Chapman University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
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Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Chapman University is a private, 4-year school located in Orange, CA. Situated less than 20 miles from the coast and 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the 75 acre campus features traditional architecture in a compact area. The campus is centered around Attallah Piazza near the library and the sports center. The school was founded in 1861 as Hesperian College in Woodland, CA, it was absorbed by California Christian College in 1931. In 1934, the school was renamed Chapman College and moved to Orange in 1954. The school reached university status in 1991. Chapman University also contains a separately accredited school within its structure: Brandman University with 25 physical locations and a virtual campus online. Notable alumni include actor Colin Hanks and former Ambassador to Spain George Argyros.

Academic Programs

Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and Doctorates in over 50 fields of study. Noted for Education, Physical Therapy and Performing Arts, the largest programs on campus are in Business and Performing Arts. The University is comprised of 10 schools and colleges: Argyros School of Business & Economics, College of Performing Arts, Crean College of Health & Behavioral Sciences, Schmid College of Science & Technology, College of Educational Studies, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Fowler School of Law, School of Pharmacy, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, School of Communication. Per the Mission Statement, Chapman seeks “To provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.” Unique is the Semester at Sea program, started in 1965 and originally known as University of the Seven Seas and World Campus Afloat. Ports of call include South Africa, China, Singapore and many more. Chapman was the primary academic sponsor from 1965-1975 and has continued to be one of the most well-represented schools throughout the years.

Student Life

There are over 6,300 undergraduate students enrolled in Chapman University, many of whom live on campus among the four main residence halls as well as suites and apartments. The University sponsors over 150 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the cardinal and grey Panthers, led by Pete the Panther, field teams in 12 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Among several campus traditions is the annual Holiday Wassail Banquet and Concert performed by Performing Arts students with a lengthy history. Students are held to a Code of Conduct, describes as follows: As members of the Chapman community, we commit ourselves to the following ethical ideals: Pursuit of Excellence; Integrity; Respect for Persons; Valuing Diversity; Freedom of Speech; Respect for the Environment; Honesty; Confidentiality; and Respect for University Resources. These 10 principles reflect Chapman University’s historical affiliation with the Disciples of Christ. They are intended as guidelines and aspirations, to be used for educational rather than enforcement purposes.

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