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Chapman University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1861
Affiliation: Disciples of Christ
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 4,086
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $210,649,967
Admissions Address

1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.7
Send application by: January 31
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Michael Drummy
Admissions office telephone: (888) 282-7759
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 31
Decision sent by:  
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: November 30
Decision sent by: January 15
Application fee: $55
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $600 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 2 N/A
Mathematics 2 N/A
Science 2 N/A
Lab 1 N/A
Foreign language 2 N/A
Social studies 3 N/A
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 11 N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 31
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: June 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Important
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 53%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 67%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 44%
Total applicants: 4,269
Total acceptances: 2,250
Total freshman enrollment: 957
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 59%
Male applicants: 1,795
Male acceptances: 870
Male freshman enrollment: 385
Female applicants: 2,474
Female acceptances: 1,380
Female freshman enrollment: 572
Out-of-state freshmen: 34%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 444
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 387
Students enrolled from waiting list: 58


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 61%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 96%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 15%
Average high school GPA: 3.7
First-year students submitting GPA: 100%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 83%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 547 - 660
Math: 551 - 666
Combined: 1098 - 1326


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 7.0% 10.0%
600-699 44.0% 44.0%
500-599 45.0% 43.0%
400-499 4.0% 3.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 39%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 24 - 30
Math: 23 - 29
Composite: 24 - 29


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 12.0% 22.0% 14.0%
24-29 63.0% 53.0% 59.0%
18-23 25.0% 23.0% 25.0%
12-17 0.0% 2.0% 2.0%
6-11 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Below 6 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%


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