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Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

» Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions about applying to Dodge. For general FAQs about applying to Chapman, see our Admission FAQs page.

If your question is not answered here, email us at dodgeadmit@chapman.edu

 

Applying to Dodge


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What is the admission rate at Dodge?

The admission rate at Dodge depends on which program you’re applying to:

  • Film Production: 7% (6% for transfer students)
  • All other Dodge programs: 30–40%
If you have questions about getting into a specific program, email us at dodgeadmit@chapman.edu.

What are the average GPA and SAT scores for admitted students?

Here are the averages from first-year students admitted in Fall 2019:

  • GPA: 3.89
  • SAT: 1328
  • ACT: 29

Do I have to take the SAT/ACT to get into Dodge College?

No. Like all colleges within Chapman, Dodge College is now test optional.

How strict are the length requirements for the essays, video and resume?

Very strict. Going over the length requirements on your application materials can negatively affect your application. In many cases, we simply will not review anything that goes over the allotted length.

Can I submit additional portfolio pieces to showcase my work?

No. Please follow the guidelines on the How to Apply to Dodge College page exactly as written.

What is the Creative Supplement?

The Creative Supplement is part of your application.  It is a short creative assignment that will let you showcase your skills for the program that you are applying to.

Each program has its own Creative Supplement prompt. To see the Creative Supplement prompt for each program, see our How to Apply to Dodge College page.

Which Dodge College majors require additional materials beyond just the Common Application?

All of them. Each Dodge College major requires you to submit a Creative Supplement in addition to your Common Application.

The Creative Supplement differs depending on which program you’re applying to. To see what you have to submit for your Creative Supplement, check the How to Apply to Dodge College page.

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

You need to submit 2 letters of recommendation:

  • One with your Common Application (this is called “Teacher Evaluation” on the Common App)
  • One with your Dodge application
For more information on submitting your Dodge letter of recommendation, see the How to Apply to Dodge College page.

Can I submit additional letters of recommendation?

No. Please submit only the 2 required letters of recommendation. We will not review any additional letters you submit.

Can I be admitted to another major at Chapman University if I am not admitted directly to Dodge?

Yes. When you submit your Common Application, you can indicate a first choice and second choice for your major. Your second choice can be a major within Dodge College, a major in a different school/college at Chapman or Undeclared.

If you are not admitted with your first-choice major, you may be considered for your second choice.

Can I switch majors to my first choice after being admitted with my second choice?

Please contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about changing your major or would like to speak to an Admission Counselor.

If I am admitted to another college at Chapman, can I change my major to one at Dodge College?

Once you have been admitted to Chapman, you can request a change of major to a Dodge College program by submitting a Change of Major form.

Please contact the Office of Admission if you have questions about changing your major or would like to speak to an Admission Counselor.

What if I don’t have any experience in the major that I’m applying to?

You can still apply. We don’t specifically require you to have any experience related to the major you apply to. It’s okay if you have just made movies on your own or planned an event for your school club. We hope your application will demonstrate your understanding of key concepts related to the program and tell us about your creative abilities and endeavors — whatever they may be.

How do I submit my Creative Supplement

You can submit your Creative Supplement through your Application Status Page after you have submitted your Common Application. For more detailed instructions, see our How to Apply to Dodge College page.

Can I set up an interview with the Dodge College Admission Committee?

Given the high volume of applications, the Dodge College Admission Committee does not conduct personal interviews.

If I am not admitted to Dodge College, can I apply again?

Yes! We recommend that you contact the Office of Admission for advice on what classes to take at other colleges and how to improve your chances of being admitted.

What format should I use for my Screenwriting essay?

Your screenwriting essay should be written as a short story. Do not use screenplay format or write only in dialogue.

Your essay will be used to assess your writing abilities and not your knowledge of screenplay format. Think of it as an assignment for your English teacher and focus instead on character development, descriptions and creating conflict.

What are you looking for specifically in the written sample and visual sample for Film Production?

As long as you follow the prompts on the How to Apply to Dodge College page, you can submit whatever you like. 

  • For the written sample, we want to see your storytelling ability and strength in writing.
  • For the visual sample, we want to see your visual storytelling ability and how well you can tell a compelling and interesting story with visuals alone.

You should use both requirements to show us who you are as a storyteller and what you will bring to Dodge.

Do I need the rights to the music I use in my visual sample?

Since these videos are only for internal use at the University, you do not need the rights to the music you decide to use in your video. However, you should add a music credit at the end of your film if possible.

What do you look for in Dodge applicants?

We like to see applicants who:

  • Demonstrate creative and unique storytelling ability
  • Have kept on creating in their field even after graduating high school
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Submit applications on time

Transferring to Dodge


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How do I know whether I am a transfer student?

If you have graduated from high school and taken at least 12 units of college credit, you are a transfer student.

Is the application process different for transfer students?

The application process is no different for transfer students other than the application deadline. Transfer applicants have no advantage over high school applicants.

When is the application deadline for transfer students?

Spring semester: October 15th

Fall semester: February 15th

How do I apply as a transfer student?

See our How to Apply to Dodge College page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply; it’s the same process to apply as a first-year student.

Before applying, we recommend you first attend a Transfer Information Session or meet with a member of Chapman’s Transfer Team. You can learn more and register on the University’s Transfer Admission page.

What do I do if I’ve applied to Dodge College before?

You should still submit a brand-new application. See our How to Apply to Dodge page for instructions on how to apply.

We also strongly recommend you update your Creative Supplement.

What classes should I take before transferring to Dodge College?

You should take:

  • General education classes
  • At least one or two classes that are applicable to the program you want to transfer to at Dodge
Before applying, we recommend you first attend a Transfer Information Session or meet with a member of Chapman’s Transfer Team. You can learn more and register on the University’s Transfer Admission page.

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