Students may enroll either as a "degree seeking student" in a particular academic program (including undecided) or as a "non-degree seeking student." Prospective students should consult the staff of the Chapman campus they wish to attend for specific information regarding enrollment forms and formal application procedures.
Students wishing to obtain a degree or certificate are required to make formal application and may apply for admission into a degree seeking program at any time. It is important to note that "degree seeking students" must meet the degree requirements published in the catalog current at the time of their formal admission acceptance. Admission status is valid for one year from date of admission.
Students must have completed 12 or more transferable semester credits or the equivalent for admission to University College. In addition to transfer coursework credits can be awarded for any combination of dual credit, Advanced Placement, international baccalaureate work, approved PLA (Prior Learning Assessment) and CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) scores.
Prospective students must submit the following to the selected campus for formal admission:
A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all prior college-level coursework is required for formal admission into an undergraduate degree or certificate program. The grade point average that determines admission is based solely on work at other regionally accredited post-secondary institutions. Official documents submitted for admission consideration become property of the University and cannot be returned or copied for distribution.
Students wishing to take credit courses for personal enrichment, job improvement or reasons other than to complete a degree program at Chapman may enroll as "non-degree seeking students." "Non-degree seeking students" are required to fill out a brief enrollment information form each session that they are enrolled and must meet all the prerequisites published in the catalog for enrollment in the individual courses. High school completion (diploma) or its equivalent is required for enrollment in any Chapman University College course.
There is no limit on the number of credits that may be taken by a "non-degree seeking student." However there is also no guarantee that such courses taken as a "non-degree seeking student" will be accepted toward meeting degree program requirements if the student formally applies for "degree seeking student" status at a later date. That student will then need to meet the degree requirements in the catalog current at the time of his or her formal admission acceptance into the degree program. Admission status is valid for one year from date of admission. If formally admitted to a degree program, an official evaluation will be completed to determine which program requirements have been met.
A "non-degree seeking student" is ineligible to receive most types of financial aid.