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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
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 6,515 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Chapman acceptance rate is 57%. Popular majors include Business, Cinematography and Video Production, and Corporate Communications. Graduating 79% of students, Chapman alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,900.
About Chapman University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

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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
57%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1190-1360
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$40,053/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,378/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

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.129 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.129 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,515Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
505
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 81 responses
Report
  • Driven
    28%
  • Involved
    19%
  • Focused
    14%
  • Shallow
    9%
  • Gorgeous
    7%
  • Powerful
    6%
  • Highly creative and intellectual
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
79%
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.170 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.193 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 87 responses
Report
  • Community
    25%
  • Awesome.
    18%
  • Community but every man for himself
    14%
  • Interdisciplinary
    10%
  • Dedicated
    7%
  • Sheltered
    6%
  • Pretentious
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,500/ 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 is an amazing school. The admission staff are extremely helpful and excellent at communicating with students in a timely manner. The financial aid office has gone above and beyond to make sure that I am receiving as much money as possible. My major (theater) department has made my transition from community college to their university seamless. They were prompt to make sure I was able to register for the classes i wanted, and that all my classes transferred in were accepted. I am so excited to officially start school again next month!
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I am currently a freshman at Chapman and so far my experience has been amazing! It is obvious the school puts a lot of effort into creating a welcoming environment for new students, the activities organized by UPB during orientation week and my orientation leaders made the adjustment period much smoother! The community here is great and there are lots of opportunities for on-campus involvement. The location is amazing, Old Town Orange is really cute and walkable from campus, the beaches are about a 25 min drive away, and LA is a little over an hour away! So far my time at Chapman has been great!
My short time at Chapman has provided me with a plethora of opportunities and incited a drive within me that I truly believe could not have happened elsewhere. I'll add that any school is what you make of it, and that every person has a different "fit" school.

For me, that fit was here. As a science major, I have been engaged in small classes with professors truly invested in my learning, as opposed to solely their research like in larger universities. I've been able to conduct research from the beginning. I've had guidance and mentorship that is truly unparalleled. But the best part has been how the size of the school allows students to truly form bonds. As just a freshman, I found myself walking to class stopping to say hi to so many people. I'm not a social butterfly, I'll note, but the environment is just conducive to this! Can't recommend enough if you're looking for an environment to grow and thrive, but without being the number you might be at a larger school.