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» Panther for a Day - Frequently Asked Questions

If you can not find the answer to your question about Panther for a Day, you can contact us at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

+ - What is the difference between Panther for a Day and the Admitted Student Tour?

The Panther for a Day Program includes:

  • 60-minute walking tour of campus & residence halls led by a current student.
  • A complimentary meal with current & other admitted students in our dining hall.
  • The opportunity to sit in on a class.

The Admitted Student Tour includes:

  • 90-minute walking tour of campus & residence halls led by a current student.
  • A brief presentation about the admitted class and Chapman University
  • A panel discussion (Q&A) with current Chapman students.

Although both are great ways to explore Chapman, there are some distinct differences. Panther for a Day is a solo experience for the student, while the Admitted Student Tour allows for students to attend with parents and family members. Additionally, Panther for a Day is offered only on select Monday-Thursdays, while Admitted Students tours are offered more frequently (weekdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.).

+ - How do I register for a class?

There are different ways to register for a class depending on your major:

  • Dodge College and Schmid College majors: You will select your class while registering for the Panther for a Day Tour & Lunch. After you submit your registration you will receive separate confirmations for Panther for a Day (tour and lunch) and your class visit.
  • Undeclared students: If you are interested in attending a class offered by Schmid College of Science & Technology, you can select your class while registering for the Panther for a Day Tour & Lunch. If you are interested in a class outside of Schmid College, you can request a class by submitting the Request a Class form. This will initiate a request to the department. They will respond to your request within 5 business days.
  • Pre-Pharmacy (FEAP) students: If you can visit campus on a Monday (except for March 18, when campus is on spring break) you can register for a 2 p.m. Admitted Student Tour and submit the Request a Class form to request the Monday Pre-Pharmacy class at 12 p.m. If you can not visit campus on a Monday, you should sign up for Panther for a Day and, while registering for the Panther for a Day Tour & Lunch, select a biology or chemistry class to attend.
  • All other majors: After registering for the Panther for a Day Tour & Lunch you can request a class by submitting the Request a Class form. This will initiate a request to the department. They will respond to your request within 5 business days.

+ - Who is able to participate in Panther for a Day?

The Panther for a Day program is for first year students admitted to the upcoming fall or spring semesters. It is an independent experience for admitted students, designed to provide a day in the life of a Chapman student. See below for recommendations on how visiting members of your family can spend their time while you participate in Panther for a Day.

Admitted transfer students should contact our Transfer Team at transfers@chapman.edu to learn more about admitted student visit opportunities for transfers.

+ - I have family visiting with me, what should they do while I participate in Panther for a Day?

The Panther for a Day program is for admitted first year students only. Parents, friends or family members are more than welcome to come to campus. We recommend they join us for an Admitted Student Tour (please register them under your name) as well as take advantage of any of our other tour opportunities that interest them:

We are an open campus, and your family is free to explore. (We recommend walking through our newest building, The Keck Center for Science and Engineering!)

Old Towne Orange is also just a few blocks from campus, and there are plenty of food, coffee and shopping options available.

+ - Where do I check in?

Upon arrival, please check in at the Pankey Visitor Center, located within the first floor main lobby of Argyros Forum (you can use the link for walking directions).

Please do not report directly to your classroom or department. Please arrive at the Pankey Visitor Center to be directed (and when possible, escorted) to your next location on campus.

+ - What time should I arrive for Panther for a Day?

Arrival times for the program may vary due to class start times or additional opportunities you may have scheduled with department members. In general:

If your class visit is in the morning: Arrive 20-25 minutes prior to your scheduled class. At 10:45 a.m., head back to the Visitor Center for the tour & lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Your day will conclude when the lunch ends.

If your class visit is in the afternoon: Arrive at 10:45 a.m. for the tour & lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Next, you will attend your afternoon class. Your day will conclude when the class ends.

Please note that if you have arranged additional classes, meet-and-greets or other opportunities directly with a Chapman staff member we recommend you arrive 20-25 minutes prior to your first appointment. Please have your visit details accessible so we may help direct you.   

+ - I’ve visited campus before, do I need to attend the tour portion of Panther for a Day?

You don’t need to, but we recommend it. The Panther for a Day tour is our most personalized tour available. It is a small group of solely admitted students and provides a peer-to-peer experience.

In addition, our tours are all led by current students and the other members of your tour group might be your future classmates!

If you do not plan on attending the tour, please contact us so we can plan accordingly. Note that your visit may feel a bit segmented as the tour group typically departs together and then concludes at the dining hall for lunch. Additionally, an afternoon class would fit best into your abridged schedule.

+ - Panther for a Day is full. What should I do now?

If Panther for a Day is full, we invite you to register for an Admitted Student Tour and submit the Request a Class form to schedule a class visit (Dodge College majors should contact Dodge College directly instead of using the request a class form).

The Panther for a Day program is unable to offer a waitlist, but you are welcome to continue to visit the Panther for a Day website as registration would become available in the event of a cancellation. It’s designed specially for admitted students and can provide unique insight on life as a student at Chapman.

+ - If I’m on the admitted tour, can I still sit in on a class? If so, how do I sign up?

Sure! Class visits are available for first year admitted students and we recommend attending Panther for a Day or an Admitted Student Tour in tandem with a class.

Submit the Request a Class form to schedule a class visit (Dodge College majors should contact Dodge College directly instead of using the request a class form).

+ - Do you offer a complimentary meal card for admitted students who can’t join Panther for a Day?

Yes we do. Admitted students who are unable to participate in Panther for a Day but are joining us for an Admitted Student Tour are welcome to dine at the Randall Dining Commons (we call it The Caf) with their guests.  

To save time, and allow for us to have a complimentary meal card prepared on the date of your visit, please contact our Welcome Center Coordinator, Jessica Lumley, at lumley@chapman.edu.

+ - Can I join Panther for a Day as a waitlisted student?

Unfortunately, no. Due to limited availability, the Panther for a Day program is only available to first year students admitted to the upcoming fall or spring semesters.

We do however still encourage you to visit campus! Please register for a campus tour. If it’s your first time to campus we suggest you attend the prospective student campus tour. If it’s a return trip, please let us know upon check-in and we can place you on our admitted student tour for a different visit experience.