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Deadlines

Fall 2015

Early Action (Freshman, non-binding, as well as high school Film Production and Pre-Pharmacy applicants): November 1, 2014

Regular Admission (Freshman): January 15, 2015

Regular Admission (Transfers):  March 15, 2015

Spring 2015

Priority Deadline for all spring applicants: October 15, 2014
Applications received after October 15 for the spring are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Late Consideration 
Applications received after the above dates are reviewed on a space available basis only.


Application Checklists

For detailed application instructions, please view one of our application instruction PDFs below:

+-Freshman Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther:

  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through CommonApp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $65 application fee requirements.
  • REQUEST a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers through the Recommender section on CommonApp.org.
  • ASK your high school counselor to submit the School Report document online.
  • SEND official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT with Writing scores and available AP/IB scores.
  • COMPLETE the Art Supplement via SlideRoom through CommonApp.org if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you're happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • CHECK your WebAdvisor account regularly once we've confirmed receipt of your application. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are...

  • The First-Year Common Application and Chapman University Questions
  • The $65 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • Art Supplement and $10 fee (if applicable)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT with Writing) sent through the College Board or ACT
  • School Report
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • One Teacher Evaluation

Recommended classes for high school students (similar to A-G requirements for UC/CSU schools)

  • English: 4 years
  • Math: 3-4 years (Business and Science majors should plan on taking through pre-calculus, at the minimum, and should aim to take 4 full years of math for major preparation)
  • Science: 2-3 years (Science majors should try to take 3-4 years of science as major preparation; at least two courses should be a lab science)
  • History/Social Science: 2-3 years
  • Foreign Language: 3-4 years (Please note that American Sign Language is not offered at Chapman University. There is a foreign language requirement for all Chapman students regardless of major, so we encourage students to take a more traditional foreign language in high school, if possible.)
  • Arts/Electives: 2-3 years
We recommend these courses to make you a stronger candidate for admission at Chapman University. However, if these recommendations are not completed, you will not be disqualified for admission. We would like to see that your high school curriculum and course rigor supports the major you have applied to. You will want to check with other institutions to which you are applying to check if their recommended/required courses are different.

+-Transfer Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther:

  • CONSIDER making an advising appointment with our office to discuss course selection and the transfer application process. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY. An Advising appointment is meant to assist prospective students in determining the best time for them to possibly apply for admission.
  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through commonapp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Transfer Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $65 application fee requirements.
    • (The Mid-Term Report, Final Year Report, Registrar Report and Academic Evaluation forms are not required to submit unless the Admission Office requests them at a later date).
  • INVITE an Academic Evaluator through the Assign Recommenders section on CommonApp.org. You must assign an Academic Evaluator (aka recommender). That recommender can be anyone but a relative. Your recommender can then either submit their letter through the online Common App Academic Evaluation Form OR they can mail in their own letter on their own letterhead to the Office of Admission. Only one letter is required.
  • INVITE a Registrar through the Assign Recommenders section on CommonApp.org. You must assign a Registrar (aka college official such as a counselor, mentor, registrar). The Registrar Report is NOT required for applicants applying to Chapman to submit but Common App will require you to assign a contact/school official that Chapman could follow up with if they have questions.
  • SEND official college transcripts and high school transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT with Writing scores (if applicable) and available AP/IB scores. If at the time you hit submit on your application you have less than 24 college units completed, an official SAT/ACT score is required. If at the time you hit submit on your application you have less than 60 college units completed, your official, final high school transcript is required.
  • COMPLETE the Art Supplement via SlideRoom through CommonApp.org if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you’re happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • CHECK your WebAdvisor account regularly once we’ve confirmed receipt of your application. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

University Mailing Address for any letters of recommendation and/or transcripts being mailed is:
Chapman University
Attn. Office of Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are:

  • The Transfer Common Application and the Chapman University Questions
  • The $65 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • Art Supplement and $10 fee (if applicable)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT with Writing) sent through the College Board or ACT if applicable
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • One letter of recommendation

+-International Freshman Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther and part of our thriving international community:

  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through commonapp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $65 application fee requirements.
  • REQUEST a letter of recommendation from one of your teachers through the Recommender section on CommonApp.org.
  • ASK your high school counselor to submit their Common Application documents online.
  • SEND official high school transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT with Writing scores and available AP/IB scores.
  • SEND TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable
  • COMPLETE the Art Supplement via SlideRoom through CommonApp.org if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • COMPLETE the International Student Supplemental Form. Submit both pages to the Office of Admission electronically to intladmit@chapman.edu or via fax to (714) 628-3404.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you’re happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • CHECK your WebAdvisor account regularly once we’ve confirmed receipt of your application. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are…

  • The First-Year Common Application and Chapman University Questions
  • The $65 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • Art Supplement and $10 fee (if applicable)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT with Writing) sent through the College Board or ACT
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)
  • School Report
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • One Teacher Evaluation
  • Financial Certification Form

+-International Transfer Checklist

Starting the journey to becoming a Panther:

  • CONSIDER making an advising appointment with our office to discuss course selection and the transfer application process. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY. An Advising appointment is meant to assist prospective students in determining the best time for them to possibly apply for admission.
  • VISIT CommonApp.org. Create an account and add Chapman University as one of your colleges.
  • ACCESS all materials through commonapp.org.
  • COMPLETE The Transfer Common Application, Chapman University Questions and $65 application fee requirements.
    • The Mid-Term Report, Final Year Report, Registrar Report and Academic Evaluation forms are not required to submit unless the Admission Office requests them at a later date.
  • INVITE an Academic Evaluator through the Assign Recommenders section on CommonApp.org. You must assign an Academic Evaluator (aka recommender). That recommender can be anyone but a relative. Your recommender can then either submit their letter through the online Common App Academic Evaluation Form OR they can mail in their own letter on their own letterhead to the Office of Admission. Only one letter is required.
  • INVITE a Registrar through the Assign Recommenders section on CommonApp.org. You must assign a Registrar (aka college official-counselor, mentor, registrar). The Registrar Report is NOT required for applicants applying to Chapman to submit but CommonApp will require you to assign a contact/school official that Chapman could follow up with if they have questions.
  • SEND official college transcripts and high school transcripts (if applicable), SAT or ACT with Writing scores (if applicable), available AP/IB scores, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable). If at the time you hit submit on your application you have less than 24 college units completed an official SAT /ACT score is required. If at the time you hit submit on your application you have less than 60 college units completed your official, final high school transcript is required.
  • SEND TOEFL or IELTS scores if applicable
  • COMPLETE the Art Supplement via SlideRoom through CommonApp.org if you are applying for a major in music, theatre, art, dance or Dodge College.
  • COMPLETE the International Student Supplemental Form. Submit both pages to the Office of Admission electronically to intladmit@chapman.edu or via fax to (714) 628-3404.
  • CONTACT the Office of Admission if you have questions or concerns. Admission Office (714) 997-6711 or (888) CU-APPLY.
  • REVIEW your application thoroughly to make sure you’re happy with your efforts.
  • SUBMIT your complete application to Chapman!

After hitting "Submit":

  • CHECK your WebAdvisor account regularly once we’ve confirmed receipt of your application. This may take several weeks as we compile and link all pieces of your application.

University Mailing Address for any letters of recommendation and/or transcripts being mailed is:
Chapman University
Attn. Office of Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866

Remember, the required components we need in order to review your application are…

  • The Transfer Common Application and Chapman University Questions
  • The $65 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • Art Supplement and $10 fee (if applicable)
  • Official test scores (SAT or ACT with Writing) sent through the College Board or ACT if applicable
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • One letter of recommendation
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