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  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There isn't a student who wouldn't benefit from Chapman. Specifically, however, I would say the types of students that would succeed the most at this University would be: academically motivated, social, eager, and involved

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into life at Chapman with excitement and be prepared to jump right into the many things it has to offer. My experience has been so successful because I had a hunger to experience and take advantage all of Chapman's many opportunities to learn and expand myself. Be ready to take it head on :)

    Am enjoying being here

    Chapman offers something to suit each individual's interests and hobbies. The people are amazing, and one can attain just about anything they are looking for on and off campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are extremely challenging but the professors are wonderful in the fact that they keep the students engaged and excited about the course and subject matter. I love my professors and everything that I am learning

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 2 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Chapman's campus is safe, no doubt about it. We have this mini army of Public Safety officers who make sure you're not drunk in public, or smoking weed by the volleyball courts. If you drive in the wrong direction for a while away from Chapman, you will notice things get a little sketchy. But the city of Orange overall is the chillest place ever.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a pretty big thing on campus. If you're looking to party it up and become friends with tons of people, I recommend joining! But it's not for everyone. I, for instance, didn't join because although I love to have fun nights out, I cannot stand being social all of the time. God forbid I ever have to small talk more than I did at Freshman Orientation (which is fun by the way, and where you will meet a lot of people).

    Clubs and Activities

    Apply to the Honors Program!! Chapman also has a ton of clubs and activities, so if you were involved in something in high school, chances are you could continue your involvement here at Chapman!

    Great for these types of students

    If you ever visit campus, you will notice that a lot of people are very stylish and attractive. Don't let this stain your impression of the intelligence of Chapman kids. Some kids don't seem to ever study and smoke weed in their bathroom everyday(but still manage a 3.9) and other kids seem to enjoy going crazy only every other weekend and studying until past midnight. Whatever/whoever you are or want to be, you will find your niche at Chapman.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run is a semi-annual tradition that takes place on the Wednesday night of finals week. Basically, you wear your underwear and run around school and the main street of the city of Orange. Sounds ridiculous, but it's actually a LOT of fun. Plus, Chapman students are notoriously very attractive so...

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it's a private school so it's expensive. But again, Chapman gives away so much in scholarships. Also, as a student you will be well pampered. As you walk through campus you will be surrounded by beautiful architecture, landscape, fountains, and marble. As you sit through lecture, you will notice we have some of the most interesting and intellectual professors. As you wonder about your future, you will have access to almost an unlimited supply of resources concerning internships and job opportunities. How much you get out of your tuition depends on how much involvement you initiate yourself.

    What to do for fun

    You are in ORANGE COUNTY. There is an infinite amount of things to do for fun. Being a kid in Disneyland, napping at Newport Beach, clubbing in West Hollywood, partying in Los Angeles, partying at school, partying at USC/UCLA, or the best thing to do in college--NAP WHENEVER YOU WANT.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining hall has an Asian station (sushi everyday!), European station, American station, Panini/Salad bar, desert station, you name it. There is only one dining hall, but this is sufficient given the size of the school. There are also places on campus that are included in the meal plan (Jamba Juice, Einstein Bagels, WOW wings, library cafe, another cafe in the business school....). Also, Henley Basement is open from 8pm late into the night for midnight snacks. You will not go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Every room has its own bathroom! Not to mention the dorms are kept nice and clean by the cleaning staff. The only downside is that we have a few dorm halls that are more outdated than the newer buildings. Where ever you live on campus though, you will enjoy college life and its immense amount of freedom.

    Academic Rigor

    Our academic performance is constantly compared to schools with big names, and I'm proud to say that our academics are just as impressive as other well-known schools like USC! The top places to study here are at the business school or the film school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared away by the private school tuition. Chapman has SO much money to give away through scholarships, especially if you performed well in high school and on SATs. Also, if possible check out the campus! It's true that different schools have different feels, and you'll want to see for yourself if Chapman can be your new home.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is an up-and-coming school, as seen through not only the expansion of campus facilities but the growth in student resources. Chapman will continue to grow for the simple reason that people with not just higher SAT scores but higher ambitions are applying to and choosing to attend Chapman. At this school you will find the perfect balance of a challenging workload and a fun social life.

  • 12/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chapman is great for Film students, Law students, Business students, Actors, and anyone seeking a good future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose a school that is an appropriate size for you. If you want a major football school, look into that. If you want a school with a large amount of people, look into that. If there are certain clubs or teams you are interested in, really see what the school has to offer. If you like smaller classrooms with a good teacher-to-student relationship, nice facilities, good relationships with peers and professors, then you will love Chapman.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying top dollar for top education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Home cooking will be missed, but the dining facility is unbelievable. It is unreal for a college. The dorms are spacious and comfortable.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning about subjects that were unclear for me in the past, and being able to expand my knowledge on subjects that are interesting and not commonly discussed is what someone should look for in a college.

  • 01/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I see so many different people on campus, that I don't know if there is a big stereotype. I was afraid that being in Orange County, it was going to be full of a bunch of uber-rich Southern California kids, but it really isn't. It's just a great place to meet a bunch of different students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get to know as many students as you can during orientation week. Also important to talk to professors and get to know them, because they will respond better when you are struggling or need a letter of recommendation later down the road.

    Bang for the buck

    I know that tuition and living expenses are pricey and up there, but it is so worth it. Just be sure to really make it worth your money. Study and go to class! Don't take your teacher having no attendance policy as an excuse to not go to class. If you go to class and take up every opportunity they offer, it is worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is such a great environment and I have made so many friends that I know will be lifelong friends. The school is in a great location and close to so many different places... Disneyland, the beach, the mountains, the city... it's all there!

    Am learning a lot

    I have never felt so engaged and been challenged to this amount. Classes are hard, but they make me really want to study and do well in the class. The professors are really there to help you and I have found that if you go talk to them and ask them questions, they will answer them and it really helps.

  • 01/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone going into the arts or humanities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the price tag intimidate you. And if you're looking for a large-school atmosphere or a party school, you may want to rethink Chapman.

    Bang for the buck

    Very VERY expensive, but also very generous with scholarships. And definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Aside from academics, the people are incredibly friendly. Even though I'm an art major, I have friends in almost every section of the school. That's just how the campus is set up. It's also a relatively small school, so chances are you'll see at least three people you know on the way to and from class. A very nice and welcoming environment.

    Am learning a lot

    I've had such a great time with all my professors. They're all very personable and willing to talk to you. I lucked out with classmates as well, almost all of whom actually wanted to be in the class. I love it here.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is everywhere, all the time. I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life runs most of the night time social scene at Chapman. Chapman, however, is not a big time party school. Kickbacks are more common. All frats allow non-members to party with them. You just have to know where the party is.

    Clubs and Activities

    Chapman has over 80 student-run clubs on campus. If none of them suite your fancy, it's quite easy to start one and receive funding for it (~$200 per semester). Chapman really promotes students getting involved with the community and with their peers.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students. All the students at Chapman are fun, personable, and happy to be there. If your looking for a major athletic college, however, you might want to look elsewhere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The last Wednesday of Finals week, the students get together for the annual Undie Run. As the name implies, everyone strips down to their underwear and run down the street to downtown Orange and back. Over 1,000+ students participate.

    Bang for the buck

    On paper, Chapman seems to be quite expensive. However, with more than 85% of students receiving a 20K scholarship, Chapman is actually cheaper than UCLA. The personal attention from the professors and small class size (less than 30 students) cannot be matched by comparable schools.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Disneyland! We got an annual pass an went over 50 times our freshmen year. Park in the Disneyland parking lot and get three hours of free parking. Download the Disneyland Wait Time app on your phone to know when the park is empty.

    Food and Dining

    The food available at the Caf is overall quite good. You use a swipe to get into the Caf and then it is all you can eat. I helped run a food blog named NomsorNot.com which reviewed the food available at Chapman during the 11-12 school year.

    Dorm Life

    Since Chapman's recently explosion of applicatns, only Freshmen and Sophomores can live on campus. Freshmen dorm placement depends on the student's interest as Chapman likes to put students with similar interest together. North Morlan is the only freshmen dorm with two roommates per room. Every other freshmen dorm is three per room.

    Academic Rigor

    Chapman is not easy. The liberal arts ideals challenges students to take a variety of classes not directly tied to their major. These classes, however, are interesting and allow one to meet explore new areas of focus. Chapman's professors are also very personable and easy to access.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Early!! Chapman has a lot of scholarship money to give out and you have a better chance to receive it the earlier you apply. Also, visit the school. Take the daily tour, meet the director/professors in your field of interest, and ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is a small tight-knit university with a lot of spirit. If you are serious about your education, like small classrooms, want to get involved, and want to know your professors, this is hands-down the place to attend. Beautiful weather and a wonderful community.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! A.S plans tons of events for the students, and the sports games are fun if you show your spirit. And while most students complain about dorms, Chapman's dorms are nice, and the dorm life experience is a must. Make an effort to meet the other people in your hall. And aside from social life, of course prepare to focus in your academics as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's an amazing campus and only 20 minutes from Newport Beach!

    Am learning a lot

    You will learn as much as the effort you put into your classes.

  • 07/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is great if you love Southern California, are interested in Film, Business, Marketing/Advertising, Psychology, Performing Arts, Athletic Training and International Studies. Our Science department is steadily growing, especially in Research and medical professions. Also, if you are from out of the country, it is a great school for international students since we offer several languages and programs for study abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you don't know what your major is or if you switch. The decision will be worth it because it means you are more certain of your choice. Also, take advantage of the free resources such as the Academic Advising Center and Career Center. They are very helpful! And if you can, stop by for a visit! The Old Towne Orange Circle is very popular for students and is only a few steps away, full of food, antique shops, and historic places to visit! And take advantage of Study Abroad!

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is costly, but hunt for scholarships (especially through Cappex!) and find as much financial aid as you can. For the cost though, you do get a quality education and experiences such as lectures with famous scholars, resources that are free, and you have a classroom ratio of 20:1. You also can get involved with so much throughout the year that will really help you succeed at Chapman such as clubs, sororities, fraternities, academic involvement, study abroad and so much more!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is gorgeous! You can sit anywhere and feel peaceful. The campus isn't overcrowded and I have met some fabulous people since I have been at Chapman. There are a lot of things to do outside of the classroom and there are plenty of fun spots to do things such as Disneyland, Angels Stadium and the Honda Center.

    Academic Rigor

    I have learned more about myself through the classes I take and discovering my beliefs and defining myself through my strengths. Although I have switched my major from Biology to Psychology, I ultimately learned that I will have more opportunities because I searched for what I really love and who I am, and what I see my future to be as.

  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chapman is the place for those who: -want to be taught by recognized experts -are inquisitive and desire professional answers -appreciate small class sizes -desire to be the best they can be

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have decided to become part of the amazing Chapman experience then I would like to say: -Ask questions! Chapman is one of the few places where you are sitting close enough for a professor to see your raised hand. -Visit your professors during office hours. All of the professors have an office time where you can meet them after class and ask for help on assignments or the material taught. -Bring a jacket to the annual Undie Run. Rumor has it that it gets cold.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman's world class professors, small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities does come with a price. However, Chapman is very generous and hands out grants to most students to cover a substantial amount of the tuition ticket. Dear reader, you are most likely one of those students and you will see a portion, if not half or more, of your tuition being covered.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chapman is a small school that offers unbelievable class sizes (the largest lecture hall holds about 100 students--average class sizes at public institutions are easily seven times that amount). Unfortunately for me, Chapman doesn't support all of my interests (however, I've been having a hard time finding a place that does!) but for most people Chapman will help you achieve your goals--academic and personal.

    Am learning a lot

    If you like to learning directly from the experts is what you want then you will love Chapman. Chapman's classes are taught by world renowned professors including Nobel Prize winner Dr. Vernon L. Smith, winner of the Wolff Prize Yakir Aharonov and the famous political scientist Dr. Lori Cox Hans who taught my freshman class. Be the envy of your friends by learning from the best.

  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Low Income, Mid Income, students who require one on one attention, students who work better in smaller environments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Jump in with both feet. Join everything you can handle. Go to mixers, go to networking meetings and study study study. Remember College is fun, it's a new world, new experience and you should enjoy every facet of it.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer Pell Grants, CalGrants and Federal Student Loans to help students prepare their financial needs.

    Am enjoying being here

    Small class size is a plus in this institution. The fact that they merged with another school shows a real commitment to the students and the future of their school.

    Am learning a lot

    Chapman University offers me the support and small class size that all students would need to succeed in their choice to continue on in their educational goals. The professors treat us equally and are experienced in the field they instruct us in. I feel that any student that attends Chapman is in for the best time of their life. It has old school charm as well as new innovative techniques to help us grow as young adults into productive ones.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. Literally all kinds of people here. I'm a graphic design major and a baseball player and I feel welcome everywhere. That's the great thing about this school, it's an art school, but there's so many great majors to take in addition to football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse and Greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming freshmen, really read into the FFC you're signing up for, I extremely dislike my FFC, it's not at all what I thought it would be. Way too much Greek mythology and Shakespeare which I was over with in high school.

    Bang for the buck

    The school puts a lot of money into looking and nice and making sure the students feel at home, they even pay workers to clean the sidewalks. More funds means greater learning technology, which in the end helps a lot.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and the class sizes are perfect. Personally I am never overloaded with work, but then again I'm taking relatively simple classes.

    Am learning a lot

    As of right now, I'm taking mostly G.E.s so it's mostly review, not really presenting any new learning materials as of yet, but I really enjoy the classes that I'm taking.

  • 04/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chapman is especially great for arts students [theatre, dance, music, film]. Their arts programs are recognized for their excellence. I am a theatre major and I love it! Their business school is also renonwned. Great for business majors.

    Bang for the buck

    Though Chapman is a private college-and therefore is expensive-it is well worth it. The experience you get at this school is unlike one you would get at any other college. The programs/classes available are diverse, and Chapman is well-known for many of these programs. Also, they offer great scholarships!

    Am enjoying being here

    Chapman is located in beautiful Southern California. The location could literally not be better. The weather is amazing-and you are conveniently located around ten minutes from Disneyland. Southern California has a lot to offer. The environment at Chapman is very positive. The students and professors are extremely welcoming-you will meet life long friends. There are a huge amount of clubs and organizations available-Chapman offers a well-rounded college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    Chapman University offers many diverse and challenging courses which will not only educate you for your future career-they will prepare you for life. The professors are individuals who have worked in the fields that they are teaching. They have real life experience in these careers and can give you important information about them. They are dedicated to the students. If you seek them out-they are available to you. The professor student ratio is great! If you are looking for personalized attention-Chapman is for you.

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit! I wasn't sure that Chapman was the place for me. I had it in my head that it was too small. The student population was about one and half times that of my high school. Chapman was toward the middle of my list of nine colleges to which I applied. When I visited though, it immediately shot to number one. The feel of the campus, as well as the friendly faces around it, was what led me to be a Panther.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have visited and am moving into the dorms in less than a month. I couldn't be more excited!

    Will learn a lot

    I've talked to past and current students and they all gush about what they've learned. I've also already talked with some professors who seem incredibly passionate and excited about what they teach.

  • 01/07/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone who enjoys being in Orange County, meeting new people, and learning new things everyday.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to the new experience of college life because you only live through it once.

    Will enjoy being here

    The people are hard-working but fun just like me, so I know I will enjoy my time at this school.

    Will learn a lot

    Chapman has great academics, I know I will learn a lot and grow more as an individual.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    We have great overall programs, but we get special recognition for our film school, athletic training program, and business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Embrace it all. Give everything a try, because you will never get another chance to do it again.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is still expensive as it is a private liberal arts school. I believe that my diploma will be worth more in the future.

    Am enjoying being here

    The Campus is small enough to have great class sizes and a family feel, while still being in the middle of the OC and surrounding area. There is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The College of Educational Studies has done wonders with their programs. Not only is the Athletic Training program one of the top in their area, but the Integrated Educational Studies have been phenomenal as well

  • 05/14/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Crazy expensive, but I guess all schools are like this nowadays.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chapman is a great place for students looking to better themselves and the world. There are so many different places to be involved that if you desire a community, Chapman is the place to find it. A small school ensures you will know a lot of people and having a good time is easy. People here are laid back, but care about their school making for an appealing environment inside and out of the classroom!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in anything and everything. Chapman is such a great place and there are amazing people and faculty here. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people, because they will make you a better person. Embrace the opportunities provided by you by the school and don't hold back. Use the library because living in the dorms doesn't create a good environment for studying, and you are going to have to, just because its college doesn't mean it's a cake walk. Just remember to have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    While Chapman may seem a little expensive, the school is worth every penny. The cost of living on campus isn't cheap, but the dorms and dinning commons are great quality. The dorms may seem expensive, but at least you don't have to share a bathroom with 40 other people like at a UC!! The food in the dinning commons is such high quality, and there is constantly a variety so you never get bored. Chapman provides so many opportunities for students through jobs and internships while enrolled and after graduation. Here you don't have to worry about not getting your classes, like at a public school, and getting a degree in 4 years is practically guaranteed.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is in a great location and surrounded by so many things to do. Chapman is so close to the beach and not a far drive from la or the surrounding areas. Disneyland is within ten minutes, which makes it easy to hop in the car and take a trip to Disneyland for a few hours to reduce stress and have a great time with your friends. The weather is phenomenally! I would never have expected to be outside tanning in December while studying for finals. Chapman is all I could have asked for and more.

    Am learning a lot

    Chapman has a variety of classes that I would never have expected to be able to take. I am learning so much about the world around me from teachers who genuinely care about my education and me as a person. Every class I have taken at Chapman has expanded my horizon and taught me something I was not already aware of.

  • 06/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - Looking for small class-size - Into film related field - Want to get involved (has many opportunities for students)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with all the opportunities you get to enhance your college experience! Join clubs, participate in residence hall activities, attend special events (such as Undie Run!)...etc. You will definitely meet new people and make some lifelong friends!

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition is quite expensive (especially for the film students), it is worth it as you get to have numerous hands-on experience and the chance to make connections with people from the professional fields.

    Am enjoying being here

    At first, I was afraid of having hard time to adapt to the school as an international student. However, the school offers great sources that would assist students like us. The school has many cultural clubs/organizations for students to join. I met many of my good friends from the International Students Club and Asian Pacific Students Associations. New international students, even student from within the states, will feel like they are at home even if their miles away from their real homes.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a film production major student, and I have to say the film school is amazing. It has all the equipments you need to make a 'real' movie (green screen, sound stage, motion capture, editing suite...etc.) Additionally, all the professors have experienced in professional field and worked on notable movies. Therefore students are able to expand their knowledge in-class, and gain experience outside of class.

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It is really expensive, however, you are getting a great experience and prestige with your diploma.

    Will enjoy being here

    There is a large social scene as well as a strong academic program.

    Will learn a lot

    Small class sizes which means a lot of interaction with the professors.

  • 07/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the campus!

    Bang for the buck

    It is quite expensive since it is a private school, but it's totally worth it!

    Will enjoy being here

    Campus and surrounding area is beautiful! You don't even realize you are in the center of LA.

    Will learn a lot

    Small class sizes allow for a closer learning experience

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The film program is fantastic!!!! But there is also Dance, Music, Business, Sociology sciences and athletics. Honestly, there are so many options for a well rounded education, I couldn't cover them all.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend bringing a car if you can. Orange is nice but its a little difficult getting to grocery stores, malls, pharmacies and so on. Plus, if you get a Disneyland pass (which is less than 20 minutes away!!!!) a car is a convenient way of getting there. And if you are a film student, professors prefer that you use locations off campus for your short films. A car would be handy for transporting ,all of that equipment.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is beautiful and well maintained and people are nice. But tuition is pricey. You should make sure you can afford it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The weather is amazing for one!!!! Also the Campus is not to large, so you are able to meet all types of people. There are also tons of activities going on every week. Whatever you are interested in (community service, music, film, business, dance, etc....) there is something for you. I like how there are so many film screenings each week available to students for free! There are also a number of sororities land fraternities that are always doing something fun.

    Am learning a lot

    There are tons of courses to chose from, so you are bound to find something you are interested in. I myself am a film student and Chapman makes sure that no matter what major you are production, producing, PR, etc....) you learn the basics of visual storytelling.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who want nice weather 24/7, live near urban/suburban life, for students majoring in business, performing arts, film/digital art, psychology, education, and athletic training, for those who live in california currently, have a great interest in community service and campus involvement

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out study abroad programs early! They are costly and the application process takes up to a year. Start looking at scholarships and grants and apply for FAFSA!!! Look into on-campus jobs and explore the area. Chapman is located near so many awesome spots like the beaches, Disneyland, sport arenas, and the Circle. Best investment: An annual Disneyland pass :)

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is costly, but for your buck, you get nice quality and often times lots of free stuff! I volunteered for our Chapman Day of Service and each student got a free jacket (worth about $90) and were exclusively sold to Chapman students who participated in the event! But be prepared when you do look at the price tag however, because it is expensive when you add up your total

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met so many people from all over the country and I am getting involved on and off campus thanks to volunteer opportunities and events/clubs on campus. Not to mention, weather is pretty good out here most of the time. And there is plenty of food options thanks to being next door to the historic Orange Circle

    Am learning a lot

    College is more than just textbooks and all-nighters before finals. At Chapman, I have gotten hands-on experience in some of my classes and I like the fact that my professors use real life examples to correlate what I am learning in the classroom. You also have access to resources that can help clarify questions and expand your research when you study. I have never been taught by a TA; all of the faculty members want to be with their students and they are flexible with helping you succeed with office hours and free tutoring.

  • 01/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is always around campus and dorms and they offer rides and or someone to walk to your room late at night. they respond to complaints fairly quick.

    Greek Life

    the best Greek system I have seen. most of the Greek houses work together as a whole rather than competing against each other. if you don't want to be Greek there is to pressure to become Greek. However most students in Greek life are very respectable students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNDIE RUN!!, is not a school sanctioned event......but undie run happens at the end of every semester.

    Bang for the buck

    most students double major and almost every student has one or two minors. it is uncommon for someone to graduate from Chapman with only one major and/or no minors.

    What to do for fun

    Chapman is a small school with out Greek housing, so do not count on there being any of your typical animal house, frat boy college parties. a lot of students go to Disneyland because it is 15 minutes away from campus. There is also the beach, movies, shopping, clubs, trips to Hollywood, amusement parks. pretty much all the bonus of living in southern California.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is better than most schools. The Student Union has some fun options. The are a lot of restaurants with in walking distance of school.

    Dorm Life

    Expensive but worth it. If your not from southern California, be prepared to be thrown in an episode of the OC.

    Academic Rigor

    expect for every student to come to class having read the assignment and to have their well thought out opinions ready for class discussion.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved on campus rather in sports, clubs, student government, or Greek life. otherwise you might have hard time adjusting to Chapman.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is a small school with lots of friendly familiar faces. Chapman has great enthusiastic professors that are very personable. Chapman is really a school that is all about you.

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 92

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    Campus Safety

    if you need anything, anything at all, call public safety. while not always punctual, they do keep us safe and happy.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's something for everyone...really! music clubs, cooking clubs, social work clubs, even religious clubs. there's even a club that puts on rocky horror picture show every year, which i've heard is...interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    arts (music, theater, dance, and especially film) students will love this place. it is also widely acclaimed for the business program.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    go to the beckman hall terrace, up on the third floor. it has a great view of the piazza.

    Bang for the buck

    it's a little pricey, but the school gives out more money than the normal person can imagine for scholarships. it's well worth applying even if you think you won't be able to afford it. you'll be surprised.

    What to do for fun

    go to concerts and plays! play in the fountains! go to disneyland!!! there really are boundless opportunities. events around campus are sent out every week in an email newsletter, so you have no excuse to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    beware of cafeteria food! it's usually good...except on weekends and during interterm. there is a huge variety of food in the caf; every night there's something asian, italian, greek, and of course there are pizza and burgers and soup too. on-campus we have jazzman's cyber cafe, which has coffee easily comparable to starbuck's or peet's. we also have jamba juice, einstein bros. bagels, world of wings, and a little snack shop in the library for all those late-night studiers.

    Dorm Life

    our resident advisers (ras) work so hard to keep the resident students busy! there is always something to do. however, the walls are very thin and people like to go screaming down the hallways at night. oh, and sometimes the henley lobby smells like moldy bread and yogurt, but that's incidental. the basement is awesome though. there are pool tables and a gym and music practice rooms right downstairs from your room. it's pretty neat, actually.

    Academic Rigor

    the first year is just like high school, but with a more relaxed schedule. it does get harder and you will have to study, but the work is surprisingly rewarding. the professors are there to help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    chapman is not intimidating in the least, except for maybe the arts programs, which are fantastic but rigorous. if you are an arts student, make sure you are well-prepared for your audition/interview and have double-checked your portfolio. also, interviews are not necessary but i highly recommend having one to get your foot in the door.

    In three sentences

    if you want a beautiful campus, great small-town community feel just minutes away from some of the greatest los angeles area landmarks (including disneyland!), plus a strong academic community, this is the school for you. it has a fantastic variety of on-campus eateries, a four-story library, and a giant stone fountain in the middle of campus. plus, you can't beat this weather!

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 92

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    Tips for prospective students

    I was told by both an admissions counselor and the basketball coach that the school is not strong in biology/pre-medicine majors. The basketball coach went so far as to recommend other schools and advise that I not apply to Chapman at all. Their website and literature do not reflect this at all...in fact, they state the opposite. The tour was a complete waste of time and the flight to Orange Co. from Seattle was a waste of money.

    In three sentences

    The worst campus tour I've taken.

  • 04/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 92

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    Great for these types of students

    I really feel like Chapman can appeal to all types of students. The Dodge Film School is ranked as one of the top film school's in all of the nation and offers a excellent selection of courses for students interested in anything film related. In addition, Chapman has a very competitive and highly ranked Business School. There is a Law School, a great Theater and Dance program, a great Athletic Training and Physical Therapy Program. Overall, Chapman has so much to offer for such a small university.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would really recommend that prospective students come visit the campus and spend a good few days on campus and in the town around it. The campus and surrounding city gives off a great feel and is just an amazing environment.

    Bang for the buck

    Since Chapman is a private university, it is quite expensive, however I really feel that the amount of money each student pays in total is absolutely worth everything that Chapman offers. Students definitely see where their money is going because Chapman is great about giving back to the community and more importantly putting the money we pay into the university. We have a stunning campus that continues to grow and beautify, and we have tons of extracurricular activities and events that the University puts on for students in order to give back.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love Chapman because not only does it provide students with a spectacular education, but it provides students with a plethora of opportunities to get involved in the community, on campus, and with other students. The student life on campus is so fun and exciting. There are always things to be doing and ways to be getting involved.

    Am learning a lot

    Chapman has such a unique learning environment and I am able to really divulge myself into the education and knowledge that Chapman University provides. The classes are small enough to really enhance my learning experience because of the professor to student interaction. Chapman University provides such a personalized education because of the relationships formed between students and professors.

  • 10/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit the campus to see what the atmosphere is like..

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is pricey, there is a payment plan so you can pay month to month instead of all at once.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here!

    Am learning a lot

    Yes! But since the freshman class is growing it is hard to get on-campus tutoring. Hopefully they fix it soon!

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    28 of 92

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    Tips for prospective students

    Check your financial aid package, ask about their Greek system, ask about their campus activities, and local shopping/places to go.

    Bang for the buck

    This is the reason I had to leave. They do not meet 100% financial need and this is an expensive school. They do offer a lot with some amazing programs but be sure you can afford it.

    Did enjoy being here

    With so many activities and clubs there is always something to do on campus. Many students have Disney passes and go to the park regularly. The students and staff are all really friendly and are always willing to help each other. The students take part in a lot of charity work. This year I know the campus has a goal of 150,000 volunteer hours and last I checked they were at 100,000!

    Did learn a lot

    The classes are great! The professors are passionate about their subjects and encourage students to as well. The classes can be challenging but are doable.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 92

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    Great for these types of students

    I would say all types of students would benefit, As a graduate student I meet people who I will probably work with someday, and people who I enjoy working with.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here. It is a very calm and friendly place where you are supported constantly. The food is great and they even have Einstein's bagels.

    Academic Rigor

    The food is very good. It is offered buffet style in Sandhu. On main campus, food is available in Argyos Forum in the form of Einstein's bagels, Jamba Juice and World of Wings. There are also places on campus where you cam get a quick pick me up, as well as all kinds of food places within 5 minutes of the campus.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Public Safety on patrol 24/7 and safety escort available.

    Greek Life

    Majority of students are part of Greek. Look forward to Greek Week, Skit and Airband!

    Clubs and Activities

    Academic, Social, Greek, Sport are available

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, goal oriented, high achiever students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run On Campus Concert ( i.e LMAO)

    What to do for fun

    Go Greek! Disneyland is just around the corner. If you're a baseball or hockey fan, Honda Center and Angels Stadium are minutes away. Beaches are nearby.

    Food and Dining

    Gourmet food in the dining room. Walking distance to restaurants at Old Chapman community.

    Dorm Life

    You have to experience it! You will develop long lasting relationship with your roommate and Greek sister and brother

    Academic Rigor

    Students are high achievers and still maintain a social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to be academically disciplined, focused and able to handle multi task. The average student has a GPA above 3.2, involve in clubs and part of the Greek community.

    In three sentences

    If you prefer a smaller and more personal environment, then Chapman is like a small community where faces will eventually become familiar. The classes are small enough that you will get to know your teachers and classmates and vise versa. Support system from advisors/teachers/tutors are always available. And if you are interested in becoming part of the Greek community, 65% of student population are either in a sorority or fraternity.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 92

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    Campus Safety

    great!

    Greek Life

    i don't know much about it, but its alive and well.

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of sport & extramural activities on offer.

    Great for these types of students

    grad school at dodge college is great for: social individuals wanting to make films and looking for diverse environment in which to do so.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is an annual charity underwear run. the filmschool has studios, foley stages, a theatre and many other luxuries.

    Bang for the buck

    dodge college specifically: its an expensive school, but if you take it filmmaking seriously it is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    work on sets! go drinking at pauls. go to newport. movies at local cinemas (or the one in the filmschool). roller skating. cycling. sports. (there are great facilities) talks / debates - chapman is good at keeping you aware on what is happening at the school.

    Food and Dining

    the meals served are good, but there is a lack of food options on campus. the center of town is a couple of blocks away, but the food prices there cater for tourists, not for students.

    Dorm Life

    (haven't attended a dorm) but they look new and pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    good academic standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring a bicycle along - the city has a small town feel. everyone cycles. if going to filmschool, you are going to work on a lot of sets on day and night shoots - be aware that sleep is going to become a rare and wonderful luxury.

    In three sentences

    dodge school at chapman university is fun, intensive, professional environment for learning about the ins and outs of filmmaking. the teachers have industry experience and most are passionate and seem to care about the individual successes of their students. the courses on offer are a good balance between practical and academic.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    disneyland is fifteen minutes away, the nearest beach, huntington beach is only twenty minutes away, and there are nearby hangout shopping centers and movie theaters all right around the corner. the circle which is a short walk from campus offers many cute restaurants and shopping as well as a cute cupcake place and a frozen yogurt place. there is even a country western dancing bar located 15 minutes away from campus and a lounge in the town circle for nights out.

    Food and Dining

    the dining commons, also known as the caf is beyond sufficient in comparisson to many other college cafeterias. my favorite part about the caf is that it offers such a wide variety of dining options from italian, japanese, sushi, chinese, european, home style, burgers, salad bar, soup bar, and our beloved dessert section located in the center of the caf.

    Dorm Life

    all in all, there is not a bad dorm to be in on campus. many will tell you that north morlan is the worst dorm, however each residence hall has its ups and its downs. north morlan allows for a great sense of community among its students and henley has a great basement to hang out in, while pralle is a prime location with parking underneath and being closest to campus, and has plenty of study space throughout the floors.

    Academic Rigor

    varies by subject and by teacher. however, it is my philosophy that you get the grade you deserve. don't just take easy classes because you need the grade, challenge yourself, that is what college is for and that is how you truly can learn about things.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to show how invested you are in a college education, nowadays it seems like college is jut the popular thing to do after getting out of high school, but if you show the application reviewers that you want to be there, they will know and most likely want you here as well.

    In three sentences

    a great university with intense arts programs and professional degrees, a beautiful campus, and a fabulous social atmosphere. on top of everything that chapman has to offer, the location is ideal, right next to disneyland, the beach and many other fun and exciting pastimes.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    secure!

    Greek Life

    awesome and highly recommended!

    Clubs and Activities

    greek life, tons of opportunities for acting and singing.

    Great for these types of students

    business and law students, theater and television students.

    Bang for the buck

    chapman is rated in the top 10 universities in the country. it is on the small side which is beneficial for student to teacher ratio. the teachers know the students and will approach them to help or nurture.

    What to do for fun

    there is so much happening in and around chapman. disneyland is 5 minutes away. there are lacrosse games, basketball and football if you are a sports fan. greek life events, theater and musical events. there is always something to do at chapman.

    Food and Dining

    chapman has diverse food choices in the cafeteria and a program that you can spend panther bucks to purchase food that is not in the cafeteria. the circle is within walking distance if you want to eat off campus.

    Dorm Life

    incredible and fun. clean and enough room to be comfortable. love it!

    Academic Rigor

    chapman had amazing advisers that guide you with your workload. if you have a semester that is tough, they will help you arrange your schedule so that it is manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved with any one of the many diversified programs offered at chapman. the greek life is fun and have met so many new people.

    In three sentences

    chapman is an amazing place to learn about life, people and lessons to take into the real world. i would rate chapman a+++ for its social diversity, academics, and arts. i would highly recommend this university to anyone.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel almost safer here than i do at home.

    Greek Life

    personally, i decided not to be part of greek life for personal reasons. it is huge on the social scene here, though. basically, if you want to be a part of it, it is very present and available. if not, you can still have fun and meet people within the social scene. everyone is excited to be here and meet new people, especially at the start of freshman year.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's something for everyone, and there is an entire council dedicated to forming and regulating clubs, sports, and organizations on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    motivated, ambitious, out-going, friendly, fun-loving, intelligent, creative, artsy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    undie run! the wednesday of finals week is when everyone puts on undies and runs around the circle (small downtown area) of orange. it looks crazy, and it is. :)

    Bang for the buck

    it is an expensive school, but if you receive financial aid and scholarships, you are getting a great deal.

    What to do for fun

    disneyland, beach, pool, hiking, shopping, soaking up the sun! :)

    Food and Dining

    the options and quality of the food in the dining hall is unreal. i have never seen a better college dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    it feels like a second home!

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to work hard and learn a lot. if you feel homesick in the beginning, wait a full semester and let chapman grow on you. if you are a very friendly and outgoing person, chapman is a great place to make solid friends.

    In three sentences

    chapman's campus is extremely amiable and a really pleasant place to live. chapman provides great school-to-career liaisons in all of its major programs. the small class sizes make for a very personal and engaging learning environment.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is reading at just a moment's call, and communication poles are located around campus. They will not hesitate to drive back to your dorm late at night, or even to the parking structure.

    Greek Life

    I had previously rushed for Beta Theta Pi, and although offered a bid, I still declined. Greek Life is a quite a bit of money for a social activity, but many people seem content with it. Although I will admit I can immediately list off the top of my head two people who have quit Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am part of a colonizing Fraternity and so far we have had no trouble in going through the process.

    Great for these types of students

    Film, Business, creative, open-minded, international

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It isn't uncommon to find students hanging out in the fountains, and the notorious Undie Run is an event I hope to someday partake in.

    Bang for the buck

    For me, I'm only taking about $2000 out in loans to pay for tuition, while the rest is covered in financial aid and there is nothing more I could ask for. For a $60 student activities fee, so many events and clubs are available for students to participate in.

    What to do for fun

    The nearby local Orange Circle contains many restaurants to satisfy any craving one could get. Disneyland and Knott's are popular options among students, some even purchase year passes.

    Food and Dining

    With an on campus Jamba Juice, Einstein's Bagel's and a World of Wings, your typical adolescent food bases are covered- healthy smoothies, quick breakfasts, and spicy wings and fries!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are just about as costly as any other California school, but for freshman the school decides on which building you will be residing in, which means you don't get much of an initial choice in where you will be living for your freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    In my second semester, I have truly felt the difference between a high school workload and a college workload. Despite having different classes alternating days, the homework and reading can build up immediately if you fall behind even just a day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the sake of applying! You won't just be surprised at an acceptance, but chances are the financial aid packages will blow your mind. If Chapman doesn't have the major you're looking for, it is possible for you to create your own major.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is diverse, active, and an overall fantastic campus. The faculty is well-rounded and very capable as masters of their subjects. Fantastic facilities are maintained to provide students with the tools they need to succeed.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police are patrolling the campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything from a snowboarding clubs to a swing dancing club.

    Great for these types of students

    Inspired individuals ready to do big things with their life!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a tad on the expensive side but completely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    L.A. is 45 minutes away. Orange has a really cute town. There are plenty of clubs and bars in the area if you have transportation. Disneyland is 15 minutes away. There are parks in town, a pool at Chapman for students, a bonfire pit, a volleyball court, basketball court, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Wonderful food that is constantly changing, there's always something new.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are beautiful, nicely layout, and situated perfectly near campus and near town.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very competitive but some students wish not to compete as hard as others but for the most part it is a very competitive school, but in a very positive way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, most fall in love at first sight.

    In three sentences

    Chapman has changed my life. Brilliant professors, beautiful campus, and caring faculty. The academics offered here are incredibly beneficial and life altering, as well.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Great sports all around especially for a D3 that competes against D1's and D2's.

    Great for these types of students

    All students who love great weather and a top-notch education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run end of every semester.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, malls, beach, sports. It's the hub of southern California what isn't there to do?

    Tips for prospective students

    You'll love it here.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is great learning environment. The university is the perfect place to receive an excellent education. Chapman University is very diverse concerning the styles of learning, cultures, ethnicities and all other aspects that make a great school.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The orange circle has a lot of really cute restaurants and Disneyland is right around the corner.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep up with all the assigned readings and go to class.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is a beautiful campus. The professors here are intelligent and have prepared me for life after college. Sports here are a good way to meet new people.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    39 of 92

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Orange is crazy safe. P Safe will escort you if you like.

    Greek Life

    I didn't participate in Greek life, but I know the people who did enjoyed it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Did I mention RA events? Seriously, go. Free food and fun times for all! This includes the

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to get to know their classmates well and keep in touch should go here. Most people stay in the Southern California area, so mini reunions are constantly happening.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run is a must. Wear a mask if you'd rather not hurt your chances of employment with that conservative company you're dying to work for, but definitely go. Go to the RA events - they are a lot more fun than you might expect.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth every penny. I'm getting a great return on investment!

    What to do for fun

    Orange is a small town and most places within walking distance close very early, but there are malls and movie theaters close by. The beach and fun cities like Costa Mesa are only about a 20 minute drive away, and downtown LA is only about 45 minutes away. There is plenty to do if you know where to look - just ask the RA's!

    Food and Dining

    The food is decently tasty, but not always terribly healthy. I suspect this has changed since I graduated in May of 2010.

    Dorm Life

    While there isn't any official Greek housing, the University is so small that you could make the argument that the while University is a coed Fraternity! Residence Life is fun, engaging and informative. Several of the buildings are older but that's all part of the college fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Chapman provides excellent education and prepares you for whatever you choose to pursue. This is a great school for those who have chosen a major already or those who are undecided - you can't go wrong with and education from Chapman!

    Tips for prospective students

    This is an expensive school, but with budget cuts and the comparative scholarships available at Chapman, it may actually be less money out of pocket to attend private school. Make the most of your time here and get involved!

    In three sentences

    It's a small school, so expect personalized attention from professors and fellow students to the point of building lifelong relationships. The psychology department is top-notch. I love Chapman!

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Phi Sigma Sigma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Gamma Delta, *New Kappa Kappa Gamma Beta, FIJI, PIKE, Phi Tau, Delta Tau Delta, SAE,

    Clubs and Activities

    Hawaii Club, HILLEL, APSA, UPB, SGA, There's lot to do!

    Bang for the buck

    It's Expensive

    Food and Dining

    Food is great but you get over it after eating it forever

    Dorm Life

    They care

    Academic Rigor

    It's college, not high school anymore

    Tips for prospective students

    PLAN PLAN PLAN! Manage your time wisely because there's a lot to do!

    In three sentences

    Best first year experience EVER! Teachers actually care about you and your success.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is always around campus and the dorms. Many officers are friends with the students that they see often and they are kind, friendly, and helpful. Give P Safe a call if you need a lift from somewhere on campus back to the dorms late at night and they'll be there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many fountains on campus, and students are allowed to swim/wade in them!

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is really expensive! I'm struggling with tuition as my parents leave it up to me from my sophomore year on but I know it's worth it. I love it here, my professors, friends, and the opportunities the university offers.

    What to do for fun

    Aside from the parties that go on after school hours, there is always Disneyland! Many students take trips to the beach or shopping and Chapman just built a pool near the dorms where many spend the afternoons.

    Food and Dining

    After the first few weeks (the first semester especially), the dining room food gets a little old but when you're hungry you're hungry! There is a variety in every station, and also a vegan station. When a student needs a break they can use Panther Bucks at the student union food places like WOW and Jamba Juice or Doy's Pace under the freshman hall. Also downtown Orange provides many restaurants and eateries that many students go to together and split the bill!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. However for freshman it is three to a room and it can get a little cramped especially the closet, but when you have great roommates everything works out! There are socials on the different dorm floors and students study together in lounges.

    Academic Rigor

    Some struggle usually in GE classes which aren't in their major or subjects they have to take but are not good at. Even in their major the professors expect a lot from you. Though you don't feel the competitive pressure in the air around campus unlike other colleges, everyone here is ambitious, students help other students, and everyone just wants to get where they want to go so why try to take others down? All the classes are engaging, demanding too, but all possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs, greek life, or other programs. It benefits you academically, build your resume, and making friends. Also registering for classes can be a struggle so make sure to have a schedule of the classes you want well before your specified registration time slot, and if waitlisted make sure to attend that specific class to claim an open spot if available. For those who do successfully register for a class and are planning on taking it, still make sure to attend the first class of the semester so the professor doesn't give your spot away to a waitlist student!

    In three sentences

    Chapman has great professors who spend time with you during office hours to help you on course work or just give you academic/career advice. It's a beautiful campus and the location is close to many things, beach, Disneyland, etc. The small classes really grant interactions between student and professor and class discussions let everyone participate.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    My roommate's bicycle got stolen last Fall but then she didn't have the uber safe lock that is recommended. I've always felt safe, even walking back to the dorm from Dodge late at night.

    Greek Life

    Not into the sorority scene, and thus, am sometimes a little lonely while others are off pre-gaming. But nothing I can't handle.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's more to do than you will ever have time for. I joined the Improv group, have a weekly one hour radio show, performed in the Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadow Production, volunteer on every crew and production I can.

    Great for these types of students

    Film & Television Production nerds, Digital Arts students, Theater geeks, Music majors, law and business majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run during Finals week each semester is a great way to blow off steam, have fun and meet people. Sounds perverted but it's really harmless and loads of fun, even for a non-drinker like me.

    Bang for the buck

    As mentioned, Interterm in January is essentially free, as in no additional cost to live and eat on campus and take up to 3 additional credit credits. Also, Chapman will waive tuition on a study-abroad program once during your time there. I just got back from a month in Perugia, Italy, didn't have to pay the $1960 tuition, and Dodge College also subsidized a $1700 portion of the travel expenses!

    What to do for fun

    Go to Los Angeles for music, culture, museums, to visit home. Go see movies and hear lectures by entertainment and film industry professionals at the Folino Theater. Always something doing, but not always enough time to take advantage of it with my course load.

    Food and Dining

    Food starts out seeming great but before long, it's the same old thing in an endless cycle. Not bad but tedious. My least favorite part about living on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year was kind of a drag with three girls in a room meant for 2, plus sharing the bathroom with another 3 girls. Really close quarters. But doable, and we all survived. Sophomore year was MUCH better in Sandhu Film Living/Learning Community. Deluxe accomodations. Beyond Sophomore year, most students have to shove off and find off-campus housing. Cheaper but less convenient.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the campus-wide honors program which can be rigorous but is also fun. I'm a studious type by nature so I like being challenged but I have never been so stressed by any individual course that I couldn't handle it. Most profs have tutoring sessions set up to make sure everyone stays caught up and on task BEFORE they fall behind. This pro-active approach works great. There's always help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    take all the AP courses you can in high school; aim for high SAT/ACT scores. I got a 4 year Presidential Scholarship and entered as a sophomore with 32 credits from courses waived by test scores and AP credits. Chapman is not a cheap school and the fees go up 4-6% every year.

    In three sentences

    Chapman's Dodge College, its training and equipment rivals USC, UCLA and just about any other film school. The small class size is a major plus, as I want my professors to know me by name. Being able to take a course for free during Interterm in January is also great.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Really really safe, the only think that ever happens.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Chapman is such a huge part of the campus, I never thought I would join, but I did and I am so glad I did. The majority of campus is Greek, and it is a great way to get involved, meet people, and participate in philanthropic work.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs on campus you can get involved at, but as far as activities go we don't have good attendance unless it's a concert.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like great weather, an amazing location, small class sizes, and being able to change majors easy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run Wednesday of finals week.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't get the small class sizes if you are going to a public school, I really really like that, but Chapman is still expensive, luckily they give out a lot of scholarships and aid to a lot of people

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland, shopping, beach, go walk in downtown orange, there are also house parties, and clubs that are not too far away.

    Food and Dining

    I am vegetarian so I have gotten pretty tired of the options, but I also have used the cafe for 2 years. If you are a meat eater you will probably find a lot more options (although I know Chapman is taking more suggestions to cater to different diets).

    Dorm Life

    If you want to go for nice housing the best for freshmen are Henley and Pralle, but if you want less nice and more social atmosphere (where you can leave doors open) Morlan is better! Dorm Life is what you make of it, if you don't go out and meet people then you won't know anyone, just make an effort.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic difficulty really depends on the teacher and how well you do at the subject. Overall I think if you take classes that challenge you, you will be challenged, and if you want to take lots of easy classes, there are many of those offered as well. But I absolutely love the majority of my professors and the small class sizes is such a plus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as many GE classes out of the way as possible, and look up professors at ratemyprofessor.com to see how difficult they are. Also even if you don't get in a class right away add your name to the wait list and show up the 1st day, there is a high likelihood you will get in.

    In three sentences

    I love the small campus, class sizes and location. I wish the food were better and there were more housing options. Overall I love Chapman and would recommend it.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had an issue with feeling unsafe at Chapman. It is in a great area and Pubic Safety is always available and very nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are almost literally a million clubs at Chapman and each one offers another great tight knit community. The clubs were the highlight of my freshman year and provided me with the closest friends I have ever had and I know I will have for the rest of my life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fountains are a Chapman tradition. Everyone had to go fountain hopping at least once at Chapman. It may sound strange, but trust me it is so much fun in the hot sun of SoCal.

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth every penny to go to Chapman. The attention that you get from professors and the quality of education is invaluable. Not to mention the community is one of the strongest I have ever seen. Everyone supports everyone else here and challenges you to be better than you are.

    What to do for fun

    One word, Disneyland. Almost everyone has passes at Chapman and go often. Other than that the beach is another popular option. But there is never an end to the things going on at campus. Chapman has a never ending parade of amazing events that you can take advantage of. Zumba classes, outings to museums, concerts and more. I promise you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options both on and off campus. The Caff is great and offers a variety of food, including a program to request the recipes you want from home. The food on campus is also very good with a lot of options. I would recommend Subversions, which has the best sandwiches ever, or Doti's Dogs an awesome hotdog stand in honor of out president. Old Town Orange is a couple of blocks away and has a plethora of amazing food options however, beware as they are almost all very expensive. Overall the food prices run high but are often worth it.

    Dorm Life

    It is really important to dorm at Chapman as you only get two years to do so. It is where you will make your closest friends. However, some of the dorms are nicer than others. Some of the dorms are out of date and have problems with things like water or temperatures. The newer dorms are nice, however they are very crowded and are often three to a room. It is not for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    You will always be challenged and that is what college is about. Professors are the top in their field and will force you to look at the subject in a way you never would have prior. Be prepared, it is hard but indisputably worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I could not promote this school any more highly. It has changed my life and I know it will yours as well. Take advantage of Chapman's many opportunities and you will leave a completely different person who is prepared for anything, intellectual to a fault, and truly passionate about the world and life.

    In three sentences

    This is the place for anyone to discover who they are, who they want to be and the limitless possibilities open to them. Chapman inspires it's students to become more than they could have expected. Because of the small classes and amazing professors the aura of discovery and passion is contagious.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Accepted and planning on intending.

    Dorm Life

    Accepted and planning on intending.

    Academic Rigor

    Accepted and planning on intending.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the school yourself, it's beautiful but have tons of questions for the film student that's giving you a tour.

    In three sentences

    Judging from my visit, seeing their equipment, studio capabilities, and future plans this is a great school for cinematography. There are plans for a backlot, something most studios don't have. I'm going for screenwriting but most students I know that leave Chapman are the most optimistic and hard working I've worked with on set.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    You should try to find your major quickly. It will take extra semesters if you do not.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is an incredible school which offers a diverse learning experience central to the individual student's goals. The resources at Chapman University are many. The professors are wonderful leaders whom always remain available to students.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel comfortable walking from the library to the dorms late at night. There is always the option of asking Public Safety to escort you back if you don't feel safe. The campus also has the emergency poles scattered throughout.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Finals Week Activities! Monday night is Midnight Breakfast, which has free food and performances by dance groups at Chapman. Wednesday night is Undie Run, which is a good destressor and study break during finals week.

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland! It's 15-20 minutes by car or about 1 hour by bus. Almost everyone I know at Chapman is a Disney Annual Passholder.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of food on campus. Students who have a meal plan can use meals to get into the cafeteria where it is all-you-can-eat or they can use PantherBucks to pay for food at Jamba Juice, World of Wings, Einstein's Bagels, or the other food places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms at Chapman range from fancy to out-dated. As a freshman I really enjoyed living in Glass Hall. I became good friends with some of the people that lived on my floor.

    Academic Rigor

    The subject matter is very appropriate and concise. Teachers challenge you, while presenting you with material that is interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and be as friendly as possible. This is where I made most of my friends.

    In three sentences

    Chapman has a really beautiful, modern campus. The teachers are really welcoming and helpful. The small student population gives off a comfy and friendly vibe.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life and some sports

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is amazing. Everything is really close. The people are friendly and it is a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Since a Bachelors degree is not worth that much, unless you have a really good financial aid package. I don't think Chapman is worth the expensive tuition. Unless your family can afford it.

    What to do for fun

    I would recommend going greek. The beach, movies, and school events are fun. The more involved you get, the more fun you will have.

    Food and Dining

    amazing, can get old fast.

    Dorm Life

    Pretty well. They need more buildings which they have are working on doing.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come out for a visit, read a lot of reviews. If you are into the small school atmosphere then it is amazing.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is a great school, the staff and professors really enjoy and care for the students. The school is sort of expensive but it does come with a lot of perks that other schools don't offer.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to everyone and everything.

    In three sentences

    A great community with loving people. Top notch teachers who are always willing to help. A family away from home.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chapman is a relatively safe school because of its location in a small town. There have been only a couple of incidents that have caused concern in the past few years.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is huge on campus with a large percentage of students involved. They are well-known and put on many of the events that are known throughout the university.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great number of clubs and activities for students to get involved in with something available for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in Greek Life or those looking to get involved on campus will love how active the student clubs and organizations are. Almost every type of student can be found here, from the film kids to those specializing in science.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the end of every semester on the Wednesday of finals week is when Undie Run takes place.

    Bang for the buck

    While Chapman is pretty pricey, the school provides students with a wonderful education and a worthwhile college experience.

    What to do for fun

    Because Chapman is located in Southern California, there are a number of things to do for fun. Disneyland is a very popular destination for students while many also drive up to LA/Hollywood. Within walking distance is an area commonly known as the Circle where many students go to eat and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is among the best, with a number of different options varying from Mexican to Asian to Mediterranean food. It is spacious and a great place to socialize. The only downside is it can become a little repetitive at times.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the dorms are new and in good shape. All of them are quite spacious and have bathrooms attached to the rooms. A wonderful and necessary experience for first years.

    Academic Rigor

    Most programs provide a rigorous, but rewarding environment, although there will be some classes that are a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the school and its programs to make sure that it has the right programs for you and the atmosphere you want in a university. Definitely take a tour!

    In three sentences

    Chapman is a very personable school with a great student body and wonderful academic programs. The school offers many opportunities for students to become involved and succeed. It is a wonderful private school that offers a great college experience and invaluable learning.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't hesitate to call PSafe if you need a ride, though their hours are kind of annoying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you get a chance to participate in Undie Run and don't have any (early) finals, definitely go for it.

    Food and Dining

    It's a bit easier to find good, nutritious food if you have a car (or are willing to bike a couple miles). Check out Tokyo Cafe on Glassell and Lollicup. Also, Rutas has plenty of veggie options.

    Dorm Life

    I'm an off-campus student, so I can't say I have much of an opinion.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult (at least the science courses), but it's possible to get excellent scores if you make an effort and put in the time with office hours, SI, private tutoring, and study sessions. If you have a study sesh with friends, don't have more than 3 people, none of which are your best friends. You'll get very little done, confuse each other, and goof off; trust me, I know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center's free tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (group study sessions). Also, either get involved with Greek life or clubs. If you're a commuter, study at school, eat at school, and stay here as long as possible so that you make sure you feel like you're a part of the community.

    In three sentences

    I love the opportunities Chapman has for succeeding in courses and getting jobs during school and after graduation. It's easy to get involved if you put yourself out there. It's a little expensive, but Financial Aid is always willing to work with us and make sure we have what we need.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everyone feels safe and takes care of each other. If you need a ride, you can call for a ride and they will take you within a mile of school...no questions asked!

    Greek Life

    Even if you don't join a frat, you can still go to the parties and events if you know someone.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am on the soccer team so that keeps me pretty busy.

    Great for these types of students

    All types, there is something for everyone here. Great Law School and Film school. I am a business major and the Economic Forecast in Orange County is the top!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run before finals is a tradition you don't want to miss. Just know that there are photographers around and you will get your picture in the local paper!

    Bang for the buck

    Do well in high school so you get a discount on your tuition. Your parents will appreciate your efforts and maybe you can negotiate a car with the money you save them!

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events. Go to concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food!

    Dorm Life

    Set rules with your roommates. Be respectful of others and keep the communication going.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared for some tough classes. Don't be afraid to get to know your professor and ask for help quickly if you are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to join in on activities, clubs, sports to make the most of your experience.

    In three sentences

    I love the smaller atmosphere of Chapman University. The old town of Orange has restaurants, coffee shops and events that are close to the school. There is a sense of community and Chapman University is very well respected.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I actually work at our DPS as a student assistant. The officers there are devoted to staying very visible on campus and keeping all students safe. There are special programs, like Saferide, that make sure students are able to get to their car safely after dark and many additional levels that make me, as a student, feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Dominates. Though only about 30% of the population participates, it feels like 70 or 80%. We have no greek row.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a very large amount of clubs, the one I am involved in, ACS is catered to the science majors and is where I met some of my best friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for the film industry. Last I checked we were #3 in the world. We also have a wonderful business school and an up and coming physical therapy school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is considered common practice to go swimming in the fountains around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is EXPENSIVE. The experience is good, but maybe not THAT good. They only make up for it by giving a lot of aid.

    What to do for fun

    Mostly hang out with friends. There are constantly things going on, like lectures, free movies, or other activities, so I go to a lot of those. People who aren't involved in a club or something are bored often.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has all kinds of food that tastes like home. The selection is terrible during breaks and your options outside the caf are limited.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are BEAUTIFUL and huge.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. I am a Chemistry major, so my classes are difficult. Other majors like drama are less demanding, so these students are usually partiers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chapman searches for those who are well-rounded. And don't be turned off by the tuition price. They give a lot of financial aid~

    In three sentences

    Chapman is full of opportunities, whether for research, going abroad, or find jobs (careers and otherwise). The people are separated into real students and film and drama majors, but are genuinely happy and kind. Orange can get boring without a car, but there are constantly activities on campus.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety all depends on Public Safety. You see them from time to time patrolling around campus and will definitely help you out if you need anything. They are beyond friendly and helpful and they make you feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is definitely big at Chapman. Almost 90% of the population is involved either in Greek or even involved in club organizations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are rarely any unusual locations or traditions, but probably the amount of statue heads on campus and amount of panther statues each with their own names.

    What to do for fun

    What people do for fun is definitely visit each other's dorm room, go to the Henley basement to play pool, play on the basketball courts or just walk around campus and enjoy the weather.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining are not that bad. You get all different type of choices from western to Chinese and even sushi! The environment is clean, everything is structured in an organized manner and things are well spread out to not feel the crowd.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms may be small, but it is definitely cozy enough for you to find your own space. Everyone gets their own little room once they settle in. Room Advisers are super chill, and they may be your new friend too!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely not rock hard with papers and quizzes chucked at you, but they are definitely not easy where you can just sleep through them and not do homework. Once again, professors don't care if you attend or not, this isn't high school, it's all up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will absolutely love this campus. You will always encounter the friendliest people who would say a simple hello and still make your day.

    In three sentences

    This campus is absolutely beautiful and peaceful. You can definitely find your own spot on campus to either study, have fun or be alone.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great scholarships.

    Food and Dining

    All you can eat buffet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in orientation. Take the tours. Join Greek Life.

    In three sentences

    Amazing campus and incredibly friendly people. Get to know as many people as you can.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is place is incredibly safe. Public Safety is everywhere, protecting students. Also it's a small town so everyone here is very cautious and clean, and there aren't any major hazards and dangers.

    Greek Life

    As a member of the Greek life here on campus, I have to say I'm pretty impressed. I came in as a skeptic and now I've never been more happy! There is a strict no hazing policy, and all of Greek life gets along really well without the catty competition. There is also no housing for Greek life, which makes the Greek life here very unique.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs here for such a small school. There's pretty much something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Likes a small campus, but still big enough to meet new people every day, and students who really like to get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an interfaith church on campus where students can practice any religion that interests them.

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school but totally worth it. You get what you pay for, that's for sure. It's beautiful, and almost feels as if students here are quite pampered.

    What to do for fun

    I am absolutely amazed by how much there is to do here! There is something going on every single weekend, Panther nights every friday, vendor parties every month, and pool parties on the weekends at the residents pool.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing. There are several different choices for every meal, and it's different every day. They have veagan, Asian, Italian, Mexican every day but different dishes each day. There are also desserts and a frozen yogurt machine. There are many places on campus to get food like Jamba Juice, and a bagel place, and several other options!

    Dorm Life

    These are the best dorms I've ever seen at a college. We have private bathrooms, well kept buildings, spacious rooms depending on how many you are sharing with, beautiful scenery outside, and private air conditioning and heating.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics here are fairly rigorous based on how many classes you're taking, and how involved you are in other activities. The teachers are wonderful and helpful which makes the work flow a lot easier. It is more difficult than high school, but you are definitely learning a lot here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to meeting new people and don't be intimidated by how outgoing a lot of the students here are. They all just want to get to know everyone, and are very welcoming to freshmen.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is a dream school for anyone who likes a small, beautiful campus with a LOT to do! Student involvement is huge here, and everyone is super friendly and welcoming. The teachers and classroom setting is what makes Chapman unique as well, because they are all very personable and one on one with students.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always out keeping us safe. If you have concerns regarding safety, call them, and they will respond quickly.

    Greek Life

    Chapman Greek Life has a large presence on campus. I don't belong to the Greek system myself, but I have gone to some of the Greek events and they are a blast. Chapman Greek Life is a brotherhood (or sisterhood), lifting each other to excellence. It's nothing life Animal House.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus, and activities taking place all the time. Everything from bands, to Panther Nights (Friday night events with a theme), to trips to local hot spots, and volunteering events. I am sure that you'll find something that interests you, and if not, start it up.

    Great for these types of students

    Chapman University is great for all walks of life. I am a returning student and enjoy my life at Chapman. There is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lot of history on campus. We have a large piece of the Berlin Wall, fountains everywhere, and the library is filled with all sorts of historical artifacts. One of the buildings is even reportedly haunted, but I haven't ran into any ghosts yet.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is a private school, and does indeed cost more than a public school, but in my opinion, you get a better education. I would rather spend a little more to be in a classroom with an average of 23 students, rather than a forum with 300.

    What to do for fun

    Chapman University is settled in Old Town Orange, with all sorts of great restaurants and bars within walking distance. Disneyland, beaches, churches, and theaters are all fairly close. If you're a sports fan, both Anaheim Stadium (Angels Baseball) and the Pond (The Ducks) are right down the street.

    Food and Dining

    Chapman offers great meal plans, with 9 locations to get your grub on around campus. Even commuters such as myself can order a meal plan. My favorite spot is eating at the cafeteria. The caf offers plenty of options, all you can eat, and even tailors to all styles of eaters, from vegetarians, vegans, or carnivores such as myself.

    Dorm Life

    Although I don't live in a dorm, I have friends that do, and they love it. Being close to Old Town Orange is a plus as well, with all the history surrounding the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    When you reach upper divisional classes, things move at a good pace, but provides the tools needed to succeed. It's not easy, but when is true learning really easy?

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a very communal campus. When you attend Chapman, you feel like you belong. Be sure to pace yourself, study hard, and get involved with something on campus. There are many clubs, Greek Life, and Student Government, all offering volunteering opportunities.

    In three sentences

    This is a great institution providing a great education. Will smaller class sizes, there is a greater interaction between student and instructor, which provides me with a greater sense of learning. The faculty are highly trained, with either double Master Degrees, or a Doctorate.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the Wednesday of finals week, there is an undie run. I have not participated but I have heard that it is a lot of fun. We also have three fountatins on campus in which they allow students to swim in.

    What to do for fun

    There is a shopping/eating area called the Circle just down the street from the school. It holds holiday events and is a great place to hang out. There are two malls close by. The best part is that Disneyland is less than ten miles away from the school!!!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is very good and if you are a commuter you can still get a meal plan. The school is also located in walking distance to many cafes and restaurants. You will never go hungry.

    Dorm Life

    I commute but many of my friends dorm and say that they are having a wonderful experience in the rooms.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life at Chapman is very involved and very welcoming. Their aren't any official Fraternity or Sorority houses so there isn't the rivalry that occurs at other schools.

    Great for these types of students

    Film and television.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run during finals week, in which stressed out students take a break and run around in their undies.

    What to do for fun

    Go explore Old Town Orange, head over to Newport Beach, or take a trip to Disneyland.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in all of the events and orientation. Do not miss your registration deadline. Get involved.

    In three sentences

    Chapman provides small class sizes and many opportunities for students. Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is fantastic. The campus is beautiful, though often under construction.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I dont stay in dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look hard into Chapman as your potential school.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is the greatest school, they have everything for any type of student.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNDIE RUN! The wednesday night during finals week every semester, students gather in the piazza in their underwear and run down to the Orang Circle.

    Bang for the buck

    Completely worth the expensive tuition.

    What to do for fun

    I love spending my free time at Disneyland as well as Huntington and Newport Beach! There are also plenty of malls and

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria in the dorms is absolutely delicious. We have a bunch of on campus places to eat as well, such as Einstein's Bagels and Jamba Juice.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to meet people, as well as a place of comfort. It's your home for nine months, and it's a fantastic place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors challenge students to excel academically, and are available for extra help if students need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in high school, retake the SAT or ACT, and don't write a cheesy personal statement.

    In three sentences

    Fun-loving, academically driven, socially involved students in a quaint location just south of Los Angeles in the City of Orange. The beautiful campus provides a wonderful learning environment. It's not just four years of college at Chapman, it's four years of your life.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to put yourself out there, because college is a new chapter of one's life.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere on the campus is friendly and welcoming. I feel safe at any time of the day. The Art program is great.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe at all times on campus. Also it is nice to know that you can call public safety at any time to give you a ride say back to your dorm late at night from class.

    Greek Life

    Although Chapman does not have their own Greek houses, Greek life is a very prominent part of the social life on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing; hard-working

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is VERY EXPENSIVE. However, overall I would say that you really are getting opportunities and the experiences that you would not encounter elsewhere.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot to do for fun both on campus and nearby off campus. Movie screenings, events with free food, tanning by the pool, free fitness classes and much more. Just keep up to date with events and when they are taking place. As for off campus, there is lots of fun dining places in the orange circle. Chapman is near so many other fun places, like Disneyland, Honda Center, Angel Stadium, and the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good, except the hours are not always the most convenient, for example for the dining commons.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun; safe environment. I just wish that there was more housing for upperclassmen; it would be nice to have the option of guaranteed housing for the future.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but not impossibly difficult. I feel that it is preparing me adequately preparing me for

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in to college with an open mind; you might find yourself participating in things you never expected to and that's fine. Really try to branch out and put yourself out there by making lots of new friends and getting involved. Have fun but don't forget about your grades-they do kind of really affect your future so you don't want to blow it.

    In three sentences

    Chapman really strives to give their students the ultimate college experience. Excellent academics and lots of opportunities to have fun outside of class. Small campus and class sizes allow you to form better relationships with classmates and faculty.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach is a half hour drive away. LA is a forty minute drive. Disneyland is a fifteen minute drive. Chapman has fun activities or excursions offered every weekend too.

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay. It is cafeteria food so don't set expectations too high.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are larger than the other schools I looked at and campus is small so they aren't too far from anything.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but if you stay on top of your work and use time wisely they aren't too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors because they are willing to help if you are having trouble. Also, ask students who have been on campus for awhile about the ins and outs of getting into classes and buying books.

    In three sentences

    Chapman offers so many unique and fun opportunities for students. Campus in in a prime location and students are active in the local community. Each individual person is noticed and contributions in class matter.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is great. They'll walk you home if you don't feel safe, at any hour. They offer rides to students who cannot drive home after partying. They're very friendly and wander the campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally a member of Greek Life, but it is VERY popular at Chapman. It definitely helps you gain a huge community of friends and become more involved on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    So much. Snow Club, University Program Board, Theater Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Art Club, Student Government Association...etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for social students. Great for ambitious students. Lots of opportunities available, so you have to be willing to take the opportunities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain hopping is a tradition. We are allowed to swim in our fountains, and on hot days when the pool is crowded, some students opt for fountain hopping instead.

    Bang for the buck

    It's VERY expensive, but I really do feel like I'm getting a quality education. I have loved the majority of my professors and think they will be helpful when I need to start job-searching.

    What to do for fun

    Some of my favorite things include: going to the beach, walking around the Old Towne Orange circle, going to Disneyland, watching movies, and going into Los Angeles to explore.

    Food and Dining

    We're very fortunate with our food. Though it does get old after a while, the quality of the food cannot be denied.

    Dorm Life

    Again, it really depends on where you live. Some floors are very social and the residents become very family-like, while other halls tend to keep more to themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major. A science major, for example, is much more rigorous than Communications.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to meet new people. Take advantage of opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is small and intimate which is helpful because it allows you to get to know your peers and professors. The campus and its location are beautiful, clean and accessible. Though the school is lacking in school spirit, there is definitely a community of students.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Great cafeterias.

    Dorm Life

    Very good.

    Academic Rigor

    Very focused, tailored and advanced topics (depending on major). Top-notch instructors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Submit your applications on time. Include every information that you think may be helpful.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is a great private university. It has an amazing campus and small class size. Every one knows each other here, from students to staff and instructors.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This is a really tight knit type college where everyone know everyone. The campus is in a beautiful town and instantly you feel comfortable on campus. Chapman, overall, just has a fantastic atmosphere.

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe! Public Safety is everywhere...they even show up at parties -___- They give safe rides back to the dorm if necessary. Orange is a good place to live.

    Greek Life

    It is not the typical Greek Life, much more accepting and non-stereotypical. Many people who have said I will never join a sority/fraternity end up joining the second semester. Half of the school is Greek, 'nough said.

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge selection...I play a sport here, so I don't have much time to join clubs...but there are a ton

    Great for these types of students

    Active Friendly Community-Oriented Artsy

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    two words: UNDIE RUN look it up on youtube...it is epic almost the entire campus participates nearly half the campus has Disneyland passes because it is only 5 minutes away watching Disneyland fireworks from the top of the parking structure!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is EXTREMELY generous with scholarships. Most of the people here are either already extremely rich, or getting at least a half ride scholarship/finanical aid. We pay less than state schools and get SO much more!!!

    What to do for fun

    Ping pong, really nice dorm pool!, beach volleyball, party, chapman coffee house, rock climbing

    Food and Dining

    I really enjoy the caf. Huge selection. After a while it gets kind of tiresome, but that is when you get creative. Start creating your own dishes with what they have. My dad likes the caf so much whenever he comes to visit he insists upon eating there.

    Dorm Life

    I loved dorm life! The people in my dorm were so nice and I made some of my best friends living there. They also have the basement where you can play pool, PING PONG!, have midnight snacks...

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, Chapman can be very challenging or a complete cruise. I personally struggled with AP classes in high school. I took 6 and only passed 4 of the tests. Chapman is much easier than my High School AP classes, at least the classes I've taken here at Chapman so far. Including: Various Psychology courses, Education classes, Stats, Writing on Pop Culture, Philosophy, Spanish, etc... The only classes that are way harder than my high school experience are any sorts of art classes, they are extremely demanding, and grade very hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are taking AP classes, try very hard to pass the test with a four or better. You will gain yourself an opportunity to graduate a semester, or even a year early (saving thousands of dollars in tuition) depending on how many APs you take and whether or not you participate in Interterm (the winter session).

    In three sentences

    Although Chapman was not my first choice by any means, I have turned out to really enjoy it. The people are great: students are friendly, professors are extremely helpful, and the overall atmosphere is just pleasant.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is constantly driving around the school and keeping and eye out for anything that a student could potentially need protection from. Its a very safe environment.

    Greek Life

    I am currently a Gamma Phi Beta and it is truly amazing. It is like having another family away from your home. All the different houses and chapters, whether it is a fraternity or sorority come together as one Greek family, there is no competitions or rivalry!

    Clubs and Activities

    Chapman is very encouraging when it comes to campus involvement as well as clubs! There are so many to choose from, there is no doubt you will find something that interests you.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are doing anything in the Liberal Arts for the future, Chapman is very known for being strong in the liberal arts whether it is vocal, dance, or film.

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland is just ten minutes away! Newport Beach and all of its great activites are 15 minutes! Downtown Orange is just down the street too.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the known food places are much easier to get to with a car. That is the only downside of the location. Other than that, just two miles away you can get to almost any store you may need!

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are right net to each other with the Dining Commons, pool, basketball courts/volleyball courts in the center of it all. Its like a separate Chapman Student community just off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Teacher's are very caring toward their students. They strive to build and develop good teacher-student relationships. Almost all professors have extra office hours for help, constantly check their emails and will get back in a short period of time, and teach to the best of their abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a film major of hoping to do something in the media arts, Chapman has a very well-respected film and media arts school: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts... Look into it!

    In three sentences

    Chapman University has truly become a place I can call home for myself. With professors who actually care and supportive and inspiring people around, I know that I am going to gain so many good relationships with new friends as well as a whole lot of knowledge and experience I will share with the world. I am Chapman University and Chapman University is me.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe at the school.

    Greek Life

    I have not joined greek life so no comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs that have both social and educational functions, some sound very fun like a camping, gaming, and anime club.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want a university type environment at a local small setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have heard that the students have a under wear run but I can't be for certain. Nothing else very unusual other then the old looking neighborhood in Orange County.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that I get what I pay for at Chapman.

    What to do for fun

    There are various amount of clubs and even a comic book section at the library. There is also a gym, and a union hall with many T.Vs and even a xbox 360. The school has many activities to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Chapman is very delicious with various choices and options for many types of appetites, my only dislike about the food is the price. Some of the selection of food can be a bit pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak for Chapman's dorms because I don't dorm but from what I have seen they look very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the staff at Chapman really pursues the goal of making you think about the subject even after class. Much of the grades come from essays and oral presentations which is a great change from written tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip would be to join a club if you are looking for a big social experience at Chapman. Another tip would be to take advantage of all the opportunities that Chapman offers. A final tip would be to make lasting relationships with the staff and peers because the Chapman community is extremely helpful.

    In three sentences

    The departments for each major is truly a amazing part of Chapman because they specialize in each major to better understand your goals. The school is a safe and casual environment that allows you to enjoy going to a prestiges university at a local neighborhood like level. I would rank Chapman's staff highly because they focus on getting a student to understand and critically think about the topics.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety does a good job of allowing students to feel safe on and around campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life here is very special. The community is kind and there is a place for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs and organizations to get involved in on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    -outgoing -friendly -studious -self-motivated -respectful -willing to learn

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One very exciting tradition at Chapman University is during orientation week for the freshmen class. All new students gather on the Wilson football field and play different ice breakers to mix up groups and initiate conversations.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman University takes pride in assisting it's students. There are countless resources for students to use for studying, eating, exercising, or getting involved.

    What to do for fun

    Because Chapman University is located in Orange County, California, there are many opportunities to explore Los Angeles, the coast, and other locations in Southern California.

    Food and Dining

    Chapman University has many options for dining and has a cafeteria that outshines other schools.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great for fostering new relationships and promoting social activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are challenging, but achievable with hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chapman Students are very friendly and enjoy being involved in many activities. If you are applying to Chapman, be sure to highlight your desire to be involved and willingness to try new things.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is an excellent institution for learning and developing students into Global Citizens. The beautiful campus in Orange, California is an ideal location for young adults pursuing any profession. Chapman University is a wonderful place for students to study and prepare for professional careers.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always officers on patrol; you will always feel safe in Orange and on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not a member, but it is very popular with other students. To each their own as the saying goes- they enjoy it and that is all that counts, I do not feel pressured to join and that is important too!

    Clubs and Activities

    You will find the club you are looking for- and a great group of new friends to boot!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People go fountain hopping on campus- we have so many, and they are chlorinated. It is quite fun!

    What to do for fun

    Disneyland, beach, shopping, concerts, Knott's, etc

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is very good- it is diverse enough to satisfy most needs, but be warned if vegan it isn't always the best! Do not go on the weekends, less tasty options. For some reason lunch on the weekdays is the best, no clue why.

    Dorm Life

    I loved my dorm. The Morlan people are the best on campus, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And the wild bunnies share the grassy knoll with us, a good sign for sure!

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged. I know I am as a business major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind; the reason you have trouble here is most likely due to an unwillingness to put yourself out there. Get involved in Dodge if you love film at all; they are the best people on campus!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful people, campus. Challenging, engaging classes. Disneyland.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You'll feel safe on campus. I don't ever really hear about any danger.

    Greek Life

    We have a Greek life presence on campus, but it isn't as big as at other schools. It is quite prevalent, but it is perfectly acceptable to not be associated with it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of awesome clubs on campus. We have the common clubs like French Club, but we also have unique ones like Nerf Club. There are two theater clubs that put on shows that you can participate in regardless of whether you are a theater major. Also, there are some intramural sports you can participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    I've met all types of people during my time here. There is such a vast array of people, that I think just about anyone could fit in. If you like good weather and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, you'll fit in here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Twice a year (once a semester), there is what is called Undie Run. Most of the student body runs simultaneously through the streets as a means of releasing stress leading up to finals week.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is expensive. Simple as that. There are great professors, good food, and the campus looks great. I just wish it was cheaper.

    What to do for fun

    Chapman is only 15 minutes away from Disneyland, so students often go there. There are also plenty of parties if that's your thing. Also, we have lots of clubs, and many theater productions that are put on each year.

    Food and Dining

    This isn't a five-star restaurant. That being said, the food in the cafeteria is light-years ahead of my experience with cafeteria food. The food is good and there is quite a variety available, including vegan options. On campus there are also a Jamba Juice, an Einstein's Bagels, and a World of Wings.

    Dorm Life

    The major problem with the dorms is that the walls seem to be fairly thin. You can hear someone being loud in their room from down the hall. The dorms are a good size for the number of people in the room, so you won't feel claustrophobic in your own room.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes require you to know quite a bit of information. It will seem overwhelming on a syllabus, but if you pay attention when the material is taught rather than cramming at the end, you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate. It is really easy to put work off, especially with such nice weather. Just do it right when you get it. College will be harder than high school, but it isn't too much to handle.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is a laid back school, meaning you won't be surrounded by stressed people who will make you stressed. Despite this, Chapman manages to remain serious about academics, so if you want college to be a breeze don't come here. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, and professors will do their best to make time outside of class to help you.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is always there to help. They can pick you up from a late night party and take you to your dorm or drive you if you have a late night class and feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Not your typical sorority girls. Don't be fooled by what you hear. Most girls are really nice and enjoy being in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something to do with any club and you're always welcome!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, mature, and determined students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The undie run during finals week is always a tradition. Basically run in your underwear to relieve stress.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey but you won't regret it!

    What to do for fun

    Go fountain hopping! Night time is always the best!

    Food and Dining

    The food is always good and plus there's always the restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    People tend to have a good sense of community wherever they live.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are really difficult while others are like a piece of cake.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate. Some classes can be challenging and the worst you can do is take a high school approach to it.

    In three sentences

    People are friendly all around. The class sizes are never too big. Professors are always there to help you as long as you look for help.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Off campus life is hopping, and the local area is adorable and totally walkable. No car needed!

    Food and Dining

    The ability to eat on campus in multiple areas depending on where you are is quite helpful.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean and not overcrowded.

    Academic Rigor

    You can really get the chance to learn what you really want to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the abundant resources available to you, the admissions counselors are more than happy to answer your questions and talk to you personally.

    In three sentences

    Very open, clean and friendly. The professors seem very happy to talk to their students, and even prospective ones. The campus is gorgeous and very close with the surrounding community.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Since Chapman is located in SoCal there's plenty to do. There's a lot of major attractions really close to campus. We can drive to Disneyland, LA, the local beaches (and everything to do in the beach cities like Long Beach and Newport), the mountains, and other famous places SoCal is known for. Chapman is also a few blocks from old town Orange and it's really fun to check out all the antique shops and old fashion ice-cream parlors over there too. There's definitely plenty to do for fun around campus.

    Food and Dining

    I've gotten to eat in the cafeteria once and let me say Chapman is one of the best campuses I know for food. For starters, it's an all you can eat dining hall. You swipe your ID once when you walk in and you're free to eat as much as you want before you leave. There's all sorts of foods to choose from. Foods from different parts of the world and even desserts. All the stations also have small plates with side dishes (like fries and humus dip) available without having to order. I've eaten at other campuses and I can say with confidence that Chapman has some incredibly tasty and healthy food available for students. Off campus, there's a place called Bruxie's about a block away that is famous among locals. It's a waffle place where you can get burgers and such with waffles as the buns instead of actual buns. It's really delicious. Chapman is definitely worthy of 5 stars for food.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't moved in yet and my ranking is based on what I know and have seen. The dorms all have TVs, DVD players, and even VCR players (from what I've heard.) They all have laundry facilities and trash collection areas. And all the dorm halls but one have private bathrooms in every room. Students are assigned dorms and roommates based on their school and major, so the people you live with are people you might have classes with. The best part about the dorms is that one hall has a basement with lots of activities to socialize with everyone. Overall, the dorm life seems really cool.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started class yet, so I'm ranking it based on what it took for me to get in. I admit my grades weren't spectacular, but I think my grades and standardized test scores did have affect my admission to an extent. I think you need moderately good grades and scores to get in. Also, I'm studying film and I've already gotten a summer assignment from one of my classes. It's an easy assignment but it's also the only assignment I have until school starts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find something that you really love about the school and write about it in your application. Visit the campus to see what you love about the area and the feel of the environment. Don't be afraid to reach out to the people who work there and ask questions on anything you're confused about. And remember to be yourself in your application and really think about if this is where you want to spend your college years.

    In three sentences

    Chapman might be small but there's plenty to do to stay busy. The people who work there and the kids who attend are very passionate about the school and are very welcoming. It's a great school all around.

  • 09/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our Public Safety guys are the best. They are caring, sweet, and available. Dorms are safe with different lock codes, and a 24 hour security surveillance.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is HUGE at Chapman. You may find yourself rushing, because seemingly more than half the school is involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many! If you can't find what you're looking for, you can always create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students are welcome here. There is a gigantic range of different kinds of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many different kinds of people here on campus. People like to say hi to you. People like to jump and swim in our many fountains.

    Bang for the buck

    Those $2.15 tacos at WOW are exceptionally yummy and filling for the price. However, Chapman University does tend to get expensive for the average college student. But there are always ways to find deals!

    What to do for fun

    Go out and socialize at the Orange Circle that is walking distance from campus. Get frozen yogurt with friends or sit at the cute cupcake shop. There is also a movie theater 7 minutes by car, with discounts for students with their student i.d.s. Students also purchase Disneyland Annual Passes and go out to relax for fun, and some even study for their finals in the luxurious Disneyland Lobbies, riding Space Mountain as a study break.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food grows on you. You will end up craving the yummy panini or baguette sandwiches. You will want that pesto pasta or the avocado rolls. The food is diverse and yummy. The portion sizes are smaller than normal, so you can get more plates than one without worrying. On campus we have World of Wings (WOW), with chicken wings, burgers, $2.15 huge chicken tacos, salads, etc. And they bring the food to your table! There is also a Jamba Juice, Einstein Bros Bagels, and Jazzman's cafe. You won't grow hungry, but you might develop an addiction to smoothies, coffees, and bagels.

    Dorm Life

    Our dorms are heavenly. They are clean and roomy. Most dorms are triples, which ends up being best- you will always have someone to eat with your first month at school! Every dorm has its own restroom and shower. Residence Life Coordinators work hard to make sure everyone is comfortable and accepted on campus. All RAs (Resident Assistants) are exceptionally friendly and caring, and work hard to host fun events for students to relax with their new hall family.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the academic rigor will vary. Choose a major that interests you and that you can handle. The academic rigor is something you will have to experience for yourself, but do not be afraid or intimidated! Chapman University only accepts students they believe can succeed in their offered academics; if you're in, you're good to go! And of course, you can always explore different majors if you find your current major does not fit you well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Chapman is a place for those who are interested in establishing lifelong relationships, unprofessional or professional, with students and professors. There are many college clubs and organizations available for you to join. For the academic experience, there are also academic organizations available.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is a diverse learning community. Classes are tight knit and discussion-based. Everybody knows everybody.

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is always around. It's a very safe campus. The campus itself is relatively small, and it's in a good area so there are not a lot of problems.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is prominent on campus. A lot of girls pledge their freshman year, but not everyone is involved. I personally didn't join a sorority, and was able to find a lot of other things to get involved with instead. If you're interested in Greek Life, you'll definitely find a sorority for you, but if you're not, there are plenty of other things to do and join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of different clubs to get involved in; from community service to sororities, there are a range of groups for different interests.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great school for a variety of different people. There are things for mostly everyone. You get to pick and choose what you want to be involved in. Not everyone is expected to partake in the same activities. It's a great school for people who are invested in their education, but it's also a great place and location to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have an undie run during finals week every year.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs and events on campus to get involved in. Chapman is in a really good location; there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. It's also about ten minutes away from Disneyland and pretty close to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of different stations in the cafeteria. Overall, it's a lot better than most other campuses.

    Dorm Life

    I highly suggest living in the dorms for freshman year. It's a good experience, and you have a lot of opportunities to meet so many people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but manageable if you stay on top of everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're really invested in attending Chapman, try to apply for Early Action. Just maintain a good GPA and try to find a few extracurricular activities to make yourself stand out.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is an incredible school. The professors are very successful, accomplished, and intelligent. The atmosphere is great, as are the people.

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety around every corner!

    Greek Life

    chapman is 100 percent into greek life. they host a lot of really cool events, and they're always handing out swag bags

    Great for these types of students

    Great for outgoing, interactive students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every first wednesday of the month we do undie run we run from the water fall in the middle of campus, to the orange circle (about 2-3 blocks) in our underwear! There's also always great free food in the piazza

    What to do for fun

    The Orange circle has a lot of great restaurants and bars, there is also old towne orange, which is just a bunch of cute, quaint shops and restaurants. The beach is only 15 minutes away, and in the winter, the snow is only an hour away.

    Food and Dining

    The caf is super cute! It has food from all around the world and each station is designed to reflect the type of food. It is also REALLY good! Quite expensive, but totally worth it for all you can eat, and they have private booths you can stay there and study and eat all day

    Dorm Life

    It is three people to a room, so if you don't like your roommate, say something quick. There is a student assigned to each dorm, and they are in charge of how loud you can be, how many friends you can have over, and even when you come home at night. Personally I never saw mine, not once, so we did what we wanted, but some people weren't as lucky. There are also millions of fluffy bunnies running around outside the dorms *add another star for that!

    Academic Rigor

    For GE courses, some professors are easy some act as if you're in graduate school, it just depends on the teach. However, most classes demand a lot of reading and participating in class, as well as two midterms and a final that each compromise 20 percent of your grade. Once you do bad on one of those, it is very difficult to catch up. Even though it is a semester, very fast paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about internships, grad school, independent study, and study abroad AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, don't get caught up in the idea that you have four years to plan it all, it goes by way too fast. Never skip class, and if you do, only miss a maximum of three, most teachers dock you for points after that without letting you know, plus attendance is always factored in. Keep up with the reading, this goes for any college, try to stay on top of it and do a little bit of each subject every day.

    In three sentences

    Chapman deserves an A for faculty, curriculum, and over all education: the professors are wholly invested in their students, they make you passionate about learning, and each of them is such a master at their topic that you can't help but be enthused and interested about the subject matter. A C+ for diversity and student body: I would say (no exact numbers) that about eighty percent are blonde, rich, females from Orange County, who are too invested in their sorority. An A- for availability of resources: although it may be hard to find at first and maybe a little discouraging, there are people everywhere happily willing to answer all of your questions and guide you through the process.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I personally think Chapman is safe, nothing crazy gojng on here. If there is though we have Chapman's public safety who are available 24/7.

    What to do for fun

    There are many malls around Chapman and the Orange Circle is always great. A tip for everyone is go fountain hoppjng in Chapman, it is allowed. Also we have a rock climbing wall on Res Life which I heard was great!

    Food and Dining

    Overall I am just thankful that Chapman's food is good. During brunch on the weekends there is a nice omelette station. During weekdays everyone thinks the deli station js awesome. There are many stations available, so there is never something you can not eat.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life because you learn to become independent and live life on your own. I love all the buildings in Chapman. I used to live in Pralle which was nice but I had some roommate disagreements and moved to Morlan. However even though going through it, overall it was a great experience. It is small in Pralle, Henley, and Glass because it is a triple, but in Morlan it is the oldest building which is why it is a double.

    Academic Rigor

    Since it is my freshmen year, everything is still so new to me. Yes definitely your classes are not as long as high school or you don't have as many daily. I would definitely say its tough, but if you work hard you can definitely get the grade hou want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely just try your best. Chapman is an expensive school, but they will try to give you as much scholarships as possible. If you write a great essay and have an average SAT score with high grades u can get in for sure.

    In three sentences

    I think Chapman is a wonderful school. They allow you to have many opportunities and everyone on campus is very helpful. Also the classroom setting is nice because you get to interact with your teacher due to the class size.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety and SafeRide (aka Taxis for drunk people) has your back!

    Greek Life

    WE LOVE OUR GREEK. I swear, there are more people that are in a sorority or fraternity than not. But for me, not being in a sorority is still cool and laid back. I don't feel like there is a divide between these groups. That's the beauty of Chapman, they are so welcoming to all kinds of people with all kinds of tastes.

    Clubs and Activities

    One thing I love about this school already is the huge activity involvement with all of the student body. About 2/3 of the students here are in at least some club or activity that they feel passionately for, on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to be the next Steven Spielberg, Ryan Seacrest, or Bill Gates, Chapman is for you. Everything business and Film. Like a wanna be or (in my opinion) better USC. The people care about you here. People really want to get to know you because of the small campus size.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fountain hopping! During orientation, to get assimilated into all things Chapman, everyone gets in their bathing suits and literally hops in the fountains for a little dip! It's fun and everyone has a blast. Also, the Undie Run is right after Finals. What better way to blow off some finals steam than literally getting in your undies and running around!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, a little pricey. But, as a student you truly get spoiled here (especially if you're looking to study Film or Business).

    What to do for fun

    The Orange Circle! Fun, antique old-school turned collegetown place about a quarter of a mile away from the dorms. Fun to hang out and go to the diners or just walk around and shop in the boutiques. Nice cafe's also.

    Food and Dining

    Excellent. Yes, it's become the same for all of us that use the dining meals religiously but it is buffet style. Watch out, you will gain the freshman-15, but it will be glorious.

    Dorm Life

    Perfect if you want the dorm experience. Yes, we are a little spoiled compared to other universities, but you will completely immerse yourself in all things Chapman once you step foot on the Res Life of things here.

    Academic Rigor

    If you look right, you could get stuck with some of the best teachers you've had in your life. The college is still expanding immensely, and faculty excellence comes with that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't over-hype yourself in the application. No matter how cliche, be yourself because those are the types of kids that come here.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. Welcoming people once you get to know the places. Good vibes.

  • 12/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had a problem and always feel safe. The officers are always visible and they are very nice and helpful. I have to walk away from the main campus at night by myself to get to my car and I have never had a problem. Orange is a great, safe area. I mean people run around in their underwear twice a year and there's never been a major problem..hello.

    Greek Life

    It's not applicable to me, but people seem to like it. The influence is much less than on other campuses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Join Chapman Radio for sure. It is one of the best things that happened to me while I was here, one of the only places I've made friends.

    Great for these types of students

    1. People who follow rules, though by the end your rigidity will be smoothed out. 2. People who listen and are curious (professors pay more attention to people who are ACTUALLY there to learn and not just to go to college for the sake of saying they go to college) 3. People who are going to be someone someday.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's an annual concert that the student lead University Program Board hosts. Chapman radio also hosts pool parties at the nice campus pool in the warmer months. The digital media center is a little away from the main campus, but it's a great place to get creative and to study. There are little study rooms here and there, but you just have to ask the veterans when you get there. And obviously the undie run.

    Bang for the buck

    REALLY expensive school, but it's worth the money. The campus is beautiful and the academics reflect how much you spend. ^^ the above is exactly what I tell everybody and what I stand by.

    What to do for fun

    CHAPMAN RADIO!! There are a lot of on campus activities, not all of them are super fun, but they have trips like hiking trips or major oriented trips that are SO beneficial to learning and to human development in general.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best, but I have to admit that it has gotten better along the four years I've been here. And yes, I do wish we had Subway on campus. Food around the campus, though can be expensive is delicious and easily accessible.

    Dorm Life

    Doesn't apply to me. However having lived off campus, I would say that it's a lot easier to get involved and meet people if you live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough, but manageable, make sure you are good with time management.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure going to a small school in a small town is what you want. Do research about what you want to do early, because if you know early the opportunities are really endless. DO CHAPMAN RADIO!!

    In three sentences

    Anybody you talk to will tell you how amazing professors and opportunities at Chapman are and I agree 100%. Though the social aspect of the school is a little lacking, the faculty, students, donors, and really anybody involved works to make this better every year I've been here. Despite my hard social times I have had at this school I would still recommend it to anybody and rally for more students to apply here.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe, but public safety officers can be a little over bearing.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a must.

    Great for these types of students

    Confident hard working

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie run during finals week is always fun.

    What to do for fun

    The beach is 20 minutes away, Disneyland is 10 minutes away, downtown Orange is a walk away with many cute restaurants and shops.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is a little salty and you have to be careful with some of the meals. However, there are always different options available to the students.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are very high quality and new.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, yet manageable. Especially, if you ask professors for help, you will thrive in the majority of your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be honest in your application.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is an outstanding university that draws confident, hard working students. The professors care about all the student, and the class sizes are small. The campus also provides different activities for all interests.

  • 12/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chapman University is a pretty safe place on campus, especially with Public Safety and all the cameras that they monitor. However, things can get slightly sketchy at night just a few blocks from campus, so always play it safe and always walk with a friend. Also be sure to always lock your bike, because there have been a few incidents of theft. Other than that, just use common sense, and you'll be completely fine.

    Greek Life

    Greek life can seem more prevalent than it actually is on campus, especially during the fall semester with all the rush events. It's not at all necessary to be a part of greek life in order to meet new people or be a part of the social scene. It's all up to your own personal preference, because either one it great.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at Chapman it's hard to keep track of all the events that go on every week. Definitely attend the activity fairs that occur during the first few weeks of school, and check out OrgSync, which is Chapman's official page for all clubs and organizations on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious, creative, and driven students who want to experience everything college has to offer. Talented storytellers who want to make films

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bi-Annual Undie Run during finals week where everyone runs in their underwear or other creative costumes to the Circle and back. And a lot of Orange natives spectate. Just saying.

    Bang for the buck

    Chapman is a very expensive school, hands down. It all depends what type of a student you are. If you aren't very motivated and take a minimum amount of classes and only party on the weekend, Chapman won't be worth it to you. However, if you are an ambitious person driven to succeed, Chapman has all the resources and all you have to do is take advantage of them!

    What to do for fun

    It all depends if you have a car or a roommate/friend who has one. That sounds harsh, but it's true. Orange has a nice downtown area with the Circle, but to get to a grocery store or a Target, it takes 10-15 minutes to drive. Also, many freshmen get Disneyland passes since it's only about a ten minute drive away. That said, there are many things to do on campus with clubs or other groups and there are always free screenings at Dodge!

    Food and Dining

    Let me say this first: we are very spoiled with the cafeteria food here at Chapman. There is every kind of food: Italian, Asian, American, Greek, Vegan, etc. That said, most people have a love/hate relationship with the caf. The Randall Dining Commons have limited hours Friday through Sunday, and only serve two meals a day on the weekend. The food entrees can also get a little repetitive towards the end of the semester, but they often spruce things up for the holidays. On campus, the dining options are pretty slim as well. There is an Einstein's, Jamba, World of Wings, and a coffeeshop/sandwich place in Beckman.

    Dorm Life

    There are four major dorm complexes for incoming freshman: Pralle, Henley, Glass, and North Morlan, or NoMo, for short. Starting this year, halls are organized by specific majors or colleges within the university, which is really helpful second semester when you start taking the bulk classes for your specific field. Pralle and Henley are the biggest dorms, and they are three people to a room with suited bathrooms, so six per toilet. They are on the smaller side, but it is also really easy to meet a lot of new people who live really close to you! Glass is the newest dorm, but it is also less social due to the gates downstairs that only let underclassmen in and the mandated closed doors in the halls. Nevertheless, these rooms are more spacious and you don't share a bathroom with the neighboring room. North Morlan is the oldest dorm building on campus, but it has the best social environment because you're allowed to keep your doors open all the time. There are two people to a room (four to a bathroom), and the rooms open up to a grassy common area.

    Academic Rigor

    Chapman has a lot of challenging classes and professors to take advantage of. Don't let senioritis stick around, take classes you wouldn't normally take and expand your horizons! Chapman also has an Honors Program that you have to apply for separately on their website. This is a more rigorous way of fulfilling your GE requirements, and the professors are amazing. Also take advantage of Chapman's many minors and Study Abroad programs. You can also get credit for internships or even create your own minor with independent study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up your GPA and get good test scores, because Chapman offers pretty substantial merit scholarships that are easy to retain once in college. Be creative and original on your Common App application! Don't over-think it, Chapman is looking for ambitious and driven individuals such as yourself. For the prospective film students, let your OWN voice shine through on the supplements to your application. Don't be afraid to take a chance and tell a story you don't think is normal enough.

    In three sentences

    Chapman University is a liberal arts university with an ambitious and creative student body including the SoCal relaxed environment (and weather) to go along. The film school is very competitive, and the business and health sciences are also popular majors. It is an expensive school, but its vast resources are well worth the price tag if you take advantage of them!

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. No incidents have happened and our Public Safety is pretty good.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing! I didn't think I would rush but it was the best choice I ever made. I would defiantly recommend it for everyone. The events are great and you meet a lot of people. A great way to get involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many ways to get involved on campus! I love it. I would defiantly recommend joining something to stay active and involved to have a great college experience.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One Big Sex Night! UPB Awareness puts it on and it's a fun event. Look it up!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like you get a lot for your money. A small private school in a great area!

    What to do for fun

    DISNEYLAND! SHOPPING! FOOD! What more could you want? Not to mention the University Program Board (UPB) puts on amazing events every week!

    Food and Dining

    Food their is good, better than other schools. It does get old after awhile, you just have to get creative. A good variety though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so nice! I hate the fact that it's three to a room but one of mine actually moved out, which was nice. I love my room and my roommate. Life's amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    I would say the courses are challenging especially as a first semester freshman. It obviously depends on the classes people enroll in and their particular majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would defiantly keep an open mind and step outside of your box. During the first few weeks it's important to socialize and then really focus on school work.

    In three sentences

    Chapman offers so many opportunities to excel academically and socially. I have made lasting friendships already and took full advantage of my professors office hours. I absolutely live the school, Go Panthers!

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Bunch of great guys that I know personally. Seriously, I was the leader of a club that was often locked out of our classroom (even though we had it reserved!) and it was no problem for them to come by and unlock it for us.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love chapman campus life because if you don't find a club you like, it is so easy to make one!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love the spot on top of the parking lot near the Glassell Dormitories, especially at night.

    What to do for fun

    I do clubs, classes, and music. Orange isn't exactly the most happening place in orange, but you can easily get to LA, and I find plenty to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining plan is better than some other campuses I've seen, but because of the number of people they have to hire, their dining hours can be a little... limiting. However, there is usually a place that you can get food, and Chapman is pretty good about prices (although everything is through Sodexo).

    Dorm Life

    I have made plenty of friends here, mainly through the student activities and clubs that I am part of. You can certainly find a niche of friends very easily. The dorms are rather expensive though, and when you get to Junior year, you are usually out of luck finding a dorm, so my friends and I were applying for places to live halfway through sophmore year to be safe.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say it depends on your major. I am a double major in Music and Bio, and I can tell you that if I were to go through this again, I would definitely rework some of my schedules that I have gone through. That being said, this campus definitely has ways of helping you stay on top of your workload, no matter how heavy it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are applying for this school, definitely come to the campus before applying to see if you like the feel. Make ample use of both the academic counseling center (which you only have to send an email to reserve a time for!), and check web-advisor often to make sure you are on target for your college plan. Also, never hesitate to ask professors or other students for help if you know you can do better than you currently are. There are definitely a few of my classes that I know I could have done better in if I had simply asked a question here or there.

    In three sentences

    Chapman is definitely a good school if you excel in smaller (on average) classes, demonstrate a willingness to interact in a learning environment, and enjoy a more enclosed campus feel. Though I have not been to any other universities (other than pre-college visits), I would say that Chapman definitely has a very beautiful campus, and it makes ample use of any and all available resources to ensure a quality education. Though the school is small, it still manages to have an impressive range of classes, and attracts quite a few brilliant minds to teach.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe here. Almost all students leave their phones, id cards and personal items laying on their tables while they leave the table for lunch, and nothing ever gets stolen.

    Greek Life

    For being a campus of only 5000 students there is A LOT of Greek spirit. There are eight sororities and nine fraternities. Most sororities have between 100-200 members. Greek events are some of the funnest events on campus (I believed this even before becoming affiliated).

    Great for these types of students

    Leaders or Hipster Film Kids

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UNDIE RUN happens once a semester on the Wednesday Night of Finals week!

    Bang for the buck

    It could be if you take advantage of the many amazing opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    -Beach -Disneyland -Parties -Campus Events -Clubs (Explore SoCal, Snow Club, Camping Club, etc.) -Fashion Island

    Food and Dining

    Dining Hall is great for the first year. In comparison to other campuses, I've heard Chapman is a lot better. After a year, like anything, the food gets boring. There are less food options during the weekend. But there are always really tasty food options off campus in the Orange Circle (which is less than a ten minute walk from dorms).

    Dorm Life

    Each hall at Chapman has it's benefits. Air conditioning and heating works great in all halls. There are NO communal bathrooms. Small gym open 24 hrs. Could use a 24hr food option.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like a majority of teachers help me think critically. Even though there are some classes that are easy A's, you still learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an incoming freshmen, TRY ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE. You never know what club, greek house, or academic course you'll fall in love with!

    In three sentences

    A medium size private University in the sleepy town of Orange, California. The class sizes are great- I have attended classes at a state school and I am so much more engaged at Chapman. Although it lacks stores and shops catered to college age students, you can make the experience great!

  • 03/05/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There have an excellent patrol unit to make sure that the college is safe for all students. They are around the campus twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week, including the holidays which in case if there are some students that remain in the campus.

    Greek Life

    I have come to know that there are nine fraternity groups that I could join if I were to be accepted into this university and there are: 1. Alpha Delta Phi 2. Beta Theta Pi 3. Delta Tau Delta 4. Phi Delta Theta 5. Phi Gamma Delta 6. Phi Kappa Tau 7. Pi Kappa Alpha 8. Sigma Alpha Epsilon 9. Sigma Alpha Mu

    Clubs and Activities

    There have many clubs and activities and here are some to mention: Marital Arts Club American Medical Student Association Graphic Design Club Latin American Student Association Physics Club Men's Club Volleyball Team Chapman Nerf Club Ad Club Animal Rights Advocates Investment Group and much more...

    Great for these types of students

    This university for all types of students who are willing to learn and achieve something in life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is really nothing unusual about this, it is just amazing the size when it is surrounded by the road and other houses nearby.

    Bang for the buck

    This is going to all the students whether you are new and are simply going to be a new freshman, fresh out of high school, or you are transfer from another college, I would have to say that this could be one school that I would like to go, if I were given the opportunity.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things that a student can do to have fun, like they can participate in the events that the university and other groups have to offer and there is the study abroad where they can do some studies while they are on a cruise, and participate in a sport, which I would try for soccer, basketball, or others that they offer and much more.

    Food and Dining

    There are some kitchens that some dorms have, which students have to make or there is the cafeteria when they can go to socialize and get something to eat as well.

    Dorm Life

    I really like apartments and the different dorms that they offer. It was really outstanding to see the different dorms and it can be seen to be divide by fraternity/sorority groups and honor students and the standard students and it really just depends on the student on where he or she is at.

    Academic Rigor

    It does has security that they have around the campus and they can be somewhat strict when it comes to classes, but that could have changed since I was there.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Ask for the programs that they offer or if you are interested in a specific program then ask if they offer it. 2. Make sure to take note of every detail that the tour guide person tells about the university to see if this university is for you. 3. Ask for any advantages that they might offer when it comes to transfer like if they participate in the WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) program. 4. Ask for any scholarships that they might offer and ask for as much information as you can.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoyed going to school to see the campus itself and if I were to apply to it, there is a good chance that I could get accepted. This university has good programs for anyone especially when it comes to the Theatrical Arts. This university would be one of my considerations when it comes to choosing where I want to study because it has a good environment as well.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports, clubs, local city is walking distance from campus. Great food, shopping and living! 20 minutes to the beach, 1.5 hours to ski. What more could you want?

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining on campus is the best. There are great, affordable options within walking distance from campus.

    Dorm Life

    Safe, clean, fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Best in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, work hard and be yourself!

    In three sentences

    Kinesiology and Athletic Training Departments are top notch. Chapman gives you the old school feel in a California setting. Small class sizes with great profs!

  • 03/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The atmosphere at Chapman is fairly safe, the public safety office is right across the street. However, I have heard that public safety takes a while to respond to any calls. I have not experienced any situations that have put me in a dangerous spot here. The neighborhood and surrounding area are quiet and low key, so it makes me feel safe in that way also.

    Greek Life

    I am not affiliated with greek life this year, but about 30% of the campus is. The attitude towards greek life varies depending on which sorority/fraternity is being discussed. Certain chapters have bad reputations, and vice versa. Currently, I personally do not think that greek life is necessary considering you can pay up to $1,000 a year for chapter dues. There are tons of other ways to get involved on campus and meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am a part of UPB which is our university program board and they plan majority of the student events on campus. They strive to create activities and events for different kinds of people and are sure to provide a wide variety. There is always something going on whether it's a dance, snow festival, cultural festival, musical performance,etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are looking for a personalized education, I have never had a class bigger than 80 students. This makes it easy to get to know your professor, and most of them are more than happy to help you outside of class if you need extra help. It is a very intimate and family oriented atmosphere, and is still lots of fun. There's a lot to do around the area- Disneyland, Angel's Stadium, Old Towne Orange.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Undie Run is done twice a year which is somewhat of an unusual tradition. Students run down the block to Old Towne Orange through the campus in their underwear during finals week to relieve stress and have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Chapman is pretty pricey they are generally good at making sure you get what you're paying for. There are always different events going on that are free for students, and the food isn't that bad. The campus is also really nice and the quality of education is pretty high.

    What to do for fun

    The university program board is a group of students and advisors who put on student events on campus and they're always busy planning new things. There are usually at least 3 events per week on campus. In addition to on campus events there are also off campus things to do like Disneyland, Angel's Stadium, Old Towne Orange, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options at the caf, however the take out options are simple and never change. The food can also get boring after a while but it's not all that bad.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice and fairly large compared to others, and the safety level is high. Everything is generally clean and aesthetically pleasing. Still a little expensive for what we're getting though.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major the rigor will vary, but it is a good level- not too high but still pushes you to stretch your limits. The class sizes make it easier to learn rigorous material because the professors have time to help you individually.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the most out of your experience here at Chapman because it has so much to offer.

    In three sentences

    Personalized education with adequate rigor and relevancy. Great atmosphere and surrounding area. Friendly students and staff.

  • 03/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria here is amazing! Lots of options and the staff is always willing to help you with special food accommodations.

    Dorm Life

    Chapman has great dorms, but the roommate matching isn't always the best. There is a pool and basketball court right by the residential area that are AMAZING.

    Academic Rigor

    As all universities are, academics can sometimes be a hit or a miss. It seems that more often than not, major specific classes at Chapman are always AMAZING. Very experienced professors who are excited about teaching. The general education classes are not always the same case, but this also doesn't mean that all GE classes are bad. Ratemyprofessor.com is a great tool to know what you're getting yourself into!

  • 04/29/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Gorgeous campus. Really great film program and excellent professors. I would highly recommend this school.