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Deadlines

Spring 2017

Priority Deadline for all spring applicants: October 15, 2016
Applications received after October 15 for the spring are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Late Consideration 
Applications received after the above dates are reviewed on a space available basis only.

Fall 2017

Early Action (non-binding, First Year only)
Required deadline for Pharmacy, Film Production, Theatre Performance & Screen Acting applicants; within these programs, priority is given to first year applicants who apply by November 1, 2016

Regular Admission (First Year): January 15, 2017

Regular Admission (Transfer):  February 15, 2017


Application Checklists & Tips

Instructions for applicants to Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 are currently undergoing revision, and will be available for review by August 2016.  Please check back at that time.

+ - First Year Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther:

  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through CommonApp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $70 application fee requirements.
  • REQUEST a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers through the Recommender section on CommonApp.org.
  • ASK your high school counselor to submit the School Report document via the Common Application.
  • SEND official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT scores (Writing is recommended) and available AP/IB scores.
  • COMPLETE the Creative Supplement if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you're happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • Once we've confirmed receipt of your application, you will receive an e-mail directing you to an applicant self-service portal where you can check the status of your application and what documents are missing from your file. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are...

  • The First-Year Common Application and Chapman University Questions
  • The $70 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • Creative Supplement (if applicable by first choice major selection)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT, Writing is recommended) sent through the College Board or ACT
  • School Report
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • One Teacher Evaluation

+ - Transfer Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther:

  • CONSIDER making an advising appointment with our office to discuss course selection and the transfer application process. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY. An Advising appointment is meant to assist prospective students in determining the best time for them to possibly apply for admission.
  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through commonapp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Transfer Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $70 application fee requirements.
    • (The Mid-Term Report, Final Report, College Report and Academic Evaluation forms are not required to submit unless the Admission Office requests them at a later date).
  • LIST a College Official or Advisor in the Education section on CommonApp.org. This should be a professor, mentor or counselor at either a past or current college but DOES NOT have to be the same person writing you a letter of recommendation. The Admission Committee would lean upon this individual should there be any questions about your academics during the review of your application.
  • SEND official college transcripts and high school transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT scores (Writing is recommended) (if applicable) and available AP/IB scores. If at the time you hit submit on your application you have less than 24 semester college units completed, an official SAT/ACT score is required. If at the time you hit submit on your application you have less than 60 semester college units completed, your official, final high school transcript is required.
  • COMPLETE the Creative Supplement if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you’re happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • Once we've confirmed receipt of your application, you will receive an e-mail directing you to an applicant self-service portal where you can check the status of your application and what documents are missing from your file. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

Mailing address for letters of recommendation, transcripts & application documents:
Chapman University
Attn. Office of Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are:

  • The Transfer Common Application and the Chapman University Questions
  • The $70 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • Creative Supplement (if applicable by first choice major selection)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT, Writing is recommended) sent through the College Board or ACT if applicable
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • One letter of recommendation

+ - International First Year Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther and part of our thriving international community:

  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through commonapp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $70 application fee requirements.
  • REQUEST a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers through the recommender section on CommonApp.org.
  • ASK your secondary school counselor to submit the School Report via the Common Application. If your school does not have a counselor, this form may be completed by any school official.
  • SEND official transcripts from all secondary schools attended and college/university transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT scores (Writing is recommended) and available AP/IB scores. If your official transcripts are not in English, be sure to submit translated copies.
  • SEND TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable.)
  • COMPLETE the Creative Supplement if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • COMPLETE the International Student Supplement Form and submit the required financial verification (if applicable.) This form will be available after the point of application.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns at intladmit@chapman.edu.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you’re happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • Once we've confirmed receipt of your application, you will receive an email directing you to an applicant self-service portal where you can check the status of your application and what documents are missing from your file. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

Mailing address for letters of recommendation, transcripts or other application documents:

    • Chapman University
      Attn. Office of Admission
      One University Dr.
      Orange, CA 92688
      USA

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are…

  • The First-Year Common Application and Chapman University Questions
  • The $70 nonrefundable application fee
  • Creative Supplement (if applicable to your first choice major selection)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT, Writing is recommended) sent through the College Board or ACT
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable) through ETS or IELTS
  • School Report
  • Official transcript(s), officially translated in to English (if applicable)
  • One teacher evaluation
  • International Student Supplement Form and, if applicable, the required financial verification

+ - International Transfer Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther and part of our thriving international community:

  • CONSIDER making an advising appointment with our office to discuss course selection and the transfer application process. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY. An Advising appointment is meant to assist prospective students in determining the best time for them to apply for admission. If you are not attending college/university in the U.S. please email us at transfers@chapman.edu for advice.
  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through commonapp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Transfer Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $70 application fee requirements.
    • The Mid-Term Report, Final Report, College Report and Academic Evaluation forms are not required to submit unless the Admission Office requests them at a later date.
  • LIST a College Official or Advisor in the Education section on CommonApp.org. This should be a professor, mentor or counselor at either a past or current college/university but DOES NOT have to be the same person writing you a letter of recommendation. The Admission Committee would lean upon this individual should there be any questions about your academics during the review of your application.
  • SEND official college/university transcripts and high school transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT scores (Writing is recommended) (if applicable), available AP/IB scores, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable). If your official transcripts are not in English, be sure to submit translated copies.
    • If at the time of application you have less than 24 semester credits/units, or one year of full-time college/university coursework completed, an official SAT or ACT score is required.
    • If at the time of application you have less than 60 semester credits/units, or two years of full-time college/university coursework completed, your official, final high school transcript is required.
  • SEND TOEFL or IELTS scores if you have not completed a transferable English class in a traditional classroom setting. Online English courses do not satisfy this requirement.
  • COMPLETE the Creative Supplement if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • COMPLETE the International Student Supplement Form and submit the required financial verification (if applicable.) This form will be available after the point of application.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY, you can also reach us by email at transfers@chapman.edu.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you’re happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • Once we've confirmed receipt of your application, you will receive an email directing you to an applicant self-service portal where you can check the status of your application and what documents are missing from your file. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

Mailing address for letters of recommendation, transcripts or other application documents:

Chapman University
Attn. Office of Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92688
USA

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are…

  • The Transfer Common Application and Chapman University Questions
  • The $70 nonrefundable application fee
  • Creative Supplement (if applicable by first choice major selection)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT, Writing is recommended) sent through the College Board or ACT (if applicable)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores through ETS or IELTS (if applicable)
  • Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended, officially translated in to English (if applicable)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • International Student Supplement Form and, if applicable, the required financial verification

+ - Undocumented Student Information

Visit our undocumented student page for more information and helpful resources for undocumented students.

+ - Recommended classes for high school students

Recommended classes for high school students (similar to A-G requirements for UC/CSU schools)

  • English: 4 years
  • Math: 3-4 years (Business and Science majors should plan on taking through pre-calculus, at the minimum, and should aim to take 4 full years of math for major preparation)
  • Science: 2-3 years (Science majors should try to take 3-4 years of science as major preparation; at least two courses should be a lab science)
  • History/Social Science: 2-3 years
  • Foreign Language: 3-4 years
  • Arts/Electives: 2-3 years
We recommend these courses to make you a stronger candidate for admission at Chapman University. However, if these recommendations are not completed, you will not be disqualified for admission. We would like to see that your high school curriculum and course rigor supports the major you have applied to. You will want to check with other institutions to which you are applying to check if their recommended/required courses are different.
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