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Fall First-Year Enrollment Checklist

» First-Year Enrollment Checklist: Fall 2023

This checklist is for those entering Chapman as a first-year student in the fall semester Review the list of items below to be sure you are on track to begin your fall semester. 

If you are entering Chapman as a transfer student, please use the transfer student checklist.

Enrollment Timeline

Follow this timeline to keep track of the required steps you need to take before your first day of class. Each step is labeled "required," "optional" or "if applicable."

  • Required: you must complete this step. Pay extra attention to required steps.
  • Optional: you do not have to complete this step, but can if you want to/if it applies to you.
  • If applicable: This step is required for some incoming students.

May 2023

Submit Housing Reservation Payment (Required)

  • Due: May 1
  • Your Housing Reservation Payment is your deposit on housing at Chapman. Submitting it by the due date will give you priority consideration for housing.
  • The Housing Reservation Payment is $500.
  • Submit your Housing Reservation Payment through your Application Status page.
  • If you are looking to live off campus with a relative, you must complete a Housing Petition Form, which is also available in your Application Status Page.
  • Contact reslife@chapman.edu with any questions.

Submit official SAT/ACT scores (If applicable)

Submit housing application (Required)

Submit final transcripts (Required)

  • Due: As soon as available
  • As soon as your final high school transcripts are available, have your high school send them to us. Usually this is done through a request to your high school counselor. Ask your high school counselor to send your transcripts electronically, by email to admtranscript@chapman.edu or physically to the Office of Admission.
  • You must also submit college transcripts if you took classes at a college.
  • Final transcripts must include all final grades and proof of completion.
  • Contact admit@chapman.edu with any questions. 

Submit AP exam results/IB transcripts (If applicable)


June 2023

Complete Academic Advising (Required)

  • Due: During the spring/summer (we will email you with exact deadlines).
  • All incoming Chapman students must complete an academic advising requirement. You can’t register for classes until you’ve completed the requirement.
  • You can learn more about pre-registration advising here.
  • Contact advising@chapman.edu with any questions.

Complete Math Assessment (Required)

  • Due: Friday, June 16
  • In addition to your academic advising requirement (see above), you must also take a Math Assessment. The Math Assessment will help determine which math class(es) you need to take at Chapman.
  • The Math Assessment is available in Canvas. After logging in with your Chapman email and passwor, you can complete the assessment by clicking on "Math Placement Exams."
  • Contact mathadvising@chapman.edu with any questions.

Take language exam (Optional)

  • Due: During the summer
  • At Chapman, you are required to take a language class as part of your General Education requirements. However, you can attempt to test higher in the language sequence via a placement exam, or if you are fluent, test out of your language requirement completely via a proficiency exam. For more information and instructions, see our Language Exams page.
  • When you know what your plans are for completing or waiving your language requirement are, we ask that you complete our Language Planning Form.
  • Contact placementexams@chapman.edu with any questions.

Create Medical Portal and complete to-do items (Required)


July 2023

Register for classes (Required)

  • Due: Mid-July
  • In mid-July, class registration will open. Each person has their own specific registration date and time. You can find your registration date and time in your Student Center.
  • Once your registration date and time arrive, log in to your Student Center to pick and register for your classes.
  • To be a full-time student, you must register for at least 12 credits.
  • Contact advising@chapman.edu with any questions.

Pay your tuition (Required)

Submit student ID photo (Required)

  • Due: July 31
  • Submit a recent photo to be used for your Chapman University student identification card.
  • Learn more and upload your photo through our New Student ID Cards page.

August 2023

Register for a parking permit (Optional)

  • Due: After August 1
  • If you bring a vehicle to campus, you need a permit. Permits are free but mandatory.
  • To register for a virtual parking permit, go to our Parking Portal.
  • For parking policies and more information, see our Parking Permit page.
  • Contact parking@chapman.edu with any questions.

Register for Orientation (Required)

  • Due: TBA
  • All incoming Chapman students attend Orientation. Parents and families are also welcome to attend.
  • The link to register for Orientation will be added here when it is available.
  • For the most up-to-date information about Orientation, see our Orientation website.
  • Contact orientation@chapman.edu with any questions.

Complete Tuition and Fee Master Payment Contract (Required)

  • Due: By the first day of the semester (Monday, August 28)
  • The Tuition and Fee Master Payment Contract informs Chapman University of who is responsible for payment of your tuition and fees. It also provides you with important information regarding university records, payment options, late fees, tuition refund policy and more.
  • The student is required to submit the contract at the start of every academic year.
  • Students can review and submit the contract via their Student Center eForms tile.
  • Contact ocbusn@chapman.edu with any questions.

Submit proof of health insurance (Required)

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • May 1: Housing Reservation Payment due for first-year students.
  • May 15: Housing Application due for first-year students. You can learn more about applying for first-year housing here.
  • July: Fall course registration opens. Incoming students will be assigned a specific date and time when their course registration opens. Those dates/times will be available in your Student Center in early June.
  • July: Housing Notification email sent to your Chapman email account. The email will provide your housing assignment, roommates' name(s) and contact information.
  • July: Fall semester billing statement sent. You will receive an email notification (sent to your Chapman email account) when your billing statement is available.
  • Friday, July 20: Tuition and Fees Payment Due. For more information on making a payment, visit our Making a Payment page.
  • Tuesday, August 22: First-year student move-in day. You can learn more about the process and what to bring on our Move-in page. 
  • Monday, August 28: First day of class. You can be sure you are ready with our tips for preparing for your first day of class.
  • Monday, August 28: Tuition and Fees Master Payment Contract due. Students can review and submit the contract via their Student Center eForms tile.


parent-involvement.jpgFor Parents: Assisting Your Student

It is important that your student learn how to navigate the university independently. However, in some cases they may need some help. 

Our Office of Parent and Family Engagement put together some steps for you to be able to assist if needed. You learn more on the Parent Involvement website.



Contact Us

If you have questions about your first semester, you can use our contact form to be sure you get in touch.

Office of Admission Mailing Address

Any physical materials mailed to the Office of Admission should be mailed to:

Chapman University
Attn: Office of Admission
Orange, CA 92866