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Chapman University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Chapman University, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application is $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Chapman University?

Chapman University offers early decision and also offers early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Chapman University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Chapman University is 56%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 58%. In 2021, Chapman University admitted 144 of the 257 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Chapman University

Getting into Chapman University is very difficult. Chapman University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Chapman University **accepted 58% of students, around 8,303 of the 14,252 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Chapman University, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Chapman University waitlisted 1,818 students. Of those, 739 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to Chapman University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Chapman University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Chapman University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Chapman University must submit the following items. Double check with Chapman University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements audition for music, dance, and theatre majors; portfolio for art and film majors; supplemental application for all talent-based majors
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Chapman University?

Students admitted to Chapman University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 63% submitted a class rank. At Chapman University 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 71% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Chapman University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 63%

Chapman University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 68% of Chapman University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 42% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Chapman University?

To be competitive with other Chapman University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1180 and 1350 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Chapman University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1350 and 25% of scored lower than 1180, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Chapman University student is 1265.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Chapman University students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Chapman University students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Chapman University?

To be most competitive at Chapman University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Chapman University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Chapman University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

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Transferring to Chapman University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Chapman University.Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Chapman University during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Chapman University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Chapman University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Chapman University.

Does Chapman University accept transfer credits?

Chapman University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Chapman University accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES

Does Chapman University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Chapman University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Chapman University?

No, Chapman University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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Chapman University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

58%

How hard is it to get into Chapman University? Chapman University is a very selective institution. The Chapman University acceptance rate is 58%. This means that the institution accepts 58 out of every 100 applicants.

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Chapman University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Chapman University is Continuous processing.

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

Chapman University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

25 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

25 to 30

Avg

25 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Chapman University is 28. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Chapman University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Chapman University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1350

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Math SAT Range

580 - 680

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Reading SAT Range

590 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1350 and Above

Good

1180 to 1350

Avg

1180 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Chapman University students is 1265. Applicants with SAT scores of 1350 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Chapman University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1180 to 1350 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1180 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Chapman University.

Chapman University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.8

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Chapman University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

9,761

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

58%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$58,634

Out-of-State

$58,634

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Application Deadline

Jan 15
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