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Your chances of getting into Chapman University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Chapman University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Chapman is 60%.  Its admission rate is the 35th lowest in California.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Chapman and can you get accepted?

Chapman is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 9,115 out of the 15,098 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 20 percent on standardized admission tests. Chapman University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.7. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Chapman?

60% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Chapman University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.7 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1310 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

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. 22% of students submitted SAT scores and 13% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent 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
Reading 25th Percentile 610
Math 25th Percentile 600
Composite 25th Percentile 1210
SAT Scores for Chapman University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 700
Math 75th Percentile 710
Composite 75th Percentile 1410
Average SAT Score 1310

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Chapman is 1310 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1210-1410. Students who get into Chapman University score in the top 23 percent of all SAT test takers..  Chapman ranks #19 in the state of California and #145 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1310 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Chapman regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1210 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1210, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1110, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Chapman University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1310 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1310, you have around a 60% chance of being admitted. A 1410 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 74% chance of getting in.

Chapman University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1410 and Above Good >74%
1310 to 1410 Avg + 60%-74%
1210 to 1310 Avg - 44%-60%
1110 to 1210 Reach 29%-44%
Less than 1110 Low <29%
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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
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Chapman University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 29
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Chapman is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 31.  The school ranks #20 in California and #173 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

13 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Chapman University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Chapman University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Chapman for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 60% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 76% with a 31 ACT score.

Chapman University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >76%
28 to 31 Avg + 60%-76%
26 to 28 Avg - 47%-60%
24 to 26 Reach 35%-47%
Less than 24 Low <35%
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Chapman GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Chapman University?

The GPA requirements for getting into Chapman are to have around a 3.7 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Chapman University is 3.7 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve this GPA, you need to earn A- letter grades and score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.

 The school ranks #31 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 60% of students who apply.

Since Chapman is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

63% of Chapman University freshman are 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 26%
Top 25% of class 63%
Top 50% of class 87%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Chapman University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,542 5,556 15,098
Accepted 5,924 3,191 9,115
Acceptance Rate 62% 57% 60%
Enrolled 1,054 604 1,658
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Mar 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were 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

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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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?

22% of students submit their SAT scores to Chapman. 13% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Chapman University?

60% 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 1210 and 1410. 22% 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 26 and 31. 13% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.