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International Students FAQs

» Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

Our frequently asked questions are designed to answer common questions, whether you are an international student interested in a program, have already started applying or have already been admitted. General information about applying to Chapman can be found on our How to Apply webpage.


If you can not find the answer to your question below, please contact us at intladmit@chapman.edu and we’ll be happy to help.

Prospective International Student Questions


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+ - Am I considered an international student?

If you are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (you are a green card holder or have been granted refugee or asylee status), you are considered an international student at Chapman University. U.S.Citizens studying outside the United States are considered domestic students.

Undocumented students are considered domestic students during the application process. Visit our undocumented student webpage to learn about applying and the resources available to you.

+ - Are there students like me at Chapman?

Yes, many! Six percent of our students are international. They come from over 80 countries, including Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and many others.

+ - Does Chapman accept international transfer students?

Chapman accepts international transfer applicants from both the U.S. and abroad. Visit our Transfer Student Information webpage to learn more about transferring.

If you are going to attend college in the United States, we recommend you schedule a transfer advising appointment. To schedule an in-person or telephone advising appointment—or to reach out with any questions—call our office at (714) 744-6711 or email us: transfers@chapman.edu.

+ - What are my chances for gaining admission as an international student to Chapman?

Chapman’s current undergraduate acceptance rate for international students is 38%.

+ - What are Chapman’s admission averages?

First-year applicants have an average GPA of 3.80, an SAT superscore of 1320 and/or a 28 on the ACT. Our transfer students have an average GPA of 3.38.

Keep in mind that these are academic averages, not minimum requirements for admission. Many students are admitted with numbers below, or above, these averages.

+ - What is the cost of attending Chapman University?

For information about the yearly cost of attending Chapman as an international student, please visit our Cost of Attendance for International Undergraduates webpage.

+ - Are international students eligible for financial aid at Chapman?

International students are eligible for merit and need-based scholarships:

  • First-year applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships of up to $32,000 per year.
  • Transfer applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships of up to $15,000 per year.

Chapman offers limited need-based aid of up to $15,000 per year for international applicants.

Merit scholarships are based primarily on a student’s grades and test scores; additional achievements may also be considered. Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Admission Committee. Additional scholarships are available through individual departments. 

If you have questions about funding your Chapman education, contact intladmit@chapman.edu

+ - Are international students eligible for application fee waivers?

Chapman is unable to waive the $70 application fee for international students.

While Chapman is able to offer generous merit-based scholarships and limited need-based aid, we are unable to offer full funding to international students. For this reason, international applicants must pay the $70 application fee.

+ - Does Chapman travel internationally to meet with students?

Chapman representatives meet with students in cities across the world. Please visit our international travel webpage to learn about those opportunities.

If we are not traveling to your country and you would like to speak with one of our representatives, please email us at intladmit@chapman.edu.

+ - How do I schedule a campus tour?

You can schedule a campus and/or department tour on our Visit & Interview Opportunities webpage

If you would like to request a meeting with an admission counselor while at Chapman, please email us at intladmit@chapman.edu

International Application Questions


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+ - What can I do to make my application process go smoothly?

  • Use your legal (passport) name on all admission documents, including your standardized test scores. This will allow the Office of Admission to match all necessary documents to your file.
  • Regularly check the email account listed in your application for important updates from the Office of Admission.

+ - What is the International Supplement Form?

All undergraduate international applicants are required to submit an International Supplement Form as part of the application. This form will be available in your Application Status Page after you have submitted the Common Application.

For guidance on how to prepare this form, please view the International Supplement Form instructions.

Applicants expecting to hold F-1 or J-1 visas are also required to submit financial documentation. 

For students expecting to hold an F-1 or J-1 visa, please see undergraduate expense sheet for additional information on the cost of attendance.

+ - Does Chapman require the SAT or ACT from international applicants?

Transfer applicants with fewer than 24 semester credits (one year of full-time academic coursework) are required to submit either the SAT or ACT.

Plan ahead: There are limited sittings of both the SAT and ACT overseas each year. For test and registration dates, visit the College Board (SAT) or ACT websites.

Chapman superscores the SAT. If a student has 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. 

+ - Does Chapman University recognize the AP, IB or A-Level curriculums?

Yes, Chapman recognizes the rigor of the AP, IB and A-Level curriculums. Courses completed in the AP, IB and A-Level curriculums are eligible for university credit at Chapman.

Please visit our website for information on AP equivalency and IB equivalency. Chapman will award two semesters of lower-division credits for A-Level results of A-D.

+ - Am I required to submit proof of English proficiency?

All applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency.

Students graduating from secondary schools where English is the language of instruction will automatically be reviewed for a waiver of this requirement.

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. Only official SATs or ACTs will waive the English proficiency requirement; self-reported scores will not be used for this purpose.

Transfer students who are completing university coursework in the U.S. must have completed a transferable English course in a traditional classroom setting. Online English courses will not satisfy this requirement. 

Chapman does not offer English Conditional Admission.

+ - What are Chapman’s English proficiency minimum requirements?

Chapman’s minimum undergraduate TOEFL requirements are an 80 iBT (with balanced sub scores) or 20 per section on the revised Paper-delivered Test.

Chapman’s minimum undergraduate IELTS requirement is a 6.5 (with balanced sub scores).

International applicants have the option to provide additional information about their English ability by submitting a Duolingo English Test. This optional supplement may help us evaluate your application. A TOEFL or IELTS score is still required.

Transfer students who are completing university coursework in the U.S. must have completed a transferable English course in a traditional classroom setting. Online English courses will not satisfy this requirement.

Chapman does not offer English Conditional Admission.

+ - What is Chapman’s CEEB and TOEFL code?

Chapman’s CEEB and TOEFL code is 4047.

+ - Are official transcripts required for an admission decision?

Chapman requires official transcripts directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts sent by mail must be in sealed envelopes. They can be sent to the following address:

Chapman University
Office of Admission
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
USA

Official transcripts may also be emailed directly from the issuing institution to intladmit@chapman.edu

Applicants from Chinese institutions should request and submit official transcripts directly through CHESICC. Requests are processed by CHESICC and will be sent electronically to Chapman’s admission office. You will not need to submit a paper copy with your transcript. Visit the CHESICC How to Apply page to get started.

+ - What if my official transcripts are not in English?

If your official transcripts are in another language, please have them translated by a certified English translator. The translation should be a word-for-word translation.

+ - How and when will I receive my I-20?

Once you have been admitted to Chapman and have accepted your admission by submitting your enrollment deposit, your I-20 will be issued by our Office of International Students.

For additional information, please visit our International Student and Scholar Services webpage.

Contact an International Admission Counselor

Email: intladmit@chapman.edu

Phone: (714) 997-6713

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

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