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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. For the Fall 2017 semester, We CU! will be available for the first 20 students who sign-up. More information to come.

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.

+ - CU Adventure Treks

Detailed program information coming June 2018!

+ - First Year Photo Project

The First Year Photo Project is a program made exclusively for you. It is a way to connect with Chapman early on and take others with you on your journey to college!

Applications will be available in June!

+ - Emerging Leaders Retreat

The Emerging Leaders Retreat is 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 the perfect opportunity to explore ways to get involved at Chapman before the Fall semester even begins!

Retreat Tracks:

I Am Chapman- We all hold many different identities, perspectives and experiences that shape who we are and how we understand the world. Together, I AM CHAPMAN.

Through the foundations of Identity, Empathy and Community, participants will be guided through activities and experiences that will allow for the thoughtful exploration of identity. We aim to not only appreciate and value the identities that we hold but also understand and learn how to be an ally for others. Participants will learn skills and gain resources on how to be an effective leader in diversity and inclusion in the Chapman community. During our experience we will travel to Los Angeles to visit the Museum of Tolerance.

Let's Be Real- Your guide to navigating life after high school.

Independent living is exciting, eye opening and if we're honest, overwhelming! Join us on a journey of self-discovery through different emotional, social and cognitive intelligence and skills- all while exploring how you work and live with others. This unique opportunity to meet, bond and grow with your peers will culminate with a trip to a ropes course and as an extra added bonus, you'll be led by amazing facilitators that are recent Chapman graduates!

Common Ground- The future of our world, and the common ground we all walk upon, will be determined by the degree to which we accept the duties and responsibilities it demands from us.

There is more to Orange County than the amusement parks, ocean views and television shows that made us famous. Nearly 31% of us are immigrants, 12% of us live below the poverty line and 18% of us never graduated high school. We are also a community with a rich history of civic engagement and played a central role in our country's struggle for civil rights. Join us in learning more about the Orange County beyond Chapman's campus. We'll visit with local leaders working to improve our communities, tour historical landmarks for equity and justice, learn about stories that continue to shape the common ground we call Orange County and make plans for using your time at Chapman in pursuit of a better tomorrow.

Emerging Leaders is scheduled for August 18th - 20th!

The appllication will open in June. 

+ - First Generation Summer Bridge Program

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

Summer Bridge Program Goals:

  • To facilitate the smooth transition of first-generation college students into university life by providing them with the skills needed to be academically successful
  • To help participants take advantage of campus resources and opportunities in order to succeed
  • To develop a sense of community among incoming and current first-generation college students


Please contact First Generation Summer Bridge Staff: firstgen@chapman.edu.

Summer Bridge Program Dates available in June 2018.

+ - Architecture of Belonging Study

You are invited to participate in the Architecture of Belonging project. This important study seeks to understand how residence hall spaces facilitate or hinder the development of belonging and community among students. Participation involves photo journal and a participating in a focus group. As a small token of our appreciation, you will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card upon participation in both the photo journal process and focus group. Students enrolled in PSY 101 may be eligible for research study participation credit for this course.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michelle Samura at samura@chapman.edu.

+ - First Year Associates Program

The Associates Program is a series of evening workshops in the Fall designed to provide first year students with additional opportunities to interact with faculty and representatives from various academic offices. Students who attend this program will gain an insider’s perspective on ways to get ahead academically at Chapman and beyond.

+ - Mapworks

Each Fall and Spring we ask all first year students to complete a short online survey called Mapworks. Mapworks is designed to help students understand how they are connecting at the University, what challenges may lie ahead, and what services are available to help them meet those challenges. Be on the lookout for more information once the academic year begins.