General Information

Chapman University, founded in 1861, is an independent institution of liberal arts and professional education dedicated to providing a solid foundation of knowledge that enables its graduates to become fully educated persons. The university is comprised of The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, the College of Educational Studies, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Law, the College of Performing Arts, and the Schmid College of Science and Technology. Additional course offerings developed specifically for adult learners are available through Brandman University, with locations in California and Washington state.

Chapman is recognized for its liberal arts core, distinguished faculty, innovative programs and personalized attention to students. The university strives to develop in students the ability to think clearly, communicate effectively, explore issues from contrasting points of view, value human and cultural diversity and make informed ethical judgments in an increasingly complex world.


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 traces its roots back more than a century and a half to Hesperian College, which opened on the same day that Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the sixteenth U. S. president in 1861. Hesperian and several other institutions later merged with California Christian College in Los Angeles. In 1934 the institution was renamed in recognition of its most generous benefactor, C. C. Chapman, successful real estate investor, rancher, and pioneer Orange County church leader. Chapman College moved to the city of Orange in 1954. In September of 1991 the college became Chapman University, further strengthening its commitment to international education and an innovative undergraduate curriculum and graduate programs.


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.

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, 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

Diversity on Campus

Several student service offices and academic departments at Chapman offer programs to support and increase the understanding and appreciation of diversity on campus and the surrounding community. During the academic year, Diversity & Equity Initiatives implements a variety of events and activities focused on diversity, equity and global citizenship such as the Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Ubuntu Community Dialogue Circle, the Safe Space Program, Diversity Education Program, Diversity & Equity Awards & Graduation, and various workshops, events, gatherings, and trainings. University Program Board (UPB) brings major speakers, panels, and events to campus. Academic Advising and First Year Programs offer programs focused on supporting First Generation college students. Housing and Residence Life provides the Tunnel of Oppression and the Vagina Monologues. The multicultural, social justice, service student organizations, and the Office of Equal Opportunity serve to promote diversity on campus and discussion of relevant and timely issues.

Graduate Studies

Chapman’s graduate curricula are designed to provide advanced study in specific disciplines to broaden and deepen knowledge of the subject studied. In addition, graduate degrees give the students practical training and skills for advancement in selected professional careers.

Small classes and close personal supervision by the faculty are hallmarks of Chapman. Graduate students are expected to show persistence, maturity, the capacity for growth, and an interest far beyond the attainment of the minimum requirements for degrees.


The more than 380 full–time and 340 adjunct faculty represent an outstanding range of intellectual interests, research endeavors, and creative activities. They include noted researchers in the sciences and social sciences, gifted artists, prolific writers, talented film makers and widely published and recognized scholars.

As a community, the faculty is comprised of people who connect active scholarship and creative activity with teaching and learning as a bridge between research and practice. Their research and creative work informs both their teaching and their lives in ways that enable students to see the value of a commitment to lifelong learning. Some 90% hold terminal degrees; 47% are tenured. Full–time faculty teach two to three courses a semester.

Center for Global Education

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to participate in a semester or academic year abroad. There are courses and programs to choose from in all majors in almost every part of the world. Studying overseas provides a unique opportunity which can open up fresh perspectives on international political, economic and social issues, interpersonal relationships and ultimate career choices. All regularly enrolled Chapman students with a minimum 3.000 GPA and of at least a sophomore standing are eligible to participate. Many programs offered require no previous foreign language study. Students studying abroad through Chapman-approved programs are enrolled in a full course of study at the host institution, and receive Chapman credit. Students are often pleasantly surprised to learn that the cost for studying abroad is comparable to the current cost of studying at Chapman and most financial aid can apply depending on the program selected. The semester and academic year programs directly support Chapman's emphasis on encouraging students to recognize and develop their roles as global citizens in an increasingly interdependent world. When enrolled full-time, students who complete a semester or more abroad automatically satisfy the Global Study portion of the general education program and the courses taken abroad can satisfy major, minor, or applicable general education area requirements.

Travel Courses

Chapman faculty representing a range of academic departments lead travel courses during the summer and January interterm session(s). These courses range in length from 1 to 4 weeks and are both domestic and international. All students are encouraged to participate in these courses in order to gain a perspective about other countries and cultures. There is academic work involved in these classes and credit is awarded. Students may be eligible for a tuition waiver for their participation in a travel program.

Contact the Center for Global Education for more information or visit their website at

International Internships

Internships abroad allow students to gain both cultural immersion and practical work experience both extremely beneficial in today's global marketplace. Additionally, these summer programs are viable options for those students who are unable to participate in semester study abroad programs due to campus or academic commitments. All programs are open to juniors and seniors in any major with at least a 3.000 GPA. Students intern 8-10 weeks and earn 3-6 units, which can fulfill the Global Study Portion of the general education requirements. Students may be eligible for a tuition waiver for their participation.

Contact the Center for Global Education for more information or visit their website at

International Student and Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services serves the special needs of international students and scholars on the Chapman University campus. The office acts primarily as a source of information and assistance with the goal of helping to make the international student and scholar experience at Chapman as productive and meaningful as possible.

The office provides the following services: issuance of required immigration documents; student and scholar tracking and reporting as required by SEVP and Department or State; fall and spring orientation programs; assistance with financial and personal matters; assistance with health insurance, internships, on-campus employment, tax and immigration matters; certificates of enrollment and official letters for foreign administration offices; information on social and cultural events; and liaison with campus and community programs.


The 2012–2013 student body population was 7,570, 1889 of whom were graduates. Chapman welcomes students from around the country and the world. Over 60 countries are represented among Chapman's international student body. Enrollment has steadily grown since the early 1990s. Chapman upholds its tradition of providing personalized education to students by maintaining a faculty to student ratio of 1:14.


Chapman's academic year is on a 4–1–4 calendar. Fall classes begin in late August and end just prior to Christmas. An interterm session is held in January, offering special opportunities for students to participate in travel courses or take experimental courses. The course offerings in interterm, however, are limited. Students should not rely on interterm classes to fulfill their requirements. The spring semester begins at the end of January and ends in May. Four summer sessions are scheduled from the end of May through mid–August. Evening classes are also offered for working professionals. A special emphasis is made to meet the requirements of public school credentials.

Career Development Center

The mission of the Career Development Center (CDC) is to assist undergraduate and graduate students at Chapman University with identifying, developing and implementing their career goals through self–direction and personal responsibility. To do so, the Center provides personalized career coaching and assessment, workshops, alumni and employer panels, career and internship expos and other recruiting events, handouts, and online postings through Panther Connect for full-time and part-time jobs and internship positions. Staff in the CDC specialize in helping students with their questions and concerns about choosing or changing their major, getting a job, setting up internships, writing resumes and cover letters, preparing for interviews, applying to graduate school as well as figuring out their long-term career goals. Located in Argyros Forum 303, the CDC may be contacted by phone, 714/997–6942 or e-mail, More information is available at

Career Coaching and Assessment

Individual and small group career coaching is available by appointment to assist students in developing career goals, determining methods of obtaining these goals, and implementing a viable plan for an effective job search or continued education. Career educators work with students to help them assess their interests, skills, and values; make connections to appropriate majors, jobs, internships, and career fields; research and explore their options; and market the skills they've gained through their Chapman education.

Career Education

What drives choosing a career direction? Many times it comes from informal exposure to information that sounds intriguing, exciting, or complementary to an interest area. Sometimes it comes from encountering a field or topic not previously known. The Career Education component of the Career Development Center strives to assist students to see the relevance of CDC events and activities to their own career-related situations, whether or not they have made a career choice. Whether a student is an undeclared major or someone who is actively pursuing a known career direction, taking part in CDC activities—Appointment Sessions, Excursions, MORE Career Expo, Career Lounges, etc.—offers a variety of experiences which give input into decision making and goal-setting. Career Educators are available to help students effectively strategize to get the most career-related benefits from their educational experience.

Career Excursions

The Career Development Center is committed to offering an array of experiences to help our students get a taste of the world of opportunities around them. Ten times a year, we invite students on Career Excursions to interesting and inspiring businesses in the Southern California area. Excursions are designed for students to receive personal attention and behind-the-scenes experiences that can answer deep questions and ignite greater curiosity and enthusiasm for new career ideas. Each excursion lasts from 2–4 hours, with 5–20 students joining in on the adventure. Focus industries include entertainment, business entrepreneurs, fashion, non-profit, sports/athletics, and graduate schools; however we are always open for suggestions!

Career Outreach

Employers want Chapman students and they are eager to help our students find jobs within their organizations. Throughout the year, recruiting representatives from businesses with local, national, and international reach visit our campus to meet with our students. Recruiting tables, mock interviews, and resume reviews are just a few of the ways industry representatives work to connect with our students to help them succeed. The CDC is always on the lookout for exciting and innovative career opportunities to share with our students.

Courses of Excellence

A fabulous feast for the mind and palate, Courses of Excellence offers students the opportunity to meaningfully engage with industry leaders over an eight-course meal seasoned with equally tasty business conversation. Students may indicate their interest in partaking of Courses of Excellence by completing the Student Network Form at Eight times during the traditional school year, eight students will be selected to join in this intimate, fine dining, and networking experience which will take place at the exclusive Chef’s Table in Sandhu Dining Hall, co-sponsored by Sodexo.

Desserts and Dialogue

In partnership with Alumni Relations, Desserts and Dialogue offers the opportunity for meaningful conversations between Chapman Alumni industry leaders and Chapman students over appetizers and desserts. The initiative is designed to share common industry practices, strengthen partnership/collaborations, and to develop opportunities aiding in providing students with a personalized approach to career development. Students may indicate their interest in partaking of Desserts and Dialogue by completing the Student Networking Form at Eight times during the traditional school year, students will be selected to join this intimate, networking experience which will take place in the Student Union.

Internship Program

Internships give students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical work experience, an increased understanding of their chosen career field, job skills, self-confidence, and more. Increasingly important in today's competitive job market, internships give graduates an edge when they seek jobs, having had "real-world" experience. Positions are available in various disciplines and are offered year round (fall, interterm, spring, and summer semesters). The Career Development Center administers the domestic internship program while international internships are handled by the Center for Global Education. Twenty hours for each half credit earned, a designated site supervisor, and regular contact with a faculty internship advisor are required. Hours may only count for credit during the academic term in which a student is registered. Independent internships are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. If an internship for a seminar course is not secured by the fifth week of the term per the academic calendar, the student is expected to withdraw from the course which would result in an automatic W notation on the transcript. Students may accumulate up to 12 internship credits toward a Chapman degree including those that count for GE credit and Individualized Experiential Learning Project (IELP) credit. To register for internships, students must complete the internship application online through Internship Portal or via the paper process. Internship deadlines are posted annually on the academic calendar and more information is available on the Career Development Center website at

Off–Campus Employment

The Career Development Center promotes part-time employment as an excellent way for students to gain valuable workplace skills, supplement their academic experience, and earn money. Students can access these job postings using Panther Connect, the online "one-stop shop" for internships and jobs.


Students have access to a variety of annual campus recruiting events and opportunities such as career expos, networking receptions, internship mixers, job and internship postings, and employer information tables and information sessions. All students are encouraged to register with Panther Connect, the online "one-stop shop" career connection to jobs, internships, and career-related events. Currently enrolled students may register on Panther Connect at through the Career Development Center's home page.

The Chapman Network

The Chapman Network is comprised of a growing number of interconnections between the Chapman community and external businesses, organizations, Chapman Alumni, and parents. These connections are cultivated with the intention of connecting our students with industry contacts to form a professional relationship that is mutually beneficial to Chapman students and other Network members. Students, employers, alumni, and parents interested in joining the Chapman Network may do so by completing the Student or General Networking Form located on the CDC homepage at

Disability Services

Chapman University is committed to making its educational opportunities accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. By providing access to qualified students with disabilities, the university demonstrates its belief that the community will benefit from their skills and talents. In this regard, Chapman University has implemented the following policies:

The Assistant Director of Disability Services administers these policies. Summaries and references to these policies are provided in the university's application and admissions materials, and its student handbook. Individuals can also obtain information about these policies, services, documentation requirements, etc. from Disability Services at 714/516–4520.

Disability Services serves as the clearing house for all requested accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student requesting accommodations to make these needs known in a timely fashion and to provide proper documentation and medical evaluations as required ( It is recommended that the student provide these materials prior to the beginning of the academic year or semester so that the university may better serve the student's needs and the student may avoid any irreversible academic consequences. Once notification has been made the university will engage in an interactive process in order to identify our obligation to provide reasonable accommodations. Services provided will be based on the individual needs of the student, and may include extended test time, notetakers, etc. The granting of any accommodation will not be retroactive and cannot jeopardize the academic standards or integrity of the course.

Student Psychological Counseling Services

A range of confidential, short-term psychological counseling services is provided to students on an as–available basis. Referral for psychiatric evaluation or to other appropriate outside agencies is available for students with additional therapy needs. All full–time undergraduates are eligible for services; part–time and graduate students must opt to pay a health and counseling fee at the time of registration.

Student Health Services

Physical well–being has a tremendous impact on academic performance. The goal of medical services is to provide the opportunity for academic success, while the focus is to provide students with easy access to health care and disease prevention.

Chapman University Student Health (CUSH) is staffed with nurse practitioners, nurses, and physicians to promote good health and to assess and treat a variety of physical ailments that typically affect college–age students. Services include first aid treatment and triage, primary medicine, gynecological services, immunizations, and health screening. Some medications are provided for a modest fee, and some prescriptions are called into the students’ pharmacy of choice. When a student’s condition is beyond the scope of CUSH, the student may be referred off–campus for health care to a physician or clinic in the community.

The Chapman Student Health Center is located at 402 N. Glassell Street (corner of Glassell and Sycamore), Orange, CA 92866. The phone number for the Health Center is 714/997–6851. The center is available for walk-in visits Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. during regular semesters. It is recommended that appointments be made for afternoon hours.

Library Services

The Leatherby Libraries opened in the Fall Semester, 2004. The five-story facility serves as an intellectual and cultural heart of the campus and is designed to meet the information needs of Chapman’s students, faculty, and staff.

Our innovative library combines the latest information technology with the personalized attention that is the hallmark of a Chapman education. It includes nine individually named libraries with distinctive collections representing disciplinary areas of the university: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Education, Music, Film and Television, and Business and Economics. In addition, two special libraries are located on the 4th floor and are named the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives and the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library.

The facility features 14 group study rooms, 6 multi-media preview rooms, 1 multi-station music listening room, 120 computers for user access, wireless Internet access available throughout the building, 7 computer classrooms, a dedicated library instruction room, an extended-hour study commons, and more than 750 seats at tables, carrels, and lounge chairs.

The Leatherby Libraries’ collection contains over 318,000 titles including DVDs, videos, CDs, and other media, over 800 print journal titles, access to over 59,000 full text electronic journals, over 220 online databases, and over 15,000 electronic books, supporting the research and curricular needs of the campus community.

Interlibrary loan services are available to support the research needs of students and faculty by obtaining books and articles not held at Leatherby Libraries. Requests for materials from other libraries are easily submitted through ILLIAD, an online system that allows individuals to set up personalized accounts, submit their own requests, and track outstanding requests.

The library instruction program is an important part of graduate and undergraduate programs, ensuring that students are connected to the information resources they need to succeed in their courses and become life-long learners.

Additionally, the library offers a range of lectures, exhibitions, permanent art, and curriculum-related displays throughout the year.

Restaurant Services

Chapman University Restaurant Services provides a multitude of interrelated service programs designed to meet the needs of everyone on campus including students, faculty, and staff. It is our goal to provide flexibility, quality, and variety to all of our customers.

Restaurant Services offers several meal plan options that serve the diverse backgrounds, tastes, and schedules of both residential and commuter students. We also encourage faculty and staff to purchase meal plans. It is our mission to embrace personalized services and accommodate special diets that are both physician prescribed and preference related including vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. We also host a variety of special events and meals like lavish holiday buffets, themed dinners, community barbecues, and “Locavore Lunches” featuring fresh, local produce. We serve both early and late meals, and also offer the “Simply To Go” program - a grab and go solution for students on the run.

Randall Dining Commons is located below the Sandhu Conference Center near the residence halls. With an all–you–can–eat format, it is open to the entire campus community and features several food stations including salad bar, deli, pizza, pasta, vegan, Asian, sushi, grill, and Euro Station serving dishes from regions across the globe. Other campus restaurants include the Hungry Panther located in Argyros Forum, a collection of quick service concepts designed for any palate. Salsa Rico® serves authentic Mexican food with fresh salsas. Sky Ranch Grill® offers 1/3 pound Angus burgers and great Portobello mushroom sandwiches. Pantera’s™ is Italian cuisine featuring gourmet, hand-tossed pizzas, freshly prepared salads, and pasta. Freshens® menu includes fruit and yogurt smoothies, frozen yogurt desserts, and shakes. Cyber Cafe, located in Beckman Hall, hosts Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery®, a specialty coffee house with exceptional baked goods, grab and go salads, and ten signature blends of 100% sustainable brewed coffee. Also in Cyber Cafe is Subversions™, a fresh made-to-order deli sandwich and wraps restaurant. Please visit Doy’s Place at Henley Underground located in Henley Hall for Starbucks® Coffee, assorted beverages, and a selection of convenience items, as well as late night pizza and toasted sandwiches. Hours of operations vary from restaurant to restaurant. For more information please visit our website at

Public Safety

The primary role of the Office of Public Safety is to provide a safe working and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. The office operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides a variety of services: safety and emergency preparedness consultation, lost and found, operation safe–ride, property identification, vehicle registration, and bicycle registration. The Office of Public Safety requires that all vehicles and bicycles on campus be registered. All registrations are processed through the office of Public Safety. For more information, please stop by the office, or call 714/997–6763, or log onto the website at The Office of Public Safety is located at 418 North Glassell.

Chapman University Bookstore

The Chapman University Bookstore has two locations on campus. The textbook store, located in Bhathal Student Services Building, is the main source for textbooks. A large inventory of new and used books, ebooks, and rentals are available with a variety of payment options. Refunds are accepted with a receipt up to one week from the beginning of the semester or within 2 days if purchased after the refund deadline. Textbooks are non–returnable if purchased during midterms or finals. All course materials as well as basic reference material and supplies are also available at the Textbook Store. Used textbooks are bought back every day. During the final week of each semester a “Buyback” is hosted where 50% of the new price is offered on any title, that meets certain criteria’s, needed in the Bookstore. Students may reserve or purchase textbooks early at

The Agora Gift Shop is located in Argyros Forum. A wide assortment of collegiate clothing and gift items, school supplies, convenience and dorm items are available. The merchandise catalog, greek gear, custom gifts and much more is available online at

The Chapman University Bookstore can be contacted by phone at 714/997–6718, by email at

Regular Semester Hours

Textbook Store

Monday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Agora Gift Shop

Monday & Wednesday

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Extended hours are offered during Rush, Finals, Graduation and special events.

Summer/Holiday Hours

Monday – Thursday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Please call for hours during holidays or special events.

Church Relationship

Chapman's roots are firmly grounded in its historic covenant with our founders, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). That rich spiritual legacy lives on through Chapman's focus on the development of the ethical, spiritual, and intellectual person. A variety of religious studies courses and spiritual programming activities are offered, but not required. The dean of the chapel oversees an active interfaith program designed to meet the spiritual needs of the university's students, faculty, and staff. A full-time director of church relations strengthens the university's covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as well as provides programs for the broader ecumenical community. As of 2010, Chapman University is also recognized by the United Church of Christ as a church-related school. Both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ respect the many paths to God and strongly support Chapman's nurturing of students, faculty and staff of all faith backgrounds.

The new Fish Interfaith Center houses the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, Wilkinson Founders Chapel, Yoder Sanctuary, Peterson Conference Room, The Fashionables Courtyard, Dee’s Garden of the Senses, a lounge, administrative offices, and a columbarium. A team of internationally known architects and artists cooperated in the design of this inspirational and award-winning sacred space.


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.


The beautiful tree–lined 78–acre main campus in Orange, California is 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Ocean beaches are less than 10 miles away; mountains and deserts are within an hour's drive; San Diego and Mexico are 90 miles south; The University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California are a short distance away; and just minutes from the university are major recreation and entertainment venues, including the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Anaheim Convention Center, Bowers Museum, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Pacific Amphitheater, Irvine Meadows, Edison Stadium, and Honda Center.

Campus Life

Learning takes place both within and outside of the classroom. Chapman fosters an environment in which it is expected that students will take responsibility for their learning and living. Through its various offices, the staff provides guidance, support, and opportunities for student growth and development. Chapman believes in creating programs and services tailored to the individual needs of students.

Non–Discrimination Policy

Chapman University is committed to providing an environment which is free of any form of harassment and discrimination based upon an individual's race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law, so that all members of the community are treated at all times with dignity and respect. It is the University's policy, therefore, to prohibit all forms of such harassment or discrimination among University faculty, students, staff, and administration.

Endowed Chairs

Student and faculty research and programmatic opportunities are supported by the following endowments:

Endowed Professorships

Student and faculty research and programmatic opportunities are supported by the following endowments:

Student Affairs Policies

Student Conduct Code

Chapman University expects that all students adhere to the policies that govern student behavior outlined in the Student Conduct Code. The university is specifically concerned when individual student and organizational behavior directly interfere with the university’s primary educational objectives and functions or the rights and safety of other members of the university community. Chapman believes that the disciplinary process has a role in developing a sense of responsibility and accountability in students, while being life preparatory. To that end, the university uses education and counseling, in addition to formal disciplinary proceedings to bring about these outcomes. Every Chapman student is presumed to have sufficient maturity, intelligence, and concern for the rights of others and the rights of the institution to help maintain established standards of the academic community. When a student or organization's behavior demonstrates otherwise, the university will consider disciplinary proceedings as deemed necessary. For details regarding institutional policies governing student conduct or the disciplinary process, see the Chapman University Student Conduct Code, or visit the Dean of Students webpage. Refer to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students website at to find the code, required notifications, and other relevant policies.

Healthy Panther

Chapman’s Healthy Panther Initiative embodies the philosophy that learning to make healthy decisions is not only an important part of college education, it is essential to achieving personal and academic aspirations. The definition of a Healthy Panther includes:

The Healthy Panther Initiative provides students with learning beyond formal education, knowledge about alcohol and other drugs, and their effects on the body. The program’s goal is to provide essential information that will educate students about the effects of alcohol on the individual and how it can affect not only the individual but also the individual’s societal surroundings; thus, empowering the individual to expand their coping skills regarding healthy relationships and decision making, enabling them to take control of their life choices, and make positive decisions.

Research has shown that combining motivational interviewing with an online feedback system can help students reduce risky behaviors. The HPI has three distinct components that must be completed by all new undergraduate students:

Part 1: Choicepoints Lite is an interactive group presentation focusing on high risk behaviors during which all new undergraduate students will be introduced to, or reminded of, the potential consequences of these behaviors, including alcohol poisoning, rape and sexual assault, and the spread of HIV and other STDs. The session lasts approximately 55-70 minutes and attempts to enhance your coping skills; thus, empowering you to take control of your life and choices, while introducing you to services provided here at Chapman.

Part 2: Students will then complete the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The NCHA is a confidential web-based instrument that collects data about student health habits, behaviors, and perceptions on topics such as sexual health, physical health, personal safety, and alcohol and other drugs. This is a very inclusive survey that touches on all the possible decisions college students make. The assessment takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Part 3: The final component is the completion of a follow-up survey. Approximately 6 weeks following the completion of Choicepoints Lite, you will receive a follow-up survey through your Chapman e-mail account from SurveyMonkey. Once you complete this 30 minute survey you will have completed the Healthy Panther Initiative.

Chapman University students and their guests are expected to abide by all federal, state, and local laws, as well as Chapman policies governing the use of alcohol and drugs. This requires that students and their guests not only have knowledge of these various laws and policies, but also are responsible and mature decision makers. Chapman University seeks to impart this knowledge and these values first and foremost through educational means relying heavily on positive staff and faculty role modeling, the formation and use of a peer education network, and curriculum infusion whenever possible. Factual information and knowledge regarding alcohol and drugs, skills and strategies for achieving and maintaining healthy behaviors, creation of a cooperative and consistent campus peer environment, and compliance with all local and federal regulations are components of this educational agenda. Illegal and abusive use of alcohol and other drugs by any member of the campus community constitutes an untenable threat to the community and signals a need for intervention on the part of the university. All campus event use of alcohol must be approved via an alcohol use permit. For further details, refer to the Chapman University Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy or visit the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students website at

Firearms and Fireworks

The possession or use of firearms, fireworks, or other explosives is prohibited on campus and may be grounds for immediate dismissal.

Freedom of Speech and Expression

Freedom of speech, protected by the United States Constitution, is an especially important value within an academic community. Thus, all topics are appropriate for discussion and debate within the framework of academic inquiry. Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them, and to express opinions publicly and privately. They are always free to support causes by orderly means, which do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution. At the same time, it is clear to the academic and the larger community that in their public expressions or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves.

Grievance Procedures

Students who have concerns about campus academic policies, procedures, other policies, treatment by faculty or other campus employees, or concerns about college operations are encouraged to bring those concerns or complaints to the Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education.

For academic matters, the process normally begins with the faculty member involved. Appeals typically go to the department chair, the academic dean, the Graduate Academic Council, and then the Chancellor. For non–academic matters (issues related to departments such as residence life, facilities management, business office, etc.), students should first discuss the matter with the head of the appropriate department with appeals to the appropriate supervisor. Students wishing to discuss or report concerns about harassment should contact the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.


Chapman University is committed to providing an environment which is free from harassment, and every member of the university community must recognize that harassment of any type compromises the integrity of the university and the tradition of free and open inquiry among its members. Chapman also affirms its commitment to providing an environment in which each member of the university community feels free to comment on any issue or topic.

It is the university’s policy, therefore, to insist that all members of the university community are treated at all times with dignity and respect. The university has a strict policy which prohibits harassment in any form. This includes, but is not limited to, harassment because of age, disability, race, religion, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.

The university will not tolerate any conduct which has either the purpose or the effect of interfering with the work or scholastic performance of any member of the university community or creating an intimidating or hostile living, learning, or working environment. The university will also not tolerate any conduct which has the purpose or effect of singling out any specific group within the university community in a manner which leads to harassment or which creates an offensive working or learning environment for that group.

It is a violation of university policy for anyone to engage in any form of harassment or to retaliate against a person who has initiated an inquiry or complaint.

The right of confidentiality for any party involved in an alleged harassment incident, including the complainant and the accused, will be respected insofar as it does not interfere with the university’s obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action where appropriate.

In keeping with its policies, Chapman University not only fully complies with all local, state, and federal laws concerning harassment, but also provides a means to assure fair treatment to any student or employee who believes the policy prohibiting harassment has been violated. It is the policy of the university that all charges of harassment be reviewed in a confidential, sensitive, and expeditious manner. For further information, please contact the Equal Opportunity Officer at 714/997–6847.

Hazing and Disorderly Conduct

Hazing, indecent or disorderly conduct, or failure to comply with the directions of Chapman officials acting in the regular performance of their duties are not compatible with the university’s function as an educational intuition. Any such behavior will result in conduct proceedings and appropriate consequences.

Local, State and Federal Laws

Students attending Chapman are subject to local, state, and federal laws. Chapman reserves the right to impose institutional sanctions for violations of public laws, even when such violations occur off university property. Students may also be subject to civil and/or criminal charges for offenses on Chapman property, if such offenses are in violation of local, state, or federal laws.

Rights and Privacy Act/Confidentiality of Educational Records

Chapman’s policy regarding confidentiality is in keeping with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which affords students certain rights with respect to their education records, a summary of which follows:

One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. School officials are individuals or entities working for or on the behalf of Chapman University. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

As allowed within FERPA guidelines, Chapman University may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

At its discretion, Chapman University may provide public directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Directory information is defined as information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Students may withhold directory information by notifying the University Registrar in writing.

A complete text of Chapman’s Annual Notification to Students of their Rights under FERPA is contained on the website of the Office of the University Registrar.


Any form of violence is forbidden and may result in immediate suspension from the campus and, upon appropriate determination, expulsion from Chapman University.