Chapman University
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Orange, CA 92866

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Enrollment – Fall 2012
Full-time:   5,008
Part-time:  212
Graduate school:  1,922
Total:   7,115

Freshman Admission Profile - Fall 2012
Number who applied:   10,489
Number accepted:   4,472
Number enrolled:   1,281

Average SAT scores:  V615  M622
Average ACT scores:  28
Average GPA:   3.70

Freshman retention rate:  93%

Tuition:   $41,040
Room&Board:   $12,060
Fees, books, misc:  $1,800

Financial Aid
Freshman receiving aid:   89%
Average financial aid package:   $30,086

Full-time:   349
Part-time:   297
Ph.D.:   91%

Student-faculty ratio:  14:1

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Chapman University
333 N. Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866

Chapman University
Memorial Hall

College Description
Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a mid-sized, comprehensive, residential, liberal arts and professional sciences university located in suburban Orange, California.  Our beautiful smog-free south coast area location has been rated by Places Rated Almanac as “the #1 place to live in North America,” citing superior climate, cultural, recreational, educational, and career-entrée opportunities.  Los Angeles is 35 miles to the north, and San Diego is 80 miles to the south.  Nearby entertainment venues include Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Angels Stadium of Anaheim, the Honda Center, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center.  Pristine west coast beaches are 10 miles from campus, and seasonal snow skiing is 90 minutes away.  Although predominantly from California, 40% of Chapman’s 2012 freshman class came from 49 states and 37 foreign countries.  Over the past five years, Chapman students have been named Truman Scholars, Coro Fellows, NCAA All-Americans, NCAA Academic All-Americans, and USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members. 

Academic Life
Chapman University’s academic structure includes the AACSB-accredited Argyros School of Business and Economics, the CILECT-affiliated Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, the NASM-accredited College of Performing Arts, the CTC-accredited College of Educational Studies, the ATPA-accredited Schmid College of Science, the ABA-accredited School of Law, the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Brandman University, formally Chapman University College for working adults.  Chapman is one of the founding members in a long heritage of higher educational institutions founded by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  The mission of Chapman University is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical, and productive lives as global citizens. 

Campus Life
Chapman’s campus environment is electric, involving, and outdoor-oriented.  In addition to taking advantage of the obvious benefits associated with the southern California climate, Chapman students enjoy a dynamic student activities program including an associated student’s government that actively participates in the administration of the University.  Over 90 clubs and organizations are active, all of which incorporate substantial community service and stewardship activities into their programming.  Chapman offers an active Greek system including 8 nationally chartered fraternities, and 8 nationally chartered sororities.  A full intercollegiate athletics program, a comprehensive intramural sports program, and a year-long schedule of cultural events including music, theatre, dance, and art provides a myriad of opportunities for involvement and activity for the entire campus and surrounding community.  Chapman’s proximity to off-campus area recreational and cultural opportunities also allows Chapman students to enjoy the essence of what makes Orange County’s south coast area an enviable environment in which to live and learn.  Where else can students go surfing in the Pacific Ocean in the morning before classes; then go snow skiing at local mountains later in the afternoon?

Facilities and Resources
Chapman’s park-like ivy-covered, tree-lined campus features a blending of fully refurbished historic structures with the newest in state-of-the-art internet and satellite-connected learning environments.  Recently completed facilities include the 100,000-square-foot Leatherby Libraries complex housing eight discipline-specific libraries; the 24,000-square-foot Oliphant Hall home to Chapman’s renowned Conservatory of Music; and the 12,500-square-foot Fish Interfaith Center including the innovative Wallace All-Faiths Chapel, recently featured in Architectural Digest magazine.  The Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is housed in the Marion Knott Studios, a working film studio which is the largest on-campus film and media production facility in the United States featuring two 18,000-square foot sound stages, pre and post-production facilities, computer and digital editing labs, and a 500-seat cinema.  The Lastinger Athletics Complex includes the 3,500-seat Hutton Sports Center, the 3,000-seat Ernie Chapman Stadium, the 500-seat Allred Olympic Swim Stadium, and the Baldwin Athletic Pavilion housing the Donald P. Kennedy Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.   Arnold Beckman Hall is the center for business and information technology, including the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, the Schmid Center for International Business, and the Hobbs Institute for Real Estate, Law, and Environmental Studies.  Wilkinson Hall houses Chapman’s Economic Science Institute and its renowned leader, 2002 Nobel laureate, Vernon Smith.  Kennedy Hall is home to Chapman’s ABA-accredited School of law, and Liberty Plaza includes a reflection pond and replica Lincoln chair featuring a memorial to President Ronald Reagan facing a 5-ton section of the Berlin Wall brought to campus in 2000. 

Chapman’s 90+ year distinguished heritage in small college intercollegiate athletics includes National Championships in baseball, tennis (2), and women’s lacrosse as well as runner-ups in baseball and softball.  Chapman competes in the NCAA Division III level as a member of the SCIAC (Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association) and fields teams in baseball, basketball (m/w), crew (m/w), cross-country (m/w), football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse (m/w), sailing (m/w), soccer (m/w), softball, swimming and diving (m/w), tennis (m/w), track and field (w), volleyball (m/w), and water polo (m/w).  In 2011-12, Chapman student-athletes were honored as NCAA All-Americans (6), and NCAA Academic All-Americans (12).

Financial Aid
Over 80% of Chapman students benefit from some form of financial aid or scholarship assistance.  Awards include a combination of need based aid, non-need based merit awards, talent awards, grants, loans, and work-study assignments.  Awards are renewable annually.  By using a combination of Chapman’s internal resources and federal and state funding, an individual aid package can be tailored to meet the student’s financial need. 

Admission Requirements
Admission to Chapman is competitive.  The University is interested in admitting students whose prior records indicate that they will be successful in a competitive academic environment.  Freshman applicants are considered primarily on the nature and sequence of their high school coursework, the grade point average achieved, results from either the ACT or SAT-I examination, and personal characteristics.  Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the campus and those who apply have the opportunity to interview.  Freshman applicants for fall can choose between a non-binding November 1 Early Action Application Deadline*, or the January 15th Regular Application Deadline.   The application deadline for prospective fall transfer students is March 1. 

*Students applying to any talent-based program such as film, dance, theatre, music, or art are strongly encouraged to apply and have all necessary documentation submitted by the November 1 Early Action Deadline. 


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