Chapman University

Where big ideas are born.

We strive to become multidimensional, original thinkers — the kind of people who flourish in a challenging world. The kind of people who rise to every occasion. The kind of people who can accomplish anything imaginable.

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Welcome to the Chapman Family

Chapman's personalized education gives each student a unique opportunity to become an original thinker who rises to the world’s challenges. We’re here to make something: films, business models, lines of code—to bring them to life and deliver them to the world. 

Our inclusive, empowering community fosters creative thinking and expression of all perspectives. Chapman’s campus is the perfect size—not too big, not too small—allowing for effective, innovative programs to be a focal point of our institution. We work to connect students to faculty and the community to keep students engaged in the larger world.

We're here to see what we can do. So when we have finally reached where we've worked so hard to be, we'll have every experience at Chapman inside us. Every person we found inspirational behind us. Every lesson we learned within us.
And everything we will become in front of us.

Chapman by the Numbers

1861 Our story begins.

Chapman is founded in 1861 as Hesperian College.

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15 miles from the beach.

Located in the City of Orange — a safe, mid-sized community known for its historic architecture, perfect weather and Orange Plaza Historic District.

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9.6k students enrolled.

52 undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and health. (Fall 2018)

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50k Alumni Worldwide

Chapman has more than 50k alumni worldwide — pick a place and we're probably there.

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Why We're Here

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

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  • Ranked in the top 15% of American colleges and universities
    • According to The Princeton Review, Chapman is an "extraordinary blend of liberal arts, science and professional programs," as well as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education. 

  • 3 Years as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars
    • Chapman students have won distinguished awards that allow each student to become a more global citizen by participating in education programs around the world. 

  • Named 1 of 2 "Most Innovative" universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report
    • Chapman takes special focus in innovative improvements of many aspects of academic institutions, including curriculum, faculty, campus life and technology.

Students at Chapman University enjoy the perfect Californian weather outside Leatherby Libraries.

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With Chapman's access to diverse cultural experiences, internships and job prospects, it's no wonder we thrive in a region at the forefront of the entertainment, performing arts, health care and biotechnological industries. Come for the ideal weather and balanced lifestyle — stay for the vigorous entrepreneurial spirit of the West Coast.