Chapman University at a Glance


Vision Statement

Chapman University will be a student-centered institution, recognized nationally and internationally as a center of academic and personal excellence that prepares our students to contribute to a global society.


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 is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748–9001). Chapman University is also proud to have many of its programs nationally accredited through the following accreditors:


Chapman University is a member of the Independent Colleges of Southern California, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, 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, the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the Council of Graduate Schools. The Fowler 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 24 years. In student selectivity, Chapman has ranked first or second in U.S. News for the past decade, 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,” The Washington Post lists Chapman as a “hidden gem” among U.S. universities, and Kiplinger's names Chapman as among the best values in higher education.


Chapman University is located in the heart of Orange County, California, an exciting and ever–changing nexus of technology, business and the arts. A blend of new, state–of–the–art and historic buildings on the Chapman campus offers students the latest educational and technological resources. Among recent additions to the campus:

Currently under construction, to open 2019:

A Chapman Education

A Chapman education focuses on the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual dimensions of life. Unlike many schools of its size, Chapman emphasizes a personalized approach to education. In addition, a number of programs have received the highest level of national accreditation.

Liberal Arts

Chapman’s integrated curriculum fosters independent and critical thinking, effective communication and an international perspective in the major and across fields. These principles provide students the educational foundation they need to succeed in all their endeavors.

Professional Schools

Chapman offers professional programs in business, pharmacy, education, film and television, law, music and more. Professional programs connect the intellectual to the practical and integrate academic studies with realistic challenges.

Co–Curricular Learning

Learning outside the classroom is vital. Chapman strives to provide experiences and inspiration necessary for a balanced life–a life of giving, inner growth and self–realization. Chapman offers a rich and varied range of activities and opportunities, tailored to help students explore their interests.

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 and how they might contribute to the world.

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 website at

Office of Admission

Chapman University

One University Drive

Orange, California 92866

(714) 997–6711



Location: Orange, California

Organization: The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, School of Communication, College of Educational Studies, College of Performing Arts and School of Pharmacy.

First Classes: 1861 (as Hesperian College)

President: Daniele C. Struppa

Faculty: 460 full–time

Enrollment: 8,542

Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Fields of study: More than 40

Annual Cost: Approximately $68,352 for tuition, room and board (double occupancy), books, supplies and undergraduate student fees

Student Aid: More than 80 percent of students receive some sort of financial aid

Athletics: Member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III

Women: basketball, cross country, crew, lacrosse (club sport), soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo

Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, crew (club sport), football, golf, ice hockey (club sport), lacrosse (club sport), soccer, swimming and diving (club sport), tennis, water polo