Orientation 2022

Fenestra: Open Your Window of Opportunity

jerry price

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

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 Safely Back webpage for campus protocol updates. 

First-Year Students

Tuesday, August 23rd 

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Residence Life Check-In 
Location: Residence Halls 
(Please reference your move-in memo sent on August 3rd 

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  
Orientation Check-In 
Location: Students – Argyros Forum, Room 206 
Location: Families – Argyros Forum, Room 209 
You can check-in for Orientation any time between 8:00am and 4:00pm! If your residence life move-in time is in the afternoon, feel free to check in for Orientation in the morning. If you are a commuter student, we suggest you check-in for orientation before the start of the Commuter Student Interactive Panel at 2:00 pm. You will NEED to check in for both residence life and Orientation. Please plan accordingly as we will not be able to check anyone in after 4:00pm. You will receive your wristbands for meals throughout orientation at check-in.  

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Commuter Student Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room 
This is a space where commuter students can meet and hang out all throughout Orientation. The Great Room is known as the living room of campus and welcomes all students, whenever they need a place to relax, chat, or meet new people.  

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. 
Commuter Student Interactive Panel 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
Welcome Commuters! Here, our new first-year commuter students can meet current Chapman commuter students. Learn a few tips and tricks directly from our student panel as well as a small presentation by the First Year Experience student staff team.  

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  
Black Student & Alumni Welcome 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
The Black Student & Alumni Welcome is designed to assist incoming Black first-year students and their families with their transition into Chapman and connect them with key campus resources and partners. 

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. 
Exploratory Majors Panel 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 119AB 
Meet your student success team for the upcoming year, including your FFC professor and your advisors, and collect your welcome gift! We will discuss your thoughts, questions, and ideas for the fall and spring semesters to ensure that your first-year journey is a good one. 

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  
Cross Cultural Center and Latinx Welcome Reception  
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 304 (Cross Cultural Center) 
The Cross-Cultural Center invites parents and students to come meet staff and faculty that provide resources and support for our students of diverse backgrounds and identities. 

5:45 – 6:30 p.m. 
Department of Art Welcome Reception
Locations: Guggenheim Gallery & Moulton Hall
Reminder: You must RSVP for this event in email from Professor Halloran
1st Year & Transfer students in Art History, Graphic Design & Studio Art & families, will be given a tour of facilities and meet our art faculty members. Please check-in at 5:45 p.m. outside the Gallery.

4:30 – 6:15 p.m. 
Panther Pride Dinner 
Locations: Bert Williams Mall/ Attallah Piazza/ Gray Victory Way
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation.  
Cardinal and grey are the colors we hope to see everyone wearing at this dinner! Welcome to the Chapman family. 

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Convocation
Location: Wilson Field 
Convocation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. 
Students, please enter the Field through the North Gate starting at 6:15 p.m. 
Families proceed to the bleachers of Wilson Field through any gates. Additional seating will be available on the field.   
This traditional event is the formal opening to Chapman’s academic year. Faculty in full regalia march in procession and President Struppa officially launches the semester. After Convocation, Orientation will officially begin.  

At the conclusion of this Program, families please remain seated as students exit through the North Gate and proceed to the Residence Halls for a Mandatory Residence Life Meeting if they will be living on campus or to the Argyros Forum, Great Room for the Commuter Student Social. Once students have exited, families are welcome to attend the Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, on Aitken Arts Plaza.   
*Note: Please be prepared for a delay between Opening Convocation and the Wine and Cheese reception. 

8:15 – 9:30 p.m. 
Commuter Student Social 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room 
Meet current Chapman commuter students and learn from those who have navigated this experience successfully. There will be refreshments, sweet treats, and games for all to enjoy! 

8:30 – 10:00 p.m. 
Residence Life Meetings (MANDATORY for students living in the Residence Halls) 
Location: Virtual 
You will receive an email with information about your community meeting where you will meet with your Resident Director (RD) or Graduate Resident Director (GRD) and Resident Advisor (RA) while learning more about living in the residential community. This also provides the opportunity to meet your suitemates and neighbors. 


Wednesday, August 24th

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.  
Breakfast 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Commuter Student Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room 
This is a space where commuter students can meet and hang out all throughout Orientation. The Great Room is a space that is known as the living room of campus and welcomes all students, whenever they need a place to relax, chat, or meet new people.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Fenestra Forum 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 22nd) 
During your Fenestra Forum sessions throughout the week, you will meet with your Orientation Leaders and classmates from your major. These sessions are a time to get to know your peers, discuss Orientation events, and understand what to expect during the week. Please be in attendance, as your specific rotation locations will be explained in this session.

12:00 – 1:15 p.m. 
Chapman Family Lunch 
Locations: Bert Williams Mall/ Attallah Piazza/ Gray Victory Way  
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation.  
Join other new students and families for a lovely lunch.

1:30 3:30 p.m.  
Departmental Major Meetings  
Location: See end of schedule for your department meeting location. 
Students will learn about their major and ways to be successful within their academic program. This is also an opportunity to meet staff and faculty members from your major. 

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. 
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Representatives from Student Business Services and Office of Financial Aid will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend. 

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  
College of Performing Arts Welcome Reception 
Location: Lindquist Esplanade (next to Waltmar Theatre) 
This reception is an opportunity to meet new students in the College of Performing Arts as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. This reception is for declared Theater, Theater Performance, Screen Acting, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Composition, and Music Performance majors.

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

College/School Welcome Dinners 
Please attend dinner at the location of your student’s declared major. This is an opportunity to meet new students in your School/College as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. Food lines will be located at Schmid Gate, Bert Williams Mall, and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts please go to the closest location for your dinner.
 
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Schmid College of Science and Technology 
Location: Attallah Piazza 
This dinner is for declared Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Policy, Mathematics, Mathematics and Civil Engineering, Physics, and Philosophy majors.
 
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
 
School of Communication 
Location: Gray Victory Way 
This dinner is for declared Communication Studies, Global Communication & World Languages, and Strategic & Corporate Communication majors.

Attallah College of Educational Studies 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court 
This dinner is for declared Integrated Educational Studies majors. 

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences 
Location: Bert Williams Mall  
This dinner is for declared Health Sciences, Applied Human Physiology, and Psychology majors.

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza 
This dinner is for declared Art, Art History, English, Creative Writing, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, French, and Spanish majors.  

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts 
Location: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts 
This dinner is for declared Film and Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, and Entertainment Marketing, Animation and Visual Effects, Broadcast Journalism and Documentary, Creative Producing, Film and Television Production, Screen Acting, and Writing for Film and Television.
 
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Fowler School of Engineering 
Location: Attallah Piazza 
This dinner is for declared Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering majors. 
 
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Undeclared 
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza 
This dinner is for students who have not declared a major for the 2022-2023 academic year 

School of Pharmacy 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court 
This dinner is for students in the Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program. 

Argyros School of Business and Economics 
Location: Bert Williams Mall 
This dinner is for declared Business Administration, Economics, and Accounting majors. 

7:15 – 7:45 p.m. 
Igniting Your Future: Candle Lighting Ceremony  
Location: Attallah Piazza 
Incoming Chapman students, parents and families are invited to gather around the fountain in the Attallah Piazza 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!

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Playfair
Location: Wilson Field
This is an experience you will never forget! Wear something comfortable (ideally close toed shoes!) and get ready for a fun activity that will get your energy pumping and give you the chance to meet the entire incoming student class.

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. 
Chapman After Dark 
Location: Randall Dining Commons and Henley Hall Basement; John Briggs Conference Room  
Break out the glow sticks and get ready for a bright night full of fun, food, music and dancing put on by Residence Life and First Year Experience! You will have the opportunity to go down to the Henley Hall Basement to enjoy the Silent Disco Dance Party! Head into Randall Dining Commons to take a break from the dancing and enjoy a dessert bar where students will have the opportunity to unwind, play games, and be in good company. There will also be a guided paint and sip in the Randall Dining Commons Patio where you will be able to start your dorm decorations early!


Thursday, August 25th

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. 
Breakfast 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. 
Fenestra Forum  
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, sent to Chapman email August 22nd) 
Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about what their experience will look like at Chapman. From topics of academics to social involvement, Orientation Leaders will lead students in various activities to get them thinking about what they want their first year to look like.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. 
ChapED Talks  
Grey Group 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
ChapED talks will answer the important questions: Why go to college? What do you get out of it? Why does it matter? Dynamic, outstanding Chapman faculty members share their personal experiences and how their undergraduate educations shaped their careers and their lives.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. 
Wellness Collaborative Panel 
Red Group 
Location: Memorial Hall 
The Wellness Collaborative Panel 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. 

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Commuter Student Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room 
This is a space where commuter students can meet and hang out all throughout Orientation. This Great Room is known as the living room of campus and welcomes all students, whenever they need a place to relax, chat, or meet new people.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
ChapED Talks  
Red Group 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
ChapED talks will answer the important questions: Why go to college?  What do you get out of it? Why does it matter? Dynamic, outstanding Chapman faculty members share their personal experiences and how their undergraduate educations shaped their careers and their lives.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  
Wellness Collaborative Panel  
Grey Group 
Location: Memorial Hall 
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.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Lunch 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Lunch with Faculty  
Location: Musco Performer’s Court 
Students who have pre-registered for this lunch will be able to have a one-on-one connection with select faculty members and gain a deeper understanding of classroom expectations that professors have for first year students. This unique experience for students to touch base with faculty will allow them to go into their first day of class confident and prepared. The first 100 sign-ups will be receive further information, please sign-up here

1:15 – 2:35 p.m. 
Becoming a Healthy Panther  
Grey Group 
Location: Memorial Hall  
As a first-year student, you will be faced with many personal decisions that will impact your college experience. This MANDATORY 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! 

1:15 – 2:35 p.m. 
Fenestra Forum: Academic Wellness 
Red Group 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, sent to Chapman email on August 22nd) 
This session will aid students in their academic wellness as an incoming student. Orientation Leaders will provide academic resources, technological resources, and allow for groups to tour campus. You will come out of this session feeling prepared and excited for your academic journey as a first year!

2:45 – 4:00 p.m. 
Student Services Fair  
Location: Attallah Piazza 
Come mingle with other new students and families as you explore booths representing over 30 on-campus departments. 

4:00 – 5:20 p.m. 
Becoming a Healthy Panther 
Red Group 
Location: Memorial Hall 
As a first-year student, you will be faced with many personal decisions that will impact your college experience. This MANDATORY 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!

4:00 – 5:20 p.m. 
Fenestra Forum: Academic Wellness  
Grey Group 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, sent to Chapman email on August 22nd) 
This session will aid students in their academic wellness as an incoming student. Orientation Leaders will provide academic resources, technological resources, and allow for groups to tour campus. You will come out of this session feeling prepared and excited for your academic journey as a first year!

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Common

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
We Are Chapman 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
Join us for a night filled with exciting performances that showcase the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Chapman community. You will hear from your fellow students as they share their stories and experiences about their time at Chapman. Following the speeches, head out onto Aitkens Arts Plaza to enjoy the live performance of sitar player, Ronobir Lahiri. You will also participate in the beloved Chapman tradition of tying your ribbon to your class’s Window of Opportunity sculpture.   


Friday, August 26th 

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 
Breakfast 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Commuter Student Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room 
This is a space where commuter students can meet and hang out all throughout Orientation. This Great Room is known as the living room of campus and welcomes all students, whenever they need a place to relax, chat, or meet new people.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. 
Panther Values and Policies 
Red Group 
Location: Virtual
Students will hear from Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student, Jerry Price, about policies and procedures on Chapman’s campus and the core educational principles upon which they are based. This MANDATORY educational program will equip you with the necessary information to make informed and healthy decisions when encountering the Chapman community as well as the resources available to support you. This session will outline what is expected of Chapman students when they join the Chapman community.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. 
Getting Involved  
Grey Group 
Location: Memorial Hall
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! 

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. 
Panther Values and Policies 
Grey Group 
Location: Virtual
Students will hear from Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student, Jerry Price, about policies and procedures on Chapman’s campus and the core educational principles upon which they are based. This MANDATORY educational program will equip you with the necessary information to make informed and healthy decisions when encountering the Chapman community as well as the resources available to support you. This session will outline what is expected of Chapman students when they join the Chapman community.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. 
Getting Involved  
Red Group 
Location: Memorial Hall
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! 

11:15-12:15 pm  
Fenestra Forum: We Are Chapman  
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, sent to Chapman email on August 22nd) 
Chapman is as diverse as its student population. There are many things that shape who you are, which can encompass your race, gender, cultural identity, and so much more.  Collectively, you will begin to shape the Chapman culture through learning about yourself, each other, and how we all fit into and create this community.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  
Lunch  
Location: Randall Dining Commons

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Jumu’ah Prayers followed by Director of Muslim Life Meet and Greet  
Location: Fish Interfaith Center
Join Chapman’s Director for Muslim Life and Chaplain to the University, Shaykh Jibreel Speight, for prayers followed by an opportunity to get acquainted with him and hear about Muslim life on campus. 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
We Are Chapman Speaker Meet & Greet 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 119 A
You will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage and continue the conversation on identity, empathy and community with the speakers of We Are Chapman!

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 
Fenestra Forum  
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, sent to Chapman email on August 22nd) 
This will be the last formal meeting with your Fenestra Forum group. This forum is for students to ask final questions ahead of the school year starting, share final thoughts about Orientation and take a photo with your fenestra group! This will provide time for students to learn how to successfully carry their momentum from Orientation into the opportunities that are to come in the upcoming year.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Black Student, Faculty, and Staff Mixer 
Location: Argyros Forum, 3rd Floor South Patio 
Meet and connect with incoming and returning Black students, faculty, and staff. Great conversation, music, and light refreshments will be provided. (Open to Black first year and transfer students)

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Affinity Socials 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 304 (Cross-Cultural Center) 
Come mix and mingle with other students and staff that identify with or are currently exploring a certain affinity, all while enjoying light refreshments and snacks. Students may attend and meet with as many affinity groups as they identify with. 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

First-Generation College Students
Meet other students who are the first in their family to go to college! Learn about the resources available to you and how to make the most of Chapman as a first-generation student.

International Students
Join us for the International Student Social.  We will get to know each other and talk about the bus & train system, nearby grocery stores, restaurants, fun things to do, etc.  Current international students and staff will be available to answer any questions/problems you may have!  

Spiritual Exploration Social 
The Fish Interfaith Center on the Chapman University campus offers opportunities for students who are interested in spirituality of any type. If you consider yourself simply a “Seeker,” curious about developing your spiritual path, practicing meditation, or learning about different religions, we have opportunities for you. If you are involved in or interested in a particular spiritual path, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, or Judaism, we can connect you with student groups to pursue your faith journey. We offer particular programs for students from more progressive Christian denominations, Latter-day Saints, Catholic, and non-denominational churches. Finally, our beautiful Wallace All Faiths Chapel, located in the Fish Interfaith Center, is here for your use! Come and meet our staff and find out about programs and space available at Chapman for you!

Students with Disabilities
This social is an opportunity for our incoming students with disabilities to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community and discovering the resources available to you as you navigate your college experience.  
 
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQIA+ Community
Chapman’s LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex & Asexual) staff, faculty and students are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2026 into our open and welcoming community!  This social will provide a chance for new students to explore ways to get involved in the LGBTQIA+ community here on campus through organizations such as Chapman Feminists, Queer and Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOCC) and Queer Student Alliance (QSA), mix and mingle with other like-minded individuals, and begin building a network of support to enrich their Chapman experience. 

Students Who Identify as Women
Come to this social for the chance to network with women who have the potential to affect Chapman University in a positive and significant way. Women are shifting both the academic and work world and this social is a great way to meet your peers, start the process of supporting one another, and learn about the resources Chapman has to help you successfully navigate your college career.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Community 
This social is an opportunity for our incoming students of color to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  
Shalom Panthers: Orientation Shabbat
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel 
Sponsored by The Fish Interfaith Center and Chapman Hillel
Join your Jewish home on campus and bring your friends! All students are welcome to celebrate with Dr. Siegel, Chapman’s new Director of Jewish Life, and Chapman Hillel at our first Shabbat dinner of the year. Take time to relax, unwind, meet current students, and learn about upcoming events. 

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. 
UPB and Orientation Presents… Club Y2K 
Location: Argyros Forum, Student Union 
We’re throwing it back every Friday night! Join us this Friday at Argyros Forum to dance to your favorite 2000s classics! A night full of 2000s vibes, classic arcade games, food, and throwback songs is just the beginning of this one-night-only event. Bring your friends and your best dancing moves – it’s time for a Club Y2K! 


Saturday, August 27th

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  
Yoga on the Lawn  
Location: Bert Williams Mall (Memorial Lawn)  
Join Fitness and Recreation Services for our first Yoga on the Lawn of the school year! Bring your yoga mat or towel and a friend and join our GroupX leaders for a free yoga session. 

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. 
CIRP Survey 
Location: Check your Chapman Email
If you have not done so, please use this time to complete the CIRP Freshman Survey.  Check your Chapman email for the link to the survey.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Brunch 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
College of Performing Arts Student Mixer 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts Performer’s Court 
Calling all incoming and returning CoPA students for a fun afternoon of networking, food, and CoPA swag! Reconnect with old friends as well as meet new ones!

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  
Regional Receptions 
Chapman is lucky to have students come from across the United States. Attend one of these receptions to meet students from your region, learn about the “must-sees” in Southern California, and begin to make connections that will make Chapman feel like home.  

Pacific Northwest
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201 

Mountain States 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 211

Southwest
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 207

Midwest
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206C

Northeast
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208

South 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 202

Pacific Ocean 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 209AB 

Northern California 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206AB

Southern California 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 119AB

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Italian Studies Gelato Bash 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Open to students taking an Italian Studies course in the Fall. You are invited to attend the Italian Studies Dessert Bash! At the onset of your journey through Italian language and culture, we wish to provide you with all necessary guidance, support and introduce you to the lively community of our program. Attendance in this event will count as out-of-class participation points.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Fall Kick-Off! 
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza 
Kickstart your year with music, games, appetizers, and mingling with your incoming class! This will be a night you do not want to miss!  


Sunday, August 28th

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Spirituality Matters! A Mindfulness, Labyrinth, and Interfaith Experience
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel 
Join the Chapman community to see how you can explore meaning and purpose at Chapman, whether you are secular, spiritual or religious. If you consider yourself a “spiritual seeker” curious about developing your spiritual path, are interested in practicing meditation or learning about different religions, or are committed to a certain spiritual or religious path, we have opportunities for you. Commemorate the beginning of your Chapman experience with an interfaith celebration, mindfulness meditation and labyrinth walk led by student leaders and the chaplain staff of the Fish Interfaith Center. The Fish Interfaith Center is here to help you shape your unique spiritual journey. 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Brunch
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Honors Mentor/Mentee Dessert Bash 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Students who have been admitted into the University Honors Program will be introduced to the program as well as meet their mentors and other returning Honors students, faculty and staff at the Dessert Bash. This will be a chance for incoming students to introduce themselves, ask any questions they may have, and find out about opportunities to become involved with Honors in the coming year.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Commons


Departmental Major Meeting Locations 

Argyros School of Business and Economics: 
Accounting: Memorial Hall 
Economics: Memorial Hall 
Business Administration: Memorial Hall 

Attallah College of Educational Studies:
Integrated Educational Studies: Beckman Hall, Room 103 

College of Performing Arts:
Music: Waltmar Theatre
Dance: Waltmar Theatre 
Screen Acting: Waltmar Theatre
Theatre: Waltmar Theatre  

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences:
Applied Human Physiology: Argyros Forum, Room 119AB 
Health Sciences: Argyros Forum, Room 119AB
Psychology: Argyros Forum, Room 208 

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:
Film Studies: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Public Relations and Advertising: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Screenwriting: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Creative Producing: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Animation and Visual Effects: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Film Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Broadcast Journalism & Documentary: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
TV Writing & Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 

Schmid College of Science and Technology:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Keck Center, Room 130 
Biological Sciences: Argyros Forum, Room 201
Chemistry: Keck Center, Room 130 
Environmental Science and Policy: Keck Center, Room 153 
Mathematics: Keck Center, Room 156 
Math and Civil Engineering: Keck Center, Room 156 
Physics: Keck Center, Room 156 
Philosophy: Smith Hall, 202D 

Fowler School of Engineering:
Computer Engineering: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall) 
Computer Science: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall) 
Data Science: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall) 
Electrical Engineering: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall) 
Software Engineering: Hashinger Science Center, Room 150 (Irvine Lecture Hall) 

School of Pharmacy: 
Beckman Hall, Room 101 

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: 
English: Beckman Hall, Room 102 
Creative Writing: Beckman Hall, Room 102 
History: Doti Hall, Room 105  
French: DeMille Hall, Room 120G 
Spanish: DeMille Hall, Room 120G 
Political Science: Demille Hall, Room 103 
Peace Studies: Roosevelt Hall, Room 121 
Religious Studies: Smith Hall, Room 202A 
Sociology: Doti Hall, Room 103 
Art: Moulton Hall, Room 167 
Art History: Moulton Hall, Room 216
Graphic Design: Moulton Hall, Room 213 
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 209A 

School of Communication:  
Communication Studies: Argyros Forum, Room 209A 
Strategic and Corporate Communication: Argyros Forum, Room 209A 
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 209A 

Undeclared: 
Beckman Hall, Room 404  

First-Year Families

Tuesday, August 23rd 

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Residence Life Check-In 
Location: Residence Halls 
(Please reference your move-in memo sent on August 3rd 

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Orientation Check-In 
Location: Students – Argyros Forum 206 
Location: Families – Argyros Forum 209 
You can check-in for Orientation any time between 8:00am and 4:00pm! If your residence life move-in time is in the afternoon, feel free to check in for Orientation in the morning. If you are a commuter student, we suggest you check-in for orientation before the start of the Commuter Student Interactive Panel which starts at 2:00 pm. You will NEED to check in for both residence life and Orientation. Please plan accordingly as we will not be able to check anyone in after 4:00pm. You will receive your wristbands for meals throughout orientation at check-in.

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
The Office of Parent Engagement Welcome Booth 
Location: Under the red canopies between Pralle-Sodaro & Henley, Glass Residence Hall and the Masson Family Beach Club, and near Argyros Forum and Leatherby Libraries 
Visit with the Office of Parent Engagement and the Executive Parents Ambassador Council (XPAC) members to learn more about resources for Chapman parents, tips on supporting your student for their greatest success, and how to become involved with the University. 

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. 
Commuter Family Information Session 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
Welcome family members of commuters! Families will learn about tips, tricks and resources that will support their first-year commuter student in making connections on Chapman’s campus. Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean of Students, Dr. Chris Hutchison, and Program Coordinator, First Year Experience, Breil Bonaguro, will present on opportunities for student engagement. In addition, Parent Engagement Coordinator, Tayler Deline, will present opportunities for you to get involved with the Chapman family.  

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  
Black Student & Alumni Welcome 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
The Black Student & Alumni Welcome is designed to assist incoming Black first-year students and their families with their transition into Chapman and connect them with key campus resources and partners.

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Cross-Cultural and Latinx Welcome Reception 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 304 (Cross-Cultural Center) 
The Cross-Cultural Center invites parents and students to come meet staff and faculty that provide resources and support for our students of diverse backgrounds and identities.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Parent Reception for New Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ Students 
Location: Wilkinson Founders Chapel, Fish Interfaith Center 
Parents/families of students who come from congregations related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the United Church of Christ are strongly encouraged to come to the one-hour information session about the Disciples on Campus program. You will receive helpful information on scholarships and opportunities for your student. Please come without your student to this event. If your local congregation’s affiliation is not specifically Disciples or UCC, the session will not be relevant to you.

4:30 – 6:15 p.m. 
Panther Pride Dinner 
Locations: Bert Williams Mall /Attallah Piazza /Gray Victory Way
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation. 
Cardinal and grey are the colors we hope to see everyone wearing at this dinner! Welcome to the Chapman family. 
 
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Convocation
Location: Wilson Field 
Convocation will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. 
Students, please enter the Field through the North Gate starting at 6:15 p.m. 
Families proceed to the bleachers of Wilson Field through any gates. Additional seating will be available on the field.   
This traditional event is the formal opening to Chapman’s academic year. Faculty in full regalia march in procession and President Struppa officially launches the semester. After Convocation, Orientation will officially begin.  

At the conclusion of this Program, families please remain seated as students exit through the North Gate and proceed to the Residence Halls for a Mandatory Residence Life Meeting if they will be living on campus or to the Argyros Forum, Great Room for the Commuter Student Social. Once students have exited, families are welcome to attend the Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, on Aitken Arts Plaza.   
*Note: Please be prepared for a delay between Opening Convocation and the Wine and Cheese reception.

8:15 – 9:30 p.m. 
Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception for Parents and Families 
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza
Join Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Jerry Price, Student Affairs Staff, and other new Chapman families for some relaxation and conversation. 
 


Wednesday, August 24th  

9:00 a.m. –  5:30 p.m. 
Pankey Visitor Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Pankey Visitor Lounge 
Orientation Staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions regarding all events and sessions.  

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 
Making the Transition  
Location: Musco Center for the Arts  
Families with Last Names A-M 
Join Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President and Dean of Students, Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Assistant Vice President of Admission, and Colleen Wood, Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean of Students for this interactive session that will introduce you to the Class of 2026/27 and the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 
Academic Life at Chapman 
Location: Memorial Hall 
Families with Last Names N-Z 
During this session, you will learn about the key student services that will help promote your student’s academic success at Chapman. Dr. Nina LeNoir, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and representatives from the Academic Advising Center, Tutoring and Learning Center, Leatherby Libraries, Center for Global Education, Career and Professional Development, and the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will share information and answer questions about their available resources.  

10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
The Office of Parent Engagement Welcome Booth 
Location: Under the red canopy on the north side of Memorial Hall 
Visit with the Office of Parent Engagement and the Executive Parents Ambassador Council (XPAC) members to learn more about resources for Chapman parents, tips on supporting your student for their greatest success, and how to become involved with the University. Parents can take a photo at our photo booth or join us for lawn games and participate in a special letter writing activity for their student. 

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. 
Making the Transition  
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
Families with last names N-Z  
Join Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President and Dean of Students, Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Assistant Vice President of Admission, and Colleen Wood, Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean of Students for this interactive session that will introduce you to the Class of 2026/27 and the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being.   

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. 
Academic Life at Chapman 
Location: Memorial Hall 
Families with last names A-M 
During this session, you will learn about the key student services that will help promote your student’s academic success at Chapman. Dr. Nina LeNoir, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and representatives from the Academic Advising Center, Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center, Leatherby Libraries, Center for Global Education, Career and Professional Development, and the Center for Undergraduate Excellence will share information and answer questions about their available resources.  

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. 
Chapman Family Lunch 
Locations: Bert Williams Mall /Attallah Piazza /Gray Victory Way
Reminder: You MUST wear a wristband to enter any meal during Orientation. 
Join other new students and families for a lovely lunch.   

1:302:15 p.m. 
Family Student Panel 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts  
Join current Chapman students and parents to discuss how families can support their new Panther. Learn about the important role that families play in the college experience, discuss what it means to be involved in the Chapman community and, most importantly, get all your questions answered.  

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
Fraternity and Sorority Life Info Session 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
Come and learn about the Chapman Fraternity and Sorority community. Hear from current members, student leaders, and staff about the chapters and the benefits of this involvement opportunity.  Please bring any questions you may have.

3:454:45 p.m. 
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Representatives from the Student Business Services Office and Office of Financial Aid will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend. 

4:00 5:30 p.m. 
Pre-Pharmacy (FEAP) Family Info Session  
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201  
Dr. Lawrence Brown, Director of the Freshman Early Assurance Program, will facilitate an information session for new families to learn more about the program and how you play a role in the success of your student.

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  
College of Performing Arts Welcome Reception 
Location: Lindquist Esplanade (next to Waltmar Theatre) 
This reception is an opportunity to meet new students in the College of Performing Arts as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. This reception is for declared Theater, Theater Performance, Screen Acting, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Composition, and Music Performance majors.

4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

College/School Welcome Dinners 
Please attend dinner at the location of your student’s declared major. This is an opportunity to meet new students in your School/College as well as some of the faculty and administration with whom you will be interacting while at Chapman. Food lines will be located at Schmid Gate, Bert Williams Mall, and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts please go to the closest location for your dinner.
 
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Schmid College of Science and Technology 
Location: Attallah Piazza 
This dinner is for declared Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Policy, Mathematics, Mathematics and Civil Engineering, Physics, and Philosophy majors.
 
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 
 
School of Communication 
Location: Gray Victory Way 
This dinner is for declared Communication Studies, Global Communication & World Languages, and Strategic & Corporate Communication majors.

Attallah College of Educational Studies 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court 
This dinner is for declared Integrated Educational Studies majors. 

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences 
Location: Bert Williams Mall  
This dinner is for declared Health Sciences, Applied Human Physiology, and Psychology majors.

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza 
This dinner is for declared Art, Art History, English, Creative Writing, History, Peace Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, French, and Spanish majors.  

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts 
Location: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts 
This dinner is for declared Film and Media Studies, Public Relations, Advertising, and Entertainment Marketing, Animation and Visual Effects, Broadcast Journalism and Documentary, Creative Producing, Film and Television Production, Screen Acting, and Writing for Film and Television.
 
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Fowler School of Engineering 
Location: Attallah Piazza 
This dinner is for declared Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, and Software Engineering majors. 
 
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Undeclared 
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza 
This dinner is for students who have not declared a major for the 2022-2023 academic year 

School of Pharmacy 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts, Performer’s Court 
This dinner is for students in the Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program. 

Argyros School of Business and Economics 
Location: Bert Williams Mall 
This dinner is for declared Business Administration, Economics, and Accounting majors. 

7:15 – 7:45 p.m. 
Igniting Your Future: Candle Lighting Ceremony  
Location: Attallah Piazza 
Incoming Chapman students, parents and families are invited to gather around the fountain in the Attallah Piazza 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!  
This event officially concludes Family Orientation. If available, please attend the Parent and Family Farewell Reception hosted by Dean Gail Stearns.  

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.  
Parent and Family Farewell Reception  
Location: The Fish Interfaith Center 
Dean Gail Stearns invites parents and new Chapman families to a Farewell reception with wine, sparkling cider and dessert following the Candle Lighting Ceremony. 
 

Transfer Students

Thursday, August 25th 

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. 
Orientation Check-In  
Location: Students – Argyros Forum, Student Union 
Location: Families – Argyros Forum, Room 119A 
You can check-in for Orientation any time between 8:00am and 10:00am! We recommend checking in BEFORE 9:30am so that you will have enough time to make it over to Panther Pride Brunch. Please plan accordingly as we will not be able to check anyone in after 10:00am. You will receive your wristbands for meals throughout orientation at check-in.  

11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Commuter Student Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room 
This is a space where commuter students can meet and hang out all throughout Orientation. The Great Room is known as the living room of campus and welcomes all students, whenever they need a place to relax, chat, or meet new people. 

10:15 11:30 a.m.  
Panther Pride Brunch 
Location: Bert Williams Mall
Join other transfer students and families for a welcome brunch on the historic Bert Williams Mall. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Price will give the opening address and you will have the chance to hear from student leaders on campus while enjoying brunch. 

11:45 – 12:45 p.m. 
Transfer Forum  
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, will be sent to Chapman email on Monday, August 22nd)  
During your Transfer Forum sessions, you will meet with your Orientation Leaders and classmates. These sessions are a time to get to know your peers, discuss Orientation events, and ask questions about life at Chapman. Please be in attendance, as specifics of Orientation will be explained in this session.

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
Departmental Major Meetings 
Location: See end of schedule for your department meeting location. 
Students will learn about their major and ways to be successful within their academic program. This is also an opportunity to meet staff and faculty members from your major.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. 
Student Services Fair 
Location: Attallah Piazza 
Come mingle with other new students and families as you explore booths representing over 30 on-campus departments. 

2:453:30 p.m.  
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 119AB
Representatives from Student Business Services Office and the Financial Aid Office will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend.

3:454:30 p.m. 
Getting Involved 
Location: AF 119AB
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!

4:45 p.m.5:15 p.m. 
Igniting your Future: The Candle Lighting Ceremony 
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel (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!

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Chapman Traditions Celebration 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room  
Come celebrate the start of your Chapman experience with other transfer students this evening. Students will receive stoles, ribbons to tie onto their class fenestra, and learn about classic Chapman Traditions from Dean of Students, Dr. Jerry Price. Hors d’œurves to be provided.  

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
We Are Chapman 
Location: Musco Center for the Arts 
Join us for a night filled with exciting performances that showcase the diverse cultures and experiences that make up the Chapman community. You will hear from your fellow students as they share their stories and experiences about their time at Chapman. Following the speeches, head out onto Aitkens Arts Plaza to enjoy the live performance of sitar player, Ronobir Lahiri. 
 


Friday, August 26th 

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 
Breakfast 
Location: Randall Dining Commons 

9:00 – 10:20 a.m. 
Commuter Student Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Great Room 
This is a space where commuter students can meet and hang out all throughout Orientation. The Great Room is known as the living room of campus and welcomes all students, whenever they need a place to relax, chat, or meet new people.  

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. 
Panther Values and Policies 
Location: Virtual
Students will hear from Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student, Jerry Price, about policies and procedures on Chapman’s campus and the core educational principles upon which they are based. This MANDATORY educational program will equip you with the necessary information to make informed and healthy decisions when encountering the Chapman community as well as the resources available to support you. This session will outline what is expected of Chapman students when they join the Chapman community. 
 
10:3011:30 a.m. 
Transfer Bootcamp: Policies and Programs for Graduation Success 
Location: Beckman 404 
Transfer students each have unique transitions into a new university. This session will help you learn everything you need to know in order 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.  

11:45 – 12:30 p.m. 
Wellness Collaborative Panel 
Location: Beckman 404 
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.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  
Lunch 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Jumu’ah Prayers followed by Director of Muslim Life Meet and Greet  
Location: Wilkinson Founders Chapel 
Join Chapman’s Director for Muslim Life and Chaplain to the University, Shaykh Jibreel Speight, for prayers followed by an opportunity to get acquainted with him and hear about Muslim life on campus.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.  
Transfer Forum 
Location: Small Group Meeting Locations (see email from orientation@chapman.edu, sent to Chapman email) 
Join your peers and Orientation Leaders for your last meeting as a group to get final questions answered, an overview of the start of the year and an opportunity to talk about We Are Chapman. 

3:10 – 4:30 p.m.  
Becoming a Healthy Panther 
Location: Memorial Hall  
As a transfer student, you will be faced with many personal decisions that will impact your college experience. This MANDATORY 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!

4:306:30pm 
Black Student, Faculty, and Staff Mixer 
Location: AF 3rd Floor South Patio 
Meet and connect with incoming and returning Black students, faculty, and staff. Great conversation, music and light refreshments will be provided. (Open to Black first year and transfer students)

4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Affinity Socials 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 304 (Cross-Cultural Center) 
Come mix and mingle with other students and staff that identify with or are currently exploring a certain affinity, all while enjoying light refreshments and snacks. Students may attend and meet with as many affinity groups as they identify with. 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

First-Generation College Students
Meet other students who are the first in their family to go to college! Learn about the resources available to you and how to make the most of Chapman as a first-generation student.

International Students
Join us for the International Student Social.  We will get to know each other and talk about the bus & train system, nearby grocery stores, restaurants, fun things to do, etc.  Current international students and staff will be available to answer any questions/problems you may have!  

Spiritual Exploration Social 
The Fish Interfaith Center on the Chapman University campus offers opportunities for students who are interested in spirituality of any type. If you consider yourself simply a “Seeker,” curious about developing your spiritual path, practicing meditation, or learning about different religions, we have opportunities for you. If you are involved in or interested in a particular spiritual path, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, or Judaism, we can connect you with student groups to pursue your faith journey. We offer particular programs for students from more progressive Christian denominations, Latter-day Saints, Catholic, and non-denominational churches. Finally, our beautiful Wallace All Faiths Chapel, located in the Fish Interfaith Center, is here for your use! Come and meet our staff and find out about programs and space available at Chapman for you!

Students with Disabilities
This social is an opportunity for our incoming students with disabilities to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community and discovering the resources available to you as you navigate your college experience.  
 
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

LGBTQIA+ Community
Chapman’s LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex & Asexual) staff, faculty and students are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2026 into our open and welcoming community!  This social will provide a chance for new students to explore ways to get involved in the LGBTQIA+ community here on campus through organizations such as Chapman Feminists, Queer and Trans People of Color Collective (QTPOCC) and Queer Student Alliance (QSA), mix and mingle with other like-minded individuals, and begin building a network of support to enrich their Chapman experience. 

Students Who Identify as Women
Come to this social for the chance to network with women who have the potential to affect Chapman University in a positive and significant way. Women are shifting both the academic and work world and this social is a great way to meet your peers, start the process of supporting one another, and learn about the resources Chapman has to help you successfully navigate your college career.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Community 
This social is an opportunity for our incoming students of color to network, ask questions, and dialogue as we enjoy each other’s company and experience. This will be a great time to gather to begin the process of building a community within the Chapman community.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  
Shalom Panthers: Orientation Shabbat
Location: Fish Interfaith Center
Sponsored by The Fish Interfaith Center and Chapman Hillel
Join your Jewish home on campus and bring your friends! All students are welcome to celebrate with Dr. Siegel, Chapman’s new Director of Jewish Life, and Chapman Hillel at our first Shabbat dinner of the year. Take time to relax, unwind, meet current students, and learn about upcoming events

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Mix & Mingle 
Location: Attallah Piazza 
You are cordially invited to an evening of Panther fun! Join us on campus for appetizers, games, and socializing with your fellow Transfer students. It can be uneasy coming to a new school, but this event is sure to be filled with great food and even better company.  

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

9:00pm 12:00 a.m. 
UPB and Orientation Presents… Club Y2K 
Location: Argyros Forum, Student Union, and Second Floor  
Dust off your dancing shoes! We’re going all out for a night filled with shimmering disco balls, groovy dancing, and iconic arcade games. Arrive on Friday night to Argyros Forum to experience the VIP Disco experience. Grab your friends, don your grooviest throwback fit and have a marvelous night at Club Disco! 


Saturday, August 27th 

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.  
Yoga on the Lawn  
Location: Bert Williams Mall (Memorial Lawn)  
Join Fitness and Recreation Services for our first Yoga on the Lawn of the school year! Bring your yoga mat or towel and a friend and join our GroupX leaders for a free yoga session.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
College of Performing Arts Student Mixer
Location: Musco Center for the Arts Performer’s Court
Calling all incoming and returning CoPA students for a fun afternoon of networking, food, and CoPA swag! Reconnect with old friends as well as meet new ones!

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Brunch 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  
Regional Receptions 
Chapman is lucky to have students come from across the United States. Attend one of these receptions to meet students from your region, learn about the “must-sees” in Southern California, and find out about locales that will surely remind you of home! 

Pacific Northwest  
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 201 

Mountain States 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 211 

Southwest 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 207 

Midwest 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206C 

Northeast 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 208 

South 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 202 

Pacific Ocean 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 209AB  

Northern California 
Location: Argyros Forum, Room 206AB 

Southern California 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Italian Studies Mixer 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
You are invited to attend the Italian Studies Ice Cream Bash on Saturday, August 27, 3-5pm, Beckman Hall 404. At the onset of your journey through Italian language and culture, we wish to provide you with all necessary guidance and support and introduce you to the lively community of our program. Attendance in this event will count as out-of-class participation points. Please RSVP through the form emailed to you!

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
Transfer Dave & Buster’s Trip 
Location: Meet at Schmid Gate at 5:15 to load the bus 
Join your peers and the Orientation team for a trip to Dave & Busters where food, fun, and friends will bring your Saturday to life! This is an RSVP event only, you will receive an email from Brendon at resstu253@chapman.edu with information on how to sign up on August 17th. Only the first 50 sign-ups will be able to attend!  

8:00 – 10:00 p.m. 
Fall Kick-Off! 
Location: Aitken Arts Plaza 
Kickstart your year with music, games, appetizers, and mingling with your incoming class! This will be a night you do not want to miss! 
  


Sunday, August 28th 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Spirituality Matters! A Mindfulness, Labyrinth, and Interfaith Experience
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel 
Join the Chapman community to see how you can explore meaning and purpose at Chapman, whether you are secular, spiritual or religious. If you consider yourself a “spiritual seeker” curious about developing your spiritual path, are interested in practicing meditation or learning about different religions or are committed to a certain spiritual or religious path, we have opportunities for you. Commemorate the beginning of your Chapman experience with an interfaith celebration, mindfulness meditation and labyrinth walk led by student leaders and the chaplain staff of the Fish Interfaith Center. The Fish Interfaith Center is here to help you shape your unique spiritual journey.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Brunch 
Location: Randall Dining Commons

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Dinner 
Location: Randall Dining Commons 


Departmental Major Meeting Locations

Argyros School of Business and Economics:  
Accounting: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
Business Administration: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
Economics: Argyros Forum, Room 208 
 

Attallah College of Educational Studies:
Integrated Educational Studies: Doti Hall, Room 005 
 

College of Performing Arts:  
Music: Oliphant Hall, Room 101D
Theatre: Moulton Hall, Room 136 
Screen Acting: Moulton hall, Room 136 
 

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences:
Health Sciences: Crean Hall, Room 112  
Applied Human Physiology: Crean Hall, Room 112 
Psychology: Crean Hall, Room 149 
 

Dodge College of Film and Media Arts:
Film Studies: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Public Relations and Advertising: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Screenwriting: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Creative Producing: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Animation and Visual Effects: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
Film Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
News & Documentary: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios
TV Writing & Production: Folino Theater at Marion Knott Studios 
 

Schmid College of Science and Technology:
Biological Sciences: Keck Center, Room 130 
Environmental Science and Policy: Keck Center, Room 130 
Chemistry: Keck Center, Room 130 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: 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:  
Software Engineering: Swenson Hall N107 
Computer Science: Swenson Hall N107 
Electrical Engineering: Swenson Hall N107 
Data Science: Swenson Hall N107 
Computer Engineering: Swenson Hall N107 

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences:
English: Doti Hall, Room 102
Creative Writing: Doti Hall, Room 102
History: Doti Hall, Room 104
French: DeMille Hall 120G
Spanish: DeMille Hall 120G
Political Science: Doti Hall, Room 105
Peace Studies: Roosevelt Hall, Room 204
Religious Studies: Meeting with Department Chair
Sociology: Doti Hall, Room 201
Art: Moulton Hall, Room 213
Art History: Moulton Hall, Room 213
Graphic Design: Moulton Hall, Room 213 
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
 

Undeclared:  
Argyros Forum, Room 119B
Please attend the meeting of the major you are interested in declaring! 
 

School of Communication: 
Communication: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
Strategic and Corporate Communication: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
Global Communication and World Language: Argyros Forum, Room 201 
 

Transfer Families

Thursday, August 25th

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  
Orientation Check-in 
Location: Students – Argyros Forum, Student Union 
Location: Families – Argyros Forum, 119A 
You can check-in for Orientation any time between 8:00am and 10:00am! We recommend checking in BEFORE 9:30am so that you will have enough time to make it over to Panther Pride Brunch. Please plan accordingly as we will not be able to check anyone in after 10:00am. You will receive your wristbands for meals throughout orientation at check-in.  

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Pankey Visitor Lounge 
Location: Argyros Forum, Pankey Visitor Lounge 
Orientation Staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions regarding all events and sessions.

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.  
Panther Pride Brunch 
Location: Bert Williams Mall  
Join other transfer students and families for a welcome brunch on the historic Bert Williams Mall. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Jerry Price will give the opening address. 

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
The Office of Parent Engagement Welcome Booth 
Location: Under the red canopy on the north side of Memorial Hall 
Visit with the Office of Parent Engagement and the Executive Parents Ambassador Council (XPAC) members to learn more about resources for Chapman parents, tips on supporting your student for their greatest success, and how to become involved with the University. Parents can take a photo at our photo booth or join us for lawn games and participate in a special activity for their student.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Just for Families  
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Join Colleen Wood, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Dean of Students, for this interactive session that will introduce you to student services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. 
Academic Partnerships  
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Join Dr. Nina Lenoir, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and representatives from the Academic Advising Center, Tutoring and Learning Center, Leatherby Libraries, Center for Global Education, Career and Professional Development, and the Center for Undergraduate Excellence to learn about the key student services that will help promote your student’s academic success at Chapman. 

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. 
Family Student Panel 
Location: Beckman Hall, Room 404 
Join current Chapman students and parents to discuss how families can support their new Panther. Learn about the important role that families play in the college experience. Discuss what it means to be involved in the Chapman community and, most importantly, get all your questions answered. 

2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 
Student Services Fair 
Location: Attallah Piazza 
Come mingle with other new students and families as you explore booths representing over 30 on-campus departments. 

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. 
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Workshop 
Location: Argyros Forum, 119A  
Representatives from the Student Business Services Office and the Financial Aid Office will answer your questions regarding billing, loans, and scholarships. Both families and students are welcome to attend.

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. 
Igniting your Future: The Candle Lighting Ceremony 
Location: Wallace All Faiths Chapel (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! 

5:15 – 6:15 p.m.  
Parent and Family Farewell Reception  
Location: Fish Interfaith Center 
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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