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.
The mission of Chapman University finds expression through the following central commitments:
Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (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 AACSB: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 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 program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. The theatre program is 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 educational studies program 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 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 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 17 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 is located in a quiet, residential area in the city of Orange, which was sixth in a recent ranking of the nation's safest cities. A blend of new and historic buildings offer students the latest educational and technological resources. The university has raised substantial funds to endow more than 50 professorships and chairs. Chapman recently opened the $21 million Lastinger Athletics Complex, which includes 2000-seat Ernie Chapman Stadium and the Allred Aquatics Center, as well as the George L. Argyros Global Citizen Plaza. In 2012, Chapman purchased two large research laboratory buildings in Irvine, which are scheduled to become home to the university's Health Sciences Campus, encompassing the newly announced School of Pharmacy, graduate programs in physical therapy, and an upcoming physician assistant program. A new classroom building, James L. and Lynne P. Doti Hall, just opened its doors in 2013, providing 11 new classrooms and expansive office and collaborative space. The next major campus enhancement, currently under construction and scheduled to open its doors in 2015, is the $64 million Marybelle and Paul Musco Center for the Arts, which will provide state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance space for Chapman's acclaimed music, theatre, and dance programs.
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.
Firmly based on a liberal arts core, Chapman’s curriculum fosters independent and critical thinking, effective communication, and an international perspective. These principles provide students the educational foundation they need to succeed in all their endeavors.
Building on its liberal arts core, Chapman offers professional programs in business, communications, education, film and television, law, music, and more. Professional programs connect the intellectual to the practical and integrate academic studies with realistic challenges.
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.
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, having lived.
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 Web site at www.chapman.edu.
One University Drive
Orange, California 92866
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, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Law, College of Performing Arts, and Schmid College of Science and Technology.
First Classes: 1861 (as Hesperian College)
President: James L. Doti
Faculty: 380 full-time
Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Fields of study: More than 40
Annual Cost: Approximately $57,000 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