Chapman University

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1 University Drive

Orange, CA 92866

Phone: (714) 997-6815
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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#7 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Chapman University is a private institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,677, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 78 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Chapman University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 7. Its tuition and fees are $43,554 (2013-14).

Chapman University is a private school in the in the middle of Orange County, Calif., with a residential campus just 30 miles from Los Angeles. Undergraduates at Chapman can choose from about 45 majors, with business being the most popular program. Chapman offers around 30 areas of study for graduate students, including those in the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, the School of Law, and the College of Educational Studies.

There’s no shortage of things to do at Chapman. The school’s campus is in the city of Orange, in the section of Old Towne, which is home to several shops and cafes. Many movies have been shot in this picturesque town, including That Thing You Do! starring Tom Hanks and Big Momma’s House starring Martin Lawrence. Students can also drive to L.A. in less than an hour, Long Beach in 30 minutes, and Disneyland in 15 minutes. On campus, students can get involved in about 60 student organizations or play for the Chapman Panthers sports teams. Student athletes can choose from five club sports or join one of the nearly 20 varsity teams, which compete at the NCAA Division III Independent level. Notable alumni include Emmett Ashford, who was the first African-American umpire in Major League Baseball.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

"The professors take time to get to know us." That comment is the theme of responses to the "faculty" section of the Chapman University Student Satisfaction Survey. This comes from students who are being challenged by and engaged in a campus environment that addresses the four pillars of a Chapman education - intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual. Chapman University's mission is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens. This mission is expressed by joint undergraduate students/faculty research, small class size, caring faculty who are involved with students, and an expansive breadth of academic programs. Chapman is a university where professors know your name and want to know what you are thinking. Students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester, to engage in international internships, and to participate in full-time faculty led short-term travel courses around the world. The University is offering a wider variety of interdisciplinary courses and encourages students to enroll in these courses so that they learn how issues facing the nation and the world today are interconnected and are outside the scope of a single discipline.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1861
Religious affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $188,070,000


When applying to Chapman University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. The application fee at Chapman University is $65. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 43.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 53.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 43.6%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Chapman University is 14:1, and the school has 41.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Chapman University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Cinematography and Film/Video Production; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Psychology, General; and Public Relations/Image Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 17%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 13%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 8%
Psychology, General 6%
Public Relations/Image Management 5%

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Student Life

Chapman University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,677, with a gender distribution of 42.6 percent male students and 57.4 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. Chapman University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,566
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Chapman University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Chapman University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Chapman University, 77 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Chapman University.

Students who have cars on campus 77%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Chapman University, 60 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,533.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $43,554 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,446 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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