Valedictorians. Feature filmmakers. A Nobel laureate. Students from more than 60 countries. Future entrepreneurs. Visionaries who want an education that asks them to connect the dots between disciplines and their humanity to create meaningful, character-driven lives. That’s who comes to Chapman University.
Located in Orange, California, Chapman is a mid-sized private university with a total undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 7,570 students*. Just steps away from the restaurants and shops in Orange’s Old Towne Plaza, Chapman’s stately, palm-treed campus is a centerpiece of this comfortable mid-sized city. Ideally situated within an hour’s drive of Los Angeles, our southern California location provides easy access to LA and Hollywood internships, beautiful beaches, Disneyland, mountains and desert.
Our whole personal education attracts students from different backgrounds and countries from all over the world. We have students from 49 states, the U.S. territories and more than 60 different countries*.
Our diverse student body combined with our small classes make it possible for you to connect across borders and backgrounds, opening your experience to different cultures and ways of viewing the world.
We emphasize the interdisciplinary study of the arts and sciences as well as professional programs, giving both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to become multidimensional, original thinkers—the kind of people who flourish in a challenging world.
Not only do we strive to connect academic areas of inquiry through interdisciplinary study, we also work to connect students to faculty and the University to the community, so that your education is personal, relevant and engaged in the larger world.
*Data from CIRO
Facts & History
Founded as Hesperian College in 1861 in Woodland, California by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we admitted men and women and people of color from our earliest days. Endowed by the Valencia orange magnate Charles Clarke Chapman, the institution changed its name to Chapman College in 1934, and by 1954 had moved to the former campus of Orange Union High School in Orange, California. The college again extended higher educational access when it began offering classes to military personnel at El Toro Marine Base.
In 1965, Chapman took undergraduate education to the high seas when it began running World Campus Afloat, the program that would eventually become Semester at Sea, a tradition that continues at Chapman through our world-wide study abroad programs.
Since our founding, Chapman has grown into a highly regarded university that attracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States, and more than 60 nations around the world.
Our mission statement: To provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.
- U.S. News and World Report ranks Chapman University #7 in the Western region.
- Princeton Review lists Chapman in its “378 Best Colleges” guide.
- The Templeton Foundation included Chapman in its Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges.
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