Message from the Office of Enrollment Management

Happy to share this update from Undergraduate Admission about Fall 2020 Class.

In the midst of a challenging time, I hope this update can be another reminder that, as difficult as last week was, there are reasons to be optimistic for the future. 

We were pleased to receive 14,224 first-year applications for fall 2020 — virtually equaling last year’s record number. In order to enroll a little over 1,700 first-year students this fall, we recently extended admission offers to 7,800 applicants (55% admit rate).

In terms of GPA and standardized test scores, this is the most prestigious admitted class on record for Chapman. And in addition to academic achievement, these students help fulfill Chapman’s strategic priority of changing our student profile. As an illustration, here’s an overview of the admitted class:

  • 3.85 (average admitted GPA)
  • 1,318 / 29 (average admitted SAT / ACT scores)
  • 1 in 6 first generation to go to college
  • 16% of admitted students are Latinx
  •  3% are Black/African American
  • 53% are non-white
  • 72 different citizenships represented (outside of USA)
  • 2,000 different high schools and 49 states represented (as well as Washington, D.C., Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico)

As we look forward to May 1 (National Candidate Reply Day), our office is rapidly shifting our outreach strategy. Instead of traveling around the country and welcoming thousands of students and families to campus, we’re going entirely virtual. This includes virtual one-on-one discussions, group meet-ups and promotional materials showcasing the Chapman experience.

We cannot do this alone. Over the next few weeks, a team member may contact you with ideas of how you can help. This is especially important because we have canceled Preview Day, which last year brought more than 4,000 guests to campus alone. I know everyone is incredibly busy, so we appreciate any time you can spare to connect with admitted students and families. 

On behalf of all of us in the Office of Admission, thank you for ensuring that Chapman provides such amazing support for our students. This has been especially evident over the last few weeks and is our most valuable asset in recruiting excellent students.

Finally, and most importantly, I wish you and your family good health and high spirits during this time.

Paws up!

Marcela Mejia-Martinez

Assistant Vice President of Admission

Office of Admission