From the School

The mission of Chapman University is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens.

During its 154-year history, Chapman University has evolved from a small, traditional liberal arts college into a comprehensive university distinguished for its extraordinary blend of liberal arts, science, and professional programs. Film and television production, business and economics, theatre, dance, music, education, and the natural and applied sciences Chapman boasts a breadth of fields usually only found at larger institutions. Chapman University's mission is to develop global citizen-leaders who are distinctively prepared to improve their community and their world.

With beautiful grounds and stately buildings, Chapman is one of the oldest schools on the West Coast, yet its park-like campus is also one of the most modern. More than a dozen buildings have been built or renovated in just the last two decades, with several more currently under construction or in the approval process. Architecturally impressive residence halls and apartment buildings offer students exciting lifestyle amenities within a vibrant Southern California setting.

With its central Orange County, California, location and just under 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students, the University environment is alive with activity. In addition to the temperate climate, Chapman students enjoy a dynamic, eclectic, and outdoor-oriented lifestyle, both on campus and off. Students come from all walks of life; from across the country and from all over the world, each student brings his or her own unique view of what makes a true global citizen. In recent years, Chapman students have been named Fulbright Scholars, Soros Scholars, Truman Scholars, Coro Fellows, USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, NCAA All-Americans, and NCAA Academic All-Americans.

Chapman's academic preparation and wide breadth of excellence is evidenced by the University's accomplished alumni, some of whom include the Hon. Loretta Sanchez ('88), member of Congress; the Hon. David Bonior ('85), former member of Congress and house minority whip; the Hon. 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); fashion designer and founder of Ambiguous Clothing, Frank Delgadillo ('96); St. John's University men's basketball coach Steve Lavin ('88); Tony Award nominee and Broadway star of Showboat Michel Bell ('68); Indy car racing star Jacques Lazier ('93); Major League Baseball umpire, the late Emmitt Ashford ('36); former major league baseball stars Tim Flannery ('80), Marty Castillo ('80), Gary Lucas ('76), and Randy Jones ('72); and the Hon. George L. Argyros ('65), developer, philanthropist and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain.


From The School

Admission to Chapman is selective. In 2015, admission was offered to 45% of the applicant pool. The University is interested in admitting students whose prior records indicate that they will be successful in a competitive collegiate environment. Freshman applicants are considered for admission based primarily on the nature and sequence of their high school course work, grade point average achieved, their results on either the SAT or ACT examination, co-curricular involvements, and personal characteristics. Transfer candidates are considered for admission on the basis of their course work and cumulative grade point average earned at other regionally accredited postsecondary institutions, their co-curricular involvements, and personal characteristics.

Chapman University exclusively uses The Common Application (, as well as Chapman-specific questions to The Common Application and departmental applications via the Art Supplement for those applying to Art, Dance, any Dodge College major, Music, or Theater. Candidates are strongly encouraged to visit and tour the campus and participate in an information session led by an admission officer. Arrangements for a group information session and campus tour can be made through the Office of Admission.

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


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required


Early Action
November 1

January 15

Other Admission Factors


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

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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:
Art History
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences
Business Administration
Communication Studies
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Creative Producing
Creative Writing
Dance Performance
Digital Arts
Environmental Science and Policy
Film Production
Film Studies
Graphic Design
Health Sciences
Integrated Educational Studies (teaching)
Mathematics and Civil Engineering
Music Composition
Music Education
Music Performance
News and Documentary
Peace Studies
Physics and Computational Science
Political Science
Public Relations and Advertising
Religious Studies
Screen Acting
Software Engineering
Strategic and Corporate Communication
Television Writing and Production
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)

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


  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Music Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Health Services Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Conducting
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Voice and Opera

Students Say

With its “small school” setting and So-Cal vibe, it’s easy to see why students are charmed by Chapman. The university “truly emphasizes personal growth, campus involvement, and global citizenship,” factors that undergrads here appreciate. There’s also “great technology available” and a “gorgeous campus” to boot. Even better, “research and internship [opportunities]” abound. Chapman students also tend to rave about their “very engaging” professors, who make a concerted effort to “explain complex concepts in an understandable way.” As a health sciences major shares, “These teachers aren’t out to get you—they challenge you academically but are willing to help you if you’re stuck or confused.” It’s quite obvious that “they’re very dedicated and interested in the subject matters that they teach.” Most importantly, they strive “to build meaningful relationships with students.” And a biochemistry major boasts, “They offer so much help outside of the classroom and want to see you succeed. My overall academic experience has been wonderful.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

James L. Doti, Ph.D.
President/ Professor of Economics, Executive Staff

Marvin Meyer, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies, Religious Studies

John C. Eastman, Ph.D.
Professor of Law, School of Law

John Badham, MFA
Professor of Film, College of Film

Esmael Adibi, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, School of Business and Economics

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

Academic Rating

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


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Undergraduate tuition (annual, 12-18 semester credits), room, board, and fees for the 2014-2015 academic are as follows:

Annual tuition: $44,710
Accident/Sickness plan: optional
Associated students fee: 140
Wellness Center fee: 244
Total tuition/fees: $45,094

Room/board cost for academic year 2014-2015:
Room & Board: $14,700
Parking fee: 350
Total room/board $15,050 with on-campus parking

Financial Aid

More than 85 percent of Chapman students benefit from 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.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

More than 120 clubs and organizations are recognized on campus, many with commitments to a wide range of community service efforts. Chapman's Greek system includes eight nationally chartered fraternities for men and eight nationally chartered sororities for women. Intramural sports, on-campus intercollegiate athletic events, as well as music, art, and theater productions provide students with plenty to do outside of class.

Chapman's long and distinguished heritage in intercollegiate athletics includes five NCAA national championships in baseball, tennis, and softball. The Panthers compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and field intercollegiate or club-level teams in baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Approximately 25 percent of Chapman's student body participates in intercollegiate varsity or club-level athletics. In 2014-15 Chapman won the SCIAC championship in football, and were co-champions in men’s basketball.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



60% female
40% male
26% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

When asked to describe their peers, many Chapman undergrads quickly resort to adjectives such as “affluent,” “Caucasian” and “attractive.” And while there is definitely some truth to that, these students also encompass far more. Yes, walking around campus you’ll also encounter individuals who are “kind, respectful, artistic, intelligent, and adventurous.” For the most part, Chapman undergrads are a “driven” lot as well. Fortunately, there’s not much cutthroat competition here. Indeed, we’re told that students “love to work together to understand the subject material.” A digital art and television product major explains further, “The mood of the student body is very collaborative. Everyone wants to socialize and be friendly and meet new people.” While students are generally “accepting [of] diversity,” they do tend to be “more conservative in political matters.” Lastly, a sociology major sums up her peers by stating, “No matter what the interest is, whether it be Greek life, community service, their major, or even their social life, [students here] are motivated to succeed in their endeavors.”


From The School


Orange County, California, has been rated by Places Rated Almanac as "the #1 place to live in North America," citing superior climate and cultural, recreational, educational, and career-entree opportunities. Orange County's central location between two major cities means there is never a lack of entertainment choices. It is, in fact, home to the happiest place on Earth Disneyland is literally minutes from campus.

The Orange County Performing Arts Center, Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks are all within a few miles of Chapman's campus in Old Towne Orange. Pristine West Coast beaches are less than 15 miles from the campus, and seasonal snow skiing is 35 miles away. The average year-round temperature on campus is 71F, and the daily sea breeze from nearby Pacific Ocean keeps the air cool, clean, and smog free.

On campus, Chapman students take part in the dynamic student activities program. There are over 120 student run clubs, including community service organizations, 16 national fraternities and sororities, 20 NCAA D-III intercollegiate athletic programs, an active intramural sports program, music, art, and theatre productions.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Chapman's stunning campus continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Major additions to the campus over the past few years include the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts which features 76,000 square feet of professional sound stages, digital editing bays, the 500-seat Folino Theatre, and a state-of-the-art digital arts center. The 100,000-square-foot Leatherby Libraries complex, housing eight discipline-specific individual libraries, a cyber courtyard, and a 24-hour study commons and coffee bar. The Oliphant Hall addition to the Conservatory of Music is a 24,000-square-foot space featuring fourteen teaching studios, a 60-seat lecture hall, music therapy laboratory, and orchestra hall. In addition to the Conservatory of Music’s Bertea and Oliphant Halls, the College of Performing Arts facilities include the Moulton Fine Arts Complex featuring the 250-seat repertory-style Waltmar Theatre, a black box theater, the Guggenheim Art Gallery, and the Partridge Dance Center. The Fish Interfaith Center features the 12,500-square-foot Wallace All-Faiths Chapel, recognized by Architectural Digest for innovation in design. The 200,000-square-foot Sandhu Residence and Conference center houses the primary on-campus dining facility for resident students, as well as a conference center and residence hall. The 90,000-square-foot Argyros Forum includes the newly expanded student union with additional campus dining options, as well as conference and classroom facilities. The 800-seat Memorial Auditorium is the primary performance and assembly venue on campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Athletic and fitness facilities include the 2,500-seat Hutton Sports Center; the 2,700-seat Ernie Chapman Stadium for football, lacrosse, and soccer; the 500-seat Allred Aquatics Center swim stadium/Olympic pool, and the Julia Argyros Fitness Center complex. Beckman Hall is the center for business and information technology and includes the newly opened Janes Financial Center with its eleven Bloomberg terminals. The Hashinger Science Center features laboratories for nuclear science, radiation, crystallography, genetics, food science, physics, and computational sciences. The new 200,000 square foot Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California is home to Chapman’s professional schools of Pharmacy and Physical Therapy, as well as the graduate Athletic Training program. Adjacent to the main campus in Orange, Chapman’s ABA-accredited Fowler School of Law is housed in an architecturally stunning facility that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, two courtrooms, and a 3-story law library. In addition to Chapman’s athletic facilities, the residence hall area features an indoor climbing wall, a resort-style pool and deck, an outdoor basketball court and sand volleyball court.

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Students Say

It’s nearly impossible to not lead a “full and engaging” life here at Chapman. After all, there’s simply too much of which to take advantage. To begin with, “the main campus provides concerts, plays, musical performances, art showings, and lectures, which are generally free for students.” Additionally, “Dodge Film School has movie screenings at least once a week, sometimes of movies that haven’t come out yet.” Chapman hosts plenty of “cool events like ‘Yoga on the Lawn,’ a winter festival or a chili cook off” as well. And we’re also told that there’s “a very large Greek presence.” In fact, some undergrads insist that “Greek life can be instrumental in finding your group of friends.” When the weekend rolls around, “there are usually house parties or people go to the local bars.” However, many undergrads do complain that the parties tend to get shut down fairly early. Not surprisingly, students love attending school in Southern California. Chapman itself is located “right next to downtown Orange which has many shops and restaurants where students love to walk around.” Beyond that, “you can go to Disney, the beach, the Angels stadium, Los Angeles, San Diego, or wherever else tickles your fancy.”

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

22% join a fraternity
40% 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


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