About Chapman University

Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally-ranked private university in Orange, California, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. Chapman serves nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students can choose from 110 areas of study within 11 colleges.

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Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine.

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The University features one of the top 10 film schools in the world, a top 10 U.S. law school, and recently opened the Fowler School of Engineering, in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering.


Our students come from 82 countries around the world and the richness of all the experiences make our university better. About 20% of students are first generation college students and 40% identify as people of color. More than 80% of all Chapman University students receive some type of financial aid. The average amount of aid is about $22,000.


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