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.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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


January 15

Other Admission Factors


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

Character / Personal Qualities


From The School

Chapman University strives to provide every student with a comprehensive, liberal arts-based course of study which will result in producing an engaging, articulate and communicative world citizen with specific skills to offer. Academic departments are divided into the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Argyros School of Business and Economics (AACSB); the College of Educational Studies (CTC); the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts (CILECT); the College of Performing Arts (NASM); the School of Law (ABA); the Schmid College of Science; and University College, the off-campus program for working adults. Chapman is also home to the APTA-accredited graduate program in Physical Therapy. The A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research is recognized throughout the world for its excellence in economic forecasting. Chapman was recently named a "Character-Building College" by the Templeton Foundation.

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


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


From The School

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 Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

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)

Direct Lender


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
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


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


From The School

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.

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
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

28% join a fraternity
38% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Panthers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Lady Panthers)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

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


Green Rating

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions
1 University Dr
Orange, CA 92866



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

Information Sessions

weekdays, seasonal

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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

Acceptance Rate
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists