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Test Optional Details

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Beginning with the class entering in spring 2021, Chapman University will adopt a test-optional admission policy. This means most applicants can choose if they want their SAT or ACT scores reviewed with their application.


Why We Went Test Optional

There were two compelling benefits that drove our decision to go test optional:

  • Further align admission requirements with student success: Our admission process helps us select students who will succeed at Chapman and positively contribute to our campus community. Our multi-year research study showed a declining correlation between a student’s success at Chapman and their standardized test score. 
  • Expand access to a Chapman education: The mission of the University is to provide a distinguished and personalized education to students who will thrive here. Making test scores an optional part of the admission process will help us bring in students who might not have been admitted because they didn’t perform well on a single test.

Who Should Submit Test Scores

If you believe your score positively reflects your ability and potential, submit them with your application. 

Keep in mind, we “superscore” SAT scores. If you have taken the SAT more than once, we will use the highest scores achieved in each section. Chapman will use the highest composite score on the ACT. 

To help you determine whether to submit scores, here are some averages for admitted students to our fall 2020 class:

  • Test Scores
    • SAT Scores (Math and Verbal)
      • Top 25%: 1400 or above
      • Average: 1312
      • Bottom 25%: 1230 or below
    • ACT Scores (Composite) 
      • Top 25%: 31 or above
      • Average: 28
      • Bottom 25%: 26 or below 
  • Average High School GPA: 3.84

If you would like additional assistance in determining whether to apply test-optional, you can reach out to your admission counselor.

Test Optional Exceptions

Those who were home-schooled or attended a high school that provided a narrative transcript will be required to submit a standardized test score with their application.

In addition, all applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency. Students who score at least a 600 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, or a 24 on both the ACT English and Reading sections, will automatically have this requirement waived. For more information, visit our International Admission page.

Changing Test Optional Status

If you are a fall first-year applicant and would like to change your test-optional status after submitting your application, you must:

  • Submit your request before November 10 (for Early Action/Early Decision) or January 30 (for Regular Decision)
  • Email your admission counselor your request for changing your test-optional status

If you are a transfer applicant, you can contact the Transfer Team at transfers@chapman.edu.

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