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Academic Advising

First-Year Fall Registration Checklist

» First-Year Registration Checklist

Follow these steps to remove your registration hold and register for classes. If you have any questions, you can contact us at advising@chapman.edu. Please allow additional time for our email response during this busy time of year.

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Submit your Enrollment Deposit

Before you can start the enrollment process, you must submit your enrollment deposit. You cannot complete your advising or register for classes without submitting your enrollment deposit, so be sure to do this first. Please allow up to 48 hours for us to process your enrollment deposit once we receive it.

You can submit your enrollment deposit on your Application Status Page.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

Complete the Required Online New Student Advising Tutorial and final exam

All new students have an advising hold on their account. This means that you must complete an online advising tutorial and final exam before your hold will be removed and you can register for classes.

Complete your advising tutorial and exam here.


Set up your Chapman email

We will always use your Chapman email address for official communication. Visit the PantherMail webpage for directions on setting up your email account.

Use the username and password provided to you by Chapman Information Systems & Technology (IS&T).

If you have questions, contact IS&T at servicedesk@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6600.

Submit your final transcripts

Once you are done with your final semester/term of high school, contact your school and ask them to send your final high school transcript (or, for international institutions, your diploma or leaving exams) to the Office of Admission:

Chapman University
Attn: Undergraduate Office of Admission
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Official electronic submissions are accepted at admtranscript@chapman.edu. Documents must come directly from your school’s registrar or counseling office to be accepted. 

If you have completed college coursework and received college credit, please request those official college transcripts be sent to the Office of Admission. You can order your college transcripts directly from your college.

Note: if we have not received your final high school transcript with a posted graduation date by the start of the fall semester, you will be unenrolled from your classes at Chapman.

Transcripts can take several weeks to be mailed and processed. Please plan ahead and request your transcripts as soon as they are available.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

Submit AP or IB test scores (if applicable)

Submit your official Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test results directly from the testing agency.

We accept only official test scores sent directly to Chapman University from the College Board, International Baccalaureate Organization or examination board.

To see how your credits transfer, visit:

To submit your scores, use these links:

If you need help, contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

Review your Transfer Credit Report in your Student Center (if applicable)

Visit your Student Center at My.Chapman Student Center to review:

  • Your AP/IB scores
  • Your transfer courses
  • Which equivalent Chapman courses your transfer courses are counting towards

You can find this info in the drop-down menu in your Student Center. Make sure it's correct before moving on.

If you need help finding it, use these step-by-step instructions.

Complete Math Placement Test (if necessary)

Visit the Math Placement page to find out whether you need to take a Math Placement Test and for more information on Math Pathways at Chapman.

If you have questions, contact placementexams@chapman.edu.

Complete Optional Language Placement Testing

Visit the Language Placement Tests page to find out what language options are available.

If you have questions, contact placementexams@chapman.edu.

Prepare for registration

Your My.Chapman Student Center will be updated in June with your exact registration date and time. Your date will be posted in the "Enrollment Dates" box; see directions for finding registration date and time here.

Each student has their own specific registration date and time. Your registration date and time are assigned randomly and cannot be changed, so make sure you keep track of when yours is.

Follow these steps to prepare for registration:

1. Add classes to your Shopping Cart

Add the classes that you want to take to your shopping cart before your registration date. That way, you will be able to register quickly when your registration date arrives.

Adding a class to your shopping cart does not guarantee you a spot in the class. Make sure to choose backup classes in case your first choices are full by the time you register.

2. Find recommended classes

Not sure which classes to choose? There are recommended classes for each college and major at Chapman. Find your major on our Recommended Courses page to get an idea of which classes to take your first year.

3. Explore General Education Classes

All students at Chapman are required to complete a General Education program. The GE program consists of four areas: 

  1. First-year Focus (FFC 100)
  2. Liberal Arts and Sciences Focus
  3. Global Focus
  4. Exploration Focus. 

You’re required to take FFC 100 within your first year, and we recommend you take it during your first semester. Depending on your major, you may be required to take a specific FFC 100 class. Find out which FFC 100 class to take on the FFC 100 page.

Learn more about the GE program and what options are available for you on the General Education page.

4. What to do if your classes are full


Some classes fill up quickly, so you might not get all of your first choices while registering.

If that happens, you have the option to add your name to the waitlist of any class that’s full. When your name is on the waitlist, you’ll be added to the class automatically if a space opens up. 

Note that adding your name to the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in the class.


The SWAP tool lets you exchange a class on your schedule for a different class. You can use it if a class you want to take is full. Follow these steps to use the SWAP tool:

  1. Find a class that you can take instead of your first-choice class. This is your backup class.
  2. Enroll in the backup class.
  3. SWAP the backup class with your first-choice class. When you do this, your name will be added to the waitlist of your first-choice class. If a space opens up in your first-choice class, you’ll automatically be dropped from your backup class and added to your first-choice class.

Learn how to use the waitlist and SWAP classes with this video tutorial:

Register for Fall 2020

When registration opens for you, log in to your My.Chapman Student Center and register for the classes that you added to your shopping cart.

If your major uses block scheduling, you will get an email about automatically being enrolled in certain classes. Refer to this email to see which classes you will automatically be enrolled in. You still have to enroll in all other classes yourself. Watch this video to learn how to build your schedule around block scheduling:

Questions about registration? Need assistance right away? Contact our peer advisors at AACpeeradvising@chapman.edu. You can learn more about our peer advisors here.

Watch Advising and Registration Essentials Webinar

Our Academic Advising Center staff talk you through the registration process and answer questions from webinar participants.

Register for Orientation

Now that you've registered for your classes, your next step is to register for orientation. Registration for orientation becomes available later in the summer. Check our Orientation page for more details.

Contact Academic Advising Center

Academic Advising Center
Beckman Hall Suite 405

At this time, for the safety of our students and staff, the Academic Advising Center is conducting all advising remotely.

Virtual office hours:
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

FAQs for Advising and Registration

Get answers to frequently asked questions about advising and registration for incoming students.