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Global education is central to a Chapman University education. At Chapman, you will receive a personalized education that will not only help you adjust to the American educational system, but will also prepare you to take your place as a productive global citizen.

Students come to Chapman from 49 states, three U.S. territories and 88 countries, including Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

International students seek out Chapman because of our location —in sunny Southern California, but also for the incredible opportunities including highly regarded academic programs, undergraduate research, international internships, study abroad programs and an active student life.

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Prospective International Students

+ - 1. Does Chapman University consider me an International Student?

If you are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder, refugee or asylee) you are considered an international applicant at Chapman, regardless of where you are studying. 

U.S. Citizens studying outside of the United States are considered domestic students during the application process.

Undocumented students are considered as domestic students during the application process. For additional resources, please visit our undocumented student webpage.

+ - 2. Are there students like me at Chapman?

Yes, 7% of the students studying at Chapman are international. Students come from 88 countries including, Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, among others. 

+ - 3. Does Chapman travel internationally to meet with prospective applicants?

Yes, Chapman recruits extensively outside the U.S. to meet with interested students. For information upcoming visits, please visit our   International travel site

If we are not traveling to your country and you have questions or you would like to set up a meeting time with one of our representatives, please email us at intladmit@chapman.edu.

+ - 4. I would like to visit Chapman’s campus, how do I schedule a campus tour and information session?

To schedule a campus visit, please visit our Visit Chapman webpage.

If you would like to request a meeting with an admission counselor, please email us at intladmit@chapman.edu

The Application Process

+ - 5. What mistakes should I avoid as an international student applying to Chapman?

Be sure you use your legal (passport) name on all admission documents including standardized tests. This will allow the Office of Admission to match all necessary documents to your file.

Be aware of all application deadlines and requirements and be sure that all requirements are submitted on time. You may check your application status any time at go.chapman.edu/status

Make sure you are checking the email account listed in your application for important updates from the Office of Admission.

+ - 6. What are my chances for gaining admission as an international student to Chapman?

Chapman admitted 46% of international students who applied for admission for Fall 2016.

+ - 7. What are the minimum requirements for admission?

Chapman University does not have minimum requirements for admission. Each application goes through a holistic review process which includes academics, extra-curricular involvement, fit for the applicant’s major and fit for the Chapman campus community. The Admission Committee is looking for academically engaged students who will thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

Please visit the checklist of application requirements webpage

+ - 8. What are Chapman’s admission averages?

First Year students admitted for Fall 2016 had an average GPA of a 3.76, an SAT composite of an 1877 out of 2400 or a 28 on the ACT.

Transfer students admitted for the Fall 2016 had an average GPA of 3.36.

Keep in mind that these are academic averages, not minimum requirements for admission. 

+ - 9. What are the application requirements?

Application checklists for international first year and transfer applicants can be found on our How to Apply webpage

+ - 10. What if my official transcripts are not in English?

If your official transcripts are in another language, please have them officially translated in to English. This translation should be a word for word translation.

Official transcripts in their original language and the English translations must be submitted as part of the application. 

+ - 11. There is no university counselor/advisor at my school, who should complete my Secondary School Report?

Any official school administrator can complete this form, including a headmaster, principal or teacher. 

+ - 12. Does Chapman require the SAT or ACT from international applicants?

Yes, all first year applicants are required to submit the either the SAT or ACT as part of the application.

Transfer applicants with less than 24 semester credits, or one year of full-time college/university coursework, are also required to submit either the SAT or ACT.

Chapman superscores the SAT. If a student has taken old SAT more than once, we will use the highest score achieved in each section. If a student has taken the new SAT more than once, we will use the highest score achieved in each section. We will not superscore the old and new versions of the SAT.

Chapman will use the highest composite score on the ACT. 

+ - 13. Does Chapman require the SAT II/SAT Subject Tests from international applicants?

No, Chapman does not require students to submit the SAT II/SAT Subject Tests.

+ - 14. Does Chapman University recognize the AP, IB or A-Level curriculums?

Yes, Chapman recognizes the rigor of the AP, IB and A-Level curriculums, which is why they are eligible for university credit. Please visit our website for information on AP equivalency and IB equivalency. Chapman awards two semesters of lower-division credits for A-Level results of A-C.

+ - 15. What is Chapman’s CEEB and TOEFL code?

Chapman’s CEEB and TOEFL code is 4047

+ - 16. Does Chapman accept international transfer students?

Yes, Chapman accepts international transfer applicants from both the U.S. and abroad. For information on transferring to Chapman, please download our Transfer Brochure.

If you are attending college or university in the U.S. we recommend a Transfer Advising Appointment. You may schedule an in-person or telephone advising appointment by calling our office at (714) 744-6711.

If you have attended a college/university outside of the US. Please contact our office by email at transfers@chapman.edu for advice.

+ - 17. What is the International Student Supplement Form, and is it required for admission?

All undergraduate international applicants are required to submit an International Student Supplement Form as part of the application. This form will be available in your applicant status page after the point of application. 

Applicants expecting to hold F-1 or J-1 visas are also required to submit financial documentation.

For additional information on what to prepare, please view the International Student Supplement and Financial documentation instructions.

Chapman's minimum undergraduate TOEFL requirement is an 80 iBT (with balanced sub scores) or a 550 PBT.

For students expecting to hold an F-1 or J-1 visa, please see undergraduate expense sheet for additional information on the cost of attendance.

English Proficiency

+ - 18. Am I required to submit a test of English proficiency?

All applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency

Students who score a 550 on the Critical Reading section of the old SAT or a 24 on both the English and Reading sections of the ACT will automatically have this requirement waived. Critical Reading scores on the new SAT will not waive the requirement for a test of English proficiency for students applying for the Fall 2017.

Transfer students who are completing college/university coursework in the U.S. must have completed a transferable English course in a traditional classroom setting. Online English courses will not satisfy this requirement. 

+ - 19. What are Chapman’s minimum English proficiency requirements?

Chapman’s minimum undergraduate TOEFL requirement is a 550 PBT (with balanced sub scores) or an 80 iBT (with balanced sub scores).

Chapman’s minimum undergraduate IELTS requirement is a 6.5 (with balanced sub scores).

Transfer students who are completing college/university coursework in the U.S. must have completed a transferable English course in a traditional classroom setting. Online English courses will not satisfy this requirement.

+ - 20. Does Chapman offer English Conditional Admission?

No, Chapman does not offer English Conditional Admission nor does the University provide an intensive English program.

All non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency

Cost of Attendance, Scholarships, International Student Supplement Form, I-20

+ - 21. What is the cost of attending Chapman University?

Follow the link to view tuition and fee information.

For students expecting to hold an F-1 or J-1 visa, please see our undergraduate expense sheet for the cost of attendance.

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+ - 22. Are international students eligible for financial aid at Chapman?

Chapman is need aware during the admission process. International students are eligible for merit-based scholarship during the admission process. First Year applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $29,000 per year while Transfer applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $15,000 per year. Merit-based scholarships are based primarily on a student’s grades and test scores, if applicable, although applications are reviewed holistically. Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Admission Committee.

Chapman offers limited need-based aid for international applicants.

+ - 23. Can international students work in the U.S.?

International students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week. On campus jobs are not guaranteed and cannot be arranged prior to arrival on campus. An on-campus job may provide students with additional spending money, but will not cover the cost of tuition, living expenses or fees.

+ - 24. How and when will I receive my I-20?

Once you have been admitted to Chapman and have confirmed your intent to enroll by submitting your deposit, your I-20 will be issued. For additional information, please visit our International Student and Scholar Services webpage.