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» Tips for Completing Your Chapman University Application

These tips and questions have been updated for those applying to spring or fall 2020.

We're excited that you’re applying to Chapman! To help you put together a great application, we want you to know some of the questions we ask below, as well as quick explanations of what we're looking for in your responses.

Note that you might have additional questions based on your major choice and/or whether you're a first-year or transfer student. You'll have to start filling out your application to see all of the questions we ask!

Tips for Answering Chapman Questions

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Q: How have you learned about Chapman University?

We'd like to know more about how you've interacted with Chapman. This helps our counselors figure out your familiarity with campus and where our staff and faculty might have interacted with you before applying.

Q: What will your declared major be?

Telling us about your interest in your potential major lets us know more about why you feel the major might be a good fit for your skills as a student, and about your familiarity with your potential program. 

Developed answers show us that you have an understanding of what you want to study and how it might relate to your career pursuits after college. 

If you’re applying as an undeclared student, that’s fine! Research our programs first, then tell us about the academic areas that might interest you.

Q: There are thousands of universities and colleges. Why are you interested in attending Chapman. (200 words or fewer)

We're looking for specifics! What separates Chapman from the other institutions you're considering? What special programs, activities and aspects of campus are most attractive and compelling to you?

We're well aware that our campus is in a fantastic location and is aesthetically pleasing (we hear about Disneyland and how beautiful our campus is frequently). Dig a little deeper to show us you know why Chapman could be a great fit for you!

Short-answer questions

You can choose one of two short-answer questions. Though their themes are similar, we hope you’ll find the one that speaks to you. They are:

Option 1:  “Chapman University is committed to providing an education of distinction by fostering inclusion for all campus members. These efforts can be seen throughout our community: Cross-Cultural Center, Fish Interfaith Center, and The Chapman Experience. What does inclusion mean to you and why is it important on a college campus?

This is an open-ended question with no “right” answer. Don’t overthink it!  Think about your own communities (family, school, friend group, etc.) and how you practice inclusion. How would that translate on a college campus?

Option 2: The I Am Chapman campaign and the Chapman Diversity Project are just two of the examples of initiatives that promote and enhance these perspectives on campus. If one of these initiatives speak to you, how would you get involved? If not, can you suggest a new campus-wide initiative and explain how you would get this initiative off the ground? ”

Again, there’s no “right” answer here. Click through the links above to learn more about our initiatives and think about how you would invest yourself in our campus community.

Fast Facts

Fast Facts are a way for us to get to know you. We want to see who you are as a student and as a person! Feel free to be creative, but remember what we're asking. Just because they're “fast” doesn't mean you shouldn't put some thought into your answers. We spend a lot of time debating the merits of each Fast Fact and voting on our favorites. Seriously. Here's a list of some of our past and current Fast Fact questions:

  • What is your dream job?
  • Please list three words to describe yourself.
  • What song should we be listening to while reading your application?
  • Who is your role model?
  • Name one dish you would cook for our admission team.
  • What is your favorite quote and by whom?
  • What is your favorite subject?
  • What is the top thing on your bucket list?
  • What is your most prized possession?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What are you most grateful for?
  • What do you spend too much time doing?
  • What most “essential” item could you most easily give up?
  • If Chapman’s admission team came to visit your hometown, what site would you take them to?
  • What can you give a 30-minute presentation on without any preparation?

Got a Question for Us?

Feel free to contact us anytime at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711. Got a question you’re too scared to ask? Shoot us an anonymous message via on our Office of Admission Tumblr page. We’ll share your question, and our answer, with other students interested in applying.

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