From the School

Originally organized in 1861, Chapman University has steadily evolved from a small traditional church-related liberal arts school, into a vibrant midsize and nationally recognized university with renowned programs in areas such as film and television production, business and economics, theatre, dance, music, and teacher education.

Set in suburban and historic "Old Towne Orange", California, Chapman's beautiful tree-lined campus features a blending of historic and contemporary structures, tranquil gardens, world-class recreational facilities, and "smart" classrooms. With wireless technology throughout the campus, Chapman was recently named one of the top 50 "Best Wired" campuses by Yahoo!

Chapman's academic preparation and wide breadth of excellence is evidenced by the University's accomplished alumni, who include Loretta Sanchez ('88), member of Congress; David Bonior ('85), member of Congress and former house minority whip; Jose Gomez ('75) member of the Panamanian National Assembly; television and film producers John Copeland ('73), Jon Garcia ('90) and John David Currey ('98); cinematographer Gene Jackson ('70); television sports analyst, Steve Lavin ('88); Tony Award nominee and Broadway star of Showboat, Michel Bell ('68); Indy car racing star, Jacques Lazier ('93); former major league baseball stars Tim Flannery ('80), Marty Castillo ('80), Gary Lucas ('76) and Randy Jones ('72); and George L. Argyros ('65), philanthropist and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain.

Overall

From The School

Chapman University seeks accomplished students who will thrive in a challenging academic environment. Admission to Chapman is selective. In 2009, 51% of the applicant pool was offered admission to the University. Prospective students are evaluated on the strength of their secondary school course work and GPA, and SAT I or ACT scores. Interested students are encouraged to visit the campus, schedule a campus tour, and participate in an information session hosted by an admission officer. Arrangements can be made by contacting the Office of Admission. Chapman offers a non-binding Early Action deadline for freshman applicants. To apply in the Early Action period, students must submit the application before November 15. The regular freshman application deadline is January 15. The deadline for transfer applications is March 1. Chapman is a member of The Common Application group and the application and instructions can be found at www.commonapp.org.

Students may request more information by contacting:
Office of Admission
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
Telephone: (714) 997-6711 888-CUAPPLY (toll free)
Fax: 714-997-6713
E-mail: admit@chapman.edu

Overview

Applicants
11,750
Acceptance Rate
45%
Average HS GPA
3.68

GPA Breakdown

47%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
550 - 640
SAT Math
570 - 660
ACT Composite
24 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

Chapman University strives to provide every student with a comprehensive, liberal arts-based course of study, with the goal of producing an engaging, articulate, and communicative world citizen with specific expertise and skills to offer. Chapman University’s academic structure includes the AACSB International – accredited Argyros School of Business and Economics; the CTC-approved College of Educational Studies; the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; the College of Performing Arts which includes the NASD-accredited Department of Dance, the NASM-accredited Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, and the NAST-accredited Department of Theater; the ABA-accredited Fowler School of Law; the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; the Schmid College of Science and Technology; the School of Pharmacy; and the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Chapman University confers degrees in the following fields of study:
Accounting
Art
Art History
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences
Business Administration
Chemistry
Communication Studies
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Creative Producing
Creative Writing
Dance
Dance Performance
Digital Arts
Economics
English
Environmental Science and Policy
Film Production
Film Studies
French
Graphic Design
Health Sciences
History
Integrated Educational Studies (teaching)
Kinesiology
Mathematics
Mathematics and Civil Engineering
Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Music Performance
News and Documentary
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Physics and Computational Science
Political Science
Pre-Law
Pre-Medicine
Pre-Pharmacy
Psychology
Public Relations and Advertising
Religious Studies
Screen Acting
Screenwriting
Sociology
Software Engineering
Spanish
Strategic and Corporate Communication
Television Writing and Production
Theatre
Theatre Performance

Integrated (Bachelors and Advanced)

Degree Programs
Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program (2+3 Pharm.D.)
Integrated MBA (4+1)
Integrated MS Computational Science (4+1)
Bridge Program to Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Integrated MS Health Communication (4+1)
Integrated MS Food Science (4+1)
Integrated MS Economic System Design (4+1)

Students Say

Orange County’s Chapman University boasts “a more personalized education” of a style “you can’t find at any other university,” according to students, who say the “personal relationship with your professors” and “greater opportunity to meet one-on-one with your professors” thanks to “small class sizes” sets it apart from other West Coast schools. Sure, the location is a big draw, but so is the “emphasis on personalized education,” which aims to “aid students in becoming global citizens, productive workers, and [have] positive impacts in the world.” The “amazing and very informative” professors here make classes “engaging” and provide an education “that motivates students to go for their dreams.” Indeed, “Professors will go out of their way to get to know students and make sure they are doing well in the class.” These educators “bring real experiences into the classrooms,” which give students “real-life case studies,” and they “assist with networking opportunities.” Students agree, “Professors at Chapman are really here to see their students succeed.” A few students complain, “Sometimes adjunct faculty are not asked back,” which means “it is difficult to keep connections with professors who you never see again.” While “there are a few professors who are not as engaging, for the most part all of my teachers have been interesting and have really had a desire to help me learn in whatever way is best for me.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
841
with Terminal Degree

485
Men
356
Women

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


David Bonior
U.S. Congress

Loretta Sanchez
U.S. Congress

John Copeland
Movie/TV producer

George Argyros
U.S. Ambassador to Spain

Steve Lavin
TV sports analyst

Michel Bell
Broadway star

Gordon Blakely
MLB executive

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Undergraduate tuition (annual, 12-18 semester credits) room, board, and fees for the 2010-2011 academic are as follows:
Annual tuition: $37,500
Accident/Sickness plan: 380
Associated students fee: 120
Wellness Center fee: 244
Orientation fee: 145
_______________________________ Total tuition/fees: $38,389

Room/board cost for academic year 2010-2011:
Room & Board: $13,000
Parking fee: 280
________________________________ Total room/board $13,280

Financial Aid

Almost 90% of 2009 freshman received some form of need based aid, merit, or talent scholarship. Awards are made through a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Awards may be renewed throughout a student's term of study. A student's financial needs are usually met through a combination of internal assets and federal and state funding. Chapman awards merit scholarships, regardless of financial need, to all eligible admitted new students using a standardized test score/ entering grade point average-driven formula. Chapman also offers talent scholarships in areas such as art, music, dance, theatre, writing, film and television, and science awarded regardless of financial need. Audition, submission of portfolio, or supplemental application materials will be required to be considered for talent awards.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
81
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,065

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,622

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,603

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,268

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,710
Required Fees
$683
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,560

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,800
Transportation for Commuters
$2,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Academic Competitiveness Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Programs and services offered include over 70 clubs and organizations, career development, community outreach, multicultural programs, student health and counseling, international student services, PEER and health education, and new student orientation. Six national fraternities, and Six national sororities are active and all include special programming directed toward stewardship and community service activities.

A complete and comprehensive offering of intramural sports and activities involve the entire campus community to create an involving, electric, and outdoor-oriented environment.

Intercollegiate athletics are a big part of undergraduate life at Chapman and almost 20 percent of students compete in varsity sports. Chapman is an independent in the NCAA Division III, often qualifying for championships. Last year, 4 students were named NCAA All-American and 14 were honored as Academic All-Americans. Chapman competes in men's baseball, basketball, water polo, crew, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis; and women's basketball, crew, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.

Students Say

You had better be ready to socialize if you decide on Chapman, because “the typical student at Chapman is friendly, social, and active.” Students are “very busy and pretty involved and committed to their interests” and “are usually very involved in multiple activities and very passionate and excited to be here.” In many cases, “Students are leaders on our campus and dedicated to their passions.” A willingness to interact is a major factor for those attending this school. “If students are willing to get involved, there is always a place for them to fit in.” It’s not always easy, but as one student notes, “I would say there is a niche for everyone; it might take a while to find it, though.” In addition to sociability, embracing diversity is also a common trait here. The typical person on campus is someone “who is passionate and accepting.” Students say, “There is no discrimination here; everyone accepts everyone.” The bottom line: “If you are willing to adopt the SoCal lifestyle, Chapman is for you. If you don’t like being out and about, constantly in a social situation, Chapman may not feel like home.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,005
Out of State
26%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
67

Demographics

59% female
41% male
26% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Chapman University is located in Orange County's beautiful south coast, famous for its ideal climate, cultural and recreational opportunities, and varied natural resources. With the San Diego and Los Angeles metropolitan areas in close proximity, students can attend concerts, see professional sports, or go to world famous theme parks like Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. There are outdoor activities throughout the year, with Pacific beaches only 10 miles from campus and winter ski resorts only 90-minutes away. Add to these benefits an average year-round temperature of 71 F, and it's no surprise that Places Rated Almanac recently named Orange County, California "the #1 place to live in North America."

On campus, Chapman students take part in the dynamic student activities program. There are over 70 student run clubs, including community service organizations, eleven national fraternities and sororities, 20 NCAA D-III intercollegiate athletic programs, an active intramural sports program, and music, art, and theatre productions.

Though Chapman students are predominantly from California, the student body is diverse, with students hailing from 46 states and 34 foreign countries. Chapman students have distinguished themselves in a variety of forums. In the preceding five years, Chapman students have been recognized as Truman Scholars, Coro Fellows, USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, NCAA All-Americans, and NCAA Academic All-Americans.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Chapman's park-like and ivy-covered, tree-lined campus is set in beautiful and historic Old Towne Orange and features a blending of fully refurbished historic structures with state-of-the-art internet and satellite connected learning environments. The Leatherby Libraries house eight individual libraries, each specific to one of the University's areas of study, as well as a holocaust library and museum. The 90,000 square foot Argyros Forum includes the primary campus dining area, conference and classroom facilities, and associated students offices. Bertea Hall, Oliphant Hall, and Moulton Center are home to the renowned College of Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, and the NASM-accredited Conservatory of Music which includes a complete music library, classrooms, recital halls (5), concert hall, and practice rooms, 250-seat Waltmar Theatre, and Guggenheim Art Gallery. Memorial Hall (executive offices and Chapman Auditorium), Roosevelt Hall (faculty offices), Wilkinson Hall (Economic Science Institute), Reeves Hall (College of Educational Studies and classrooms), and Smith Hall (Psychology faculty offices and classrooms) are all buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although designated as historic, each of these structures has been fully refurbished internally and externally to provide both a historic and contemporary learning environment. The Lastinger Athletics Complex includes a 3,000-seat indoor arena, 3,500-seat outdoor stadium, 500-seat swim stadium, four championship tennis courts, and training and fitness facilities for the campus and surrounding community. Beckman Hall for business and technology houses the mathematics and computer sciences programs, as well as the AACSB-accredited Argyros School of Business and Economics. The Hashinger Science Center features laboratories for nuclear science, radiation, crystallography, genetics, food science, and physical therapy. Wilkinson Hall and Chapman's Economic Science Institute is home to 2002 Nobel Economics laureate, Vernon Smith and his team of scholars. Five residence halls and six on-campus apartment buildings are conveniently located on the edge of the campus with a new residence hall and conference center currently under construction. Marion Knott Studios houses the University's renowned Dodge College of Film and Media Arts including the undergraduate school of film and television, the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures, and the think tank-style Institute for the Study of Media and the Public Interest. Knott Studios also includes two 18,000-square foot sound stages, pre and post-production facilities, computer and digital editing labs, and 500-seat cinema. Kennedy Hall is home to Chapman's ABA-accredited School of Law, and Liberty Plaza which includes a reflection pond and replica Lincoln chair featuring a memorial to President Ronald Reagan facing a 5-ton section of the Berlin Wall brought to campus in 2000.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Chapman's Career Development Center provides a variety of services to students, graduates, and former students. These include: internship opportunities, an on-campus recruiting program, full-time job postings and computer-networked job listings, individual career counseling and career assessment, a career resource library, job search and resume writing skills development, interview coaching, and an Alumni Mentor Program. The center will assist teachers in establishing a self-managed educational placement file.

Chapman students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs in many academic fields in almost every part of the world. Students studying abroad through Chapman-approved programs are enrolled in a full course of study at the host institution, but receive academic credit from Chapman. The study abroad program directly supports Chapman's emphasis on encouraging students to recognize and develop their roles as global citizens in an increasingly interdependent world.

Student Organizations & Activities

Chapman's park-like and ivy-covered, tree-lined campus is set in beautiful and historic Old Towne Orange and features a blending of fully refurbished historic structures with state-of-the-art internet and satellite connected learning environments. The Leatherby Libraries house eight individual libraries, each specific to one of the University's areas of study, as well as a holocaust library and museum. The 90,000 square foot Argyros Forum includes the primary campus dining area, conference and classroom facilities, and associated students offices. Bertea Hall, Oliphant Hall, and Moulton Center are home to the renowned College of Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, and the NASM-accredited Conservatory of Music which includes a complete music library, classrooms, recital halls (5), concert hall, and practice rooms, 250-seat Waltmar Theatre, and Guggenheim Art Gallery. Memorial Hall (executive offices and Chapman Auditorium), Roosevelt Hall (faculty offices), Wilkinson Hall (Economic Science Institute), Reeves Hall (College of Educational Studies and classrooms), and Smith Hall (Psychology faculty offices and classrooms) are all buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Although designated as historic, each of these structures has been fully refurbished internally and externally to provide both a historic and contemporary learning environment. The Lastinger Athletics Complex includes a 3,000-seat indoor arena, 3,500-seat outdoor stadium, 500-seat swim stadium, four championship tennis courts, and training and fitness facilities for the campus and surrounding community. Beckman Hall for business and technology houses the mathematics and computer sciences programs, as well as the AACSB-accredited Argyros School of Business and Economics. The Hashinger Science Center features laboratories for nuclear science, radiation, crystallography, genetics, food science, and physical therapy. Wilkinson Hall and Chapman's Economic Science Institute is home to 2002 Nobel Economics laureate, Vernon Smith and his team of scholars. Five residence halls and six on-campus apartment buildings are conveniently located on the edge of the campus with a new residence hall and conference center currently under construction. Marion Knott Studios houses the University's renowned Dodge College of Film and Media Arts including the undergraduate school of film and television, the graduate Conservatory of Motion Pictures, and the think tank-style Institute for the Study of Media and the Public Interest. Knott Studios also includes two 18,000-square foot sound stages, pre and post-production facilities, computer and digital editing labs, and 500-seat cinema. Kennedy Hall is home to Chapman's ABA-accredited School of Law, and Liberty Plaza which includes a reflection pond and replica Lincoln chair featuring a memorial to President Ronald Reagan facing a 5-ton section of the Berlin Wall brought to campus in 2000.

Students Say

Chapman is in Orange County, California, so Disneyland, Los Angeles, gorgeous West Coast beaches, and more are all seemingly right around the corner. That means it is no surprise that “Chapman students believe in a work hard, play hard mentality.” Students here “don’t only excel in the classroom, but they like to have a good time.” And it’s easy to have a good time here. After all, “with so many entertainment venues nearby, in addition to on-campus events, students can always find something to do.” The play-hard attitude doesn’t necessarily mean your stereotypical, beer-chugging frat party, however. “Because there are a lot of families that live here in the area, it can be difficult for ‘typical college parties’ to exist.” When it comes to things to do, Disneyland, Disneyland, and Disneyland ends up on a lot of lists. “I go frequently,” one student notes, “and quite a few Chapman students are employed there.” Some say they get a year pass and go as many as five times a week. But the Mouse is only one of many things to do here. “There is never a boring weekend,” students say. “We have so many options available including, the beach, Disneyland, or things on campus—from movie nights to open mic nights in the student union to concerts.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
32%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
95
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
79

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
128
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
8
Number of Religious Organizations
12

28% join a fraternity
38% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Panthers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Lady Panthers)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Cal Poly Pomona Claremont Colleges CSU Fullerton
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Loyola Marymount University

Sustainability

Green Rating
65

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
11

Average Number of PC's per Lab
24

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
1 University Dr
Orange, CA 92866

Phone
1-888-CU-APPLY

Email
admit@chapman.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Marion Knott Film Studios
Leatherby Libraries
Liberty Plaza
Beckman Hall
All-Faiths Chapel

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Old Towne Orange - Adjacent
Disneyland - 2 miles
Beaches - 8 miles
Mountain resorts - 30 miles
Los Angeles - 35 miles

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: weekdays at 10am and 2pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
weekdays, seasonal

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admit@chapman.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Chapman's campus is "freeway close". Metro-link train station 2 blocks from campus. Amtrak station 2 miles. John Wayne (Santa Ana - SNA) Airport 8 miles.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Chapman's campus is two miles east of Interstate 5. Exit Chapman Avenue, go east to Orange Plaza traffic circle, then north on Glassell to campus.

Local Accommodations
numerous hotel/motel accommodations of all price ranges
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Key Stats

11,750
Applicants
6,005
Size
45%
Acceptance Rate
1210
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists