Complete the math placement test if necessary

All students who have not been waived out of Math 098/099 based on SAT scores will be required to take the online math placement exam. You can check for Math 098/099 waivers on your program evaluation accessed through WebAdvisor.

Take the Language Placement Test

Login to Blackboard (available under "quick links" on the Chapman homepage)

Determine your assigned registration date

You can view your assigned date and time by logging in to WebAdvisor, and clicking on "registration eligibility." Registration dates are randomly assigned, and cannot be changed.  You can register anytime on or after your assigned date.  

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 Freshman Foundation Course (FFC 100)

All new freshmen are required to take a Freshman Foundation Course in their first semester of enrollment.

Note: Students who have completed at least one full-time semester at a 4-year institution, or at least 15 credits at a community college will be waived from the FFC requirement. College courses taken while in high school (concurrent enrollment) do not apply to the FFC waiver. 

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.

Build your preferred list in WebAdvisor

Step by step instructions will be provided in your advising session/tutorial. You may also want to utilize the registration worksheet to aid in your planning.

Register for courses

All course registration is completed online through WebAdvisor, 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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First Year Experience

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Get to know Chapman's WebAdvisor system, which you will be using to register for your classes.

Math Placement Exam

All students who have not been waived out of Math 098/099 will be required to take the online Math Placement Exam.