Chapman is located in Orange, CA, the Center of Orange County. The school has 6,500 undergrads. The campus is on about 80 picturesque acres and has great old landmark architecture mixed with more recent construction. Chapman is one of the oldest private universities n California.
Chapman is known for its film, tv and performing arts programs, but it also has great business, communication studies and biology departments. Other popular majors include psychology, economics and health sciences. All freshmen take a 4 part general ed requirement. The school talks about freshman year as a “window of opportunity” to learning. Chapman offers small class size (average is 20) and all classes are taught by professors, there are no teaching assistants. Students talk about the in-depth, personalized learning and engaged professors. Learning is hands-on and active. The film school in particular gets high marks for its active learning opportunities and internships. Students praise the career center for it’s accessibility and support. Chapman prides itself on its innovative learning and this includes access to internships and work experience.
About ⅓ of Chapman students live on campus. About 80% of freshmen live on campus and are housed according to majors. 25% of men and about 50% of women join the Greek system; students say Greek life isn’t huge. Chapman competes in D3 sports. Old Towne Orange is full of bars, shops and restaurants. The beach is 25 minutes away and there are a lot of places accessible for the day including L.A., San Diego and Disneyland.