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Residence Life and First Year Experience

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The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience provides housing resources to Chapman University students and hosts orientation for students and families.

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Residence Life and First Year Experience Updates


  • Housing Assignments
  • Fenestra Communities
  • Moving In / Orientation
  • Housing assignments and roommate information for incoming first year students have been released on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 via their Chapman student email. Students can expect an email from their building managers regarding move-in day specific instructions.

    Thank you for being patient as the Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience navigated through the placement process. We are excited for our new panthers to be joining our community this fall!

  • Students in their first year are placed in halls with their Fenestra Living Learning Communities. This means that students will be live on the same floor as other students in their college/field of study. Although students will not be able select their own roommates for their first year, they will be placed with students that are passionate about the similar field of studies, which helps students to create connections and find friends and colleagues at the beginning of their college journey. To view our Fenestra Communities, visit our Community Living page.
  • Moving into Chapman Housing:

    For more information regarding moving in, what to bring to campus, and what is provided in the residence halls, please visit our Moving into Chapman Housing Page.

    Orientation Dates:

    Family Orientation: August 23rd and August 24th, 2022

    Transfer Orientation: Thursday, August 25th, 2022 through Sunday August 28th, 2022

    For more information regarding orientation, please visit our Orientation page.

First Year Experience

The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience supports students who are getting ready to attend Chapman University. In addition to assisting students with this transition, we provide academic, leadership, and social programming for First Year Students throughout the year.

Off-Campus Housing Resources

Residence Life and First Year Experience staff support students who live off-campus by providing local rental listings and helpful resources for a successful living experience.

Student Employment and Leadership

The Office of Residence Life and First Year Experience (RLFYE) offers various student employment and leadership opportunities that help students develop skills that prepare them for life after graduation. If you're a student who wants to get involved on campus and make a difference, then check out the opportunities we offer within RLFYE.

Non-Discrimination Statement

No person shall be subject to discrimination or harassment in any program or activity of the University based upon race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, military or veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other characteristic that is protected by applicable state or federal law.

Contact Us

For general questions about Residence Life and First Year Experience, please contact us at:

Phone: (714) 997-6603

Email: reslife@chapman.edu

Follow us on Instagram: @ChapmanRLFYE