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We CU! Mentor Program

We CU! Mentor Program is a collaborative initiative designed to help all students make connections with the campus community and establish a sense of belonging at Chapman University. Mentors consist of dedicated students, staff and faculty who are eager to support you wherever you may find yourself in your college journey. 

On behalf of Residence Life and First Year Experience, The Cross-Cultural Center and The Promising Futures Program, we look forward to your participation! If you have any questions, please email crossculturalcenter@chapman.edu.

First Year Photo Project

Thank you for your interest in the First Year Photo Project. This program is currently being revamped, if you have any questions please contact David Brown at resstu150@chapman.edu 

Emerging Leaders Retreat

The Emerging Leaders Retreats a 3-day program where incoming first-year students will have the opportunity to meet peers and learn more about leadership in a fun and interactive setting. Students will be able to preference one of three tracks in which they would like to engage in. This is an opportunity to explore ways to get involved at Chapman. The Emerging Leaders Program will be tentatively pushed to the Spring 2021 Interterm to further students’ experiences and allow for more in person opportunity. 

First Generation Summer Bridge Program

The First Generation Summer Bridge Program is aimed at easing your transition into university life. This event is for incoming first-generation college students at Chapman University and is run by staff and students who they themselves are first-generation. Chapman defines a first-generation college student as one whose parents(s)/ legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree at a four-year college or university.

Chapman recognizes that students who are first in their family to pursue a bachelor's degree may benefit from early access to resources on campus as they transition into college life. Think of your college career as a book that you are about to begin. Before you start the first chapter, you read the introduction or foreword! Only available for students beginning Chapman in the Fall semester. 

The application is now open and can be accessed here

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to university guidelines on social distancing, this year’s Summer Bridge workshops will be as offered virtually and potentially some face-to-face activities in small groups. All Summer Bridge activities are subject to change pending guidance from the university for COVID-19 safety needs.