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Home School Policy

Chapman’s mission is, "to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens." The university is committed to holistically evaluating applicants from across the globe and from different educational environments to create a diverse and well-rounded student body. Chapman acknowledges home schooling as an educational path for students to complete their primary and secondary education and is committed to assisting students and families navigate the college application process.

Basic Requirements

All applicants are required to submit the required documents for admission consideration. Please refer to the Freshman Checklist to identify the application requirements as well as view recommended coursework for high school students. 

+ - Objective Requirements – Academics


For students applying from traditional high school settings, official transcripts from an accredited institution are required as part of the application process. If a student is following an accredited home school program, the published curriculum is required as part of the review process. Transcripts from any coursework taken at a traditional high school or at the college-level during the student's high school career are also required (if applicable).

Otherwise, students must submit an official transcript that outlines the home school curriculum. It must include:

  • Course titles
  • Duration of study
  • Brief description of course content
  • Grade(s) or equivalent qualitative assessment(s)

The more information that can be provided or documented will provide the admission committee with further academic context. This may include but is not limited to syllabi, complete reading lists and method(s) of instruction.

Additional information may be presented in the "Additional Information" section of the Common Application. This area provides an opportunity to explain any relevant information (that isn't noted elsewhere) which should be considered when reviewing the student's application.


The SAT or ACT (with writing) is required for admission. There are no minimum scores required for admission as each applicant is reviewed holistically and within their academic context. Scores are used as one of several measures intended to reflect a student's academic preparation. Additional scores, although not required, may electively be submitted to help the admission committee better understand the student's academic abilities. This includes SAT Subject tests, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), A-level exams, or Cambridge O Levels exams.

+ - Subjective Requirements

Each applicant is required to submit a minimum of one letter of recommendation from an academic perspective. Traditionally it is submitted by a counselor or a teacher at the student's high school and it is discouraged for immediate family members to write on the student's behalf.

If a student's primary instructor is an immediate family member, the student is encouraged to have letters submitted from an outside instructor, program advisor or employer who can attest to the student's work ethic, intellectual curiosity, academic potential, community involvement, and other notable qualities.

+ - Major-Specific Requirements

If a student is applying to one of the academic majors within the areas listed below, please refer to our Departmental Portfolio Requirements for specific audition or portfolio requirements necessary for admission consideration. These are mandatory components of the application process for applicants to these programs of study.

+ - Reach Out

Home School curriculum is unique and individualized by design. If often requires further dialogue and conversation. If home-school students or families need clarification on Chapman's application requirements or review process, please feel free to reach out to our office at or (714) 997-6711.

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