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Chapman University Overview

Chapman University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Orange, California. The city atmosphere of Orange makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Chapman University Known For?

1,733 Undergraduate Awards
$55,130 Avg Cost After Aid
57% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Chapman is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at Chapman is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Chapman with a bachelor's degree make about $54,500 a year. That's 34% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Chapman student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Chapman University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Chapman.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Business/Corporate Communications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Design & Applied Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#121 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Chapman has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Film, Video & Photographic Arts College Factual
#10 Best Colleges for Drama & Theater Arts College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#49 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#108 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Chapman University?

Location of Chapman University

Contact details for Chapman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866
Phone: 714-997-6815
Website: https://www.chapman.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChapmanUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chapmanu

How Do I Get Into Chapman?

You can apply to Chapman online at: https://www.chapman.edu/admission/undergraduate/applynow.aspx

Admission Requirements for Chapman

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Chapman?

57% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
57% Submit SAT Scores
Chapman has an acceptance rate of 57%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 55%, and the acceptance rate for women is 58%.

Average Test Scores

About 57% of students accepted to Chapman submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 590 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Chapman University  ( 600 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Chapman University  ( 590 to 680 )
200
800
Chapman received ACT scores from 63% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 32. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Chapman University  ( 25 to 32 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Chapman University  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Chapman University  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Chapman University?

$55,130 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
1.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Chapman is $55,130. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Chapman, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $7,264 a year. That adds up to $29,056 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chapman is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Chapman University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,785 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,281 undergraduate students at Chapman, with 6,785 being full-time and 496 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Chapman

There are also 2,327 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,785 full-time undergraduates at Chapman, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Chapman

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Chapman University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Chapman Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 893
Black or African American 117
Hispanic or Latino 1,060
White 3,570
International Students 271
Other Races/Ethnicities 874

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Chapman University. At this time, 44 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 75 countries are represented at Chapman. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and India.

Online Learning at Chapman University

2 Took All Classes Online
52 Took At Least One Class Online
153.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 52 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Chapman has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Chapman

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Chapman University was 153.6%. This is the #280 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Chapman regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Chapman University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 376 113 0 489
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 191 80 0 271
Law 0 0 0 171 171
Drama & Theater Arts 0 90 20 0 110
General Psychology 0 99 0 0 99
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 17 72 89
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 89 89
Business/Corporate Communications 0 82 0 0 82
Political Science & Government 0 76 0 0 76
Public Relations & Advertising 0 69 6 0 75
Public Health 0 75 0 0 75
Communication & Media Studies 0 69 0 0 69
Accounting 0 53 13 0 66
General Education 0 60 0 0 60
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 51 0 51
General Biology 0 43 0 0 43
Writing Studies 0 27 16 0 43
Allied Health Professions 0 0 43 0 43
Communication Sciences 0 0 42 0 42
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 36 2 38
Business/Managerial Economics 0 37 0 0 37
General English Literature 0 29 8 0 37
Dance 0 32 0 0 32
Computer Science 0 31 0 0 31
Educational Administration 0 0 24 6 30
Computational Science 0 0 23 5 28
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 27 0 0 27
Music 0 27 0 0 27
Journalism 0 26 0 0 26
Sociology 0 26 0 0 26
Food Science Technology 0 0 24 0 24
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 21 0 21
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 13 8 0 21
Design & Applied Arts 0 18 0 0 18
Special Education 0 0 16 1 17
Legal Research 0 0 17 0 17
Philosophy 0 17 0 0 17
Romance Languages 0 16 0 0 16
Statistics 16 0 0 0 16
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 13 2 15
Computer Information Systems 0 13 0 0 13
Mathematics 0 13 0 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation 0 13 0 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 0 13 0 0 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 12 0 0 12
Student Counseling 0 0 9 0 9
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 5 4 0 9
History 0 9 0 0 9
Computer Engineering 0 8 0 0 8
Chemistry 0 6 0 0 6
Religious Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Social Work 0 5 0 0 5
Physics 0 2 0 0 2
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 1 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 0 1 0 0 1
Anthropology 0 1 0 0 1
Criminology 0 1 0 0 1
Economics 0 0 1 0 1
Graphic Communications 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 16 1,717 605 348 2,686

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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