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Undergraduate Admission

Home-schooled Students

» Home-schooled Students

Chapman is proud to have many students from home-schooling backgrounds, and we are committed to assisting you and your family as you navigate the college application process.

We encourage you to reach out to the Admission Counselor who serves your area. They’re eager to answer questions and help you apply for college.

Applying to Chapman as a home-schooled student

Chapman evaluates home-schooled students (and all other students) through a holistic process. Here are the factors Chapman uses to determine admission:

  • Strength of curriculum.
  • Grade trends and overall academic performance.
  • SAT or ACT scores (test scores are strongly recommended for home-schooled applicants).
  • Personal Statement and responses to Chapman University questions.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation.
  • Extracurricular activities, jobs, non-academic activities and responsibilities.
  • Academic major and preparation for major.

Because we hope to have work that is externally graded or examined, we highly recommend submitting some combination of SAT/ACT results, AP exam results, transcripts from college courses or other accredited online schooling programs.

Below you can find information about how home-schooled students and their families can approach the college application process.

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Sparrow Gilligan '26
Homeschooler and Film & Television Production Major
It's useful to start the college process around the beginning of 11th grade. Because you don't have a guidance counselor, you want to make sure you have enough time to check all the specific requirements that homeschoolers have, and not feel rushed while completing your application.

Getting acquainted with university life

A Chapman student leading a tourWe are committed to helping students make a smooth transition from home schooling to a campus environment. This includes:

  • Orientation events and activities for students and families.
  • First Year Programs such as the We CU! Mentor Program.
  • More than 190 clubs and organizations where you can have fun and build communities.

As you consider your college options, we hope you are able to visit Chapman, either in person or virtually. You can take campus tours, talk to current students and much more!


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Have questions about Chapman or college life in general? Our student ambassadors are here to help. Feel free to reach out!

Contact Admission

Email us:

Call us: (714) 997-6711

Text us: (714) 942-5474

Send your documents:
Chapman University
Attn: Office of Admission
One University Drive 
Orange, CA 92866

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