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We're excited that you've chosen to apply to Chapman University. We can't wait to read your application! If your goal is to have a great application, look below to see a preview of our Chapman University Questions in the Common App and a quick explanation of what we're looking for in each. Note that these aren't all the questions we ask in our application.

You may have additional questions based on your major choice and based on whether or not you're a first-year or transfer student. You'll have to start filling out your application to see all of the questions we'll be asking you!

How have you learned about Chapman University?

We'd like to know more about how you've interacted with Chapman. This helps our counselors figure out your familiarity with campus and where our staff and faculty might have interacted with you before applying. 

Please explain your interest in the major(s) you selected. (200 words or fewer)

Telling us about your interest in your potential major lets us know more about why you feel the major might be a good fit for your skills as a student and about your familiarity with your potential program. Developed answers show us that you have an understanding of what you want to study and how it might relate to your career pursuits after college. If you’re applying as an Undeclared student that’s fine! Research our programs first, then tell us why you’re undecided.

We also now offer the option to choose one of two short answer questions to answer. Though their themes are similar, we hope you’ll find the one that speaks to you. They are…

The ‘I Am Chapman’ campaign on our campus was created to foster an appreciation and awareness of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice for all. We celebrate our students’ individuality in all of its forms including their personal experiences, culture, religious beliefs, opinions, ancestry, race, ethnicity, interests, ability, geographic backgrounds and family traditions. Given the diverse experiences and perspectives of our community members, the admission committee would like to know what makes you ‘Chapman?' (200 words or fewer)

This is an open-ended question with no “right” answers. Don’t overthink it! Think about the ‘I Am Chapman’ campaign, what it entails, and how you identify or connect with this aspect of campus.

The Chapman Diversity Project is a campus-wide initiative with eight different Advisory Groups. These groups identify, recommend, and support creative strategies for promoting and enhancing our campus community. They also respond to any issues, needs, and concerns identified on our campus. Suggest an Advisory group or select one of the existing groups below and share how you would contribute to the advancement of our campus community. (200 words or fewer)

Just like the other short-answer question in the “choose one of two” section, think about how this initiative applies to you. Again, there’s no “right” answer here. Think about how you would invest yourself in our campus community.  

There are thousands of universities and colleges. Please share with us why you are choosing to apply to Chapman. (200 words or fewer)

We're looking for specifics here! What separates Chapman from the other institutions you're considering? What special programs, activities and aspects of campus are most attractive and compelling to you? We're well aware that our campus is in a fantastic location and is aesthetically pleasing (we hear about Disneyland and how beautiful our campus is frequently). Dig a little deeper to show us you know why Chapman could be a great fit for you!

Fast Facts

Fast Facts are a way for us to get to know you better and on a personal level. We want to see who you are as a student and as a person! Feel free to be creative, but remember what we're asking. Just because they're ‘fast’ doesn't mean you shouldn't put some thought into your answers. We actually spent a lot of time debating the merits of each one and voting on our favorites. Seriously. Here's a list of our Fast Facts questions:

    • What is your dream job?
    • Please list three words to describe yourself.
    • What song should we be listening to while reading your application?
    • Who is your role model?
    • Name one dish you would cook for our admission team.
    • What is your favorite quote and by whom?
    • Name a "hashtag" to describe you.
    • What is your favorite subject?
    • What is the top thing on your bucket list?
    • What is your guilty pleasure?
    • What is your most prized possession?
    • What makes you happy?
    • What are you most grateful for?
    • What do you spend too much time doing?
    • Aside from necessities, what is one thing you can’t go a day without?

Please note that you may only submit the Creative Supplement for your 1st Choice Major selected on Common App.  No other materials will be reviewed as part of the application process.

The requirements below are for students applying for Spring 2018 or Fall 2018.

Dodge College Personal Statement

In 500 words or less, tell us what about your distinct experiences/background/values makes you a unique candidate for the program for which you are applying. Please focus on what makes you unique as a person beyond any direct experience you may have in your intended field of study. Use this prompt to talk about aspects of yourself that are not already covered in other parts of your application.

Emphasis Question:

There are five emphases available for students to pursue in the Film Production program-cinematography, editing, directing, production design and sound design. Please indicate which area you are interested in on the application. (The choice is non-binding and is intended to provide an initial idea of your interest).  In 150 words or less, tell us why you have chosen this area of emphasis.

Writing Sample:

In no more than one page, write a true story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Use this story to show your unique storytelling skills as well as illustrate your creativity in telling a story. Stories should be typed, single-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins on all sides.

Visual Sample:

Without the use of dialogue or voice over, make a film that is less than two minutes long about a character making a difficult and dramatic decision.  Show that the character is pulled in two different directions at an emotional level, visualize their process of consideration, and show that they make a decision.

*Please note that a direct link to upload this requirement will appear on your checklist portal once the rest of the Creative Supplement has been submitted*

Creative Resume

Provide a one-page (max.) resume highlighting 5-7 pieces of what you consider to be your best creative work. These projects should demonstrate your ability to convey a story or message through creative, artistic or technical talents. As we are only asking for a limited number of projects, include more recent items and projects in which you were the driving force or had a leadership role. These can include class assignments, projects from jobs or internships, or your personal hobbies and freelance work. Please note you are NOT to submit any actual materials from this resume at this time.  Please use the following format when structuring your resume:

Title: title of the project (length of project if applicable)

Source and Date of Creation: You may write “freelance” if it was something you did on your own.

Description of item: An in-depth description of the piece, the inspiration or objective, and your specific role in its creation. Also list any awards or special recognition you may have received for the piece.


Articles for the School Newspaper

Journalism I class, 2008

I wrote several feature articles on various topics from the constant flooding of the men’s bathroom to vandalism on campus. I also did a film review for every issue. I helped with the layout of the paper as well as selecting the final photographs.

Departmental Letter of Recommendation:

This letter of recommendation should be completed by a person who can discuss your creative strengths. Examples of appropriate people to write this letter on your behalf are art, drama, film/TV, or journalism teachers or a boss or supervisor from a job, internship, or volunteer project where your duties included something of a creative nature.

This recommendation does NOT go through Common App. You will request this recommendation directly through your checklist portal under "Request Departmental Letter of Recommendation". This link will not appear until your Creative Supplement is submitted, so please plan accordingly.

This letter is due by the same deadline as your application materials, so give your recommender plenty of time to complete the letter.


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