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Chapman University 2021-22 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

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Chapman University 2021-22 Application Essay Question Explanations

This Chapman supplement offers some of the most serious supplemental questions we have ever seen. As a religiously-affiliated school, Chapman takes its values seriously, so be prepared to examine and articulate your own.

The Requirements: 4 essays of 200 words or less

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why, Community, Short Answer

Please tell us about your interest in the major you selected (200 words or fewer)

This is the first half of a deconstructed why essay, so do your research and divide it into two tidy piles: academics and everything else. This prompt gives you a chance to geek out about your intended major among Chapman’s diverse offerings. Do you and calculus have some unfinished business? Or are you planning to get a jump on your Hollywood career with a major in creative production? Whether your goals are intellectual, professional, or somewhere in between, your reasoning should be grounded in what Chapman has to offer. 

200 words isn’t a lot of space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offer a detailed response. Get ambitious and aim to answer these two key questions: What do you absolutely love about your intended major? Why is Chapman the ideal place for you to study it? As a prospective English major who aims to become the next awesome #Girlboss, how would access to Chapman’s business programs complement your way with words? Think about what excites you about the department at Chapman: professors, classes, guest speakers, alumni. Dig deep to show how Chapman will help you achieve your goals.

For Undecided students: Chapman University encourages academic exploration through our dynamic liberal arts curriculum. It’s OK to be unsure of what you might want to major in, however, please tell us about the academic areas that interest you (200 words or fewer). 

If you’re undecided, fear not! Chapman has a separate question for you and an excellent tool to help you narrow down your options based on your interests, so that all you have to do is read up on the departments that pique your curiosity. The overall goal of this essay is the same as the one you’d write if you already had a declared major: it’s a chance to give admissions a deeper understanding of who you are and what makes you tick. It’s also a chance to demonstrate your fit, so do your research before you answer! Do you want to take some literature courses to deepen your understanding of poetry and the history of Renaissance England? Do you see yourself taking advantage of more advanced Spanish classes to help you with a possible career as an immigration lawyer? Various interests aren’t a negative thing! They show that you’re intellectually curious and can see yourself excelling in a couple of fields. One key part to this essay is connecting the dots between the areas that interest you and what you could gain from them–and how testing the waters can make you a more well-rounded person. 

Out of the thousands of universities and colleges, why are you interested in attending Chapman? (200 words are fewer)

Here’s the second half of this why essay duo and we’re sure you’ve seen it before: why here? Now’s the time to turn to your second pile of research and paint a picture of what your life would be like as a Chapman student. In other words, show off your fit! Maybe you grew up in a small town with a tiny high school, and you’ve been dreaming of attending a huge university. Beyond what you would gain, you should also think about what you would contribute. What kind of energy would you bring to such a large school? Maybe your religion has always been an important part of your life and you’ve been looking for a community that fosters spirituality and interfaith communication. Whatever your angle, make sure to tell admissions something new! Don’t re-trace old academic territory that you already covered in your first essay, and be sure to go beyond the basic facts and figures listed on the school website.

Choose one of the two prompts below to answer (200 words or fewer):

Choice 1: Student Identity
Every Chapman student holds multiple identities that create the diverse fabric of our community. Our committee would like to hear about the intersectionality of your identities and how those have played a crucial role in your life.

Admissions wants to know what has made you into the person you are today. Which stories do you carry with you and how does your background impact the way you interact with the world around you? What you focus on here can be reflective of larger cultural constructs or specific to your family or lineage. Chapman is looking to add diverse perspectives to the melting pot that is their student body. Maybe your grandparents used to tell you stories about their experiences as refugees. How did those stories shape you or inspire you to work toward a more peaceful world? Perhaps you come from a long line of BIPOC who worked and organized so the next generation could have more opportunities. How do you honor those ancestors? What has influenced your identity? What do you believe in and how will your unique personhood bring something of value to the community at Chapman? 

Choice 2: Student Impact
Part of the Chapman student experience is to grow or transform your own perspectives. What impact would you like to have at Chapman and what legacy would you like to leave on our community?

What is important to you and how do you want to be remembered? To get started, we recommend thinking about the impact you hope to leave on your current school. What are you involved in? What have you done that you’re proud of? This reflection might just be the perfect segway from what you have affected to what you hope to affect. Next: your legacy—such a fancy word! It simply refers to how you will be remembered or how your actions will affect those who come after you. Is there a metaphorical door that you broke down so others could walk through? Did you branch off from drama club and start an improv comedy troupe? Remember, athletic records and homecoming court tend to be low-hanging fruit when it comes to legacy… so let’s try to dig a little deeper and get to more meaningful participation and achievement! (No offense to Buffy and Brody; long live the king and queen!)

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