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.
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
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.
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.”