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  1. Academics
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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
From Chapman University

Chapman's personalized education gives each student a unique opportunity to become an original thinker who rises to the world’s challenges. We’re here to make something: films, business models, lines of code—to bring them to life and deliver them to the world.

Our inclusive, empowering community fosters creative thinking and expression of all perspectives. Chapman’s campus is the perfect size—not too big, not too small—allowing for effective, innovative programs to be a focal point of our institution. We work to connect students to faculty and the community to keep students engaged in the larger world.

We're here to see what we can do. So when we have finally reached where we've worked so hard to be, we'll have every experience at Chapman inside us. Every person we found inspirational behind us. Every lesson we learned within us.
And everything we will become in front of us.

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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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
54%
SAT Range
1190-1380
ACT Range
25-31
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$43,767/ 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
$28,341/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.116 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.135 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.135 responses

Majors

Fowler School of Engineering

Chapman’s commitment to fostering innovation is embodied in the newly created Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering. Here researchers, teachers, students — all scholars, builders, and dreamers — come together to rethink the boundaries between academic disciplines and tackling problems of economic, intellectual, and social impact.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,785Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
496
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 86 responses
  • Driven
    28%
  • Involved
    21%
  • Focused
    13%
  • Shallow
    8%
  • Gorgeous
    7%
  • Powerful
    6%
  • Entitled
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
78%
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.176 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.199 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 93 responses
  • Community
    25%
  • Awesome.
    17%
  • Community but every man for himself
    14%
  • Interdisciplinary
    11%
  • Dedicated
    6%
  • Sheltered
    6%
  • Pretentious
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $54,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    81%
    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

    Chapman University Reviews

    2,163 reviews
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    I attended Chapman my entire college years and I really enjoyed the small classroom sizes, the campus size, and the awesome Argyros School of Business. My professors were great and I was able to attend the Walk Down Wall Street course my senior year in New York City right before COVID19. We learned so much about stocks and economic factors that play into the stock market. I have had two great internships, and now I’m applying for finance positions in NYC. The best part was getting to know my professors by name as oftentimes it’s 25-30 students per class. The thing to improve on is to encourage women’s soccer (sports in general ) on campus. Overall it was a fantastic experience I will remember always! Because I took all Interterm courses I was able to graduate 1 semester early so I did not experience any online courses at Chapman but my roommates said it is not too bad, just different! I played Club Soccer & made great friends which made the college experience even better!
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    Chapman has the potential to be a great university. It has amazing resources, great faculty and the campus looks welcoming and beautiful. However as an international student I have found that the diversity is really lacking. It feels like every second person is from the Bay Area which makes for a narrow-minded community. If the university made an effort to recruit from different areas around the globe or even just throughout the US, the atmosphere of the school would be much more inclusive and open-minded. I hope they can fix this for their own sake because it undermines the great assets of the school!
    Chapman is a great school! There are so many amazing things about it like the professors, the people, the greek life, the campus as a whole, the president. Overall, Chapman is amazing. Though I do not give it 5 stars because they do lack diversity and they really market themselves as a small school so you'll be able to get into all your classes which definitely is not the case. There are so many different opportunities Chapman gives you from the variety of majors and minors to the connections you will make, Chapman is the place to go if you want an amazing career in the future. The professors push and challenge you while also making learning fun. And how can you beat living 20 mins from the beach!