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» First Year Checklist for those entering in the Spring of 2018

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

This checklist is intended for students who are entering Chapman in the spring as a first year student. A first year student has graduated high school, but has not yet completed any college coursework.
There is a separate checklist for spring transfer students.

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


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Financial Aid Processing
If you applied for financial aid, you can expect to receive your Financial Aid Award letter two-to-three weeks after your offer of admission. If you have not filed a 2017-2018 FAFSA, you may still do so by visiting Chapman's Financial Aid code is 001164. Students who want to receive consideration for grants, educational loans and work study must file a FAFSA form. 
Contact: Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid
(714) 997-6741 

+ - May

First Year Student Enrollment Deposit Deadline 
May 1, 2017 and ongoing

You can deposit online here or by sending a non-refundable $200 check and completed student enrollment deposit agreement form to the Office of Admission. Deposits will continue to be accepted after May 1 on a space-available basis.
Contact: Office of Admission
(714) 997-6711 

+ - November

Housing Application and Reservation Payment Deadline 
November 2017 

The housing application for Spring 2018 will open in early November. 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

+ - December

Advisement Email & Academic Advising  
Early December 2017 

Advising for new students begins in mid-December. Students must complete their academic advising requirement prior to course registration. The advising registration hold will be lifted only after students satisfy the mandatory advising requirement.
Contact: Academic Advising Center 
(714) 744-7959

Math Placement Testing 
Early December 2017 

If you need to complete the Math Placement Test, you can do so online.

+ - January

Course Registration for Deposited Students 
January 2018 

Academic Advising Center
(714) 744-7959

Student I.D. Photo Submission 
January 2018 

Card Services
(714) 744-7011

Health Record and Examination Form 
January 2018

Student Health Services
(714) 997-6851 

Payment for Spring Semester
January 2018

Student Business Services
(714) 997-6617 

Purchase Books and Course Materials
January 2018

Chapman Textbook Store 
(714) 997-6809 

New Student Move-in Day 
January 23, 2018 *(tentative) 

New Student Orientation 
January 24, 2018 *(tentative) 

Contact: Orientation 
(714) 516-4600 

First Day of Spring Classes
January 29, 2018

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