General Information

Chapman University, founded in 1861, is an independent, comprehensive mid–sized private institution 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; 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; School of Communication; College of Performing Arts; School of Pharmacy and Schmid College of Science and Technology.

Chapman is recognized for its blend of professional programs, sciences and liberal arts, as well as its 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.

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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, church leader, politician and citrus grower. 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.

Academic Programs

The University offers more than 40 fields of undergraduate study as well as graduate degree programs and credential programs for educators.

More information about Chapman's dual degree and other graduate programs can be found in the Graduate Catalog available from the Office of Admission, Argyros Forum, Room 304, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866 (714) 997–6786.

Chapman's undergraduate programs are founded in the liberal arts. The University offers B.A., B.S., B.F.A. and B.M. degrees. As defined in the general education program, the University is dedicated to offering a distinctive education that encourages students to see and appreciate the linkages between their majors and the general education program. See index listing for undergraduate programs.

Chapman offers several programs that link together undergraduate and graduate programs to allow a student to complete both undergraduate and graduate programs in a shorter period of time than completing each degree separately. For more information on these programs see the index for Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate Programs.

Information about courses through Brandman University is available in the Brandman University catalog available from the Office of Admission, 16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618 (800) 746–0082.

General Education

The General Education program reflects the University's mission to provide its students with a personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens. The program is thus flexible, but enables all students to develop ability in critical inquiry, gain breadth and depth of knowledge, integrate knowledge within and across disciplines, cultivate ethical awareness in learning and practice, engage in experiential learning as thoughtful, principled citizens and become independent thinkers able to sustain a lifelong desire for intellectual growth.

Students may share up to nine credits between General Education and their major and six credits between General Education and their minor. Courses may not double–count in General Education categories; students may use a course to satisfy one inquiry or exploration category only.

The Chapman General Education Plan

For a current list of courses in each General Education category, visit

Academic and Research Centers

A wide variety of study and research opportunities are available through Chapman's academic and research centers. These include:

Students may work with faculty on specific research projects as well as participate in special programs including guest lectures, film screenings, panels and seminars.

University Honors Program

The Chapman University Honors program is a broad interdisciplinary course of study based on great books and events from cultures around the world. Students and faculty concentrate on mutually critical exchanges between the classics of human cultures and the contemporary world. The goal of these dialogical exchanges is collaborative and intentional learning in which students and faculty together connect enduring and emerging ideas, drawing on shared texts, lectures, seminar discussions and cultural experiences.

Students in this university–wide program are required to complete a minimum of 25 credits. They select from a variety of courses in three main categories (human sciences, natural sciences and social sciences). During their first year in the program, honors students enroll in the one credit course, Honors Forum, and complete the Honors program with the three credit course, Honors Capstone.

Completion of the program satisfies the GE Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster; select courses may also satisfy major, minor, other GE and/or elective requirements.

Applicants typically have first–rate GPAs and highly competitive SAT and ACT scores. Other criteria may include outstanding leadership and/or creative achievement, community involvement and a range of interests and experiences. The program best serves students who approach their education in a mature and responsible manner.

Acceptance to the program is limited. Students must submit a separate application for admission to the Honors program, in addition to applying for admission to the University. Students already at Chapman may also apply for admission, prior to accumulating 60 credits. Transfer students who come to Chapman after completing 60 credits and are accepted into the program are required to complete 16 credits, including the one credit course, Honors Forum, at least one course from each of the three main categories and complete the Honors program with the three credit course, Honors Capstone. Applications are available online at


The more than 460 full–time and 450 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 percent hold terminal degrees and 47 percent are tenured. Full–time faculty teach two to three courses a semester.

Student Body

The 2016-17 student body population was 8542, 6423 of whom were undergraduate. Over 91% of first year undergraduate students live in university housing, and 35-40% of all undergraduate students live in university housing.

Chapman welcomes students from around the country and the world. Chapman undergraduate students represent 49 states in the U.S. and 88 countries. The international undergraduate student population is about 7%. First Generation students are 21% of the undergraduate student body.

Enrollment has steadily grown since the early 1990s. The average SAT score of new freshmen has increased every year during that period. Chapman upholds its tradition of providing personalized education to students by maintaining a faculty to student ratio of 1:14.

Student Life

Student life at Chapman is educationally stimulating and diverse. Students come from varied economic, social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Yet because of Chapman’s size, opportunities for involvement are extended to all students through an active student government, service and social fraternities and sororities, religious organizations, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, student publications, numerous social and cultural events and student productions in drama, music, film and dance.


Chapman's long and distinguished heritage in intercollegiate sports includes six NCAA national championships in baseball, tennis and softball. Students participate in NCAA Division III athletics, a non–scholarship division. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, crew (club sport), golf, football, golf, ice hockey (club sport), lacrosse (club sport), soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and water polo. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, crew (club sport), golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Approximately 20 percent of Chapman's student body participates in intercollegiate athletics, club sports and intramurals. Chapman University is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Student athletes as well as all students and members of the Chapman community who wish to keep physically fit have access to the facilities in the award–winning and uniquely designed Erin J. Lastinger Athletics Complex (which opened in August 2008). The facility includes the fully rebuilt 1,923–seat Ernie Chapman Stadium and Holly and David Wilson Field, constructed atop a 900 capacity underground parking facility. The Allred Aquatics Center and Olympic Pool features the 600–seat Frank E. and Mary Ann O'Bryan Aquatics Stadium and houses Chapman's aquatics programs. The Lastinger Complex earned the "Facility of Merit" award at the Athletic Business Conference in 2010. The Harold Hutton Sports Center is home to Chapman's indoor sports and seats 2,400 for basketball and volleyball competitions. Hutton also houses the Julianne Argyros Fitness Center open to the Chapman community. For more information and hours of operation, please visit

Career and Professional Development

Chapman University is every Panther's career connection for life. Chapman is committed to providing Panthers- undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni alike - with the tools, resources and networking opportunities to help them find success and fulfilment in their professional endeavors.

Career and professional development resources can be found at


Non-academic career preparatory programs are available through the school year. Students may register for these programs by visiting

ATLAS (Certificate)

Open to undeclared majors, first-year or sophomore students. 5-session program. Students that successfully complete the program requirements receive a Certificate of Completion and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities. This program provides self-exploration opportunities to aid in the process of major selection and career exploration. Activities include certified self-assessments, experiential exercises and opportunities to participate in career-related activities. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to identify and describe personal strengths, talents, skills, major(s) of interest and corresponding career visions. Students will learn to develop and apply connections with peers in the process of exploring career and major options, social branding techniques, team-building strategies and a working plan to integrative individual talents and skills with academic and career interest. Register at

COMPASS (Certificate)

Open to transfer students. 7-session program. Students that successfully complete the program requirements receive a Certificate of Completion and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities. This program is designed to help transfer students connect their previous experiences with professional and education opportunities at Chapman and to facilitate a successful transition into the Chapman Family. Students will learn how to "Think Chapman First" when searching for resources and support, build a community of peers who share the transfer experience, develop and apply social branding tools, create a professional resume and cover letter, facilitate informational interviewing, network successfully and balance time efficiently. Register at

PASSPORT (Certificate)

Open to international students. 7-session program. Students that successfully complete the program requirements receive a Certificate of Completion and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities. Students develop the tools necessary for earning an internship or job in the U.S.. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to: create a professional resume and cover letter appropriate for the western job market; facilitate information interviewing; network successfully; identify and describe personal strengths, talents and skills; develop connections with peers who are also in the process of pursuing career goals; develop and apply social branding tools; and formulate a plan to integrate individual talents and skills with academic and career interests. Register at

Playbook for College (Certificate)

Open to students enrolled in an athletic team course in spring or fall semester of academic year who are first-year students. 4-session program. Students that successfully complete the program requirements receive a Certificate of Completion, access to job and internship opportunities from companies with a preference for qualified student athletes and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities. Student athletes will learn how to transfer their skills from the court or field to their collegiate career and internships. Guest instructors include former collegiate athletes and Chapman alumni. Register at

Playbook for Life (Certificate)

Open to students enrolled in an athletic team course in spring or fall semester of academic year, sophomore, junior or senior standing. 4-session program. Students that successfully complete the program requirements receive a Certificate of Completion, access to job and internship opportunities from companies with a preference for qualified student athletes and invitations to exclusive networking opportunities. Student athletes will learn how to transfer their skills from the court or field to the workplace. Guest instructors include former collegiate athletes and Chapman alumni. Register at

Summit Career Institute (Certificate)

Prerequisite, junior or senior standing or consent of instructor. 8-session program. Students that successfully complete the program requirements receive a Certificate of Completion, access to exclusive internship, job and networking opportunities. Through presentations led by industry leaders, University stakeholders, and on-on-one meetings with career advisors, participants will develop business and leadership skills that prepare them for professional success. Topics covered include: designing exceptional resumes and cover letters, interview best practices, professional dining etiquette, networking and personal branding, professional communication strategies, time management and offer negotiation. Register at

Internship Program

Internship courses give students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practice work experience, an increased understanding of and exposure to a given career field, opportunities to transform classroom knowledge into "real-world" application, technical skills and other professional development opportunities. By successfully completing internships, students become increasingly competitive candidates in the job market.

Chapman University allows students to receive academic credit for both paid and unpaid internships. Internships are registered through Career and Professional Development, rather than my.chapman.

Internship information and contact support is available at

Students pursuing academic credit for an internship are required to:

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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 Career Development Center 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 Career Development Center activities such as, appointment sessions, excursions, MORE career expo, career lounges, etc. offer 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. Utilizing these components will allow them to begin composing concise resumes, cover letters and personal branding statements which will assist in the lifelong process of networking and career success.

Career Relations

Our Career relations team works diligently throughout the year to develop a world class global network of alumni and employers to assist our student in achieving long term professional success. The goal of our Chapman Network is to ensure our students find jobs and internships across various industries. 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 the network connects with our students to help them succeed.

Chapman Connect

Chapman Connect is a personal and career development tool designed specifically for our students and alumni. Formerly Panther Connect, this new platform is streamlines, intuitive, and customizable to meet your unique needs. Chapman Connect provides you with exclusive access to job and internship postings, career and networking events, and resources. You can manage contacts, schedule career coaching appointments, practice interviewing skills, and track your path to success right from your phone. The Career Development Center is proud to unveil this new and more powerful career resource. Chapman Connect has an exciting fresh look, more powerful tools, and more ways for you to connect with employers, alumni, and staff. The power behind our new system is a cutting edge career network powered by Handshake that is used by many universities and employers, including the Fortune 500, throughout the country.


The Chapman University alumni network encompasses more than 46,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni across the globe. Chapman is committed to keeping alumni connected to their alma mater and supporting their personal and professional endeavors through programs, benefits and services. All graduates automatically become lifelong members of the Chapman University Alumni Association. Through the Alumni Association, Chapman graduates have access to career resources and networking opportunities, exclusive activities and events, young alumni programs, library access and many other resources and discounts. Alumni also have opportunities throughout the year to connect with current students though mentoring, volunteering, sharing career advice, serving on advisory boards or speaking panels, offering internship/employment opportunities and participating in campus traditions such as the Chapman Family Homecoming Celebration, Greek Skit Night and more. Chapman University alumni and future alumni are encouraged to "Think Chapman First" and stay connected with passion and pride.

Prominent Chapman alumni include the former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and philanthropist George L. Argyros ’59; the Honorable Loretta Sanchez ’82, former member of Congress; the Honorable David Bonior ’72, former member of Congress and House Minority Whip; Jose Gomez ’75, member of the Panamanian National Assembly; television and film producers John Copeland ’73 and John David Currey ’98; cinematographer Gene Jackson ’70; television sports analyst and former UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin ’88; major league baseball executive Gordon Blakeley ’76; former major league baseball stars Gary Lucas ’76, Tim Flannery ’79, Marty Castillo ’79 and Randy Jones ’72; Tony Award nominee and star of Broadway’s "Showboat," Michel Bell ’68; Tony Award winning producer of "Memphis," Tim Kashani '08; and resident tenor at the Staatsoper–Vienna, John Nuzzo ’91.

To learn more about the Alumni Association and explore opportunities to connect with Chapman’s alumni network, find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or visit us online at

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 community. As of 2010, Chapman University is also recognized by the United Church of Christ as a church–related school. Honoring this connection, there is a special student ministry and scholarship program for students from Disciples and United Church of Christ backgrounds. 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, as well as those who are atheist or agnostic. (For more information about the Disciples and United Church of Christ program, go to

Believing that spirituality matters, the dean of the chapel supports a host of religious and spiritual groups including progressive and evangelical Protestants, Roman Catholics, Latter–day Saints, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Baha'is, Shikhs, Wiccans and those exploring meditation, health and healing and intersections between religion and other intellectual disciplines. New groups may be formed to support the interests and needs of the current student body. Major religious conferences and speakers are hosted each year. (For more information, visit

The beautiful 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, which opened in 2004.


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 are optional for students, and 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. Classes are offered during the day and evenings. A special emphasis is made to meet the requirements of public school credentials.

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 floor four 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, six multi–media preview rooms, one multi–station music listening area, 98 computers for user access, wireless Internet access available throughout the building, five computer classrooms, a dedicated library instruction room, an extended–hour study commons and more than 775 seats at tables, carrels and lounge chairs.

The Leatherby Libraries’ collection contains approximately 511,000 titles including DVDs, videos, CDs and other media, 320 print journal titles, access to 67,000 plus full text electronic journals, 270 online databases and 154,000 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.

Online and Hybrid Courses

A limited variety of online and hybrid courses is available. Using Blackboard, Chapman students and faculty have access to both online courses and on–campus courses that utilize this electronic tool, which enables document sharing, electronic discussion, Internet research and the use of other teaching and learning tools. Students and faculty alike also have access to the Chapman University Portal, My Chapman, which offers a variety of online services, including announcements, community discussion and personal services such as a calendar, e–mail, task lists, online grades and others, depending on the activities and Blackboard classes in which a student is enrolled.

Arts and Culture on Campus

Chapman University's beautiful 1,044 seat Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, which opened in 2016 with a gala starring Placido Domingo, provides a stunning, state-of-the-art venue for top touring artitsts and ensembles as well as performances by Chapman student ensembles.

Chapman's Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music and Departments of Theatre and Dance offer student and faculty performances year-round. Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts offers many screenings of popular movies, documentaries and international films, as well as presenting student and professional film festivals.

Chapman's critically acclaimed Hilbert Museum of California Art displays an array of paintings by some of California's leading artists, including Millard Sheets, Mary Blair, Emil Kosa Jr. and Milford Zornes, in ever-changing exhibitions. The Escalette Permanent College of Art, with paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures by many of the world's leading contemporary artists, is located in classroom buildings and public areas throughout the campus. The Guggenheim Art Gallery sponsors regular exhibitions by locally, nationally and internationally known artists as well as student shows.

Chapman University offers a wide range of lectures throughout the year by faculty members, visiting experts and thought leaders from all over the world. Past speakers have included Maya Angelou, Antonin Scalia, Ralph Nader, Edward James Olmos, Cornel West and Howard Zin. The late Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, a Distinguished Presidential Fellow, visited Chapman for four years, for one week each year, to meet with student and present talks for the campus community and the public. Chapman's Holocaust Lecture Series, an annual event presented by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, draws top experts from around the world. The John Fowles Literary Series offers readings and signings by top international novelists and poets, including such luminaries as Sir Salman Rushdie and, in 2017, Novel laureate Federico Garcia Llorca.

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 in all majors in almost every part of the world. Studying overseas provides a unique opportunity for 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 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. 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. Courses taken abroad can satisfy major, minor or applicable general education area requirements.

Exchange Programs

University wide and major–specific exchange programs bring international students to Chapman and allow Chapman students to fully integrate in a foreign university for a semester or academic year. Many universities have courses taught in English. There are opportunities for students to immerse themselves in language and culture programs. All regularly enrolled Chapman students with a minimum 3.000 GPA are eligible to apply. Typically, a student must have a junior standing to participate. Students studying abroad through Chapman–approved programs are enrolled in a full course of study at the host institution and receive Chapman credit.

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

Travel Courses

Chapman faculty representing a wide range of academic departments lead domestic and international Travel Courses during the January interterm or summer session(s) for one to four weeks. All students are encouraged to participate in these courses in order to gain a broader perspective of other cultures. Participation in any Travel Course is authorized by the faculty group leader. Credit is awarded for the academic work involved in each program and may apply towards the Global Study portion of the general education requirements. 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

International Internships promote a rich cultural immersion and advance students practical work experience, communication skills, leadership and teamwork. Internships help students prepare for a diverse and developing global industry. All programs are open to juniors and seniors in any major with a 3.000 or higher GPA. Students intern 8 weeks and earn three credits, which can count towards the Global Study portion of the general education requirements. Students may be eligible for a tuition waiver for their participation in a Chapman Summer International Internship.

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 needs of international students and scholars on the Chapman University campus. The office acts primarily to issue visa application documents and to register recipients upon their arrival with the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, the office is a source of information and assistance 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 Student and Exchange Visitor program (SEVP) and Department or State, fall and spring orientation programs, assistance with 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.

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center guides and supports all undergraduate students in the development and achievement of their academic goals. The center provides advising services and resources for all incoming and continuing students and is specifically responsible for advising undeclared students and students on academic probation or subject to dismissal. Professional academic advisors offer general academic advising regarding degree requirements, University academic policies, the General Education program and overall academic planning, as well as language and mathematics placement testing services. Scheduled appointments and drop–in sessions are available, along with specific advising workshops and online advising when applicable.

Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center

The Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center (TLT) provides a variety of services to enhance learning and promote personal responsibility for student success and improve academic achievement. The Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center offers a variety of group supplemental instruction sessions conducted by outstanding peer leaders in courses students historically find most challenging. The Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center services also provides walk-in tutoring for many subjects. The courses and times when walk-in tutoring is available can be found on the TLT website.

The Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center assists student Disability Services in proctoring examinations for students with prior approval for accommodated testing.


The beautiful, tree–lined 78–acre Chapman University campus in Orange, California is 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, right in the heart of the exciting cultural and natural attraction attractions of Orange County, which has been rated "the number one place to live in North America" by Places Rated Almanac. World–renowned ocean beaches are less than 10 miles away, mountains and deserts are within an hour's drive and San Diego and Mexico are just 90 miles south. Just minutes from the University are acclaimed recreation and entertainment venues, including Disneyland, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Anaheim Convention Center, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Knott's Berry Farm, Angel Stadium and the Honda Center. The major attractions of Los Angeles, including the Getty Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, L.A. County Museum of Art, the Hollywood Bowl and much more are within an hour to 90–minute drive.

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)

AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college.  AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes. AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a  corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies).  College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as "cadets") who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force. The AFROTC program is currently offered at California State University, San Bernardino, but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants.  For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, please review  For more information on the AFROTC program, please review for general information and for more detailed course information.

Through arrangements with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in west Los Angeles and the University of Southern California (USC), students may participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) Program. Aerospace studies classes and leadership laboratories are conducted at various times during the week on the main campuses of CSUSB, LMU and USC.

AFROTC offers a variety of two, three and four year scholarships, many of which pay the full cost of tuition, books and fees. Successful completion of as little as six (three years) semesters of AFROTC academic classes and leadership laboratories can lead to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

Classes consist of one hour of academics and two hours of laboratory for freshman and sophomores and three hours of academics and two hours of laboratory for juniors and seniors. All cadets must participate in two one–hour sessions of physical training. All curriculum is taught on Fridays. AFROTC cadets under scholarship and all juniors and seniors receive a monthly tax–free stipend and a textbook allowance. No military commitment is incurred until entering the last two years of the program (Professional Officer Course) or accepting an AFROTC scholarship.

For more information, contact the Department of Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) at one of the following universities: Cal State San Bernardino at (909) 537–5440,; Loyola Marymount University at (310) 338–2770,; USC at (213) 740–2670, or visit for more information.


Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (AROTC) is also available to interested Orange campus Chapman students through arrangements with Cal Poly Pomona and the Claremont Colleges. Successful completion of the AROTC program leads to a commission as a second lieutenant in either the Army, the National Guard or the Army Reserve. For additional information, contact the Claremont Colleges at (909) 621–8102.

The California State University, Fullerton Army ROTC is a program designed to train and develop college students to become motivated U.S. Army leaders. ROTC provides students with the opportunity to gain a college degree while at the same time training to enter the army as a commissioned officer. Cal State Fullerton ROTC offers two, three and four year scholarships for qualified students to help provide financial assistance at Chapman University. For more information about eligibility requirements, scholarship opportunities and the overall program, please contact the enrollment advisor, Mr. Steven Yach, United States Army at Cal State Fullerton ROTC at (657) 278–3527 or email at or visit

Admission and Expenses


Tuition at Chapman is $50,210 per year. Room and board are approximately $16,142 per year. Books, supplies and student fees average $2,000 per year.

Financial Aid

Chapman is committed to providing financial assistance to qualified students. More than 84 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. Additional information can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office or on the Chapman University website.


Chapman seeks and admits high–achieving students of varying geographic, social and ethnic backgrounds to create as diverse a student body as possible. Applications for admission should be submitted as early as possible during the academic year. For more details see Undergraduate Admission.

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.

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 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.

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: