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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 2021 Deadline (Application opens mid-August 2020)

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

Fall 2021 Deadline (Application opens mid-November 2020)

All applications are due (postmarked) by February 15, 2021. Applications received after February 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Virtual Prospective Transfer Information Session

For students thinking about transferring: we're holding virtual information sessions this summer! A Transfer Team member will introduce you to Chapman, explain the transfer admission process and answer your questions.


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 1 transfer letter of recommendation from all applicants, but will review up to 2. The recommendation can be from an academic, personal or professional resource.
  • 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
  • If you need to submit a Creative Supplement, you will also need to a submit a department letter of recommendation. The department letter is in addition to your transfer letter(s) of recomemndation. The department letter of recomemndation will be requested in your Application Status Page (which can be accessed after submitting your Common Application).
  • Letters not submitted via the Common App must include the applicant’s full legal name and date of birth.

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.
  • 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 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)

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.

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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Additional Steps for 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)
    • Minimum Duolingo English Test score of 115

Chapman’s Testing Code for the TOEFL is 4047.

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


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:

  • 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. 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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Attn: Office of Admission
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