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Chapman University

Orange, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%

About Chapman University


Chapman University, located in sunny Orange, California, is a private institution known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs. Its diverse academic offerings, led by a dedicated faculty, foster a robust learning environment where students can pursue their passions. Chapman's vibrant campus life, featuring a range of cultural, athletic, and social activities, ensures a well-rounded college experience. The university's commitment to personalized education, coupled with extensive research and creative opportunities, empowers students to thrive. With its stunning campus and supportive community, Chapman University cultivates innovators and leaders ready to make a difference.

From Chapman: 

Chapman University provides personalized and interdisciplinary educational experiences to highly qualified students. We offer more than 110 areas of study—options for nearly every interest and passion. We invite you to learn more and discover what’s possible here.

Did You Know? 

Chapman's campus includes the historic Marion Knott Studios, a state-of-the-art facility for film and media arts students. The Studios were designed to mimic a real Hollywood studio, complete with sound stages, editing suites, and a screening theater. This facility helps students gain hands-on experience in film production, preparing them for successful careers in the industry. Additionally, Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is consistently ranked as one of the top film schools in the nation, attracting students from around the globe.

Chapman University is a private university in the suburb of Orange, California. Chapman University was founded in 1861. The college currently enrolls around 10,014 students per year, including 7,869 undergrads.

Chapman University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Chapman University. In 2022, Chapman University accepted 73% of applicants. In 2022, 9,928 out of 13,690 total applicants were accepted.

Chapman University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 73%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 61%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 76%
Average GPA 3.8
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 76%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25%

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Chapman University is located in the town of Orange, California, in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

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College Info

Chapman University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Chapman University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Chapman University is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Chapman University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1220 - 1380


Math SAT Range

600 - 700


Reading SAT Range

600 - 700

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1220 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Chapman University students is 1296. Applicants with SAT scores of 1380 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Chapman University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1220 to 1380 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1220 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Chapman University.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Chapman University is like? There are approximately 10,014 students enrolled at Chapman University, including 7,869 undergraduate students and 2,145 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 69% percent are from CA and 31% percent of students are from other states.


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