Chapman University

Where big ideas are born.

At Chapman, our students and faculty strive to become multidimensional, original thinkers — the kind of people who flourish in a challenging world. The kind of people who can accomplish anything imaginable.

Schmid Gate at Chapman University.

Welcome to the Chapman Family.

Chapman University is a mid-sized private university, emphasizing in interdisciplinary study and professional programs, giving both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to become original thinkers who flourish in a challenging world.

Just steps away from the restaurants and shops of Orange’s Historic Old Towne Plaza, Chapman’s palm-treed campus is a centerpiece of this comfortable mid-sized city. Ideally situated within an hour’s drive of Los Angeles, our location provides easy access to LA and Hollywood internships, beautiful beaches, Disneyland, mountains and desert.

Not only do we strive to connect academic areas of inquiry through interdisciplinary study, we also work to connect students to faculty and the University to the community, so that your education is personal, relevant and engaged in the larger world.

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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8.3k students enrolled.

52 undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and health.

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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 Scholar Students
    • Chapman students have won distinguished awards that allow each student to become a more global citizen by participating in education programs around the world. 

  • 1 of 2 "Most Innovative" universities in the West
    • 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 entertaintment, 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.