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Summer & Fall 2020 Registration

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1. Learn to use Your Chapman Student Center

  1. To learn how to navigate the Student Center, view tutorials at
    • Select the "Try It" tab in the VIDEO TUTORIALS to view the tutorial at your own pace.
    • Select the "See It" tab to play the video tutorial.
  2. To plan your registration with calendar dates go to
  3. Log-in to to access your Student Center.
  4. Get your Enrollment Appointment Date & Time at your Student Center.
  5. The best browsers to use for registration are Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. If the student system does not seem to be working, try switching to one of these browsers first.
  6. For quick access, add these pages to your bookmark, or remember ""

2. Clear any Holds Posted in Your Student Center

  1. Check for HOLDS that may prevent registration in your Student Center to resolve them prior to registration. For dates on when you may begin checking for a Business Office Hold in the registration term, go to
  2. To learn more about Business Office HOLDS and how to clear them, contact your Student Account Advisor at Student Business Services Contacts
  3. To clear a missing Official Transcripts HOLD, submit official transcripts from transfer institutions to the Registrar's Office.

3. Meet with Your Program Advisor and Academic Advising

  1. Undergraduate students may make appointments with advisors at the Academic Advising Center to review non-major degree requirements prior to registration. 
  2. To review major degree requirements, students may meet with their faculty Program Advisor.
  3. Prior to registration and meeting with advisors, students may run their Program Evaluations to review their status on their requirements.

4. Validate Your Class Schedule Before Registration

  1. Validating your selected classes allows you to review and resolve any potential conflicts or restrictions before your registration appointment.
  2. Your class selections that are in Waitlists can also be validated.
  3. To learn how to validate your class schedule, review the Validating Handout (pdf) by the Academic Advising Center.

5. Register for Classes With Permission Numbers

  1. On or after your Enrollment Appointment, register the classes in your Shopping Cart.
  2. To request an override on section requirements or restrictions for which you do not automatically qualify:
    • obtain a Permission Number from the approving department,
    • or submit a Registration Form with signatures of approval at the Registrar's Office.
  3. To learn how to use a Permission Number, see the guide to Using A Permission Number.
  4. To print the guide click here (PDF).

6. Manage Your Waitlist

  1. If you are at the top of the waitlist for a class, and a seat becomes available, you will be automatically enrolled in the class, provided you validated the class.
    • The class validation would have confirmed that you did not have any holds that would have prevented your registration.
    • The class validation would have confirmed the meeting days and times of the waitlisted class did not conflict with any of already enrolled classes
    • Automatic registration by the Waitlist Process will send students an email notification of successful enrollment to the waitlisted class.
  2. At the START of each term, the waitlists will STOP processing requests automatically. Remaining students on waitlists will need to obtain the instructor's signature approval to be enrolled in closed or waitlisted classes.
  3. To successfully move a class from waitlist to enrollment, use the SWAP function.
  4. Learn more at Registration Waitlists FAQs at

7. Know the Registration Deadlines

  1. Check the Academic Calendar for dates on Registration deadlines.
  2. Late Fee: To add classes or make changes to registration after the deadlines, a petition form and a $20 petition fee will be required.
  3. Waitlists on First Day of Term: At the start of each term, the waitlists will STOP processing automatically, and students will be required to obtain the instructor's permission to enroll in closed or waitlisted class.
  4. Add/Drop Period: During the first two weeks of the semester (see academic calendar for Interterm and Summer), students may add or drop courses to change their schedules, change grading options to Audit, or drop courses without record of enrollment.
  5. Administrative Drop on First Day of Class: Students who do not attend the first class meeting of their enrolled class may be administratively dropped unless they contact the instructor prior to the class. To request re-enrollment to the class, the student must contact the instructor before the end of the Add/Drop period.
  6. Approval Required on All Adds: Starting on the second week of the semester (see academic calendar for Interterm and Summer), students adding a class are required to obtain the instructor's signature of approval.
  7. Change Grading Option to P/NP: After registration in a course, to change your grade option to P/NP or to a letter grade, submit a registration form to the Office of the Registrar, or e-mail from your Chapman University e-mail account, by the end of the fifth week of a standard semester (see academic calendar for Interterm or Summer deadlines). Once a course is graded, the grading option cannot be changed. Some courses are restricted to letter grades only and these are noted in the course descriptions.
  8. Internships and Individual Study Deadline: The end of the fifth week of the semester (see academic calendar for Interterm and Summer), is the deadline to register for internships, experiential learning projects, individual study, and reading & conference.
  9. Changing Number of Credits: The end of the Withdraw Period - the tenth week of the semester, is the deadline for changing the number of credits you may wish to enroll in courses with variable credits.
  10. Withdraw Period: All classes dropped between the third and the tenth week of the semester (see academic calendar for Interterm and Summer), are marked with a non-punitive notation of "W" indicating the withdrawal. A "W" does not affect the GPA, and its removal may not be petitioned. It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from a course or from all enrolled courses either via the web or in-person at the Office of the Registrar. Students who stop attending courses without notifying the Office of the Registrar by the end of the tenth week will be assigned a grade of "FW" (Failure to Withdraw), which is calculated as an "F".

8. How to Register for Individual Study, Internships, Research, Travel and Study Abroad

  1. To register for special studies such as Individual Study, Internships, Student & Faculty Research, and Reading & Conference, students must complete the required registration form provided at and apply at the designated department indicated on the form by the specified deadline.
  2. To register for Internships, go to 
  3. To register for Study Abroad, go to
  4. To register for Travel Courses, go to
  5. To register for Research/Creative Activity Course, go to 291 & 491 Course Credit. To learn more, see

9. How are Registration Dates Assigned?

  1. Freshmen register after Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores.
  2. Registration assignments are based on students' completed credits. 
  3. Most 100 and 200 level classes are reserved for Freshmen students.