»Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduates

+-How large is the university?

Undergraduate: 6,281
Graduate, Professional + Law: 1,851

+-What is an 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?

The most popular undergraduate programs are Business Administration, Communication Studies, Film ProductionPsychology and Public Relations & Advertising. For those still seeking an undergraduate path, Chapman boasts a high undecided population as our liberal arts general education truly allows and encourages exploration across varied 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. To learn more about Greek Life on campus, please click here. In addition to Greek Life there are over 150 other academic, professional and special interest clubs on campus. We invite you to learn more about our Clubs & Organizations.

+-How do I schedule a tour of Chapman?

All of our tours are scheduled online. You can visit our campus tour website to schedule a date and time you would like to visit our campus. Campus Tours are offered Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the exception of holidays and special circumstances. Our tours conclude with an Information Session hosted by one of our admission counselors.

+-How much is tuition?

Please review our 2015-2016 Tuition and Fees. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for financial aid and will be automatically considered for merit scholarships just by applying. For more information on merit scholarships, please contact the Office of Admission.

+-Is housing available to all students?

Housing is guaranteed for all incoming Freshmen. However, for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, housing is available on a space-available basis.

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

Chapman offers 20 intercollegiate sports competing at the NCAA Division III level but also offers 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 freshman?

The only class that is mandatory as a Freshman is the Freshmen Foundation Course (FFC). Information about these courses can be found on the Orientation and First Year Experience website.

+-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 Transfer Credit and Articulation section of the Registrar’s office site for a list of tests and scores.  (Depending on the level of the course and the score).

+-Is it possible to receive a copy of the course catalog?

In the interest of the environment, only a limited number of hard copies are printed 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.

+-What are the deadlines for admission?

Deadlines for First Year/Freshmen

Early Action - November 1

  • Required deadline for PharmacyFilm ProductionTheatre Performance & Screen Acting applicants; within these programs, priority is given to first year applicants who apply by November 1.
  • For applicants to Dance, the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music and Theatre: If your audition is not completed or received by the audition or Portfolio (audition upload) deadline, your application will be rolled in with the Regular Decision candidates. Please refer to the Department Specific Requirements for more information on deadlines and requirements.

Regular Decision - January 15

Deadlines for Transfers

Fall admission - March 15

Spring admission - October 15

+-What factors are used to determine admission?

At Chapman University, our students 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
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities/ jobs/ non-academic activities or responsibilities
  • Major preference and preparation for major

+-Does Chapman require standardized testing?

Yes. Students may take the ACT or the SAT. The average SAT score for the incoming Fall of 2015 class is 1877 and the average ACT is a 27-28 composite score. We do not require SAT subject tests, but we do require the Writing section of the ACT. Transfer students may reference the transfer brochure for information regarding how many units are required to waive them from submitting their test scores to the admission committee.

+-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 the Fall travel months. As our fall travel is confirmed we will post our plans on our High School Visits & College Fairs page. Regional interviews with admission counselors are limited, however our Fellows Interviews do provide more availability and options. Our Fellows Interviews provides 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 and are used by the admission committee as an additional aid in the application review process.

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

Although Chapman values learning as much about a student as possible the admission committee asks that students please refrain from submitting any additional application materials. If you are applying to a program or scholarship that requires additional materials please refer to the department instructions. The admission committee recommends labeling your materials as clearly as possible should they accidentally reach the wrong department.

+-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.

+-How do I go about setting up 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 audition scheduler.

+-Is it possible to transfer to Chapman University?

Chapman accepts transfer students for fall and spring enrollment. Please check the transfer section of the undergraduate admission site for specifics regarding units, general education, and application deadlines.

+-If I plan on transferring to Chapman, how do I know which college courses I’ve taken will transfer?

You can choose to schedule a transfer advising appointment or view Chapman’s articulation agreements with other universities and community colleges. To view how courses from other institutions will transfer to Chapman please visit the Transfer Credit and Articulation webpage and scroll down to “Search Transfer Course Approvals.” If Chapman does not have an articulation agreement with the school you are transferring from, we suggest scheduling an appointment with one of our counseling staff to discuss your options.

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

Students may defer their admission for up to one year of their original admission upon approval by 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 desiring 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 the Office of Admission at admit@chapman.edu to request a deferral form.

+-I’ve been offered probationary admission. What does that mean?

Probationary 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 initial class registration, these students meet with Academic Advising to develop an enrollment plan that best meets their needs. Probationary admits are limited to 14 semester hours of credit during their first semester at Chapman. After completing this initial semester with at least 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. 

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