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Incoming Undergraduates & Families

Course Registration

» Course Registration

Once you have completed your Pre-Registration advising, it’s time to prepare for registration, where you can both register for and change your classes.

  • You can begin registering for classes at your specific registration date and time. You will not be able to register for (enroll in) classes before this date and time. 
  • For those entering in spring, we will post your registration date and time in your Student Center in the “Enrollment Dates” box in mid-November. Your date and time is assigned randomly and cannot be changed. 
  • If you need help finding your registration date and time, use this guide with screenshots for finding your registration date.
  • All registration dates and times are in Pacific Time. 

In the meantime, here are some steps you can take to make registering easier when your registration date and time arrives:


Add classes to your shopping cart


Add the classes that you want to take to your shopping cart before your registration date and time. That way, you will be able to register quickly when your registration date arrives. If you need a quick reminder on how to do this, rewatch the videos in your academic advising tutorial.

Adding a class to your shopping cart does not guarantee you a spot in the class. Make sure to choose backup classes in case your first choices are full by the time you register. You can add as many classes into your shopping cart as you would like.


Find recommended classes

Not sure which classes to choose? Don’t worry. There are recommended classes for each college and major at Chapman. Find your major on our Recommended Courses page to get an idea of which classes to take your first year.

Most first-year students entering in the fall will be block scheduled into some or all of their recommended courses. This will be indicated on your Recommended courses page.


Explore general education courses

All Chapman students are required to take General Education (GE) classes. GE classes are designed to provide a broad educational background and emphasize the core values of our university. 

They allow students to explore a wide variety of subjects offered here at Chapman. You can learn more about the GE classes and requirements on the General Education webpage.


Learn what to do when classes are full

Some classes fill up quickly, so you might not get all of your first choices when registering.

If that happens, you have the option to add your name to the waitlist of any class that’s full. When your name is on the waitlist, you will be added to the class automatically if a space opens up.

Adding your name to the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in the class. But if you really want to take a class that’s full, it’s a good idea to be on the waitlist just in case a space opens up.

Watch this video to learn how to add your name to a waitlist and how to use the SWAP function to make sure you are added when a space becomes available:


Registering for classes

When your registration date and time arrive, log in to your Student Center and register for the classes that you have added to your shopping cart.

Directions for majors that use block scheduling (fall entry only)

If your major uses block scheduling, you will get an email about automatically being enrolled in certain classes. Refer to this email to see which classes you will automatically be enrolled in. Note that:

  • You still have to enroll in all other classes (such as GE classes) yourself.
  • If you would like to move to different sections of the courses you were registered in, you will have the opportunity to do so based on section availability when your registration opens.
  • If you drop yourself from a class that you were pre-registered into, you cannot be added back in.


Find your advisor

All undergraduate students have an assigned Academic Advisor. You can find yours—and reach out with any questions—on our Advising website.

Suggested 4-year Plan

For help guiding you through degree planning, use your Suggested 4-year Plan.