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Spring First-Year Enrollment Checklist

» First-Year Enrollment Checklist: Spring 2020

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

If you are entering Chapman in the spring 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 e-mail 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

If you looking to receive financial aid and haven't already done so, be sure to file the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (which covers fall 2019 through spring 2020) 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:

May 2019


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+ - Enrollment Deposit Due for Fall Applicants Who Were Admitted to Spring

This is applicable to incoming first-year students who applied to fall 2019 and were admitted to spring 2020. 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.

Summer 2019


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+ - New Student Summer Welcome Receptions

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.

September 2019


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+ - If Applicable: Fall Plans Online Form Due

If you originally applied for fall and were admitted to spring you will be contacted to complete an online form. You should use the form to provide the Office of Admission your plans for the fall, including if you are enrolled in coursework.

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

+ - Required: Enrollment Deposit and Housing Reservation Payment Due

Applicable to first-year students who applied directly to the spring semester. You can pay your enrollment deposit and housing reservation payment 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.

December 2019


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+ - Housing Application Due

Due: December 1

Both the housing application and 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 reslife@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6603.

+ - “Prepare for Registration” Letter Sent

In early December, the Academic Advising Center will send you an email with details about academic advising and course registration. 

All course registration is done online in December, 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.

+ - Spring Semester Billing Statement Sent

You will receive an email notification in early December when your billing statement is available. For more information on our billing process, visit our Student Billing page.

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

+ - Required: Parking Permit Registration or Waiver Available

Registration opens in early December and is available online. You must submit a parking permit registration or parking permit waiver. If you do not submit a waiver request, you will be automatically billed for a parking permit. 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.

+ - Required: Tuition and Fees Payment Due

Due: December 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.

+ - 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.

+ - Required: Register for Spring Classes

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.edu Student Center in early December. Online registration will also take place in early December.

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

December - January 2020


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+ - 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.

+ - Submit Final Transcripts and Official Test Scores

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

+ - 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.

January 2020


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+ - Register for Spring Orientation

Registration opens in January. You can learn more about and register for Orientation on the Orientation website.

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

+ - 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

Due: January 10

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 reslift@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6603.

+ - Required: Submit Health Record and Examination Form

All students are required to submit the online Health Record Form to Student Health Services. You can learn more about the form, and submit online, on the Health Record Form webpage.

If you have questions, contact Student Health Services at (714) 997-6851.

+ - Student Move-in Day: January 28

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.

+ - Spring Orientation: January 29

Orientation for spring 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.

February 2020


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+ - First Day of Classes: Monday, February 3

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

+ - Required: Tuition & Fee Master Payment

Due February 3

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.

+ - If Applicable: Opt-in for Health Insurance

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.