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During your time at Chapman, you’ll have a lot of staff, faculty and even fellow students helping you along the way. Here’s a guide to the different types of advising at Chapman.

Academic Advising

Academic advising covers the basics of academics, such as:

  • Planning your GE (general education) classes.
  • Choosing a major or minor (if you haven’t already—entering undeclared is a popular option).
  • Transferring your credits to Chapman.
  • Learning how to read your Program Evaluation (a personalized transcript that will help you keep track of your classes, GPA and degree requirements)

Our Academic Advising Center will work with you before your first semester to help you pick your classes and understand the registration process. You’ll also get ongoing academic advising through your assigned academic advisor.

Program AdvisingA Chapman advisor talking to a student

Program advising is all about your specific major(s) and minor(s). If you have questions about majors, minors or degrees, your program advisor is the one to ask. They can help you with:

  • Building a four-year plan for your major.
  • Integrating your GE classes with your major.
  • Studying abroad in a program that aligns with your interests and goals.
  • Anything else related to majors/minors.

Faculty Mentoring

Faculty mentoring is exactly what it sounds like: getting one-on-one guidance from a professor. Faculty will use their deep subject-area expertise and industry connections (as well as knowledge of your interests, goals and strengths) to provide expert advice.

Your faculty mentor can provide:

  • Personalized academic mentoring.
  • Designing your own major or interdisciplinary study.
  • Building a personalized plan for the professional world or graduate school.

Career Advising

Chapman career advisorDedicated career advising is available from every school/college at Chapman. This helps ensure that your career advisor is knowledgeable about the careers and opportunities in your major.

Your career advisor can help you find an internship or prepare for lining up a job after you graduate.

And since we offer career assistance for life, you can get career advising at Chapman from before you ever set foot on campus to well after you’ve graduated.

Specialized Advising

We also offer specialized advising to help you reach specific goals. Just a few examples include:

  • The Pre-Med and Pre-Health Advising program helps students become competitive applicants to medical or professional school.
  • The Pre-Law Program helps students prepare to apply to law school.
  • The Film Festival Office helps film students navigate the complex, diverse, and evolving film festival and distribution worlds.

Peer Advising and Mentoring

At Chapman, advising isn’t just a one-way street. In addition to help from staff and faculty, you’ll get help from your fellow students with peer advising.

Many schools/colleges and departments have a peer advising program where upperclass students help new and incoming students. For example, in our We CU! Mentoring Program, current first-generation students help new and incoming first-generation students get off to a great start at Chapman. 

And if you’re interested in becoming a peer advisor and helping others, you can do that too (once you have a few semesters of college under your belt).


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If you are a current Chapman student looking to learn more about advising, visit the page for current students.

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