Chapman University

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.

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, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Chapman University has a total student population of about 8,300, 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 $47,000-$56,000 per year
  • Part time students pay in the range of $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 StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid89%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships85%$24,600
Receiving Student Loans74%$7,246

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

Graduation Rates

With a graduation rate of around 76%, Chapman University is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years59%
Graduating in 5 Years14%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Intercollegiate Athletics

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)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

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 (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


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

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 2010-2016. 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.

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