»Undergraduate Admission FAQs
+-How many students do you plan to admit?
The number of students we admit varies depending on our goals and yield predictions each year. Generally speaking, our admit rate is about a 1:2 or 1:3, but this number varies greatly over the specific programs within Dodge College. Our admit rate for film production is more like 1:4 while some of our other programs admit at a higher rate
+-What are the average SAT and GPA scores for admitted students?
For fall of 2011, our average freshman GPA was 3.71 and average SAT was 1940. We highly value the academic aptitude of each applicant and weigh these academic measures into our evaluation of every file in addition to your other department application materials
+-How strict are the length requirements for the essays, video and creative resume?
We are actually really strict about all length and formatting requirements outlined within the department application. Two pages means two pages and two minutes means two minutes. Going over any length requirements can have a negative effect on our review of your application and, in many cases, we will simply not review anything over the allotted length
+-Can I submit additional portfolio pieces to showcase my work?
Please do not send any type of reel or other physical portfolio pieces. They will not be reviewed by the admissions committee
+-Can I submit additional department letters of recommendation?
We only ask for one department letter of recommendation in addition to the letters requested by the Chapman Supplement on The Common Application. Since we will only review one letter of recommendation, we suggest you pick your recommender wisely to make sure s/he is the best person to address your talents and leadership skills
+-Can I be admitted to another major at Chapman University if I am not admitted directly to Dodge College?
Applicants can indicate a first, second and third choice major on the Chapman supplement. Your first choice major can be one within Dodge College while your second can be another major within a different school at Chapman. If the admissions committee in Dodge College does not recommend you for admission, the Office of Admission can consider you for your second or third choice at Chapman. However, as Dodge College provides no guarantee of an approval for a change of major, we recommend only listing a second or third choice major if you are truly serious about pursuing that particular area of study at Chapman. In other words, please do not list a second choice as a back-up in case you do not get your first choice, with the expectation that you will simply switch majors later on
+-Am I allowed to use my own voice for the voiceover in my video essay?
While your physical being is not allowed to appear in the video (this includes photographs), if you choose to use a voice-over, you may narrate it yourself
+-What if I don’t have any prior experience in my requested field of study?
We don’t specifically require you to have any experience related to your area of study. It’s okay if you’ve never made a movie, know nothing about animation or have never planned an event. Instead, we hope your application will demonstrate your understanding of key concepts related to each program as well as tell us about your creative abilities and endeavors -- whatever they may be. Everyone is creative in his or her own way, whether it’s playing music, writing poetry, designing the school yearbook or working on a group project for a class
+-Can I double major?
Any student at Chapman University is allowed to double major. For most programs on campus, there is no additional application process or approval required to add a double major, and a student is free to declare a double major at any time. A student should thoroughly consider the time commitment to each program before declaring a double major. Many of our Dodge College programs have substantial time commitments outside the classroom which can be challenging for students to juggle with too many other activities. There are some limitations to double major combinations within Dodge College and any student wishing to add a double major within Dodge will have to apply for admittance into the second program using the change of major form. Similar to our change of major policy, we cannot guarantee your request to add a second major with Dodge College will be approved. In addition, any student wishing to add a major with a different degree, e.g, a B.A. and a B.F.A., must complete the requirements for a dual degree, which includes 157 credits. See the Chapman University catalog for details
+-Can I have a minor?
Any student at Chapman University is allowed to add a minor to their degree. There are many minors offered at Chapman and a complete list can be found on the Chapman University web site. Most minors do not require any formal approval from the department, and a student is free to declare a minor at any time. However, minors in Dodge College are one of the exceptions to this rule and do require departmental approval. For those interested in minoring in advertising, broadcast journalism, public relations or television, visit the minor declaration page to download the application. Students wishing to declare a minor in film studies do not need department approval. We do not offer minors in screenwriting, film production, digital arts, creative producing or screen acting. In addition, there are certain major/minor combinations that are not permitted within Dodge College
+-Can I set up an interview with the admission committee in Dodge College?
Given the high volume of applications, the Dodge College admissions committee does not conduct personal interviews of applicants
+-Do you still review SAT scores and high school GPAs for transfer students?
If a transfer student has earned more than 30 credits, the University will not ask to see SAT scores but will still require the submission of your high school transcripts. If you have earned more than 60 college credits, you will not need to submit either high school transcripts or SAT scores. However, there is a small chance the Office of Admission reviewers may ask you for the transcripts if they feel it is necessary to thoroughly evaluate your application
+-How do I apply for the screen-acting program?
You cannot apply to the screen acting program until the end of your freshman year at Chapman. In order to eligible to apply to this program, you must first be a student at Dodge College or be a theater major in the College of Performing Arts. Once you have been in one of the above programs for a year, you can apply to the screen-acting program. Applications are typically due in April, and include an audition. As a freshman, we recommend that select a major that you will be happy continuing with in the event you are not admitted into the highly competitive screen-acting major
+-How do I submit the department application?
You will be instructed to upload the department application and corresponding written essays and creative resume online to The Common Application. Make sure to save all written portions of the department application into ONE FILE (just use page breaks to separate essays and your creative resume within the document). If your intended major requests a video essay, the department application will direct you to a separate web site for uploading your video
+-If I am admitted to Chapman University, can I later apply to Dodge College?
Any student at Chapman University can apply for a change of major to Dodge College. However, there is no guarantee that your change of major application will be approved and there is no advantage given to current students applying for a change of major over students who apply as incoming students. In fact, for our film production program, it is much more difficult to be admitted through a change of major application than as an incoming student
+-If I am not accepted to Chapman University/Dodge College, can I reapply at a later date?
Yes, you can apply to Chapman University as many times as wish. We suggest you consult the Office of Admissions for advice on what classes to take at other colleges and how to improve your academic profile
+-In what format should I write my screenwriting essay?
The screenwriting essay asks for a short story, not a script. DO NOT use script formatting or write only in dialogue. This essay will be used to assess your writing abilities and not your knowledge of screenwriting format. Think of it as an assignment for your English professor and focus instead on character development, descriptions and creating conflict
+-Is the application or review process different for transfer students?
The application process is not any different for transfer students other than the application deadline. Transfer applicants have no advantage over high school applicants
+-What are you specifically looking for in the video essay?
There are no "right or wrong" content for the video essay. We are looking to see how you represent yourself and how you demonstrate your creativity visually. We hope to see videos with well-crafted stories or messages, videos with a clear purpose, cohesive images, originality and uniqueness. It’s not so much about what you say as how you say it. How do the words, music, images and storyline all come together to represent you an an individual. Image quality and technical skills are secondary to your storytelling. Feel free to shoot using a cell phone or home camcorder
+-What music can I use in my video essay?
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 or in the notes on the upload form
+-Who can I contact if I am having trouble uploading my video?
You can contact the Chapman University Computing Service Desk at 714-997-6600 or email@example.com. Before contacting them, please make sure to double check your file size (can’t be more than 50MB) and your file type (either quicktime, flash or .wav)
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