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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. More information to come or the Fall 2019 semester!

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 2-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!

Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Leaders Program! Unfortunately, we have hit our capacity for all programs. However, if you would like to be put on a wait-list, please email David Brown at resstu150@chapman.edu.

The Emerging Leaders program is limited to 78 students. Please make sure to complete the application in its entirety in order to be considered for this unique opportunity. Applicants will be notified via their Chapman email address if selected within 4 business days of applying. If applications are submitted after 5:00 p.m. on Friday through Sunday evening, the 4 business day process will begin the following Monday.

This retreat will allow you to:

  • Get to know your fellow peers
  • Identify your personal characteristics and leadership style
  • identify and describe your values
  • determine where and how to get involved
  • learn about yourself, the orange community, and what it means to be a citizen of Chapman


  • Application: Closed
  • Students living on campus for the 2019-2020 school year, will move into their residence halls on the evening of Saturday, August 17th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (This is considered an early move-in. You will not be able to check-in to your room prior to 6:00 p.m. on the 17th.)
  • Retreat will take place Saturday evening, August 17th- Monday, August 19th. Retreat agenda will be available upon arrival to campus.

Emerging Leaders 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 to 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.

Capacity: 25 participants 
Fee: $175.00

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

Let's Be Real! 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!

Capacity: 30 participants
Fee: $215.00

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.

Capacity: 22 Participants 
Fee: $175.00


Please contact David Brown (714) 628-7379 or resstu150@chapman.edu


Link to apply: https://chapman.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/286112

+ - First Generation Summer Bridge Program

This August 17th-19th we are hosting the First Generation Summer Bridge Program 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!

We are pleased to announce that this program is being offered FREE to the first 50 students who sign up! Since space is limited, we are currently unable to accommodate more than 50 students.


Thank you for your interest in the First Generation Summer Bridge Program! Unfortunately, we have hit our capacity of 50 students. However, if you would like to be put on a wait-list, please email David Brown at resstu150@chapman.edu.

Questions contact David Brown at resstu150@chapman.edu or First Generation Summer Bridge Staff at firstgen@chapman.edu