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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:
- Film Studies
- Computer Science
- Political Science
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.
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Cross Country
- Softball (Women Only)
- Football (Men Only)
- Swimming and Diving
- Water Polo
- Track and Field (Women Only)
- Golf (Men Only)
- Ice Hockey (Men Only)
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.
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 2013
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|SAT ® Critical Reading||550 - 640|
|SAT ® Math||570 - 660|
|SAT ® Writing||560 - 650|
|SAT ® Total Score||1680 - 1950|
ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013
|Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)|
|ACT ® English||24 - 31|
|ACT ® Math||24 - 29|
|ACT ® Writing||8 - 9|
|ACT ® Composite Score||24 - 29|
Acceptance Rate Table
We have provided a table below which represents your chances of getting into Chapman University.
|Granted Admissions||5,253 (45%)|
|Accepted Students That Enrolled||1,289 (25%)|
Chapman University has a total student population of about 8,100, with undergraduate students making up about 77% 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
- The estimated tuition range is around $45,000-$54,000 per year
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,400 to $1,700 per unit
- May provide a prepaid tuition option, which allows tuition to be purchased at current rates for enrollment at a future date
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||86%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||80%||$23,339|
|Receiving Student Loans||75%||$6,500|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 2.3%.
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
With a graduation rate of around 76%, Chapman University is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||59%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||14%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||3%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Teacher Education (Bachelor's) Program (more info)
- Dance Program (more info)
- Graduate Teacher Education Program
- Law Program (more info)
- Music Program (more info)
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Theatre Program
Chapman University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
- Basketball (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
- Football (Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf)
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field, Outdoor
- Track and Field, X-Country
- Water Polo
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 (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2008-2013. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Chapman University for official up-to-date information.