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Chapman Admission Requirements

Orange, California

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Chances of getting into Chapman University

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Chapman University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into Chapman and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Chapman is 58%.  It ranks #36 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Chapman is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 8,303 out of 14,252 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 26 percent (SAT 1170/1350 ACT 25/30). Chapman University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average weighted GPA around 3.8. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Chapman application fee is $70 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Chapman University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 69% of students submitted SAT scores and 44% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Chapman SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Chapman University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1170
SAT Scores for Chapman University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 670
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1260

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Chapman University?

Chapman University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 29 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1170 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1080. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. Chapman ranks #21 in California and #155 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Chapman University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1350 and Above Good >72%
1260 to 1350 Avg + 58%-72%
1170 to 1260 Avg - 42%-58%
1080 to 1170 Reach 28%-42%
Less than 1080 Low <28%
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Chapman ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Chapman University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Chapman University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Chapman?

Admission data indicates that Chapman regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 in California and #169 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 44 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Chapman University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Chapman University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >75%
27 to 30 Avg + 58%-75%
25 to 27 Avg - 45%-58%
23 to 25 Reach 33%-45%
Less than 23 Low <33%
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Chapman GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. Weighted High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Chapman University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Chapman. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Chapman University was 3.8 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #19 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Chapman accepts 58% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

71% of Chapman University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Chapman University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 30%
Top 25% of class 71%
Top 50% of class 92%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Chapman University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,812 5,440 14,252
Accepted 5,197 3,106 8,303
Acceptance Rate 59% 57% 58%
Enrolled 973 613 1,586
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 19%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 31 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Chapman University is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Chapman University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Chapman University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Chapman University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=111948 IPEDS survey data for Chapman University.


Does Chapman University prefer SAT or ACT?

69% of students submit their SAT scores to Chapman. 44% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Chapman University?

58% of those who apply are granted admission to Chapman. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Chapman University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1170 and 1350. 69% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Chapman University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 30. 44% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.