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Undergraduate Admission

How to Apply

» How to Apply to Chapman University

Beginning with the class entering in spring 2021, Chapman University will adopt a test-optional admission policy. Learn more about the test-optional admission process.

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.

First-Year Applicants

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

Transfer Applicants

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

Creative Supplement

A Creative Supplement is required for programs in the Department of Art (except Art History), College of Performing Arts or Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.

International Applicants

If you are an international student, you should follow the general directions for applying as a first-year or transfer student; additional details on the international admission process can be found on our International Admission website

Applications Tips

How to Apply

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

"All About Your Application" Facebook Live

A few of our admission counselors recently held a Facebook Live where they explained the application process and answered questions from viewers. You can watch the event below and follow us on Facebook for more updates and virtual events.

Virtual Prospective Information Session

In this recorind on an information session, Admission counselor Sterling provides an introduction to Chapman and walks you through the application process. Additionally, current students answer participant questions.

You can sign up to join a future information session or virtual event from our Virtual Experiences page.

Chapman Chats: The Common Application

Join our Assistant Directors, Amy Hammer and Garrett Addison, as they cover all information required within the Common Application.

Application Resources

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

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 DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Students and Lead Title IX Coordinator at gaffney@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

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Office of Admission Contacts


Email General Admission

Email Transfer Admission

Email International Admission

Phone: (714) 997-6711

Fax: (714) 997-6713

Mailing Address:
Chapman University
Attn: Office of Admission
One University Drive 
Orange, CA 92866

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