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Transfer Application Instructions

» How to Apply - Transfer Students

Please review the information below for instructions and deadlines for applying to Chapman University. If you are ready to apply, you can start by completing and submitting The Common Application and Chapman University Questions.

You can find more information about transferring to Chapman, including program-specific prerequisites, on our Transferring to Chapman page. 

Transfer Application Deadlines 

Fall 2024 Deadline

The fall application is now open! Applications are due (postmarked) by February 15, 2024. Applications received after February 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Spring 2025 Deadline

The spring application will open in early August 2024. Applications will be due by October 15, 2024. Applications received after October 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Please note that spring applications are not available for majors in Dance, Film & Television Production, Screen Acting and Theatre Performance.


Application Steps and Requirements

We encourage scheduling a one-on-one meeting with an admission counselor before applying. We'll review your coursework and plan your pathway to transfer. You can schedule a phone appointment by calling our office at (714) 997-6711.

Follow the steps below. Please only submit the University’s required documents.

Step 1: Start The Common App for transfer students and add Chapman University as a college within the app. Fill out both parts and submit your application.

  • Chapman University Questions are submitted along with your Common App. You can learn more on our Application Tips page.
  • Chapman does not require all Common App forms at the point of application. The College Report Form, Secondary School Final Report and the Mid-Term Report are not required unless requested after an initial review of your application.


Step 2: Submit letter(s) of recommendation

  • Chapman requires one transfer letter of recommendation from all applicants. The recommendation can be from an academic, personal or professional resource.
  • There is a Recommenders section within the Common Application that requires that you register your recommender as your “personal recommender” in this section. Regardless of how your recommender will be submitting their letter, you must register your recommender in this way. Once you have a personal recommender registered within the Common App recommenders section, the recommender can then submit their letter one of three ways:
    • Once registered within Common App, the Common App will email your recommender a link for them to then upload their letter to your application,
    • Your recommender can choose to mail in their letter on your behalf to: Chapman University Attn. Office of Admission, One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866. (Please be sure the first and last name of the applicant is in the body of the rec letter.)
    • Your recommender can email their letter to transfers@chapman.edu. We can add it to your file as long as the first and last name of the recommender is in the body of the rec letter
  • Regardless of how the letter comes in, your recommender needs to be registered as your “personal recommender” in the recommenders section of the Common App. The Common App cannot be submitted by the applicant without a recommender listed. Applicants do not need to wait for their actual rec letter to come through. When ready, the applicant can submit their Common Application as long as the recommender is registered in the Common App.
  • If applying to a talent-based/arts major, we encourage your recommender to be someone who can write about your experience, fit for the major at Chapman and anything else that might be relevant to know about the your interest.


Step 3: Pay application fee or submit a Fee Waiver Request

  • You must submit the $70 non-refundable application fee via the Common Application or select the fee waiver option if you meet the Common Application fee-waiver guidelines.
    • If you selected a fee waiver option that requires a supporting statement of economic need, your college counselor must approve your fee waiver request. They can submit their statement online or submit a form (with your Common Application ID number) by mail or via email to transfers@chapman.edu. We require fee waiver approval prior to the review of your application.


Step 4: Submit official college transcripts

  • You must submit individual transcripts from all 2- and 4-year colleges you have attended or are currently attending. These will show any work completed and/or currently in progress.
    • Fall applicants: please wait to submit your official college transcripts until your final fall grades are posted after your winter break.
  • Official transcripts can be submitted either through the Common Application or sent directly from the applicant to Chapman via mail or email. Applicants are responsible for ordering transcripts. If ordering them to be mailed directly to Chapman, use the mailing address listed towards the top of this webpage. Some colleges have electronic options to order transcripts; as long as electronic transcripts are coming in from the college to Chapman they can be emailed to admtranscript@chapman.edu.
  • Unofficial college transcripts, or copies submitted directly from the applicant, will not complete your file for review.


Step 5: Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable)

You must submit an official final high school transcript or GED if you have completed less than 60 semester units or 90 quarter units at the time of your application submission.

  • High school transcripts should be ordered directly by the applicant with the high school. The high school can email the transcripts directly to Chapman at admtranscript@chapman.edu.
  • If the high school cannot send Chapman electronic transcripts, they can mail them to us at Chapman University Attn. Office of Admission, One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866.
  • High school transcripts cannot be submitted through the Transfer Common Application.


Step 6: Submit AP and/or IB test scores (if applicable)

Submit AP and/or IB test scores if you completed these exams in high school. Many times these previous scores can potentially be used towards college credit, either in your major or within general education at Chapman. You can use the following webpages to determine if you should send in your scores:


Step 7: Submit official college transcripts for any dual college enrollment you might have done while in high school (if applicable)


Step 8: Submit Creative Supplement (if applicable)

Applicants to academic majors within the colleges/departments below must also submit a Creative Supplement:

  • College of Performing Arts
  • Department of Art (except Art History)
  • Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

You can only submit your Creative Supplement after submitting your Common Application. Visit our Creative Supplement page for more information.


Step 9: Submit additional reports requested by Admission Committee (if applicable)

A College Officials Report and/or Mid-Term Report may be requested of certain applicants. Read more about these on our Transfer Reports page.


Step 10: Submit your FAFSA (if applying for financial aid)

If you plan on applying for need-based financial aid, then you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Chapman's code for the FAFSA is 001164.


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Financing Your Education

Please visit our Financing page for more information on applying for financial aid and financing your Chapman education.


How We Can Help

We are happy to help as you consider Chapman and work on your application:


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 the Transfer Team

Email: transfers@chapman.edu

Call: (714) 997-6711

Text: (714) 627-4402

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

Transfer Applicant Guide

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Download our Transfer Applicant Guide (PDF) for an in-depth look at transferring to Chapman and a worksheet to help you navigate the application process.

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