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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

Spring 2020 Deadline (Application opens mid-August 2019)

All applications are due (postmarked) by October 15, 2019. Applications received after October 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Spring 2020 classes begin Monday, February 3, 2020.

Fall 2020 Deadline (Application opens mid-November 2019)

All applications are due (postmarked) by February 15, 2020. Applications received after February 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

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 an in-person or 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 about Chapman University Questions 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 a letter of recommendation

  • Chapman requires 1 letter of recommendation. The recommendation can be from an academic, personal or professional resource. A recommendation letter from any one of these sources will satisfy the recommendation requirement. Recommendation letters can be submitted via any of the following methods:
    • Sent via the Common App in Chapman’s Program Materials section
    • Mailed to the Office of Admission
    • Emailed to transfers@chapman.edu
  • Letters not submitted via the Common App must include the applicant’s full legal name and Common Application ID.
  • Chapman only requires one letter of recommendation, but will review up to two total/maximum.

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.
  • Your counselor must approve your fee waiver request 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.
  • 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 if you have completed less than 60 semester units or 90 quarter units at the time of your application submission.

Step 6: Submit SAT or ACT scores (if applicable)

  • You must submit SAT or ACT scores if you have completed less than 24 semester units or 36 quarter units at the time of your application submission.
  • For application review we will accept:
    • Self-reported scores via the Common App’s “Testing” section
    • Scores listed on your official high school transcript
    • A PDF copy or screenshot of your score report emailed to transfers@chapman.edu.
    • Official scores sent directly from College Board or ACT. If you wish to send official scores directly from College Board or ACT, Chapman’s Testing Code for the SAT is 4047; for the ACT it is 0210.
  • Though official scores are not required for review of your application, we will require official scores to be sent after a student has been offered admission, if the Admission Committee used unofficial scores in their admission decision.
  • Chapman University will superscore the SAT, but not the ACT. Superscoring is when the highest score from each individual section is used for review, no matter if the individual scores are from one test sitting or multiple sittings.
  • Chapman does not require SAT Subject Tests.

Step 7: 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 8: Submit official college transcripts for any dual college enrollment you might have done while in high school (if applicable)

Step 9: Submit Creative Supplement (if applicable)

If you are looking to apply to a BFA major mid-year/for spring, please contact us at transfers@chapman.edu before applying.

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

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

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

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+ - International Transfer Applicants

All international applicants must submit an International Supplement Form. This form is available after submitting your application. You can access it in your Application Status Page.

Instructions for international students currently studying in the United States:

  • Plan to take a transferable math course before submitting your application to Chapman University.
  • To demonstrate English proficiency, you must have completed a transferable English course in a traditional classroom setting. Online English classes will not be accepted. The TOEFL/IELTS is only required of an international student who is not studying in the U.S.

Instructions for international students currently studying outside the United States:

  • Keep all course descriptions and syllabi
  • For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency is required in one of the following ways:
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (with balanced sub scores)
    • Minimum IELTS score of a 6.5 (with balanced sub scores)

Chapman’s Testing Code for the TOEFL is 4047.

More information for international applicants is available on our International Students webpage.

Applying for Financial Aid

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:

  • Meet with a Transfer Admission Counselor: We encourage scheduling a one-on-one meeting with an admission counselor. We'll review your completed coursework and plan your pathway to transfer. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at (714) 997-6711.
  • Attend a Transfer Information Session and tour our campus. A Transfer Admission Counselor will walk you through the admission process. Our info session will end in time for you to also join a campus tour.
  • Meet us at a Transfer College Fair. View the schedule of upcoming transfer fairs that Chapman will be attending.


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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Phone: (714) 997-6711

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