Chapman University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree and certificate programs Chapman University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

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About Chapman University

Chapman University is a private, Christian university in Orange, California, located less than an hour away from Los Angeles. Chapman has been listed sixth in the Western region by U.S. News and World Report, and it has been included in the Templeton Foundation's Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges and the Princeton Review's 371 Best Colleges.


The university has seven schools and colleges offering about 50 undergraduate areas of study and more than 40 graduate programs. Chapman also offers certificate and licensing programs, including programs specific to career qualification or advancement. Chapman also has an honors program in which students take a specialized set of interdisciplinary and discussion-based courses.

The main library building houses nine different libraries, while the law library is housed in a separate facility. The university has a study-abroad program that offers students the chance to study in another country for a semester or an entire academic year.


Chapman University applicants must submit the online common application as well as the university's application supplement and a $70 application fee. Other required materials include a letter of recommendation and a secondary school report form from a school counselor. Applicants should also submit their ACT or SAT scores, high school transcripts, and college transcripts, if applicable. Those applying for the art, theatre, film/media arts, dance, and music programs must provide additional materials required by the appropriate departments. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework can be applied toward a student's degree if the subject area and scores meet the university's requirements.

Film production candidates must apply by November 1st, which is also the university-wide early admission application deadline. Dance and music applicants applying for early admission must complete their auditions by November 10th, and theatre applicants applying for early admission must complete their auditions by December 1st. The application deadline for regular decision is January 15th.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, the tuition at Chapman was $20,520 per semester for full-time students. Part-time students and students taking classes over the full-time allowance paid $1,275 per credit. The cost of a meal plan was $1,983 per semester, and the costs of on-campus housing ranged from $4,776 to $11,668. The university has a payment plan that allows students to divide their balance in five payments; interest fees apply.

Financial aid at Chapman comes in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and federal work-study. Students interested in any aid managed by the university should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university's priority deadline for FAFSA submission is March 2nd.

School Type Private not-for-profit, four-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificates*
Religious Affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)**
School Setting Mid-sized city**
Student Body 7,155 in 2011**
Student Housing Four freshmen halls, three sophomore/upperclassman halls, and an apartment complex*
Schools and Programs Seven schools and colleges, around 50 undergraduate majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to one*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011
Bachelor's: Business administration and management (217)
Master's: Business administration and management (147)
Doctoral: Law (177)**
Graduation Rates Students starting in 2003:
53% in 4 years
73% in 6 years
75% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 45% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,273 first-time undergrads in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 91% of full-time students, 100% of part-time students (Fall 2010 to Fall 2011)**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 24-29 in 2011
Middle 50% SAT scores: 1680-1970 composite in 2011**
Application Due Date Early admission deadline is November 1st, regular admission deadline is January 15th*
Tuition (2012-2013) $20,520 per semester (full-time tuition; excludes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (78%), Pell grants (21%), federal student loans (65%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86% of full-time freshmen in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Chapman University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Chapman University Office of Admission, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866
  • Phone: (714) 997-6711 or (888) 282-7759
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