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Undergraduate Admission

» How to Apply & Deadlines

Congratulations on taking your first steps towards becoming a Panther. Education is much more than learning facts or doing well on a test. It's about growing into the person you truly want to be. A leader, an artist, an innovator, an advocate — your potential is limitless.

Spring 2019 Deadlines

October 15, 2018:

  • First year and Transfer applicants

*Applications received after October 15 for the spring are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Fall 2019 Deadlines

November 1, 2018:

  • Early Action (non-binding)
  • Early Decision (binding)
  • Film Production
  • Dance (priority)
  • Pre-Pharmacy (priority)
  • Theatre Performance (priority)
  • Screen Acting (priority)

January 15, 2019:

  • Regular Decision

February 15, 2019*:

  • Transfer applicants

*Applications received after the February 15 deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Instructions

Below are the application instructions for First Year, Transfer and Creative Supplement applications. You can check out our Application Question Tips to see a preview of our Chapman University Questions in the Common App and a quick explanation of what we're looking for in each question.

+ - Undocumented Student Information

Visit our undocumented student page for more information and helpful resources for undocumented students.

+ - Recommended classes for high school students

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
  • 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.
Chapman University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, religion, military status, or veteran’s status in its admissions policies or administration of its educational programs, including scholarship and loan programs, under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Questions, concerns, or complaints may be directed to DeAnn Yocum Gaffney, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Students and Lead Title IX Coordinator at, phone 714.997.6721, Argyros Forum Room 101, or to the Director, US Department of Education, Washington DC, 20201. 

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