Chapman University

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Chapman University can be found in Orange, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly nine thousand students are enrolled at Chapman University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores in the range of 1190 (25th percentile) - 1380 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 25 (25th percentile) - 31 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to this school. We were able to estimate the Chapman University average GPA (3.42 - 3.71) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. An estimated 60% of all students which applied were admitted at Chapman University, and from those that were granted acceptance about 22% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Chapman University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Chapman University was reported as 55.7% in Fall 2020 with over 14,300 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 25 - 31
  • Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into Chapman University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Chapman University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Chapman University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 54.0%
  • 2017-2018: 57.2%
  • 2018-2019: 53.6%
  • 2019-2020: 55.7%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 51.3%

How Does Chapman University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Chapman University is two percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hope International University36.8%
Vanguard University of Southern California49.5%
Concordia University-Irvine70.8%
Biola University69.9%
Whittier College57.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Chapman University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading600 - 680
Math590 - 700
Total Score1190 - 1380
ACT®Score Range
English25 - 34
Math24 - 28
Composite Score25 - 31
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