» Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduates

General Information

+ - How large is the university?

Undergraduate: 6,410
Graduate, Professional + Law: 2,132

+ - 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. We offer 110 areas of study (49 majors, 61 minors) so there are plenty of options! For those still determining an undergraduate path, Chapman boasts a large Undeclared 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. Click the following link to learn more about Greek Life. In addition to Greek Life there are over 175 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. Link over to our campus visit website to schedule a date and time to visit our campus. Campus Tours are generally offered Monday - Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the exception of some holidays and other exceptions. Our tours conclude with an Information Session hosted by one of our admission counselors.

+ - How much is tuition?

Please review our Tuition and Fees. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for financial aid by filling out the FAFSA 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 first year students. However, for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, housing is available on a space-available basis.  Many students work with the office of Housing and Residence Life to secure off-campus housing.

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

Chapman offers 21 intercollegiate sports competing at the NCAA Division III level as well as 6 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 first year student?

The only class that is mandatory as a First Year student is the First Year Foundation Course (FFC). We also recommend visiting the Orientation and First Year Experience websites.

+ - 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 International Baccalaureate equivalencies and Advanced Placement equivalences to view if your scores met the minimum requirements for course credit.

+ - 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.

Admission Deadlines

+ - What are the deadlines for Admission?

If you are applying for Fall 2018 the deadlines are:

November 1, 2017: 

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

January 15, 2018: 

  • Regular Decision 

February 15, 2018*: 

  • Transfer applicants 

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


If you are applying for Spring 2018 the deadlines are: 

October 15, 2017*: 

  • First Year and Transfer applicants 

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

+ - I want to apply Early Decision- What should I know?

Chapman University's Early Decision program is binding, and if you are admitted, you must enroll at Chapman University. Please visit the How to Apply section on our website, where you will find important information about this process.

+ - Can I apply to other schools if I apply Early Decision at Chapman?

Yes, Chapman's Early Decision is non-restrictive which allows applicants to apply Early Action or Regular Decision to other institutions. However, if an applicant is admitted to Chapman as an Early Decision applicant they must promptly withdraw their other applications and attend Chapman.  

+ - What is the difference between Early Decision and Early Action?

Early Decision is a binding agreement which requires you to withdraw all other applications and attend Chapman if admitted. Early Action is a non-binding program. If admitted Early Action, you are not obligated to withdraw all other applications, and can still choose which school you want to attend. Both of these admission deadlines are November 1.

+ - I am interested in a talent based program with a priority deadline. Can I apply Early Decision?

Early Decision is a notification plan that is available for all academic programs at Chapman University, including any program that has a priority deadline of November 1. However, a student may choose to apply to any of those talent programs under Early Action or even Regular Decision as long as they submit on or prior to the deadline of November 1.

+ - Who should apply for Early Decision?

Only students who are absolutely certain that Chapman University is their top choice should consider applying Early Decision. Furthermore, if a student wishes to have their first term grades from their senior year included in their evaluation they may want to consider holding off until the Regular Decision deadline of January 15.

+ - What if I was admitted for Early Decision but have concerns about my eligibility for Financial Aid?

Chapman strives to award the best possible financial aid and scholarship packages to each admitted student. However, if we do not meet full need, students can request a financial release from the binding contract with their assigned Admission Counselor for review by the admission committee.

+ - If I apply Early Decision or Early Action and am not admitted, can I re-apply for Regular Decision?

No, students can only apply to Chapman under one of the three notification plans. The Admission Committee might roll an Early Decision or Early Action applicant into the Regular Decision pool in effort to gather more information from the student but students are not able to apply again under a new notification plan to the same term.

+ - What happens to my application if I am not admitted Early Decision?

We highly encourage students to pursue the transfer route and to work directly with one of our Admission Counselors in this process should they still wish to attend Chapman University.

Admission Questions

+ - What factors are used to determine admission?

Applicants 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 and academic performance overall
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Personal Statement and Chapman University questions
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities/jobs/non-academic activities or responsibilities
  • Academic major and preparation for major

+ - Does Chapman require standardize testing?

Yes. Students may take the ACT or the SAT. The average SAT score for the incoming Fall of 2016 class is 1877 (old SAT out of 2400) and the average ACT is a 28 composite score. We do not require SAT subject tests, but we do recommend the Writing section of the SAT or ACT. Transfer applicants with 24 or more completed semester units at the time of application are waived from this requirement. 

+ - When is the latest SAT or ACT testing dates considered for Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision applicants?

For Early Decision and Early Action applicants: The latest testing dates that can be considered are test dates in October. It’s ok that your scores may not be in your file until after the November 1 application deadline as they will still be received in time for review in Early Action.

For Regular Decision applicants: The latest testing dates that can be considered for Regular Decision are test dates in January.

Please alert the admission committee of any future testing dates you plan to sit for by indicating it in the Testing section of your Common Application.

+ - 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 CU on the Road page. Regional interviews with admission counselors are limited, however our interviews with admission fellows do provide more availability and options. Our Fellows Interviews provide 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. They used by the admission committee as an additional component in the application review process.

Learn more and register for a Fellows Interview here

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

With the exceptions of certain talent-based majors which do require the submission of additional requirements, the admission committee asks that students refrain from submitting any additional application materials. 

+ - 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. Transfer students do have specific transfer requirements and should refer to the Transfer Guide

+ - How do I go about registering for 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 Creative Supplement requirements.

Admission Decisions

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

Students may defer their admission for up to one year after the original offer of admission and with approval form 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 provisional admission. What does this mean?

Provisional admits are just like any other admitted student, but have additional requirements fro enrollment, and resources available to them to help ensure academic success on campus. After course registration, these students meet with Academic Advising to develop an enrollment plan that best meets their needs. Provisional admits are limited to 14 semester hours of credit during their first semester at Chapman. After completing this initial semester with a minimum of 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.

+ - I've been deferred (rolled) from Early Decision or Early Action to the Regular Decision admission cycle. What does that mean?

Applicants are rolled from Early Decision or Early Action to the Regular Decision admission cycle either because their file remains incomplete, or the admission committee is requesting additional information prior to rendering a final admission decision. This may include information such as updated test scores or the Common Application Mid-Year Report form, including mid-year transcript. Applications who receive notification of being deferred to the Regular Decision cycle should follow the instructions in the communication by the given deadline, and provide the necessary documents so we can complete and review your file. As a reminder, the committee will only review deferred applicants who have completed the call-to-action listed in the notification. 

Transfer Students

+ - Am I a First Year or Transfer applicant to Chapman University?

You are considered a first year applicant if any of the following apply:

  • You are still in high school/home school and have not yet received your high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • You have received a high school diploma or the equivalent but have not enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution nor entered a college or university as a degree-seeking student.
  • You have received a high school diploma or the equivalent but have no yet completed any college units, after your high school graduation date. If applying while your first semester/quarter college units are in progress you need to apply as a First Year applicant.
  • You have not yet received your high school diploma or the equivalent and are enrolled in an early college program or dual enrollment program.

You are considered a transfer applicant if any of the following apply:

  • You have enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a college or university at any point after you received your high school diploma or the equivalent and have completed some college units. 

If either of these conditions applies to you, you cannot disregard your college record and apply as a First Year applicant. You must apply as a transfer.

+ - Is it possible to transfer to Chapman University?

Chapman accepts transfer students for both the fall and spring semesters. Please check the transfer student section 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?

Regardless of where you are transferring from we encourage all prospective transfer students to schedule an advising appointment (in-person or over the phone) so we can assist you with course articulation questions and establishing a timeline of when to apply. To view how some courses may transfer from other institutions to Chapman, please visit the Transfer Credit Articulation webpage. The website is not an exhaustive list, therefore, if you do not see your courses and/or your transfer institution on this page it does not necessarily mean that courses won't transfer. We encourage you to make an appointment or email us at transfers@chapman.edu with any questions that come up when viewing this webpage.

+ - When is registration?

Incoming students for the Fall semester are randomly assigned a registration date in June for mid-July registration. Once the registration date occurs, students may start registering for courses and can adjust their schedules until the start of the semester. Students who are starting in the Spring semester will be assigned a registration date in mid-December for mid-January registration.

+ - Is advising mandatory?

Yes, all incoming students are required to work with the Academic Advising office prior to registering for classes. Incoming transfer students will have an advising hold on their account until they complete their advising requirements. For more information, refer to the Academic Advising website for New Transfer Students.

+ - When is transfer student orientation? Is it mandatory?

Fall orientation for transfer students typically happens at the end of August. Spring orientation for transfer students typically happens towards the end of January. The only orientation programming that is required for incoming students is our Healthy Panther Initiative. However, additional opportunities to complete the program will be offered if a student is unable to attend during Orientation week. The purpose of Orientation is to build community and offer opportunities for students to become acclimated to Chapman. We encourage your attendance! Refer to the website for more information on New Student and Family Orientation.

+ - Will I get on-campus housing?

We are unable to guarantee on-campus housing for all students, but our Residence Life and First Year Experience office reserves a portion of housing for incoming transfer students. We encourage those interested in living on campus submit their Chapman Housing Application by May 15 for priority processing. More information regarding the housing process for transfers can be found on our Transfer Checklist in May. Incoming students for the Spring semester should contact Residence Life and First Year Experience directly.

+ - Are there information sessions specifically for transfer students?

We offer information sessions that cover the application and admission process specifically for transfer students from both 2-year and 4-year institutions. For a complete listing of our upcoming presentations, please refer to our registration page. We also offer individual transfer appointments, Monday - Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with an admission counselor. To schedule a transfer appointment, you may call the Office of Admission at 714-997-6711. The purpose of both the transfer information session and transfer appointment is to prepare students for the application process. They are intended for students who are at least one semester to a year away from applying to Chapman University. They are not intended for admitted students or students who have already applied and are awaiting a decision.  

+ - What courses are required to complete before applying?

We require specific courses depending on the academic major a student is applying to. For a complete listing of the majors and their required courses, please refer to the Transfer Brochure on pages 6 and 7. At a minimum, transfer students should complete a transferable college-level English and math course prior to their first semester at Chapman.

+ - When can I transfer?

Our deadlines for admission are February 15 for Fall admission and October 15 for Spring admission. Specific programs may only allow admission for a Fall start and those can be found by referencing the Transfer Brochure on page 2. Remember, at a minimum, transfer students should complete a transferable college-level English and math course.

+ - What resources are there for me on campus as a Transfer student?

There are a variety of resources on campus including the Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center, Cross-Cultural Center, Academic Advising, and Disability Services. Remember that you can always reach out to our office by calling 714-997-6711 or by emailing transfers@chapman.edu

+ - Do you accept IGETC or CSU certifications?

Yes, we accept both and there is no preference between either one. We will honor the completion of the full certification through IGETC and/or CSU all the way up until you start classes at Chapman so students can be in progress with it when they apply.

+ - What are your application deadlines?

February 15th for a Fall entrance. October 15th for a Spring entrance.

+ - What are required documents to apply?

We require the Common App with Chapman University Questions, 1 letter of recommendation, official transcripts (from all institutions you've attended), your SAT/ACT scores (depending on your unit count) and a Creative Supplement (depending on your major). For complete details, reference our transfer guide on page 8.

+ - What is the cost of attendance?

You can view current figures for cost of attendance here. Transfer students are considered for merit aid/scholarships by virtue of submitting their application for admission. We also encourage all students to fill out the FAFSA so we can consider them for nee-based financial aid.
  • Featured
  • News
  • Events