Chapman University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and More

Smith Hall at Chapman University
Smith Hall at Chapman University. Tracie Hall / Flickr

Admission to Chapman University is not highly selective with a 54 percent acceptance rate. The great majority of admitted students have above average SAT/ACT scores and a grade point average that is in the B+/A- range or better. That said, Chapman has holistic admissions and looks at qualifications beyond grades and scores. The university is a member of the Common Application, and all applicants must submit an essay, SAT/ACT scores, and a teacher evaluation.

Some programs will require the Common Application's Creative Supplement. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

Chapman University Description

Founded in 1861, Chapman University has a rich history. The school first opened its doors on the day Abraham Lincoln took office, and from day one Chapman has admitted women and students of color. Located in the city of Orange in Orange County, Chapman is about an hour from Los Angeles and an easy drive to both the mountains and beach.

The university has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 23. The university's curriculum blends liberal arts with professional programs, and a majority of undergraduates major in professional fields such as business and communications. Psychology and the arts are also popular.

In athletics, the Chapman University Panthers compete at the NCAA Division III level as a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 8,542 (6,410 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $48,710
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,368
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $66,578

Chapman University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,802
    • Loans: $5,750

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 65%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Golf, Water Polo, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Water Polo, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Lacrosse

    Data Source

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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