NOTE FOR PARENTS OF NEW FRESHMEN:
New freshmen must complete the online advising tutorial in order to satisfy their mandatory advising requirement. They must also complete the survey at the end of the tutorial to have the advising hold lifted. Since advisors are booked in advance with appointments, students cannot walk in for an advising during new student orientation.
As part of the Chapman family we feel that it is important for you to understand the role of the Academic Advising Center (AAC) in your student’s experience at Chapman. Throughout this page you will find helpful information designed to answer most commonly asked questions. Please take your time to review the information detailing the advising structure at Chapman, general timelines, and recommendations.
How does Advising Work at Chapman?
The mission of the Academic Advising Center is to cultivate an educational partnership with students,
guiding and supporting them toward the development and achievement of their academic goals.
All undergraduate students are assigned an Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising Center once they matriculate at Chapman. In addition to their Academic Advisor, all undergraduate students are also assigned a Program Advisor within the department of their major. The program advisor will be a faculty member within the student's department who will be able to assist students with major-specific questions and requirements.
Students can learn who their advisors are in many ways. Students can visit the Academic Advising Center homepage or visit our office located Beckman Hall 406 to learn who their Academic Advisor is. Program Advisor information is listed on your student’s Student Center via my.chapman.edu. If you do not have a program advisor assigned to you in your Student Center you can contact your department directly and they can help get someone assigned to you. Finally, students can find information for both advisors as well as more information regarding the advising structure at Chapman by visiting our Advising Portal. It is important for students to meet with both their academic advisor and their program advisor each semester to review their academic plan and to make sure that everything is on track.
How does my student make an appointment?
It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the Academic Advising Center. During the fall and spring semesters we offer walk-in appointments for quick questions every Monday from 8:30-4:30 unless otherwise noted. Scheduled 30 minute appointments are also available Tuesday through Friday. Please note these hours may change during peak times (around registration: April and November), so please make sure to inform your student to check our Advising homepage or call our office for updated hours. A student can schedule a 30 minute appointment with an advisor by calling our office at (714) 744-7959 or visiting the front desk in Beckman 406 (we are unable to schedule appointments via email). Please note appointments are available for students only and must be made by the student. Since advisors are booked in advance with appointments, no same-day appointments are available.
Early planning and preparation on the part of the student will ensure that they are able to meet with their Academic Advisor prior to registration.
What are the differences between a college Academic Advisor and a high school guidance counselor?
Unlike in high school in which academic advising is often initiated by teachers or guidance counselors, students at Chapman are responsible for initiating contact. One of the biggest shifts for parents/guardians and students to understand when transitioning to college is that students are responsible for scheduling appointments with their different advisors on campus. Appointments with advisors on campus are not required, however they are highly recommended. We encourage students to see their Academic Advisor and Program Advisor at least once a semester to review their academic plan, preferably before or after the peak times during registration. We recommend that parents/guardians encourage appointments with advisors and maintain an open dialogue with their student about grades, classes, and general academic planning.