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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

» COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Last Updated: April 2, 2020. Additional information is available on Chapman’s Coronavirus Resource Page.

Chapman's Office of Admission staff is currently working remotely. There will still be several ways to connect with us during this time:

Graduate students can expect to hear from their programs directly about opportunites to connect.

Admission Operations

Though Admission staff are working remotely, we are still able to review applications, process materials and release decisions. However, there may be a delay in getting some of these operations done.

School Closures and Test Cancellations

We understand that some students attend schools that are temporarily closed. Additionally, some required tests (GRE, TOEFL, IB/AP testing) have been cancelled or have limited testing dates available.

If a school closure or test cancellation is preventing you from completing your application or submitting any required or requested materials, please contact us:

International Student Visas

The U.S. Department of State recently announced that visa services have been temporarily suspended at all U.S. embassies and consulates. We don’t know how long this will last, but will continue updating you with the latest information.

Our Admission and International Student Services offices are both still operating. We are also still processing and mailing I-20 forms.

Please be in contact with your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to ensure you can schedule your visa interview when visa services resume.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please keep in mind that the campus situation can change quickly, and there are many questions we cannot yet answer (especially those relating to the summer or fall). If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us at admit@chapman.edu.

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Can guests still come to campus to do a self-guided tour?

Chapman University's Orange Campus does not have a physical barrier and is open to the public. Chapman's Rinker Health Science Campus is closed and is not currently offering tours.

As of Thursday, March 19, Chapman is suspending all non-essential campus functions. From this date onward, the Office of Admission's physical office will be closed until further notice. Admission staff will be working remotely and there will be several ways to contact us:

Will there be any virtual opportunities for admitted undergraduate students before May 1?

Yes! Please check your email and our Admitted Students page for virtual event invitations and opportunities to connect with us online.

Are there any virtual opportunities available for admitted graduate students?

Many graduate programs will be in touch with admitted students to offer virtual opportunities to connect.

In addition, you can contact your graduate admission counselor (or email gradadmit@chapman.edu) to inquire about virtual opportunities for your program.

Will the deadline to accept admission offers be extended?

At the moment, May 1 is still the deadline to accept admission for incoming first-year students and June 1 is the priority deadline for incoming transfer students. If you require additional time, please contact your admission counselor directly and explain your situation.

For any updates to graduate program application deadlines, please visit our graduate programs deadlines page.

Can I talk to a current student from the program I’m interested in?

Yes! Many of our undergraduae students volunteer for admitted student events and look forward to meeting incoming students. They would love to hear from you. You can find a list of undergraduate student ambassadors here. They can answer questions about their major, clubs there in, living in Southern California or anything else on your mind.

If you would like to speak with a current graduate student, please reach out to the admission counselor for that program

My family’s financial situation has been negatively affected by COVID-19. Do I qualify for additional financial aid?

If a you, a parent or legal guardian has recently lost their job or encountered a significant reduction in income, you might want to submit a Financial Aid Appeal.

Submitting a Financial Aid Appeal allows us to examine the information provided on your FAFSA form for extenuating circumstances. If an appeal is approved, it could lead to an increase in your financial aid eligibility. You can learn more about Financial Aid Appeals on our website. 

If you are an incoming undergraduate and would like to discuss whether you have grounds for an appeal, and whether an approved appeal would increase financial aid eligibility, please contact Undergraduate Financial Aid at finaid@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6741.

If you are an incoming graduate, please contact the Graduate Financial Aid Office at gradfinaid@chapman.edu or (714) 628-2730.

How will pass/no pass grading during my high school’s spring semester affect my admission to Chapman?

All students who plan to attend Chapman as a first-year student must submit their final high school transcripts at the end of their school year. Passing your spring semester courses will satisfy the requirement for continued academic success. Students who submit transcripts with any no-pass grades will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

If you anticipate any academic difficulties in your spring semester, we suggest getting in touch with your undergraduate admission counselor to provide more details about your situation.

How will Chapman award credits for International Baccalaureate subjects, the IB diploma and GCE A-Level subjects if the exams have been cancelled?

Chapman will work with IBO and A-level exam boards to determine what assessments will be available for the spring cohort. We will update affected students when we have additional details.

I am planning to transfer to Chapman and my current courses have been changed to Pass/No Pass. Will this affect my ability to apply or enroll?

We are aware that a number of institutions are implementing a mandatory pass/no pass grading system for the winter, spring and summer terms. Because of this, the Office of Admission is working with our program partners to review and potentially revise the grading requirements for courses taken in the winter, spring or summer of 2020. 

If you have any questions about your specific situation, please email transfers@chapman.edu.

Will COVID-19 affect students starting in the fall, including the ability to move in?

We hope not. If COVID-19 does impact the fall semester, we will update this page and communicate directly with affected students. For campus updates on COVID-19, visit the University’s coronavirus page.