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Academic Advising

New Students

» Academic Advising for New Students - Spring 2023

Important dates

Early December: Required online advising tutorial opens on December 1. Starting on Thursday, December 1, you will be able to access the online advising tutorial and final exam to remove your advising hold. This tutorial will explain the advising and registration process. (Removing your hold may take up to 24 hours on our end.) Please click on the below Registration Steps link to access the first-year or transfer tutorial.

Later in early December: Registration for classes begins. Each student has their own registration date sometime in early December. Your Student Center will be updated in late November with your exact registration date and time. Your date will be posted in the "Enrollment Dates" area; see directions for finding registration date and time here.

Registration Steps

Before you start registering for classes, make sure you're following these steps. They will help you make sure you're doing everything you need to do to register. Just pick when you'll be coming to Chapman (fall or spring) and how you were admitted (first-year or transfer) for your step-by-step instructions.

Fall First-Year Steps

Fall Transfer Steps

Spring First-Year Steps

Spring Transfer Steps

Find your advisors

Your academic advisor can help you with registering and general education classes. They're located in the Academic Advising Center. You can start working with your academic advisor after you complete your online advising tutorial.

Your program advisor can help you plan your major classes and answer questions related to your major. They're located wherever your major department is on campus. If you are undeclared, your advisor is in the Academic Advising Center until you declare a major.

Find your academic advisor

Find your program advisor


You can learn more about advising at Chapman on our Advising Guide page.

Change your major

You have to wait until the start of the semester to change your major. Contact the Office of Admission for further help with changing your major.

Helpful Handouts

Advising timeline for freshmen

How to utilize your program evaluation

How to help students with registration (for parents/guardians!)

Additional advising resources

Language placement testing

View a list of languages and learn more about the testing placement options available to you.

Math placement testing

Learn more about the Math Pathways at Chapman and math placement tests (and whether you should take one).

Introduction to the General Education program

Learn more about our General Education program and GE course options.

Recommended classes for first-year students

Not sure which classes to take your first year? This guide will help you choose.

Advising for undeclared students

Get help exploring and declaring your major.

The undeclared experience

If you're an undeclared student, these videos will help you get started at Chapman.