Orientation 2023

Fenestra: Open Your Window of Opportunity

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Welcome From Jerry Price, Dean of Students!

Welcome to Chapman! We are so glad that you have chosen to be a part of our community of scholars. As you probably are aware, as a traditional, residential campus, we have many fewer new students start in the spring semester as compared to the fall. Read More

Jerry Price, Ph.D.
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

Greetings from Your Fellow Panthers

Welcome to Chapman

Spring Orientation Schedules

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that events are subject to change.

Continue to check here for event updates and the CU Staying Healthy webpage for campus protocol updates. 

First-Year and Transfer Students

Tuesday, January 24th 

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Residence Life Check-In
Location: Residence Halls
(Your exact day and time will be provided via email. Please reference the housing assignment email if you have questions that will be sent in January.)

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Orientation Check-in
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room
This check-in time is where you will receive your swag items as well as meet your Orientation Leaders and other campus resources. Checking in for Orientation will grant access to the events the following day.


Wednesday, January 25th
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome Ceremony
Location: Memorial Hall
This opening session will begin with university administrators officially welcoming you into the Chapman University community.  

10:15 – 11:15 am 
Fenestra Forum 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, January 24th)    
Meet with fellow incoming students and your Orientation Leaders to ask questions about becoming a member of the Chapman University Community.  

11:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Departmental Major Meetings 
Location: see end of schedule for specific locations 

12:30 – 2:00 pm  
Lunch 
Location: Attallah Piazza 

12:30 – 2:00 pm 
Student Services Fair 
Location: Attallah Piazza  
The following departments will be available during lunch for additional questions; Academic Advising Center, Tutoring and Learning Center, Registrar’s Office, Student Health Center, Student Psychological Services, Disability Services, Career and Professional Development, Center for Global Education, University Program Board (UPB), Greek Life, Civic Engagement, Cross-Cultural Center, Student Organizations, Argyros Forum Student Union, Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, Business Office, Center for Undergraduate Excellence, Student Government Association (SGA), Fish Interfaith Center, Leatherby Libraries, Dean of Students, Student Employment, The Wellness Project, and Promising Futures Program  

2:15 – 3:00 pm 
Academic Resources for First Year Students  
Location: Argyros Forum, room 209 AB
Come learn about the key services that help promote your academic success at Chapman! Representatives from the Academic Advising Center, Tutoring and Learning Center, Center for Global Education, Career and Professional Development, and the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will present information and answer questions about their available resources. 

Academic Resources for Transfer Students  
Location: Argyros Forum, room 206 BC 
This session is to help you learn everything you need to know to graduate with the most success in the least amount of time!  From academic policies and procedures that often trip up transfer students (including Chapman’s general education requirements), to the resources and people that are here to help you—all will be covered in a jam-packed session with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.  

 3:15 – 4:00 pm  
Getting Involved 
Location: Argyros Forum, room 209 AB
Come learn about opportunities to get involved at Chapman! Preview some exciting ways you can immerse yourself into college life, hear from current student leaders about how getting involved has made their Chapman experience memorable, and connect with your peers who have similar interests! 

4:15 – 5:30 pm  
Becoming a Healthy Panther (Mandatory)  
Location: Argyros Forum, room 209 AB 
As a new student, you will be faced with many personal decisions that will impact your college experience. This REQUIRED educational program will equip you with the necessary information to make informed and healthy decisions. Don’t forget to bring your Chapman ID card to receive credit for attending! 

5:45 – 6:15 pm  
Candle Lighting Ceremony 
Location: Fish Interfaith Center 
Incoming Chapman students, parents, and families are invited to Fish Interfaith Center to celebrate the pillars of Chapman University symbolizing our intellectual, spiritual, social and physical life. This brief ceremony will end with a beautiful candle lighting as we bid goodbye to families and welcome you to the Chapman family! 

6:30 – 8:00 pm 
Spring Kick-Off 
Location: Argyros Forum, 3rd Floor South Patio 
You are invited to an evening of Panther fun! Join us on campus for appetizers, games, and socializing with your peers. It can be uneasy coming to a new school, but this event is sure to be filled with great food and even better company. 


Thursday, January 26th 

10:00 – 11:15 am  
Fenestra Forum 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, January 24th)

11:30 – 12:30 pm 
Chapman Traditions Celebration 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room  
Come celebrate the start of your Chapman experience with other incoming students. Students will receive stoles, ribbons to tie onto their class fenestra, and learn about classic Chapman Traditions from Dean of Students, Dr. Jerry Price. Desserts to be provided.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 
Wellness Collaborative Panel 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201
The Wellness at Chapman rotation takes a multidisciplinary approach to student well-being. Utilizing the 8- dimensions of well-being, the session will focus on resources available to support each dimension for Chapman students to find balance and thrive. Various Chapman departments will be represented on the panel to answer questions, highlight programming, and provide basic information about their resources on campus.

4:00 – 6:00 pm 
Fenestra Community Carnival  
Location: Attallah Piazza
You are invited to an evening of Panther fun! Join us on campus for appetizers, games, and socializing with your peers. It can be uneasy coming to a new school, but this event is sure to be filled with great food and even better company. 


 Friday, January 27th 

8:00 – 12:00 a.m. 
International Student Orientation  
Location:  Beckman Hall, Room 101
Exclusive orientation programming for our international students. This orientation is mandatory if you will be in the U.S. on an F-1 Visa. You will learn about Chapman’s programs and services, and our policies and procedures regarding immigration regulations, employment opportunities, and more!

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
RLFYE Scavenger Hunt 
Location: Meet at Henley Hall Basketball Courts 
Meet your Resident Advisors and other RLFYE Student Staff at the Henley Hall basketball courts to grab some snacks before breaking into teams for a scavenger hunt around campus! This will be a great opportunity to get acclimated to the community as well as make connections and have fun. We hope to see you there! 


Departmental Major Meeting Locations

Departmental Major Meeting Locations 

Argyros School of Business and Economics: 
Accounting: Argyros Forum, room 209AB
Economics: Argyros Forum, room 209AB
Business Administration: Argyros Forum, room 209AB

Attallah College of Educational Studies:
Integrated Educational Studies: Reeves Hall, Room 234 (Meeting starts at 12pm)

College of Performing Arts:
Music: Please see email from Department Chair
Theatre: Please see email from Department Chair

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences:
Applied Human Physiology: Argyros Forum, Room 206A
Health Sciences: Argyros Forum, Room 206A
Psychology: Argyros Forum, Room 209C

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:
Film and Media Studies: Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123
Public Relations Advertising and Entertainment Marketing: Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123
Screenwriting: Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123
Creative Producing: Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123
Broadcast Journalism & Documentary: Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123
Writing for Film and Television: Digital Media Arts Center, Room 123

Schmid College of Science and Technology: 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Keck Center, Room 130
Biological Sciences: Keck Center, Room 130
Chemistry: Keck Center, Room 130
Environmental Science and Policy: Keck Center, Room 130
Mathematics: Keck Center, Room 130
Math and Civil Engineering: Keck Center, Room 130
Physics: Keck Center, Room 130
Philosophy: Keck Center, Room 130

Fowler School of Engineering:
Computer Engineering: Swenson #N107 Ideation Lab South 
Computer Science: Swenson #N107 Ideation Lab South 
Data Science: Swenson #N107 Ideation Lab South  
Electrical Engineering: Swenson #N107 Ideation Lab South 
Software Engineering: Swenson #N107 Ideation Lab South 

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: 
English: Roosevelt Hall, Room 203
Creative Writing: Roosevelt Hall, Room 203
History: Roosevelt Hall, Room 134
Political Science: Roosevelt Hall, Room 121
Peace Studies: Smith Hall, Room 202B
Sociology: Roosevelt Hall, Room 217  
Art History: Moulton Hall, Room 216
Graphic Design: Moulton Hall, Room 167 
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 119A

School of Communication:  
Communication Studies: Argyros Forum, Room 119A
Strategic and Corporate Communication: Argyros Forum, Room 119A
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 119A

Undeclared: 
Please attend the major you are interested in from the list above *excluding Dodge College of Film & Media Arts*
Argyros Forum, Room 201 – Academic Advisors will be available

First-Year & Transfer Families

Tuesday, January 24th

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Orientation Check-in
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room
This check-in time will give you the chance to meet campus partners as well as receive your swag items. You will also receive your wristband that will grant you access to the events the following day.


Wednesday, January 25th

9:30-10:00 a.m.
Welcome Ceremony
Location: Memorial Hall
This opening session will begin with university administrators officially welcoming you into the Chapman University community.  

10:15 – 11:15 am 
Just for Families 
Location: Memorial Hall   
Join Colleen Wood, Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean of Students for this interactive session that will introduce you to the Class of 2025/26 and the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health, and well-being. 

 11:30 – 12:30 pm 
Academic Partnerships 
Location: Memorial Hall   
Join Dr. Nina LeNoir, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, for this interactive session that will introduce you to the key student services that help promote your student’s academic success at Chapman. Representatives from the Academic Advising Center, Tutoring and Learning Center, Center for Global Education, Career and Professional Development, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence and the Leatherby Libraries will present information and answer questions about the available resources.  

12:30 – 2:00 pm 
Lunch 
Location: Attallah Piazza 

12:30 – 2:00 pm 
Student Services Fair 
Location: Attallah Piazza  
The following departments will be available during lunch for additional questions; Academic Advising Center, Tutoring and Learning Center, Registrar’s Office, Student Health Center, Student Psychological Services, Disability Services, Career and Professional Development, Center for Global Education, University Program Board (UPB), Greek Life, Civic Engagement, Cross-Cultural Center, Student Organizations, Argyros Forum Student Union, Julianne Argyros Fitness Center, Business Office, Center for Undergraduate Excellence, Student Government Association (SGA), Fish Interfaith Center, Leatherby Libraries, Dean of Students, Student Employment, The Wellness Project, and Promising Futures Program 

2:15 – 3:00 pm 
Family/Student Panel 
Location: Argyros Forum, room 201  
Join current Chapman students and parents to discuss how families can support their new Panther. Learn about the important role family plays in the college experience, discuss what it means to be involved in the Chapman community, and most importantly, have all your questions answered. 

3:15 – 4:00 pm  
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop  
Location: Argyros Forum, room 201 
Representatives from the Student Business Services Office and the Office of Financial Aid will answer questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend.  

4:15 – 5:30 pm  
Chapman Family Mixer 
Location: Argyros Forum, 3rd Floor South Patio  
All Chapman Family members are invited to join us at our Chapman Family Mixer! During this event you will have the opportunity to make connections with other Chapman Family members and meet staff members who will be a resource to you while your student is at Chapman. 

5:45 – 6:15 pm 
Candle Lighting Ceremony 
Location: Fish Interfaith Center  
Incoming Chapman students, parents and families are invited to Fish Interfaith Center to celebrate the pillars of Chapman University symbolizing our intellectual, spiritual, social and physical life. This brief ceremony will end with a beautiful candle lighting as we bid goodbye to families and welcome you to the Chapman family! 

6:30 – 8:00 pm 
Parent Reception  
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel  
Dean Gail Stearns invites parents and new Chapman families to a Farewell reception with wine, sparkling cider and dessert following the Candle Lighting Ceremony. 

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