Location: Orange, California
Funding: Private University
Size: 6,005 students
Percent Women: 59% Women
Tuition (one year): $45,393
Most Popular Majors: Business, Film, Communications, Psychology, Public Relations
Greek life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 44.5%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Chapman's website at chapman.edu/admission/
Why Choose Chapman?
“I chose Chapman because I knew that they encouraged students to study abroad, the perfect location between Los Angeles and many Southern California beaches, and they offered a graduate PT program. I also liked how modern the dorms were, and that there were no communal bathrooms.”
“Since I am from Colorado, I really wanted to go to school in California, and Chapman offered me a great scholarship. I liked the smaller size and liberal arts aspect of education, which makes learning more personalized.”
“I chose Chapman because it allows you to commute to different areas that specialize in different industries. Whether it’s entertainment in LA, commercial real estate in Newport, or medical research development in Irvine, I was excited by the opportunity to get real experience in the field of my degree. Our location is perfect for valuable networking.”
“One of my personal favorite aspects of Chapman is the class size. I like that I can walk into a new class and actually have a chance at getting to know the teacher and other students.”
“Chapman has an absolutely breathtaking campus. I couldn’t help but fall in love with it on my first college visit.”
“I love how close knit Chapman is. It’s small enough where I see familiar faces on campus each day but big enough to where I’m always meeting new people. It may be cliche but some of our best known events are actually ones put on by our greek community.”
“I love that there are students from so many different places! Our campus is small enough that the friends you make in one semester last to the next.”
“Because it’s a small university, Chapman administration is really involved in the lives of students. It’s nice having small class sizes and the ability to privately meet with professors, however Chapman’s administration has a tendency to become too involved in the lives of its students.”
“Chapman’s on campus food options are limited. The food choices are more appropriate for snacks than they are for full meals.”
"Our campus is rather small, so finding a quiet place to study can sometimes be challenging."
New Collegiettes On Campus
“Orientation week is super helpful in transitioning to college life. We are put in groups based on our major which helps us get to know people with similar interests. There are lots of different games and activities, from running around the field meeting as many people as possible, to candle-lighting ceremonies as we say goodbye to our parents. I have hardly felt homesick since being here.”
“Most of my friends are freshmen, but joining a sorority has helped me meet a lot more upperclassmen, so my friends aren’t just limited to freshmen.”
"The club fair was really helpful in figuring out which clubs to join. Chapman makes it really easy to get involved."
All About Academics
“There are a lot of popular majors that are really unique to Chapman, like film production and peace studies. All majors though have the benefit of small class sizes and established professors.”
“As a Dodge student, my workload is relatively heavy, but it’s all fun and collaborative. You can take film classes starting your freshman year, which is a great way to immerse yourself into your major and have lots of opportunities to get on set!”
"The library offers many resources to help with academic papers. You get access to many different academic sources and journals."
Learn from the Best
“My favorite professor is Cory O’Connor, who teaches my Principles of Advertising class. He is always coming up with innovative ways of getting us involved in class, and he teaches us about the advertising industry with real life situations and projects. The professors and classes at Chapman are engaging and thought provoking yet the workload is just right. Personally, I enjoy my major classes, which include Principles of PR and Principles of Advertising, and I always take advantage of office hours, just like many of my peers.”
“I personally can’t pick a favorite teacher of mine because they are all so good. Chapman’s classes and professors are incredibly helpful and actual teach about the things you want to learn about. As a Digital Arts major, I enjoy my drawing classes, and I love getting helpful from my professors.”
“My favorite professor is Don Guy, the lighting director for the College of Performing Arts. I’ve had him for two classes in my college theatre career so far, and he is one of the most passionate teachers I have ever had! Even though I had an 8:30am class, he kept the class awake the whole time with his jokes and “stories from showbiz”. Because Chapman is a smaller school, the classes tend to be smaller and more inclusive. It’s pretty hard to hide in a class of 15! If you are ever confused or need extra clarification about a topic, definitely go to your professor’s office hours. You will get all your questions answered right from the source. Also, because of our proximity to Los Angeles, a lot of professors are prevalent in show business - actively working and teaching! You can’t get that from many schools, and that separates Chapman from the rest.”
Interests & Involvement
“People are extremely involved on campus. There are so many clubs, organizations, and Greek life is a big part of school as well. It’s easy to get involved because there are so many options to choose from, therefore everyone can find something where they can fit in and participate in something they enjoy.”
"Last year, I was involved in a sorority, University Program Board, and this club called Healthy Me. It was a busy semester, but I thoroughly enjoyed all of the experiences! Plus, I met a ton of new friends with the same interests as me."
"Chapman students really support eachother. Campus events and greek events are always wildly crowded. We really have each others backs."
“I have so many friends here that were high school athletes, but decided not to pursue sports at a collegiate level. Chapman offers an array of intramurals that offer a friendly, competitive, balanced alternative to Club or NCAA participation.”
"While not all sporting events are popular, I always have a ton of fun going to football games or lacrosse games with my friends. It's especially fun to cheer on the players you know!"
"Homecoming is our biggest football event of the fall semester. Chapman always puts on an elaborate half time display. There is usually fireworks involved."
“Being a woman on campus is wonderful, because we are surrounded by other girls who have similar passions and goals. What girls wear varies from yoga pants to trendy chic, and each and every one of them pull it off. There are women’s studies programs along with organizations such as I Am That Girl. There is a lot to get involved in, and being around other motivated women pushes you to be the strongest woman you can be!”
"With 8 sororities on campus, there are always girls supporting eachother. It's especially nice that many girls have best friends in other chapters."
"Now that Her Campus has come to Chapman, it's really fun to see the inner thoughts of a diverse group of Chapman females. Before, we didn't have anything like Her Campus!"
Food & Drink
“Chapman has a lot of different places to get food.. The cafe has a lot of different options but I personally like eating on campus at Jamba and Einstein's because they have many more healthy and quick options”
“Randall is the main cafeteria and it is popular with mostly freshmen. It is good first semester but gets kind of old after a while. The sandwich bar is really popular because there are so many different options”
“ FONDUE BAR, ENOUGH SAID.”
“Brunch on the weekends is really good. They have amazing bacon and an amazing omelet bar”
“The social scene at Chapman is pretty widespread. A lot of people, majority being the Greeks on campus, like to go out to house parties on the weekends. There are lots of other things to do besides going out to parties though. Other things to do around Chapman on the weekends include going shopping during the day in the Orange Circle and/or to “the D” at night, movies, concerts, Chapman’s athletic games, and other events put on by Chapman’s UPB.”
“A majority of 21+ students go to the District, also known as “the Dirty D”on Thursdays, a local bar close to campus. It’s always packed with loud music and inebriated students.”
"Sometimes Chapman night life can be redundant. Parties get rolled pretty early. It can be stressful and fun hopping from one party to another. The best night of the year without a doubt has to be Undie Run, though. Chapman gets really into that and it's always a blast."
“Dorm life is much better than I expected. There are different housing options, however you are generally placed with other students within your school. You can request roommates but it is not guaranteed. Freshman dorms are located across the street from campus, a 5 minute walk to the Piazza! My floor’s RA organizes events for us to get to know each other. However, I see the people on my floor so often that I know most of them by now. I have enjoyed living on campus so far. The convenience to be close to campus and your friends is unbeatable. Definitely go for it!”
“Dorm floors are mainly separated by your major but sometimes there is a mix of people. Freshman year is when everybody lives in the dorms but there are also on campus apartments for upperclassmen. It’s an experience that really bonds you with people you would have never imagined. You learn so much about yourself and grow a lot as well. Don’t be scared to jump into something like the dorms even if it is out of your comfort zone!”
"The dorms at Chapman are actually really nice. They are all located around the campus pool, which is a huge hang out spot on weekends (and even during weekdays). Also, there are no communal bathrooms which is definitely a plus."
“Chapman is in Old Towne Orange. This area is known for “The Circle” which has lots of restaurants & shops, all with a homey and cozy vibe. It is walking distance from campus, which is awesome!”
“Chapman is unique because it is 20 minutes from the beach, 20 minutes from Disneyland, 1 hour from Los Angeles and only a 5 hour drive from Vegas!”
“We get the best of all worlds-comfortable suburbia feel, close to major cities, and easy access to serene beaches all year ‘round.”
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