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Application process

Below you can find information about applying, required application materials and costs of attending Chapman. You can also visit our How to Apply page for more thorough instructions.


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Application deadlines

There are three different timeline options for applying as a first-year student to Chapman:

  • Early Action (non-binding): November 1 deadline
  • Early Decision (binding): November 1 deadline
  • Regular Decision (non-binding): January 15 deadline

In addition, the following programs have November 1 deadlines:

The deadlines for counselors to submit transcripts and recommendation letters are the same as student application deadlines.

Scholarships for students in the College of Performing Arts are prioritized for students who apply Early Action, Early Decision or by the priority deadline.

Early Action (EA)

Early Action (EA) is a non-binding early deadline. Decision notification begins in late December for most programs, and are then sent on a rolling basis through the beginning of February.

  • EA applications are due November 1.
  • EA applicants may apply to other Early Action colleges.
  • Binding Early Decision and Early Decision II program applicants to other schools can also apply Early Action to Chapman.

Early Decision (ED)

Early Decision (ED) is a binding early deadline. Early Decision notifications are sent in late December. This option is appropriate only if Chapman is a student’s first choice. ED applications are due November 1.

  • Binding means that the student must commit to enroll at Chapman if admitted. ED applicants cannot apply Early Decision to other institutions.
  • ED applicants can apply EA to other colleges, but must withdraw those applications if admitted to Chapman.

Regular Decision (RD)

Regular Decision (RD) is a non-binding deadline and is chosen by the majority of our applicants. Decision notification for RD is in mid-March.

  • RD applications for Fall are due January 15.
  • RD applicants may apply ED or EA to other institutions.

Creative Supplement

Creative Supplement must be submitted by applicants to programs in the:

Test-optional policy

Chapman will be going test optional for those applying to the spring 2021 term. We hope this new policy will further align our admission process with student success and expand access to a Chapman education. You can learn more about our test-optional policy here.

Chapman Questions (supplementary writing)

Along with the Common Application, applicants must submit answers to two short-answer questions and compile a list of fast facts.

Visit our Tips for Answering Chapman Questions page to learn more.

General campus and admission statistics

Visit our Facts & Rankings page for general statistics and rankings information about Chapman University. You can use Chapman University’s Datamart for retention and graduation rates, information about degrees awarded, student and faculty headcounts and more.

Chapman had a 56% acceptance rate for first-year applicants applying for fall 2019. Talent majors are generally our most competitive programs. Here are some of our most recent admitted first-year student averages:

  • GPA: 3.82
  • SAT 25th-75th Percentile: 1210-1400
  • ACT 25th-75th Percentile: 25-31
  • IB Diploma Score (for international students): 35.1

Keep in mind that these are averages, and we look at far more than grades and scores. We use a holistic application process that considers whether your student will fit in and succeed at Chapman.


Costs and Financial Aid

Chapman University offers merit and need-based awards to students: more than 80% of our students benefit from some type of financial aid and the average need-based award is more than $28,000.

Students are automatically considered for financial aid awards when they apply to Chapman. Individual departments and colleges within Chapman University may offer additional financial aid awards.

Visit our Financing Your Chapman Education page for more information about paying for Chapman. We try to make Chapman affordable to a diverse population of students and hope cost does not deter any student from applying.

Office of Admission Contacts


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Phone: (714) 997-6711

Fax: (714) 997-6713

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

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