Overview

Applicants
13,670
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average HS GPA
3.69

GPA Breakdown

48%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
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

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

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

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
951
with Terminal Degree

526
Men
425
Women

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Majors

  • 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."

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

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
65%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,998

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,096

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,876

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,837

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,310
Required Fees
$400
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,560

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,900
Transportation for Commuters
$2,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,368
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
6,363
Foreign Countries Represented
83

Demographics

10.35%
Asian
1.40%
African-American
14.36%
Hispanic
58.40%
Caucasian
4.43%
Unknown
4.12%
International

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."

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
34%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

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...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 [Old Towne] 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
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

22% join a fraternity
40% 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


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