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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Chapman is a highly rated private, Christian university located in Orange, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,130 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Chapman acceptance rate is 54%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Cinematography and Video Production, and Corporate Communications. Graduating 79% of students, Chapman alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,700.
About Chapman University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Chapman University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
54%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1110-1300
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$40,709/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $34,310/ year
  • $30-48k
    $33,899/ year
  • $49-75k
    $34,143/ year
  • $76-110k
    $47,058/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,447/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.116 responses
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.120 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.120 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,130Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 72 responses
Report
  • Driven
    29%
  • Involved
    19%
  • Focused
    14%
  • Gorgeous
    8%
  • Shallow
    8%
  • Powerful
    7%
  • Highly creative and intellectual
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.161 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.184 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 78 responses
Report
  • Community
    26%
  • Awesome.
    19%
  • Community but every man for himself
    15%
  • Interdisciplinary
    12%
  • Dedicated
    6%
  • Sheltered
    5%
  • Pretentious
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.72 responses
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Chapman University Reviews

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Just like the white buildings, and immaculately pedicured campus, this college is somewhat of a facade. Admissions is good but the rest of the administration sucks and always gives out misinformation; it's so difficult to find answers. Their website pages are incomplete. Housing personnel are super incompetent. Stairways and hallways are filthy. Moving into the dorms was horrific, poorly managed; we missed orientation events because it was on the same day as move-in! Bring vodka so you can relax at the end of the move-in day, since there is only one parking elevator for thousands of people moving into the dorms. Oh, no wonder: the housing director is a philosophy major. I had high hopes that this was the next USC but with management so poor, I doubt it will improve unless they fire everyone and rehire competent people. I do like the students here, however; people are nice and friendly.
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Chapman has a beautiful campus, top of the line academics and a great community! It has a small school feel without being isolated. Everyone works together to make it a great community. It doesn't feel super competitive like a lot of other schools. There are a lot of resources as far as financial aid and other opportunities. The town itself is built completely around the school so that the outlying community is very college-friendly. Although it is Christian-based, all faiths are welcome with open arms and encouraged to apply. The campus has a very safe, secure feeling to it and the campus is also easy to navigate and isn't overwhelmingly large. Due to its location and notable alumni, there is always something going on at Chapman and everyone can find something to suit his or her likes.
Overall I am very happy with the undergraduate program and my experience at Chapman. I’m working on a BA in digital arts/animation, finishing up my thesis, and I feel very well prepared for my future. Why? Because my professors, department chair and Student Career Center care about me. They motivated me to do my best, helped me get into high quality internships to improve my chances of getting a job in a highly competitive field hopefully before I even graduate, and gave me the self confidence to know that I am going to succeed. That’s why I love Chapman!