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One University Dr., Orange, CA

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Chapman University, located in Orange, California, was founded in 1861 as what was then known as Hesperian College. The school was established by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and since its first day of operations admitted men, women and people of color. In 1934 the school changed its name to Chapman University to commemorate Charles Clarke Chapman, the Valencia orange magnate, due to his endowment of the school. In 1954 the school moved, taking over the former Orange Union High School campus. By 1965, Chapman began operating World Campus Afloat, a ship that allows Chapman Students to take a semester at sea, travelling to a variety of locations, participating in research and philanthropic activities. Chapman is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in California.


Chapman provides undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of fields. The undergraduate programs are based in a liberal arts and sciences foundation that encourages cross discipline activity. Such activities allow for students to pursue and create their own educational opportunities in conjunction faculty and staff. Study abroad programs, research projects, and attention to the arts are all part of the Chapman University experience. By encouraging students to pursue practical experience building opportunities, the school hopes to develop young minds and widen their field of opportunity and possibility.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Individuals seeking admission to Chapman University must submit a completed application with the application fee, all applicable transcripts, SAT and/or ACT scores and a letter of recommendation. Some programs may have additional requirements that must be fulfilled for the application process to proceed. Individuals should research their major of choice to ensure that all requirements are met. Once the application and all supplemental material are received, the admissions office will review the application and provide an answer in a timely fashion.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships and work study programs. Students must determine eligibility for aid through the Student Aid Report provided by a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awards are based on need, and will disbursed as such. Scholarships may be awarded to students based on criterion other than need. Additional information is available through the school website and the financial aid office.


The Chapman University Jaguars are a Nation Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III school and a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The school understands the value of maintaining active sports programs, as it helps students develop skill that will be useful in their professional careers as well as provides a distraction and morale boost for students as a whole. As a result, Chapman offers a wide variety of sports programs for both men and women.

Sports programs:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Football (Men Only)
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Water Polo
  • Track and Field (Women Only)
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf (Men Only)
  • Sailing
  • Ice Hockey (Men Only)
  • Cheerleading

Clubs and Organizations

Chapman University is home to over 90 clubs and organizations that offer students opportunities to pursue interests and meet likeminded individuals. Some clubs may promote civic activity, while others may focus on games and tournaments, while others still may choose to focus attention to specific field of study. Students may engage in activities on and off campus, promote events, and develop programs. Clubs and organizations exist to provide social aspects to the college experience that may be lacking in dorms or classrooms and may augment the education one pursues.

Some clubs and organizations at Chapman University:

  • Anime Escape
  • Chapman on Broadway
  • Improv Inc.
  • Anyone Can Cook
  • Panther Vision

Students may also begin clubs to encourage growth in topics and fields that have not been met by other clubs or organizations. The university provides guidelines and forms online, and interested students may work together to establish a new Chapman University tradition.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants Chapman University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting into Chapman University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading550 - 650
SAT ® Math560 - 660
SAT ® Writing570 - 660
SAT ® Total Score1680 - 1970

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English24 - 31
ACT ® Math24 - 28
ACT ® Composite Score24 - 29

Acceptance Rate Table

We have provided a table below which represents your chances of getting into Chapman University.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions4,313 (45%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,273 (30%)

Student Enrollment

Chapman University has a total student population of about 6,900, with undergraduate students making up about 71% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $41,000-$49,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,300 to $1,500 per unit
  • May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date

Chapman University contains multiple schools that manage the various programs, curriculums, research facilities, and more. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Law School (Tuition: $43,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid86%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships80%$23,339
Receiving Student Loans75%$6,500

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Chapman University may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

With a graduation rate of around 72%, Chapman University is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years53%
Graduating in 5 Years14%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (M)
  • Tax Law, Taxation (M)
  • Intellectual Property Law (M)
  • Legal Studies (B)
  • Advanced Legal Research (M)
  • Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law (M)

Visual and Performing Arts

Communications and Journalism


Health and Clinical Professions

Social Sciences

English Language and Literature

Liberal Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological and Biomedical Sciences


  • European History (B)
  • American History (B)
  • History (B)

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Public Administration and Social Services

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • French Language and Literature (B)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)

Computer and Information Sciences

Physical Sciences

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