Chapman University was founded in 1861 and is a private, non-profit university affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Chapman is located in Orange, California, and encompasses ten colleges and schools. It was originally founded as Hesperian College and it’s opening for classes on March 4, 1861 was set to coincide with the exact hour of Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration. Chapman University is ranked in the top-tier of western region universities and colleges by the U.S. News and World Report.
The mission of Chapman University “is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.” Chapman University’s academic programs are focused on the arts and sciences, and the school strives to promote a diverse group of students with its distinguished education platform.
Chapman University is located on 75 acres in historic Old Town in the city of Orange, California. New students wishing to live on campus receive priority as long as their application is completed and submitted by priority deadlines. On-campus housing is also available for continuous students who participate in the Panther Housing Selection in the Spring semester. Limited housing is available for law and graduate students and their families.
A personalized academic experience is offered to all students of Chapman University. They encourage interdisciplinary education, promoting studying abroad, fostering collaboration between students and faculty and actively fostering student research. Students at Chapman University learn from a distinguished faculty that includes published authors, MacArthur fellows, Academy Award winners and Nobel Prize winners.
Chapman University has more than 500 student-athletes who compete at the NCAA Division III level of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 21 sports. Known as the Panthers, Chapman University’s men’s intercollegiate sports include water polo, tennis, swimming, soccer, golf, football, cross country, basketball and baseball, and their women’s intercollegiate sports include water polo, volleyball, track and field, tennis, swimming and diving, softball soccer, lacrosse, cross country and basketball.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The annual tuition at Chapman University is very expensive with the typical additional costs of housing, transportation (if living off of campus) and books. Financial aid is also available to qualified students in the form of scholarships, loans, grants and more. Please refer to the school’s website for the most up-to-date tuition and financial aid information.
Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Chapman University’s business programs are accredited by AACSB and many of their other programs are also nationally accredited.
Chapman University admissions are competitive. The application deadline for Fall Freshmen is typically in mid-January, and in mid-March for transfer students. If Freshmen students are seeking Early Action, or non-binding and High School Film production admission, the deadline is in early November. The application deadline for all Spring applicants is in mid-October and applications received after the deadlines are reviewed only on a space available basis.
All applicants to Chapman University are required to have either their SAT or ACT, and it is recommended all applicants have an admission interview. The application fee is $65 for undergraduate students and $60 for graduate students.
For more information about Chapman University Admissions, contact the school directly at:
Office of Admission
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
Phone: 714-997-6711 or 888-CU-APPLY
General Fax: 714-997-6713
Application Fax: 714-628-3404