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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chapman University at a Glance


Vision Statement

Chapman University will be a student-centered institution, recognized nationally and internationally as a center of academic and personal excellence that prepares our students to contribute to a global society.


The mission of Chapman University is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.

Central Commitments

The mission of Chapman University finds expression through the following central commitments:

  • Create stimulating learning environments for a diverse population.
  • Recruit and retain an outstanding faculty that cherishes teaching, research and creative activity as primary professional commitments and that strives to build a creative intellectual community in which the inquiring life is exemplified by a shared commitment among students and faculty to the pursuit of knowledge.
  • Offer curricula that integrate liberal arts and professional learning in order to foster independent and critical thinking, effective communication and an international perspective.
  • Create learning, living and working environments that foster diversity, multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas.
  • Affirm our openness to diverse religious, spiritual, political and ethical traditions.
  • Encourage the linkage between a life of learning and service and vital interaction of the University with our wider communities.
  • Devote resources in a fiscally responsible manner to support outstanding teaching, scholarship and learning and develop facilities that enhance the living and learning environments.


Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001). Chapman University is also proud to have many of its programs nationally accredited through the following accreditors:

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (fully accredited status at time of publication)
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (provisional at time of publication)
  • American Bar Association
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (part of the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation)
  • International School Psychology Association
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre


Chapman University is a member of the Independent Colleges of Southern California, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Western College Association, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Council of Graduate Schools, and the Western Association of Graduate Schools. The Fowler School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).


Chapman University is California's third largest private university and has been ranked in the top tier of the U.S. News & World Report listing of Western comprehensive colleges and universities for the last 24 years. In student selectivity, Chapman has ranked first or second in U.S. News for the past decade, a direct tribute to the quality of our students. The University has also earned accolades from U.S. News & World Report for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Recognizing Chapman's focus on values and ethics, the University has been listed in the highly respected Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development. Recognition of the quality of a Chapman education is also reflected in the fact that since 1993 we have established more than 50 endowed chairs and professorships and have received grants from the nation's most prestigious foundations. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R2 "high research activity" institution. The media have recognized Chapman's value as well: The Orange County Register has called Chapman "one of the hottest private schools in California," The Washington Post lists Chapman as a "hidden gem" among U.S. universities, and Kiplinger's names Chapman as among the best values in higher education.


Chapman University is located in the heart of Orange County, California, an exciting and ever changing nexus of technology, business and the arts. A blend of new, state of the art and historic buildings on the Chapman campus offers students the latest educational and technological resources. Among recent additions to the campus:

  • The Keck Center for Science and Engineering, opened in the fall of 2018, houses the science and engineering programs in the Schmid College of Science and Technology and the Fowler School of Engineering. At 140,000 square feet, it is the largest and most ambitious building in the University's history.
  • The Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus, located in Irvine, houses classrooms and laboratories for graduate students enrolled in the Chapman University School of Pharmacy, doctoral physical therapy program, the master of medical science physician assistant program and other graduate health science programs in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, an elegant 1,044 seat high tech professional arts venue that can accommodate full scale Broadway, opera, ballet and other touring productions, as well as Chapman student performances.
  • The Hilbert Museum of California Art, which exhibits and celebrates the unique California Scene Painting movement that flourished roughly 1920-1970, depicting important growth and change in the Golden State.

A Chapman Education

A Chapman education focuses on the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual dimensions of life. Unlike many schools of its size, Chapman emphasizes a personalized approach to education. In addition, a number of programs have received the highest level of national accreditation.

Liberal Arts

Chapman's integrated curriculum fosters independent and critical thinking, effective communication and an international perspective in the major and across fields. These principles provide students the educational foundation they need to succeed in all their endeavors.

Professional Schools

Chapman offers professional programs in business, pharmacy, education, film and television, law, music and more. Professional programs connect the intellectual to the practical and integrate academic studies with realistic challenges.

Co-Curricular Learning

Learning outside the classroom is vital. Chapman strives to provide experiences and inspiration necessary for a balanced life-a life of giving, inner growth and self-realization. Chapman offers a rich and varied range of activities and opportunities, tailored to help students explore their interests.

Values and Ethics

One of the most distinguishing aspects of a Chapman education is the ethical emphasis that underscores all academic and student life programs. Students are challenged to think, examine their values and prepare for their future considering how the world might be a better place and how they might contribute to the world. These values and ethics are based in the distinctive denominational history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) respecting all persons, faiths, and service to the world, and our inclusive Fish Interfaith Center, upholding the Spiritual Pillar of Chapman University.

For inquiry and the opportunity to learn more about Chapman's vision of personalized education contact the Office of Admission noted below or explore Chapman's website at www.chapman.edu.

Office of Admission

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, California 92866
(714) 997-6711


Location: Orange, California

Organization: The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, School of Communication, College of Performing Arts and School of Pharmacy.

First Classes: 1861 (as Hesperian College)

President: Daniele C. Struppa

Faculty: 522 full-time

Enrollment: 9,608

Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Fields of study: More than 40

Annual Cost: Approximately $71,660 for tuition, room and board (double occupancy), books, supplies and undergraduate student fees

Student Aid: More than 84 percent of students receive some sort of financial aid

Athletics: Member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III

Women: basketball, cross country, crew (club sport), golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo
Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, crew (club sport), football, golf, ice hockey (club sport), lacrosse (club sport), soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field water polo