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What You Need to Know — When You Need to Know It

Activating your Chapman Student Account

  • Shortly after receiving your offer of admission, an email is sent from our Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department to the email address listed on your application. It outlines how to activate your Student Account and access to If it has been more than two weeks since your acceptance, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at
    (714) 997-6600 or for this information.
  • You will use this username/password to register online and access your student information system. 

Setting up your PantherMail E-mail Account

  • Once you are admitted, all official e-mails from Chapman (including information on your specific registration date and time) will be sent to your Chapman e-mail account.
  • Set up your new e-mail account, using the instructions outlined in the email from our Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department after being granted admission.

Important Dates

+ - March

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Financial Aid Processing Due 
March 2, 2017

The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 2. If the priority deadline is not met you may still apply, but funding for certain aid programs may be exhausted.
Contact: Office of Financial Aid
(714) 997-6741

+ - May

First Year Enrollment Deposit Deadline 
May 1, 2017

Applicable to incoming first year students to the fall semester. Deposit online here or by sending a non-refundable $200 check and completed Student Enrollment Deposit Agreement Form. 
Contact: Office of Admission 
(714) 997-6711 or 1-888-CU-APPLY

Housing Application and Reservation Payment Deadline
May 15, 2017

Housing applications must be submitted online through the Chapman Housing Portal by May 15 for priority processing. Your housing application must be submitted with a non-refundable $500 reservation payment. This reservation payment is separate from the enrollment deposit and will be used as a payment applied to your housing costs. 
Contact: Residence Life and First Year Experience 
(714) 997-6603

Preparing for Registration Email 

Provides information on summer advising options and course registration. Note: all registration is done online in July, but students must complete academic advising prior to their assigned registration date. Deposited first year students must attend an advising workshop during early summer or complete the online advising tutorial. Deposited transfer students must complete the online advising tutorial in order to schedule an individual appointment with an academic advisor. 
Contact: Academic Advising Center 
(714) 744-7959

+ - June

Student ID Photo Submission  
June - July 2017

Submit a recent photo to be used for your Chapman University student identification card by the end of July, prior to attending Orientation in August. Submitting your photo is highly recommended, especially for students who intend to live on campus. 
Contact: University Service Desk 
(714) 997-6600

New Student Welcome Receptions 
June - July 2017

Receptions are held throughout the summer all over the country to welcome new students and their families into the Chapman Family. The website will be updated with dates for summer 2017 in mid-spring.

Academic Advising 
June - July 2017

First year students must complete their academic advising requirement prior to course registration in order to remove their registration hold. 
Contact: Academic Advising 
(714) 744-7959

Math Placement Testing 
June - July 2017

Placement testing is completed online for those students who wish to be placed into a higher level math course. Any student who scored below a 570 on the SAT/Math (or 540 for tests prior to March 2016) or below 23 on the ACT/Math is required to take the Algebra Placement Test. 

Foreign Language Placement Testing 
June - July 2017

Students seeking higher placement (above 101 level) in a foreign language may take the placement exam. Language placement tests are available in Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German and Japanese. Placement testing is available for Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese and Sign Language by appointment in the World Languages and Cultures department.  
Contact: Academic Advising 
(714) 744-7959


+ - July

Registration for Classes

All incoming students will be assigned a specific date and time when they can begin registering for courses. Those dates will be available online in your My.Chapman Student Center in early June, and registration will take place in July.
Contact: Academic Advising 
(714) 744-7959

Register for New Student Orientation  

Contact: The Orientation Team  
(714) 516-4600

Parking Permit and Parking Waivers

Registration is available online beginning in early July. 
Contact: Parking Services 
(714) 997-6560

Housing Assignment Information and Notification Email

The Housing Assignment Notification email sent to your Chapman email account, provides housing information, which includes your housing assignment, roommates' names and contact information, among other helpful information to assist you with your move to the residence community.
Contact: Residence Life and First Year Experience
(714) 997-6603

Fall Semester Billing Statement Emailed

You will receive a notification via your Chapman University email address when your billing statement is available.
Contact: Student Business Services
(714) 997-6617 or 

Tuition and Fees Payment 
July 20, 2017

Students must pay in full for the fall semester, or enroll in a payment plan and pay the first installment. 

AP, IB, and Updated Exam Results Due
July 31, 2017

Please submit all AP/IB, or any updated SAT/ACT exam test results to the Office of Admission for evaluation. 
Contact: Office of Admission
(714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY

Final High School Transcripts Due 
July 31, 2017

Final transcripts must include all final grades and proof of completion. Please submit all final transcripts to the Office of Admission.
Contact: Office of Admission
(714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY

Health Record and Examination Form 
July 31, 2017

All students are required to submit the online Health Record Form to Student Health Services.
Contact: Student Health Services 
(714) 997-6851

+ - August

Move-in Day for First Year Students 
August 22, 2017

Contact: Residence Life and First Year Experience 
(714) 997-6603

Orientation for First Year Students and their families begins
August 22, 2017

Orientation begins after move-in for first year students and their families. All new students are expected to attend orientation. The program familiarizes incoming students with the academic and social aspects of Chapman University. 
Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600

First Day of Fall Classes 
August 28, 2017

The first day of the academic calendar for Chapman University. 
Contact:Office of Admission 
(714) 997-6711



+ - September

Parking Fee Waiver Deadline
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. 
Contact: Parking Services 
(714) 997-6560 or 

+ - October

Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Available for 2018-2019
October 1, 2017

The application for filing the FAFSA for the following academic year (2018-2019) opens on October 1. 
Contact: Office of Financial Aid 
(714) 997-6741

+ - December

Tuition and Fees Payment 
December 20, 2017

Students must pay in full for the spring semester, or enroll in a payment plan and pay the first installment. 

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