Orientation 2020

Fenestra: Open Your Window of Opportunity

jerry price

Welcome From Jerry Price, Dean of Students!

Let’s start with the elephant in the room: I feel I can say with complete confidence that none of you would have preferred to start your Chapman career this way. You would prefer to be moving into residence halls together, going to big events where you would meet dozens and dozens of fellow new students, and then walking the campus to scope out your future classrooms. Unfortunately, that is not how this academic year is going to start… Read More

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

Greetings from Your Fellow Panthers

Orientation Schedules

All orientation events and town halls will be held in Pacific Daylight Time

First Year Students

      • Wed 8/26: Pre-orientation programs in the evening
      • Thurs 8/27: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
      • Fri 8/28: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
      • Sat 8/29: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  
      • Sun 8/30: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Transfer Students

      • Wed 8/26: Pre-orientation programs in the evening
      • Thurs 8/27: 1:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
      • Fri 8/28: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
      • Sat 8/29: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
      • Sun 8/30: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

FY & Transfer families

FY & Transfer families
If families are unable to attend live events, most of the sessions will be recorded and made accessible at a later date.


Thursday, August 27th 

2:30pm-3:30pm 
Housing Info Session
Format: Town Hall
Representatives of Residence Life and First Year Experience Department provide information for housing regulations, rules and how to keep your students safe.

2:30pm-3:30pm
Non-Residential Family Info Session
Format: Town Hall
Families are welcome to attend this session to learn about resources that their students can utilize to connect socially throughout the Fall semester.

4:00pm-5:00pm
Student Business Services and Financial Aid Info Session
Format: Town Hall
Student Business Services and Office of Financial Aid will provide information regarding billing, loans and scholarships. This content is available for both families and students to view.


Friday, August 28th  

8:00am-9:00am
Making the Transition
This session is for First Year Families
Format: Town Hall
Join Dr. Jerry Price, Vice President and Dean of Students; Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Assistant Vice President of Admission; and Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students, who will introduce the incoming classes to the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being.

9:15am-10:15am
Academic Life at Chapman
Format: Town Hall
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 about their available resources.

10:30am-11:30am
Parent Student Panel
Format: Town Hall
Tune in to 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 of your questions answered.

12:30pm-1:30pm
Fraternity and Sorority Life Info Session
Format: Town Hall
Come and learn about the Chapman Fraternity and Sorority community. Hear from current fraternity and sorority students and staff about the membership experience, programs and events, and the benefits of this involvement opportunity.

3:00pm-4:00pm
FEAP Info Session
Format: Zoom
Dr. Laura Cook, 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.

3:00pm-4:00pm
Just for Families
This session is for Transfer Families
Format: Town Hall
Join Dr. DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President and Senior Associate Dean of Students, to introduce the transfer incoming class to the student and campus services that address and promote student safety, health and well-being. This session is specific for transfer families.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Department Welcome Receptions
Format: TBD
This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with staff and faculty members from your student’s college.

6:00pm-7:00pm
Cross-Cultural Parent Reception
Format: Zoom: https://chapman.zoom.us/j/7860246716
The Cross-Cultural Center invites parents to meet their professional staff and learn about identity-based, educational opportunities and resources available to their students.


Saturday, August 29th 

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Celebration
Format: Video Link
This is our Welcome Celebration to mark the official start of the academic year. President Struppa launches the semester, Dean Price welcomes the incoming class and their families, and more! This year, we’re taking all the traditional elements with us into the virtual world. This is your welcome into the Chapman Family!

New beginnings at #chapmanu

As new Panthers, you will encounter new people, beginnings and experiences. In order to document the tremendous transition to college, post photos on Instagram with #chapmanu. We want you to connect as you share your experiences digitally through social media! 

Select photos will be featured on Chapman’s main Instagram page and the Argyros Forum Student Union Gallery for the Chapman community to see. We want you to capture the breadth of experiences that you will encounter throughout your first year and beyond at Chapman!

Save the Date: Virtual Chapman Family Homecoming

This year, we're bringing Chapman Family Homecoming to you! Join us October 5-10 for a weeklong virtual event where you can reconnect with your fellow Panthers, show your support for current students and celebrate everything that makes Chapman feel like home.