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Global education is central to a Chapman University education. At Chapman, you will receive a personalized education that will not only help you adjust to the American educational system, but will also prepare you to take your place as a productive global citizen.

Students come to Chapman from 49 states, two U.S. territories and more than 80 countries, including Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

International students seek out Chapman because of our location in sunny Southern California, but also for the incredible opportunities including highly regarded academic programs, undergraduate research, international internships, study abroad programs and an active student life.

View our International Travel Schedule

Prospective International Students

+ - 1. Does Chapman University consider me an International Student?

Regardless of where you are studying, If you are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident ( you are the holder of a Green Card or have been granted refugee or asylee status) you are considered an international applicant at Chapman University U.S. Citizens studying outside of the United States are considered domestic students during the application process.

Undocumented students are also considered domestic students during the application process. For additional resources, please visit our undocumented student webpage.

+ - 2. Are there students like me at Chapman?

Yes, 6% of the students studying at Chapman are international. Students come from more than 80 countries including, Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, among others. 

+ - 3. Does Chapman travel internationally to meet with prospective applicants?

Yes, Chapman recruits extensively outside the U.S. to meet with interested students. For information on upcoming visits, please visit our International travel site.

If we are not traveling to your country and you have questions or you would like to set up a meeting time with one of our representatives, please email us at intladmit@chapman.edu.

+ - 4. I would like to visit Chapman’s campus, how do I schedule a campus tour and information session?

To schedule a campus visit, please visit our Visit Chapman webpage.

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

The Application Process

+ - 5. What mistakes should I avoid as an international student applying to Chapman?

Be sure you use your legal (passport) name on all admission documents including standardized tests. This will allow the Office of Admission to match all necessary documents to your file.

Be aware of all application deadlines and requirements and be sure that everything is submitted on time. You may check your  application status page at any time to view missing requirements

Make sure you are checking the email account listed in your application for important updates from the Office of Admission.

+ - 6. What are my chances for gaining admission as an international student to Chapman?

Chapman admitted 45% of international students who applied for admission for fall 2017.

+ - 7. What are the minimum requirements for admission?

Chapman University does not have minimum requirements for admission. Each application goes through a holistic review process which includes academics, extra-curricular involvement, fit for the applicant’s major and fit for the Chapman campus community. The Admission Committee is looking for academically engaged students who will thrive inside and outside of the classroom.

Please visit the checklist of application requirements webpage

+ - 8. What are Chapman’s admission averages?

First Year students admitted for fall 2018 had an average GPA of a 3.80, an SAT composite of a 1320 out of 1600 or a 28 on the ACT.

Transfer students admitted for fall 2018 had an average GPA of 3.38.

Keep in mind that these are academic averages, not minimum requirements for admission. 

+ - 9. What are the application requirements?

Application checklists for international first year and transfer applicants can be found on our How to Apply webpage

+ - 10. Are official transcripts required for an admission decision?

Yes, all transcripts must be sent to Chapman directly from the issuing institution. Transcripts sent by mail must be received in sealed school envelopes and can be sent to the following address:

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

Official transcripts may also be emailed to the Office of Admission directly from the issuing institution, and from a school email address. Transcripts may be emailed to intladmit@chapman.edu.

Applicants from Chinese institutions may 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 How to Apply to get started.

+ - 11. What if my official transcripts are not in English?

If your official transcripts are in another language, please have them officially translated into English. This translation should be a word for word translation.

Official transcripts in their original language and the English translations must be submitted as part of the application. 

+ - 12. There is no university counselor/advisor at my school, who should complete my Secondary School Report?

Any official school administrator can complete this form, including a headmaster, principal or teacher. 

+ - 13. Does Chapman require the SAT or ACT from international applicants?

Yes, all first year applicants are required to submit the either the SAT or ACT as part of the application.

Transfer applicants with less than 24 semester credits, or one year of full-time college/university coursework, are also required to submit either the SAT or ACT.

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. 

Plan ahead: both the SAT and the ACT are offered overseas 5 times a year. For test and registration dates, visit the College Board or ACT websites. The latest testing dates that can be considered for Regular Decision are test dates in December. 

+ - 14. Does Chapman require the SAT II/SAT Subject Tests from international applicants?

No, Chapman does not require students to submit the SAT II/SAT Subject Tests.

+ - 15. Does Chapman University recognize the AP, IB or A-Level curriculums?

Yes, Chapman recognizes the rigor of the AP, IB and A-Level curriculums, which is why they are eligible for university credit. Please visit our website for information on AP equivalency and IB equivalency. Chapman awards two semesters of lower-division credits for A-Level results of A-C.

+ - 16. What is Chapman’s CEEB and TOEFL code?

Chapman’s CEEB and TOEFL code is 4047

+ - 17. Does Chapman accept international transfer students?

Yes, Chapman accepts international transfer applicants from both the U.S. and abroad. For information on transferring to Chapman, please download our Transfer Brochure.

If you are attending college or university in the U.S. we recommend a Transfer Advising Appointment. You may schedule an in-person or telephone advising appointment by calling our office at (714) 744-6711.

If you have attended a college/university outside of the U.S. Please contact our office by email at transfers@chapman.edu for advice.

English Proficiency

+ - 18. Am I required to submit a test 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 college/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. 

+ - 19. What are Chapman’s minimum English proficiency requirements?

Chapman’s minimum undergraduate TOEFL requirements are an 80 iBT (with balanced sub scores), or a 550 PBT (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 is an optional supplement that may help us evaluate your application. A TOEFL or IELTS score is still required.

Transfer students who are completing college/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.

+ - 20. Does Chapman offer English Conditional Admission?

No, Chapman does not offer English Conditional Admission nor does the university provide an intensive English program. All non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency.

Application Fee Waivers, Cost of Attendance, Scholarships, International Supplement Form, I-20

+ - 21. Are International Students Eligible for application fee waivers?

Unfortunately, Chapman is not able to waive application fees for international students. While we are able to offer generous merit-based scholarships and limited need-based aid, Chapman does not offer full funding for international students. All applicants must pay the $70 application fee.

+ - 22. What is the cost of attending Chapman University?

For information about the yearly cost of attending Chapman, please visit our Undergraduate Expense Sheet (PDF).

Currency conversion information can be found here.

+ - 23. Are international students eligible for financial aid at Chapman?

Chapman is need aware for international students. International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships during the admission process:

  • First year applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $32,000 per year
  • Transfer applicants are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $12,000 per year

Merit-based scholarships are based primarily on a student’s grades and test scores, although there are a number of additional factors that are also considered. Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Admission Committee.

Chapman offers limited need-based aid (up tp $15,000 per year) for international applicants.

Additionally, department scholarships are awarded by major. To learn more, contact aklein@chapman.edu.

+ - 24. What is the International Student Supplement Form? When should I fill it out? How will I receive it?

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

Applicants expecting to hold F-1 or J-1 visas are also required to submit financial documentation. 
For additional information on what to prepare, please view the International Supplement Form instructions. 

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. 

+ - 25. Can international students work in the U.S.?

International students may work on campus up to 19 hours per week. On campus jobs are not guaranteed and cannot be arranged prior to arrival on campus. An on-campus job may provide students with additional spending money but will not cover the cost of tuition, living expenses or fees.

+ - 26. How and when will I receive my I-20?

Once you have been admitted to Chapman and have confirmed your intent to enroll by submitting your deposit, your I-20 will be issued. For additional information, please visit our International Student and Scholar Services webpage.

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Our Applying to Chapman PDF contains application details for international students and US Citizens living abroad. This includes deadlines, application checklists, English proficiency requirements and information on submitting the Creative Supplement.