Chapman University at a Glance


Vision Statement

Chapman University will be a preeminent university engaged in distinguished liberal arts and professional programs that are interconnected, reach beyond the boundaries of the classroom and work toward developing the whole person: the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual dimensions of life.


The mission of Chapman University is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.

Central Commitments

The mission of Chapman University finds expression through the following central commitments:


Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748–9001). Chapman University is also proud to have many of its programs nationally accredited. The business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The graduate program in physical therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The athletic training education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The school of law has been granted accreditation by the American Bar Association. The school psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association (ISPA). The marriage and family therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. The University’s teacher training and credential programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The dance programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. The theatre programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The communication sciences and disorder program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology Speech–Language Pathology of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association. The College of Educational Studies is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).


Chapman University is a member of the Independent Colleges of Southern California, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Western College Association, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Fowler School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).


U.S. News & World Report has ranked Chapman in the top tier of Western comprehensive colleges and universities for the last 23 years. In student selectivity, Chapman ranks first, a direct tribute to the quality of our students. Recognizing Chapman’s focus on values and ethics, the University has been listed in the highly respected Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. Recognition of the quality of a Chapman education is also reflected in the fact that since 1993 we have established more than 50 endowed chairs and professorships and have received grants from the nation’s most prestigious foundations. The media have recognized Chapman’s value as well: The Orange County Register has called Chapman “one of the hottest private schools in California” and The Washington Post lists Chapman among the “hidden gems” in U.S. higher education.


Chapman University is located in the heart of Orange County, California, an exciting and ever–changing nexus of technology, business and the arts. A blend of new, state–of–the–art and historic buildings on the Chapman campus offers students the latest educational and technological resources. Among recent additions to the campus:

Upcoming new facilities include:

A Chapman Education

A Chapman education focuses on the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual dimensions of life. Unlike many schools of its size, Chapman emphasizes a personalized approach to education. In addition, a number of programs have received the highest level of national accreditation.

Liberal Arts

Chapman’s integrated curriculum fosters independent and critical thinking, effective communication and an international perspective in the major and across fields. These principles provide students the educational foundation they need to succeed in all their endeavors.

Professional Schools

Chapman offers professional programs in business, pharmacy, education, film and television, law, music and more. Professional programs connect the intellectual to the practical and integrate academic studies with realistic challenges.

Co–Curricular Learning

Learning outside the classroom is vital. Chapman strives to provide experiences and inspiration necessary for a balanced life–a life of giving, inner growth and self–realization. Chapman offers a rich and varied range of activities and opportunities, tailored to help students explore their interests.

Values and Ethics

One of the most distinguishing aspects of a Chapman education is the ethical emphasis that underscores all academic and student life programs. Students are challenged to think, examine their values and prepare for their future considering how the world might be a better place and how they might contribute to the world.

For inquiry and the opportunity to learn more about Chapman’s vision of personalized education contact the Office of Admission noted below or explore Chapman’s website at

Office of Admission

Chapman University

One University Drive

Orange, California 92866

(714) 997--6711



Location: Orange, California

Organization: The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, College of Educational Studies, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, College of Performing Arts, School of Pharmacy and Schmid College of Science and Technology

First Classes: 1861 (as Hesperian College)

President: James L. Doti

Faculty: 400 full–time

Enrollment: 8,132

Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Fields of study: More than 40

Annual Cost: Approximately $62,800 for tuition, room and board (double occupancy), books, supplies and undergraduate student fees

Student Aid: More than 80 percent of students receive some sort of financial aid

Athletics: Member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III

Women: basketball, cross country, crew, lacrosse (club sport), soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo

Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, crew (club sport), football, golf, ice hockey (club sport), lacrosse (club sport), soccer, swimming and diving (club sport), tennis, water polo