» Residence Life and First Year Experience

The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience provides on-campus housing options and off-campus housing resources to undergraduate and graduate students.

On-Campus Housing

Incoming undergraduate students and continuing undergraduate students will find quality on-campus housing options in safe, welcoming, educational communities within the residence halls. There is limited graduate student housing available in university-owned apartments in Orange, including the Panther Village Apartments.

Off-Campus Housing

Current undergraduate students and graduate students can find off-campus living an enriching college experience. Residence Life and First Year Experience provides resources to students seeking housing off-campus in privately owned properties unaffiliated with the university.

Panther Housing Selection 2020

Continuing students will soon be able to select their housing for the upcoming 2020-2021 School Year. Check out our timeline and FAQ so that you're able to stay on top of deadlines to reserve your space for next year. If your situation has changed and you would like to opt out of housing, please fill out our petition form. Continuing students should regularly check their student email to learn information as soon as possible

Student Staff Selection 2020-2021

Are you a leader on campus or interested in growing your leadership skills? Interested in shaping your peer’s experiences at Chapman? Apply to be a member of our student staff team! Applications for the following positions open on January 6th, 2020:

Resident Advisor - Application Due Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:45pm

Resident Advisors (RA) serve as a resource, role model, and leader in their community. They build intentional relationships with students which aids them in supporting and promoting their development. They do this by creating fun and unique events that bring their community together. The time commitment for being an RA is approximately 20 hours a week which consists of:
  • Resident interactions
  • Programs and community building activities
  • Serving on a staff duty rotation
  • Weekly small staff meetings
  • Bi-weekly all RA staff meetings 
  • Weekly 1 on 1 meetings with supervisor

 In order to be eligible to be an RA, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Maintain good academic standing (2.5 cumulative and semester GPA)
  • Full-time student status (12-18 credits per semester for undergraduates and at least 6 credits for graduate students)
  • No classes Fridays 3pm-5pm (unless pre-approved)
  • Maximum 10 hours of co-curricular employment and/or activities
  • Cannot study abroad in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 - If you will be studying abroad in Spring 2020, there will be a Skype interview process during Interterm.

RA Compensation: RAs of first year communities receive a room and a full meal plan. RAs of upperclassmen areas receive a single spartment and a commuter meal plan. Application Due Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:45pm.

Fenestra Community Coordinator - Application Due Date: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020 at 11:45pm

Fenestra Community Coordinators plan and facilitate First Year Programs which further students’ campus and peer connections. They also host weekly programs in their assigned Fenestra Living-Learning Community. Lastly, they support the Orientation Team by hosting programs. Application Due Date: Friday, February, 28, 2020 at 11:45pm.

Orientation Leader - Application Due Date (for new applicants): Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:45pm

Orientation Leaders (OL) assist with the setup and implementation of all programs offered during Orientation. They co-lead an Orientation group of first year or transfer students and work collaboratively with other OLs, faculty, and staff throughout Orientation. Lastly, OLs serve as a general resource and representative of Chapman to new students and families. Application Due Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:45pm.

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