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Fall First-Year Enrollment Checklist

» First-Year Enrollment Checklist: Fall 2020

This checklist is for those entering Chapman as a first-year student in the fall term. Review the list of items below to be sure you are on track to begin your fall semester. Please pay special attention to required steps.

If you are entering Chapman as a transfer student, please use the transfer student checklist.


First Steps After Admission

The following items should be completed soon after being admitted (if not earlier, in the case of submitting your FAFSA).


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+ - Required: Activate Your My.Chapman Student Account

Shortly after receiving your offer of admission, you should receive an email from our Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department. The email will be sent to the email address listed on your application and provides both your My.Chapman username and temporary password, as well as instructions on how to activate your Student Account.

You learn more about your Student Account here.

If it has been more than two weeks since your acceptance and you have not received this email, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at (714) 997-6600 or servicedesk@chapman.edu.

+ - Required: Set Up Your PantherMail Email Account

Please be sure to set up and check your PantherMail email regularly. Once you are admitted, all official emails from Chapman (including information on your specific registration date and time) will be sent to your Chapman email account.

You can set up your new email account using the instructions outlined in the email from our IS&T department after being admitted. More information on PantherMail is available on our IS&T website.

+ - File Your FAFSA

Due: March 2

If you looking to receive financial aid and haven't already done so, be sure to file the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (which covers fall 2020 through spring 2021) as soon as possible. Chapman’s code is 001164.

For more information on the FAFSA, please visit our FAFSA FAQs on the Financial Aid website.

Enrollment Timeline

Please review month-by-month requirements and notifications:

January 2020


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+ - Early Decision Enrollment Deposit Deadline

Due: January 10

This is applicable to incoming first-year students who applied Early Decision for the fall semester. You can accept admission and submit your enrollment deposit in your Applicant Status Page.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

May 2020


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+ - “Prepare for Registration” Letter Sent

Be on the lookout for an email from the Academic Advising Center with details about summer advising options and course registration. 

All course registration is done online in July, but you must complete academic advising prior to your assigned registration date. You will have to complete the online advising tutorial in order to schedule an individual appointment with an academic advisor.

For more information about advising, visit our New Student Advising webpage.

If you have questions, please contact the Academic Advising Center at advising@chapman.edu or (714) 744-7959.

+ - Required: Enrollment Deposit and Housing Reservation Payment Due

Applicable to incoming first-year students entering in the fall semester. You can pay your enrollment deposit and housing reservation payment in one transaction. You can pay your deposit in your Application Status Page.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

+ - Required: Housing Application Due

Due: May 15

Both the housing application and $500 housing reservation payment must be received to be considered complete and on-time. You can view instructions, and find a link to apply for housing, on the Applying to On-Campus Housing page.

If you have questions, contact Residence Life and First Year Experience at resline@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6603.

June 2020


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+ - New Student Summer Welcome Receptions Begin

You and your guests are invited to meet the Chapman Family (including current students, parents, staff and alumni) at receptions all over the country. To view reception details and register to attend, visit our Summer Welcome Receptions page.

If you have any questions, contact the Office of Parent Programs at parents@chapman.edu.

+ - Required: Complete Academic Advising

First-year students must complete their mandatory academic advising requirement prior to course registration. If advising is not completed, you will not be able to register for courses.

If you have questions, please contact the Academic Advising Center at advising@chapman.edu or (714) 744-7959.

+ - If Applicable: Take Math Placement Test

Any student who scored below a 570 on the SAT Math or 23 on the ACT Math (or has not completed a transferable college math course) is required to take the online Algebra Placement Exam. In addition, online placement testing is available for those who want to place into a higher level math course. You can visit the Math Placement Test webpage for more information.

If you have questions, please contact the Academic Advising Center at advising@chapman.edu or (714) 744-7959.

+ - If Applicable: Take Foreign Language Placement Test

Students seeking higher placement (above 101 level) in a foreign language may take the placement exam. For more information, visit our Foreign Language Tests webpage.

If you have questions, please contact the Academic Advising Center at advising@chapman.edu or (714) 744-7959.

July 2020


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+ - Fall Registration Opens

Incoming students will be assigned a specific date and time when their course registration opens. Those dates/times will be available in your My.Chapman Student Center in early June. Online registration will take place in July.

+ - Submit AP, IB and Updated Exam Results

Please submit all AP/IB, or any updated SAT/ACT, exam test results to the Office of Admission for evaluation.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

+ - Housing Assignment Notification Sent

The housing assignment notification email will be sent to your Chapman email account. The email will provide housing information, including your housing assignment and roommates' names and contact information, as well as other helpful information to assist you with your move to the residence community.

If you have questions, contact Residence Life and First Year Experience at reslife@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6603.

+ - Required: Submit Student ID Photo

Submit a recent photo to be used for your Chapman University student identification card. Submitting your photo on time will ensure you receive it when you arrive on campus. You can learn more about submitting your ID on our New Student ID Cards page.

If you have questions, contact Residence Life and First Year Experience at reslife@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6603.

+ - Fall Semester Billing Statement Sent

You will receive an email notification (sent to your Chapman email account) when your billing statement is available.

+ - Required: Tuition and Fees Payment Due

Due: July 20

All students must pay in full for the spring semester or enroll in a payment plan and pay the first installment. For more information on making a payment, visit our Making a Payment page.

If you have questions, please contact Student Business Services at ocbusn@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6617.

+ - Final Transcripts and Official Test Scores Due

Due: July 31

Final transcripts must include all final grades and proof of completion. Please submit all final transcripts and official test scores to the Office of Admission. 

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

August 2020


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+ - First-Year Student Move-in Day: August 25

First-year and transfer students who are living on campus can begin moving into the Residence Halls.

If you have questions, contact Residence Life and First Year Experience at reslife@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6603.

+ - Fall Orientation: August 27

Orientation for fall takes place for first-year and transfer students. All new students are expected to attend orientation.

If you have questions, contact the Orientation Team at orientation@chapman.edu or (714) 516-4600.

+ - First Day of Classes: Monday, August 31

Welcome to Chapman! To view the schedule for the rest of the semester, visit our Academic Calendar page.

+ - Required: Tuition & Fee Master Payment

Due: August 31

All students must complete a Tuition and Fee Master Payment Contract by the first day of the semester.

If you have questions, please contact Student Business Services at ocbusn@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6617. 

September 2020


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+ - Required: Parking Permit Registration or Waiver Available

Due: Early September

All students are automatically billed for a parking pass. If you do not plan to park a vehicle on campus, you must complete the online waiver for a refund on your student account. For more information, visit our Parking Permit page.

If you have questions, please contact Parking & Transportation Services at parking@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6560.

+ - If Applicable: Opt-in for Health Insurance

Due: Early September

Domestic students are not automatically billed for health insurance but can opt-in no later than the enrollment period. More information is available on the Student Health Insurance website.

If you have questions, please contact Student Business Services at ocbusn@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6617.