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Undergraduate Admission

How to Apply

» How to Apply to Chapman University

The application process differs for first-year and transfer applicants. Additionally, certain programs and departments require a Creative Supplement along with your application. Use the links below for step-by-step instructions and deadlines on applying to the university.

Chapman is test optional for most applicants. You can learn more about applying test optional here.

First-Year Applicants

Instructions if you are enrolled in high school, or finished high school but never completed college units post graduation.

Transfer Applicants

Instructions if you are looking to transfer to Chapman from a two- or four-year college.

International Applicants

Additional admission instructions for those applying as an international first-year or transfer student.

Creative Supplement

This is required for programs in the Department of Art (except Art History), College of Performing Arts or Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.
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Application Tips

Tips on completing your application and selecting a recommender.

Application Resources

You can find application details and resources for specific populations on the following pages:

How to Apply Video

Get a quick overview of the application process in this video:

Worried you might be missing something?
After applying, you will be able to log into your Application Status Page and view if you have any missing materials. If you are missing anything, you can go to our Missing Items page to learn how to submit them.

Policy on Applicants’ Criminal History Question

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Don’t Forget to Stay in Touch

You are not alone in the application process. Our Admissions team is happy to help you along the way. Below are some ways you can reach out and stay in touch.

You can also use our program finder to help find which of our 100+ majors/minors is the right one for you.


Chapman University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, religion, military status, or veteran’s status in its admissions policies or administration of its educational programs, including scholarship and loan programs, under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Questions, concerns, or complaints may be directed to Colleen Wood, Title IX Coordinator at titleix@chapman.edu, phone (714) 997-6721, Argyros Forum Room 101, or to the Director, US Department of Education, Washington, DC, 20201.

Note: any questions relating to the admission process should be sent to admit@chapman.edu

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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