A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Chapman University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Calvinist/Reformed
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Address
One University Dr.
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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Chapman University

Cost

Net Price
$36,602/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $25,781/ year
  • $30-48k
    $26,119/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,974/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,736/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,546/ year

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.115 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.115 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,080Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 67 responses
Report
  • Driven
    30%
  • Involved
    18%
  • Focused
    13%
  • Shallow
    9%
  • Gorgeous
    7%
  • Powerful
    7%
  • Highly creative and intellectual
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
76%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.156 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.179 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 73 responses
Report
  • Community
    26%
  • Awesome.
    19%
  • Community but every man for himself
    14%
  • Interdisciplinary
    12%
  • Sheltered
    5%
  • Dedicated
    5%
  • Pretentious
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
82%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.72 responses
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I love Chapman! I've had an excellent experience so far and am thrilled that I chose this university. I love the small class sizes and the relationships that you are able to form with your professors. I also love the atmosphere of the school, and the fact that you can see people you know all the time. It's also great that you can always find a place to fit in. There's something for everyone if you seek it out. Additionally, I have been blessed with fantastic work and internship opportunities from this school, which are extremely valuable. However, athletics are not a huge priority for the school, which is slightly a bummer. I am an athlete at Chapman and I would definitely love to see more student support of athletics. What's great is that the student athletes and athletic directors have been very proactive about this. They are working hard to draw more support for all teams and make athletics more inclusive. Overall, Chapman is an excellent university and I am proud to be a student!
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There are a lot of great things about Chapman University. There are a lot of activities to do around campus and everyone is really kind. The classes are small and even the professors in larger classes really take it to an individual level and enjoy questions to make sure everyone is on the same page. The dorms are really great, you don't have to worry about walking down the hall to use the bathroom! The weather is also great, and even when it's getting a little too hot, you can always turn your air conditioning on. Some things I would change about Chapman is their food options because they're not very healthy.
For social animals, this school is perfect. However, it does face a serious racial diversity issue, which I have heard can be alienating.

Athletics are not the focal point of the school (lacrosse gets some attention but that is about it), the arts are. Concerts, performances and film screenings almost always attract larger crowds, and for good reason. The student body is incredibly talented.

The school does a good job of handling issues of ideological contention. It isn't uncommon to see people on polar opposites of an argument (for example, a Trump supporter and Black Lives Matter activist) engaging in respectful debates/discussions throughout the common areas of campus. People do a good job of handling conflict in that regard around here.