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Applying to the Program

Q: How do I apply to be in the Honors Program?

A: The 2020-2021 application process is now open. Incoming first-year and transfer students can apply in the same portal that they used to apply to Chapman University. Current Chapman students should contact the Honors Program office for a link to the application.

Q: What is the deadline to apply?

 A: The application review process for fall usually begins at the beginning of February. Admission is on a rolling basis until the program is full. To receive a decision before May 1, it is best to submit an application prior to March 31.

Q: How many students are accepted into the Honors Program?

A: The program accepts a limited number of students per year and seeks a balance in the student composition, including majors. The program best serves students who approach their education in a mature and responsible manner. Once accepted, students are expected to be active participants in honors activities.

Q: What are the requirements to be accepted into the Honors Program?

A: A successful candidate for the honors program will exhibit a strong motivation for interdisciplinary studies and an enthusiastic commitment to learning. First and foremost, a compelling essay is crucial for a successful application. Applicants typically have a first-rate GPA and highly competitive SAT and ACT scores. Other criteria may include outstanding leadership and/or creative achievement, community involvement, and a range of interests and experiences. The program best serves students who approach their education in a mature and responsible manner, which includes showing respect for others in the classroom as well as in the community at large.

Q: Can I apply after my freshman year, or if I am a transfer student?

A: Yes. There is no requirement that you have to be in the program all four years of college. If you start later but plan to finish the requirements before graduation, you can apply. Current CU students can only apply to the honors program prior to attaining 60 credits.

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