Chapman University


Regarded as one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in California; Chapman University has been providing personalized education in a private setting for nearly 150 years. It was founded in 1861 as Hesperian College. After a series of name changes, it finally became Chapman University in 1991. Since its inception, the school has undergone several notable changes and historic transitions, but has remained focused on the ‘four pillars’ of Chapman culture: the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of life. The campus area spans 75 acres and is located in Orange, California.


Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in California and 253rd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 91.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $73,182
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 30 / 1370
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 17 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 90% / 67%
Enrollment Total (all students) 9,608


Degree programs span more than 40 majors and 90 areas of study such as film, business, science, arts, education, and much more.

Schools and Colleges

The university is known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs. It is composed of seven academic schools and colleges such as: Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; Schmid College of Science, George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics; College of Performing Arts; School of Law; and College of Educational Studies.

Chapman is also known for its research facilities which include A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research; Albert Schweitzer Institute; Ludie and David C. Henley Social Science Research Laboratory; Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship Business Ethics; Walter Schmid Center for International Business; Center for the Study of the Cold War Era; John Fowles Center for Creative Writing; Center for Educational and Social Equity; Paulo Freire Democratic Project; and the Barry and Phyllis Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.

Online Education

Online education is available to students who are unable to attend regular classes. This requires no class meeting, and students can get involved in the activities using eCollege or Blackboard. There are basically two types of online courses offered: traditional courses, part of traditional graduate or undergraduate program; and extended education courses that are specifically designed for K-12 teachers.

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Students seeking admission must take either SAT or ACT test. Transfer students can easily apply for admission online. The admission deadlines for freshman students (Fall) is mid-January; and for transfer students, it is mid-March.

International applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam (for students whose first language is not English), and the SAT or ACT test.

Financial Aid

Students need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form to be eligible for receiving financial aid. The federal loans offered to graduate and undergraduate students are Direct Graduate PLUS, Perkins Loans, and Alternative Loans.

Students can also apply for financial aid, including a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Federal Academic Competetiveness Grants, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans, Direct PLUS Loan, and Cal Grants. Alterative loans are also available.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program tailored to encourage students to take up part-time employment to help bear the educational expenses. Through this program, the students not only earn money to avoid debt at college but also gain work experience and develop skills.

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The campus is home to over 80 registered student organizations that provides organization consulting and leadership development for the students. The student organizations receive assistance with budget management, event planning membership recruitment, and website development. Students can either join a group or create one. Some of the student clubs and organizations are Carve: Ski & Snowboard Club; Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC); Student & Campus Life (SCL); Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society (GBP); and Phi Alpha Theta (PAT).

There is also has a strong Greek presence, with several fraternities and sororities governed by Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Council. The Greek clubs are Alpha Delta Phi (Adelphos), Alpha Gamma Delta (AGD), Alpha Phi (Alpha Phi), Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delt), Gamma Phi Beta (Gamma Phi), Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta), Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike), Phi Sigma Sigma (Phi Sig), Phi Kappa Tau (Phi Tau), and Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE).

Media and Publications

The Panther is the official student newspaper of the university. It is available online. Chapman Magazine is the flagship publication of the University, distributed twice a year to faculty, staff, alumni, and donors. Happenings is the weekly staff and faculty newsletter. The newsletter highlights the faculty accomplishments, upcoming events, and the latest campus news.

Campus Facilities

Excellent dining options are provided for students at the multitude of restaurants located inside the campus. The restaurants serve meals that meet the varied backgrounds, tastes and schedules of residential and commuter students. Some of the popular campus eateries include Randall Dining Commons, located below the Sandhu Conference Center; Hungry Panther located in Argyros Forum; Salsa Rico, a Mexican restaurant; Sky Ranch Grill; Pantera, an Italian restaurant; Freshens; Cyber Café, located in Beckman Hall; and Doy’s Place at the Henley Underground.

Residence Life provides a living program with a strong community-building emphasis which enables residing students to meet new people and experience new situations. It offers an array of housing options for the students. The residence halls feature an assortment of living options including single, double and triple occupancy rooms, having shared or private bath. Sandhu Residence Center houses a dining facility, ground level parking, conference center and an indoor Rock Wall. Apart from the traditional residence halls, There are also several apartment communities for students above 21 years of age or older.

The first year students reside in the FFC communities which are located in Pralle-Sodaro Hall, Henley Hall, Glass Hall and North Morlan Hall. Housing for continuing students include Glass Hall, South Morlan Hall, Sandhu Residence Center and the Davis and Harris Apartments.

On-campus learning centers and services include the Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center (TLT); Disabled Student Services; Career Development Center; Chapman Student Health Center; Student Employment Services; Career Counseling and Assessment; PEER and Health Education; and Chapman University Student Health (CUSH). The bookstore has two locations on campus.

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The athletic department was founded in 1861. It fields both men’s and women’s athletic teams in different varsity sports such as baseball, basketball, cross country, softball, swimming and diving, football, golf, lacrosse soccer, tennis, and water polo. The sports teams are nicknamed as Panther. The colors are Cardinal and Grey. Panthers compete in the NCAA Division III; and are members of Pacific Coast Swim Conference (swimming only), and Western Water Polo Association (men’s water polo only).

Intramural Sports

A wide variety of recreation activities and intramural sports are provided for the students. Students, staff and faculty members can take part in the various club sports such as frisbee, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. There is also a vibrant cheerleading squad.


Notable alumni include:

  • George Argyros, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain
  • Aaron Rifkin, professional baseball player
  • Colin Hanks, film actor
  • Amy Sterling Casil, science fiction writer
  • Octavio Zambrano, Ecuadorian former soccer player
  • Kevin Staniec, writer and publisher
  • Stephanie Baldwin, 2001 Miss California
  • Don August , 1984 USA Olympic baseball team
  • Jodie Sweetin, former television actress

Additional School Information

The Residence Education Center Program has been serving military personnel since 1958. This center evolved into Brandman University. It operates as a separate, fully accredited University within the existing school.

Several movies have been filmed on or around the campus. Some of the popular movies are The Next Karate Kid (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), That Thing You Do (1996), Independence Day (1996), Small Soldiers (1998), Big Momma’s House (2000), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Accepted (2006), and The Fourth Kind (2009).


The university is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Many programs are also nationally accredited. The business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; the music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music; dance program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance; graduate program in physical therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association; school psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists; art program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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