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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 My Chapman. If it has been more than two weeks since your acceptance, please contact the IS&T Service Desk at
    (714) 997-6600 or email servicedesk@chapman.edu for this information.
  • You will use this username/password to register online and access your My Chapman student information system

Setting up your PantherMail Email Account

  • 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.
  • Set up your new email account, using the instructions outlined in the email from our Information Systems & Technology (IS&T) department after being granted admission.

Important Dates

+ - January

Early Decision Enrollment Deposit Deadline
January 10, 2018

Applicable to incoming first year student to the fall semester. You can make your enrollment deposit here

+ - March

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Priority Deadline 
March 2, 2018

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
www.fafsa.ed.gov

+ - May

First Year Enrollment Deposit, Housing Reservation Payment & Email Activation Deadline 
May 1, 2018

Applicable to incoming first year students to the fall semester. The enrollment deposit and housing reservation payment can be paid in one transaction. You can make the deposit here.
Contact: Office of Admission 
(714) 997-6711 or 1-888-CU-APPLY

Housing Application Deadline
May 15, 2018

Housing applications must be submitted online through the Chapman Housing Portal. Both the application and $500 housing reservation payment must be received to be considered complete and on-time.
Contact: Residence Life and First Year Experience 
(714) 997-6603

Preparing for Registration Email 
Mid-May 2018

This 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

Transfer Enrollment Deposit Deadline & Email Activation Deadline 
June 1, 2018

Applicable to incoming transfer students to the fall semester. 
Contact: Office of Admission
(714) 997-6711 or toll free (888) CU-APPLY

New Students Summer Welcome Receptions  
June-July 2018

Incoming students and their families are invited to meet the Chapman Family (including current parents and students, staff and alumni) at receptions all over the country. You can view reception details and register to attend here. *The website will be updated with dates for summer 2018 in mid-spring. 
Contact: Office of Parent Engagement
(714) 997-6558

Academic Advising 
June-July 2018

First year and transfer students must complete their mandatory 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 2018

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 2018

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
July 2018

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, Transfer and Family Orientation  
July 2018

Contact: The Orientation Team
(714) 516-4600

Parking Permit and Parking Waivers
July 2018

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

Housing Assignment Notification Email
Mid-July 2018

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
Mid-July 2018

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 ocbusn@chapman.edu 

Tuition and Fees Payment 
July 20, 2018

Students must pay in full for the fall semester or enroll in a payment plan and pay the first installment. 
Contact: Student Business Services
(714) 997-6617 or ocbusn@chapman.edu 

AP, IB and Updated Exam Results Due
July 31, 2018

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, 2018

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, 2018

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

+ - August

Student ID Card Photo Submission
August 3, 2018

Submit a recent photo to be used for your Chapman University student identification card. 
Contact: IS&T Service Desk 
(714) 997-6600

First Year Student Move-In Day & Orientation Begins 
August 21, 2018

Orientation begins for first year students. All new students are expected to attend orientation. Contact: Residence Life and First Year Experience 
(714) 997-6603
Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600

Transfer Student Move-In Day & Orientation Begins
August 23, 2018

Orientation begins for transfer students.
Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600

First Day of Fall Classes 
August 27, 2018

The academic calendar for Chapman begins.

Tuition & Fee Master Payment Contract Due 
August 27, 2018

All students must complete a Tuition and Fee Master Payment Contract by the first day of the semester. 
Contact: Student Business Services
(714) 997-6617 or ocbusn@chapman.edu 

+ - September

Parking Fee Waiver Deadline
Early September 2018

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 transportation@chapman.edu 

Health Insurance Deadline 
Early September 2018

Domestic students are not automatically billed for health insurance but can opt-in no later than the enrollment period. 
Contact: Student Business Services
(714) 997-6617 or ocbusn@chapman.edu 

+ - October

Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Available for 2019-2020
October 1, 2018

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, 2018

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

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