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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

» COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Last Updated: June 24, 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 opportunities 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.

Class Formats for Fall 2020

We are optimistically planning for a safe return in the fall with social distancing and safety constraints in place. You can read more about the "CU Safely Back" plan in our recent news item.

You can also learn more about course delivery formats in this update from Chapman's provost.

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

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

While the U.S. Department of State has temporarily suspended visa services at U.S. embassies and consulates, you may still be able to still book an appointment. 

Please be in contact with your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to schedule your visa interview when visa services resume. Some embassies and consulates are providing expedited visa appointments for those studying in the U.S. in the fall.

If you have any questions about obtaining your visa, or would like to provide any updates on the visa application process: undergraduate students can email Bryant Dowd at bdowd@chapman.edu and graduate students can email Monica Chen at mchen@chapman.edu

Welcome and Update from President Daniele Struppa

Chapman University President Daniele Struppa welcomes our admitted students and provides updates on how Chapman responded to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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?

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.

If you have any questions about graduate program deposit deadlines, or when to submit your deposit for a graduate program, please contact your graduate admission counselor.

What is the application deadline to apply for graduate programs?

To find 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.

Will I still be able to receive AP and IB Exam Credit?

Yes. We have not changed our policy or requirements for acceptance of spring test scores for credit. For more information on these policies and required scores, visit:

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. Because of this, we will will accept a "Pass" grade for courses taken in spring 2020 that are pre-requisites or major requirements for incoming transfer students.

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

Will COVID-19 impact students' ability to live on campus in the fall?

To ensure a safe return to campus, we have had to cut our on-campus housing capacity by 20%. Due to this reduction, we cannot currently guarantee on-campus housing to incoming first-year students who live within 32 miles of campus.

However, we are exploring options to provide on-campus housing to those who need it and as many incoming students as possible. We will be communicating directly with affected students as we finalize our housing capacity for the fall.

For more information on how COVID-19 is affecting on-campus housing, visit our Housing Updates for 2020-21 Academic Year page.