Chapman University

Chapman University @ Orange, CA

General Information


Chapman University Seal– Location:  Orange, California

– Established:  1861 (as Hesperian College)

– Students:   6,300

– Annual Tuition:  $39,000

– Room & Board:  $12,900

– Academic Calendar:  4-1-4

– School Website:

– Admissions:




School Overview


Founded in 1861 by members of the Disciples of Christ (a Protestant denomination), Chapman University certainly has a long and storied history as one of the oldest private academic institutions in California. It also ranks as one of the most prestigious universities nationally as well, achieving high academic rankings and top honors in publications such as The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. In addition to the distinguished academic accolades, the campus– which is centered in the historic district of Old Towne Orange–  is stunningly beautiful in all facets,  from the lush landscaping of the grounds to the building architecture.

Chapman University is rigorous and demanding academically speaking, but the deeply experienced faculty prides itself on fostering the type of learning environment that spurs innovative approaches to problem solving, analysis, and both creative and critical thinking.  Chapman  houses seven distinct schools and colleges including a cutting edge, state of the art film program and a highly renowned, fully accredited school of law.






The campus at Chapman University is eye-popping to say the least; here you’ll find a treasure trove of modern sculptures, meticulously manicured gardens, historical and modern architecture, sleek athletic hubs, and a seemingly endless list of other points of interest to draw your attention. Just a small selection of landmarks include the Berlin Wall fragment (which is situated beautifully in a serene garden complete with reflecting pool) and the Memorial Hall (constructed in 1921 and home to Chapman University’s auditorium).

Befitting its location in Orange County, the climate at Chapman is quite literally perfect, with the California warmth tempered by the cool ocean breeze coming off of the coastline.  The school is located on prime territory with easy access to a host of popular attractions and destinations including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, South Coast Plaza, Angel Stadium, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and of course, the beautiful beaches of Southern California.





Curriculum and Majors

Chapman University has garnered high praise for the caliber of their various academic programs on campus and for good reason; the professors and other faculty are genuinely passionate about providing a top-tier learning experience for the student body at large. Innovation, interactivity, and unexpected challenges are major components of the classroom experience at Chapman and are encouraged throughout by the highly experienced and knowledgeable faculty to aid in the facilitation of academic growth and creative problem solving among the student populous.

Chapman University is comprised of seven main colleges and schools:

-George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

-Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

-Chapman University School of Law

-Schmid College of Science

-Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences

-College of Educational Studies

-College of Performing Arts

Chapman is known in particular for Dodge College, which acts as a showcase for the extensive experience of its faculty as well as the cutting edge facilities and tools at the students’ disposal. The program is particularly demanding and advanced exercises in filmmaking are not out of the picture for incoming film students.

The Argyros School of Business and Economics is nationally touted, garnering acclaim for both the difficulty and quality of the overall curriculum. The mission statement of this program  is to assist in the formation of crucial qualities vital to this academic field of study  like oral communication, critical thinking, field adaptation, strategy and execution.  The extensive curriculum and attending difficulty will prepare the student for the highly competitive business and finance industries on a local, national, or global level.

The available majors at Chapman University are comprehensive in their scope and are broken down according to one of the seven campus colleges.  Undergraduate degrees available include:

  • Art
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Pre-Med
  • Public Relations
  • Screen Acting

There are also a multitude of graduate degrees available including:

  • Business Administration
  • Film Production
  • Law
  • Screenwriting


Admission, Tuition, and Scholarships

Each year Chapman University receives more than 11,000 applications for only 1,500 annual enrollment slots for incoming freshman and transfer students. GPA and test scores are important, but Chapman also analyzes all aspects of the application, including the student’s extra curricular activities, application essay, high school course difficulty and so on before picking out the most eligible applicants. The deadline for Fall applications is March 15th.

Undergraduate Student Tuition:     $39,000 per year (12-18 units)

Graduate Student Tuition:     $650 – $1,250 per unit

Room & Board:     $12,900 per year

Chapman University has an extensive amount of merit and need based scholarships available for incoming and returning students.  The list changes frequently and current information regarding scholarship availability can be found by contacting Chapman University’s Admissions Department.





Apply for admission @ Chapman University

Chapman University

One University Drive

Orange, CA 92866 

Telephone: (714) 997-6815




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