Chapman University

One University Dr., Orange, CA

About

Chapman offers more than 120 areas of study—options for nearly every interest and passion. Entering undeclared is also popular. Our academic philosophy requires students to explore across subject areas—something that’s supported inside and outside the classroom. Our average class size is 23; most classes range from 10-29 students. There are around 190 academic, professional and special-interest clubs. We offer 21 intercollegiate athletic teams (NCAA Division III) and 8 club teams. Students can choose from over 90 semester and academic-year study abroad programs. (More than 40% of Chapman students study abroad.) Our university is a vibrant community located in the heart of Orange County. From campus you can walk to downtown Orange, or drive to nearby attractions, including beaches, mountains, sporting venues or Disneyland.

Questions and Answers about Chapman University

Nathan G.
6 months ago
What is the average test scores and GPA of admitted students for Chapman University?
Chapman University
Hi Nathan! Since Chapman is completing its second year as a test optional institution, that is not something we are actively tracking, especially since more than 70% of applicants are not submitting test scores when they apply. As for the GPA requirement, that is a 3.84 weighted GPA.
Adrian S.
7 months ago
How does the one-time tuition waiver work for study abroad?
Chapman University
Hi Adrian! I am not too knowledgeable about the specifics of certain resources for our study abroad programs. I would recommend reaching out to our Center for Global Education here: https://www.chapman.edu/international-studies/center-for-global-education/index.aspx
Lauren D.
7 months ago
Do many students attend Chapman sporting events?
Chapman University
Hi Lauren! We have quite a community that participates and supports our student athletes. Because there are so many events (athletic and non-athletic) for students to spectate or get involved in, there are certain matches/games/tournaments that may have a lower attendance than others. However, there is a student presence in the stands!
Lauren D.
7 months ago
What are the different meal plans available to Chapman University students?
Chapman University
Hi Lauren! If you are interested in exploring the meal options Chapman has to offer, feel free to look here: https://chapman.sodexomyway.com/index.html
Kali C.
7 months ago
What are your strongest majors and what programs do you offer to support them?
Chapman University
Hi Kali! Our most popular applied-to programs are Psychology, Business Administration, Health Sciences and Film Production. Each individual program has their own specific resources to aid students in and outside of the classroom, so it would be difficult to list them all in 550 words. Feel free to look through our website regarding those resources: www.chapman.edu
Adrian S.
7 months ago
Is greek life a big part of student life at Chapman?
Chapman University
Hi Adrian! Greek life consists of nearly a third of our student body but that is not a result of it being the main source of social interaction for our students. We offer close to 200 clubs and organizations that focus on professional development, community initiatives and leisure. Those that are involved in Greek life are also well involved in other facets of campus. If it is something you would like to join, you are able to do so but it doesn't make up your entire Chapman experience.
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Majors offered at Chapman University

Biggest majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Film/Video and Photographic Arts
Psychology, General

Academics at Chapman University

1190-1370
SAT Score Range
400
1600
Required with application
25-30
ACT Score Range
1
36
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
13 to 1
Selectivity
Somewhat Selective (54% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Demographics for Chapman University Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Chapman University Students22%13%37%37%3%3%3%
All Bold.org College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Chapman University Students
19%
78%
Male
Female
< 4% Gender nonconforming
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Scholarships from Chapman University (6)

Merit Scholarships

Description

Merit scholarships recognize achievement in high school and are based on academics, rigor in curriculum, quality of application, and test scores (if provided). Eligibility for transfer students is based on their previous college GPA.

How to apply

Eligible students are automatically considered.

First-year students
Transfer students
In-state students
Out-of-state students
$14,000 - $36,000

Annual

Chapman Grants

Description

The Chapman Grant is available for up to 10 semesters to new first-year students. Transfer students’ length of eligibility is based on their grade level when they enter Chapman University.

How to apply

Eligible students are automatically considered.

First-year students
In-state students
Out-of-state students
Transfer students
$1,000 - $20,000

Annual

Department Awards

Description

Talent and department awards are determined on an individual basis by academic and university departments. In most cases, they are based on materials in your Chapman application and can be combined with other institutional awards:

How to apply

Eligible students are automatically considered.

First-year students
Transfer students
In-state students
Out-of-state students
$2,000 - $10,000

Annual

Net price of attending Chapman University

Chapman University financial aid

Grants per year
Loans per year

Student reviews of Chapman University

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100% of students

Known for

Awesome study spaces and libraries
Accessible and helpful professors
Good work-study options
Safe campus
Welcoming student body
Zoe Fagundes
Painting and Studio Art
Knitting
Writing
Art + 9 others

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

Lots of financial aid and tons of on-campus food options, including some for dietary restrictions. Digital Arts students are very welcoming and social. Located near a bustling town with lots of activities and restaurants, as well as Disneyland. Professors teach in a way that helps you prepare for the animation industry post-graduation. Lots of diverse faculty. Student feedback is encouraged and appreciated.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Lots of students disregarded safety measures. If you live off-campus and don’t have a car, get ready to wait up to an hour for the shuttle to show up. The business kids are jerks, but that’s not really a Chapman-specific thing. Sometimes it feels like safety concerns aren’t taken seriously.

Diana Orellana
Pet Care
Reading
Health Sciences
Biotechnology

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

It was a smaller university compared to UC schools. A great ratio for student and professor.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Less Parking was available

Emily Veloz
Reading
Writing
Guitar
Music + 17 others

3.0

WHAT I LIKED

I absolutely adore the peace studies and political science departments at Chapman. I feel very supported by both my peers and professors, regardless of the class I'm in.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The diversity on campus can definitely be improved upon. There is a very specific type of "average" student here, and I wish minority communities had more opportunities to feel represented and cared for on campus.

Clare Bastian
Horseback Riding
Piano

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

I love the upper-level professors. They are extremely knowledgeable and know how to teach well.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I don't love the GE program. The professors aren't always great.

Thaomi Nguyen
Jewelry Making
Food And Eating

4.0

WHAT I LIKED

Great opportunity for students seeking a major in accounting. Classes are smaller, creating a more intimate and engaging learning experience.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Social life commuting may be difficult to maintain. Options for food are ok but not as good as they can be.

Esha Qudrat
Hiking And Backpacking
Dance
Baking
Walking

5.0

WHAT I LIKED

Small class sizes. Ability to get research positions. The faculty are very accommodating. Greek life.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Not really anything minus expenses. An how we handled the pandemic.