» Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduates

Below are general frequently asked questions for those applying as an undergraduate to Chapman University. We also have specific FAQ pages for transfer and international applicants:

General Information

+ - How many students attend Chapman University?

For the 2017-18 school year, there were 6,495 full-time undergraduate students and 1,777 graduate/professional students.

+ - What is the average class size?

The average class size is 23. Most undergraduate courses will range from 10-29 students.

+ - What are Chapman’s most popular undergraduate programs?

Our most popular undergraduate programs are:

We offer more than 120 areas of study. You can search all majors/minors on our Degree & Program Finder.

Chapman is also proud to have a large Undeclared population, as our liberal arts general education allows and encourages exploration across subject areas.

+ - Where can I learn more about on campus clubs and activities?

Chapman University has a number of exciting opportunities for our students to become involved and enrich their experience on campus, including:

  • Clubs & Organizations: We offer more than 175 academic, professional and special-interest clubs on campus.
  • Greek Life: Our fraternities and sororities are focused on academic achievement, philanthropic and services opportunities; and providing leadership opportunities, all in a fun and inclusive environment.
  • Athletics: There are club sports and intramural teams organized through Chapman Athletics.

+ - How do I schedule a tour of Chapman?

All of our tours are scheduled online. Go to our campus visit website to schedule a date and time to visit our campus. Campus Tours are generally offered Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the exception of some holidays and other exceptions. Our tours conclude with an Information Session hosted by one of our admission counselors.

+ - How much is tuition?

Please review our Tuition and Services here. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA; they will be automatically considered for merit scholarships just by applying. For more information on merit scholarships, please contact the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu.

+ - Is housing available to all students?

Housing is guaranteed and required for all incoming first-year students and sophomores. However, for juniors and seniors, housing is available on a space-available basis. Many students work with the office of Housing and Residence Life to secure off-campus housing.

+ - What should I do if I'm interested in playing a sport at Chapman?

Chapman offers many intercollegiate sports competing at the NCAA Division III level, as well as several club sports and intramural teams. If you are interested in competing on a Chapman Athletics team we recommend contacting the appropriate coach. Initiating contact will allow the coach to communicate with you directly about your talents, visit opportunities, walk-on and try-out opportunities.

+ - What classes am I required to take as an incoming first year student?

The only class that is mandatory as a First Year student is the First Year Foundation Course (FFC).

+ - If I take AP or IB classes in high school will they count at Chapman?

Many AP and IB classes count for credit. Please check the International Baccalaureate equivalencies and Advanced Placement equivalences to view if your scores met the minimum requirements for course credit.

+ - Can I receive a copy of the course catalog?

In the interest of the environment, we only print a limited number of course catalogs for the University. If you would like to look at the courses offered, we recommend browsing the online catalog. This will have the most up-to-date information available.

Admission Deadlines

+ - What are the deadlines for Admission?

If you are applying for Fall 2019 the deadlines are:

November 1, 2018: 

  • Early Action (non-binding) 
  • Early Decision (binding) 
  • Film Production 
  • Dance (priority)
  • Pre-Pharmacy (priority)
  • Theatre Performance (priority) 
  • Screen Acting (priority) 

January 15, 2019: 

  • Regular Decision 

February 15, 2019*: 

  • Transfer applicants 

*Applications received after February 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


If you are applying for Spring 2019 the deadline is: 

October 15, 2018*: 

  • First Year and Transfer applicants 

*Applications received after October 15 for the spring are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

+ - How do I apply for Early Decision?

Chapman University's Early Decision program is binding, and if you are admitted, you must enroll at Chapman University. Please visit the How to Apply section on our website, where you will find important information about this process.

Please note that Early Decision applicants looking to apply for need-based aid must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by November 15.

+ - Can I apply to other schools if I apply Early Decision at Chapman?

Yes, Chapman's Early Decision is non-restrictive, which allows applicants to apply Early Action or Regular Decision to other institutions. However, if an applicant is admitted to Chapman as an Early Decision applicant they must promptly withdraw their other applications and attend Chapman.

+ - What is the difference between Early Decision and Early Action?

Early Decision is a binding agreement which requires you to withdraw all other applications and attend Chapman if admitted.

Early Action is a non-binding program. If admitted Early Action, you are not obligated to withdraw all other applications, and can still choose which school you want to attend.

Both have admission deadlines of November 1

+ - Can I apply Early Decision for a talent-based program with a priority deadline?

Yes. Early Decision is a notification plan that is available for all academic programs at Chapman, including any program that has a priority deadline of November 1.

However, a student may choose to apply to any of those talent programs under Early Action or even Regular Decision as long as they submit on or prior to the deadline of November 1.

+ - Who should apply for Early Decision?

Only students who are absolutely certain that Chapman University is their top choice should consider applying Early Decision. Furthermore, if a student wishes to have their first-term grades from their senior year included in their evaluation, they may want to consider holding off until the Regular Decision deadline of January 15.

+ - What if I was admitted for Early Decision but have concerns about my eligibility for Financial Aid?

Chapman strives to award the best possible financial aid and scholarship packages to each admitted student. However, if we do not meet full need, students can request a financial release from the binding contract with their assigned Admission Counselor for review by the admission committee.

+ - If I apply Early Decision or Early Action and am not admitted, can I re-apply for Regular Decision?

No, students can only apply to Chapman under one of the three notification plans. The Admission Committee might roll an Early Decision or Early Action applicant into the Regular Decision pool in effort to gather more information from the student but students are not able to apply again under a new notification plan to the same term.

+ - What happens to my application if I am not admitted Early Decision?

We highly encourage students to pursue the transfer route. They can work directly with one of our Admission Counselors in this process should they still wish to attend Chapman.

Admission Questions

+ - What factors are used to determine admission?

Applicants are evaluated for admission based on a holistic review, which means we factor several components into the admission decision including:

  • Strength of curriculum
  • Grade trends and academic performance overall
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Personal Statement and Chapman University questions
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities/jobs/non-academic activities or responsibilities
  • Academic major and preparation for major

+ - Does Chapman require standardized testing?

Yes. You may take the ACT or the SAT (Chapman does not have a preference). We encourage you to list/submit all tests taken and will only utilize the scores that put you in the most competitive position. Chapman will also superscore the SAT, but not the ACT. Superscoring is when the highest score from each section of the test is used for review, no matter if the individual scores are from one test sitting or multiple sittings.

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 (at the time an enrollment deposit is made).

We do not require SAT subject tests.

Transfer applicants with 24 or more completed semester units at the time of application are waived from the standardized testing requirement.

+ - When is the latest SAT or ACT testing dates considered for Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision applicants?

For Early Decision and Early Action: The latest testing dates that can be considered are in October. It’s ok that your scores may not be in your file until after the November 1 application deadline, as they will still be received in time for review in Early Action.

For Regular Decision applicants: The latest testing dates that can be considered are test dates in December.

Please alert the admission committee of any future testing dates you plan to sit for by indicating it in the Testing section of your Common Application.

+ - Is it possible to have a personal interview with an admission counselor?

Regional interviews with an admission counselor will be available in select cities during fall travel months. As our fall travel is confirmed we will post our plans on our Travel Schedule page.

Regional interviews with admission counselors are limited, however our interviews with admission fellows do provide more availability and options. Our Fellows Interviews provide prospective students with the opportunity to meet with current Chapman student leaders for an informational and evaluative conversation. The interviews are available on campus, over the phone and via Skype. They used by the admission committee as an additional component in the application review process.

+ - Can I send additional paperwork to supplement my application?

With the exceptions of certain talent-based majors that have additional requirements, the admission committee asks that students refrain from submitting any additional application materials.

+ - Do you have any additional requirements for students applying to the Business Administration major?

We do not require any additional documents or forms, but we strongly advise that all students applying to Business Administration complete at least four years of math in high school, with the apex of their math studies in a calculus or statistics course. Transfer students do have specific transfer requirements and should refer to the Transfer Guide

+ - How do I go about registering for an audition for Music, Dance, or Theatre?

Please visit the department’s respective websites: Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, Dance and Theatre for admission information including the audition process and Creative Supplement requirements.

Admission Decisions

+ - I was accepted, can I defer my admission?

Students may defer their admission for up to one year after the original offer of admission (with approval form the Office of Admission). Longer gaps will be considered at the discretion of the admission committee.

Deferrals are only offered to students who have been formally admitted to Chapman University and are not taking college coursework during the deferral period. Students requesting a deferral must submit a Chapman University Deferred Enrollment form to the Office of Admission for approval. Certain programs are not eligible for deferred enrollment. Please contact your Admission Counselor to request a deferral form.

+ - I've been offered provisional admission. What does this mean?

Provisional admits are just like any other admitted student, but have additional requirements for enrollment, and resources available to them to help ensure academic success on campus. After course registration, these students meet with Academic Advising to develop an enrollment plan that best meets their needs. Provisional admits are limited to 14 semester hours of credit during their first semester at Chapman. After completing this initial semester with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, these credit restrictions are lifted. 

Our experience has shown that these efforts are incredibly effective at aiding students as they begin their college experience. We also recommend visiting our Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center either in-person or via the website, to explore the resources available to aid in your academic success.

+ - I've been deferred (rolled) from Early Decision or Early Action to the Regular Decision admission cycle. What does that mean?

Applicants are rolled from Early Decision or Early Action to the Regular Decision admission cycle either because their file remains incomplete, or the admission committee is requesting additional information prior to rendering a final admission decision. This may include information such as updated test scores or the Common Application Mid-Year Report form, including mid-year transcript.

Applicants who receive notification of being deferred to the Regular Decision cycle should follow the instructions in the communication by the given deadline, and provide the necessary documents so we can complete and review your file. As a reminder, the committee will only review deferred applicants who have completed the call-to-action listed in the notification. 

 If you can not find the answer to your question, please contact our office at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.