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Career and Professional Development

» Specialized Career Resources for First Generation Students

As the first person in your family to go to college you are going to have a lot of questions about how to pay for college, how to gain an internship, and “why” for a lot of options and opportunities that will come your way.  One of the first steps for your individual success will be to find and create a network of support systems and individuals.  Here is a great place to begin searching for resources.


Please stop by the Office of Career Professional Development as you begin your college career so that we can help you build the most successful college experience possible that will help lead you into a career.  It is never too early to start building your career track!

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+ - On-Campus Support

Extensive opportunities & resources for both self and parents/family members.

Be a mentor to high school first gens. 

Chapman celebrates and teaches diversity through academic coursework, events, speakers, student clubs, and workshops.

A 2-day Bridge Program to help incoming first-generation college students and their families transition smoothly into Chapman University.

+ - General Support

What it takes to get to and through college

Empowering students to and through college

Accelerates Latino student success in higher education

Dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, veterans and students with disabilities.

Conducts and disseminates research to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students.

An online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be.

The Shared Plan to Restore Opportunity

Dedicated to increasing the number of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students succeeding in college and graduate programs

Resources for College Students

+ - Financial/Employment Support

The Emma Bowen Foundation was founded in 1989 to diversify the media industry by giving talented students of color the opportunity to intern at some of the nation’s leading media companies.

The Choice: Getting into College and Paying for it

Find your perfect college, get scholarships to help you pay for it

First in Family Scholarships

Did you know?

There is a Career Preparation Certificate Course just for First Generation Students! It is called "First and Foremost." The not-for-credit multiple-session certificate program is offered every semester and will help you navigate your way through college and professional life. 

Career & Professional Development

(714) 997-6942


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop-In Hours

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Interterm 2020
Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Spring 2020
Most Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Please note that we are closed:
December 20 - January 1, 2020
January 20, 2020
March 27, 2020
May 25, 2020
July 3 - 6, 2020


342 N. Glassell
Orange, CA 92866
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Career & Professional Development
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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