Beware! Your tour guide at Chapman may be especially perky!
With a full-time enrollment of just over 6,000 students, Chapman University is located in the tiny hamlet of Orange, California. The students will happily tell you that Disneyland is 15 minutes away and the beach, 20. While students are not required to live on campus, 90% of the freshmen live in the dorms, and 37% of all students live on campus. Most upperclassmen rent the quaint homes, many of them original California bungalows, that dot the surrounding area.
The most popular major at Chapman is Business Administration. The second most popular major is Cinematography/Film Production, and Communications and Sports Medicine are other very strong majors. Art majors are required to put on an exhibit of their own work some time in their junior or senior year. Film Production majors must apply Early Action; most artists must submit a portfolio with their application. A list of all degrees offered is here.
Our tour guide was happy to share that Chapman’s Experimental Economics department is third in the nation – and Harvard’s is fourth (she mentioned it twice), and that in contrast to both the Cal State and UC campuses, there are no impacted majors. There is no core curriculum at Chapman, nor are there teaching assistants. Students talk about how accessible their professors are, both in and out of the classroom. Chapman’s tutoring center offers free help for students who need it, and those who catch on quickly can earn extra money by being tutors themselves.
About half the students have cars; parking is included in the fees assessed, but students who do not park a car on campus receive a refund of some money. About 35% of the students join one of the 6 sororities and 7 fraternities. The dorms are spacious and very modern.
About 35% of students study abroad at some point during their 4 years at Chapman, and students proudly claim that Chapman started the Semester at Sea program in the 1960’s.
Chapman’s Wilkinson Hall, built in 1904, is home to the Experimental Economics department (which you will recall is ranked higher than Harvard’s!), and is on the National Historic Register.