Chapman University

Chapman University

Chapman University is a private, nonprofit university located in the city of Orange in Orange County, California. It was established as Hesperian College and opened on March 4, 1861. The university offers an array of degree programs in diverse areas of study. Chapman University is organized into the following academic units:

  • Argyros School of Business and Economics
  • College of Performing Arts
  • Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Knott Studios
  • Donald P. Kennedy Intercollegiate Athletic Program
  • Schmid College of Science
  • School of Education
  • School of Law in Kennedy Hall
  • University College
  • Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The university participates in the NCAA's Division III as an independent athletic program. The university's athletic program consists of over 15 intercollegiate teams and 3 club sports. CU's teams are nicknamed the Panthers.

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Chapman University
One University Dr.
Orange , CA 92866
General Phone: (714) 997-6815

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Chapman Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management308business management, accounting, managerial economics, human resources, organizational behavior
Law217legal studies, law, tax law
Liberal Arts183German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, peace and conflict resolution, social services, political science, ...
Photography and Commercial Art181film studies, cinematography
Therapy and Counseling149psychology, school psychology, marriage and family therapy, music therapy, physical therapy
Media143communication studies, broadcast journalism, public relations, advertising
Education and Teaching127curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, English teaching, music teaching, reading teaching ...
Drama and Performing Arts78dance, drama, playwriting and screenwriting
Science39biology, exercise physiology, biopsychology, chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy33nutrition sciences, athletic trainer
Music18music, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, voice
Design15graphic design
Fine Arts8fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science, computer science
Family and Social Work6social work
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion
Art Studies5art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Chapman in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree92351
Master's degree38018
First-professional degree1821
Doctor's degree391
Postbaccalaureate certificate11

Chapman Student Body

In 2007-2008, Chapman had a total enrollment of 6,022 students (5,528 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 69%
Graduate 22%
First Professional 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 2%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 28%
22-24 19%
25-29 14%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%
New York1%

Chapman Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %
Part-Time 60 %

Chapman Room and Board (2007)

Chapman offers campus housing for 1,463 of its 5,528 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Orange, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Chapman Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal548666
SAT Math561674
SAT Writing559672
ACT Verbal2531
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2529

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT81%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Chapman Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,700
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,700
Room and board $ 11,315
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 1,900

Financial Aid:
Chapman participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 116400)

Chapman Faculty

Chapman has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4543
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5337

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$112,8061*
Associate professorcalendar year4$75,0002*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*4$83,089
All faculty totalcalendar year8$92,2757$99,163

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year75$134,15724$115,300
Associate professoracademic year62$90,74424$81,939
Assistant professoracademic year53$74,56359$73,787
Instructoracademic year6$73,3179$56,760
All faculty totalacademic year196$102,447116$82,741

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Chapman Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Division III Independents
Basketball Division III Independents
Baseball Division III Independents
Track Division III Independents

Chapman Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Studies, General
Tax Law/Taxation (LLM, JSD/SJD)

Liberal Arts
American History (United States)
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
European History
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Nutrition Sciences

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology

Therapy And Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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