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Chapman University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 232 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

57% Women
43% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $64,309)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $52,391)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 37 - - -
Basketball 17 22 - Yes
Football 94 - - -
Golf 10 - - -
Rowing - 22 Yes -
Soccer 25 28 - Yes
Softball - 22 - -
Swimming and Diving - 36 Yes -
Tennis 10 12 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor - 9 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 10 5 - -
Volleyball - 16 - Yes
Water Polo 47 25 - -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9.4%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.2%
Hispanic 10.6%
Non-resident alien 3.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 13.3%
Two or more races 1.3%
White/non-Hispanic 59.0%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 25
Liquor Law Violation 2
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 10

Notable Alumni

  • Colin Hanks (attended, but did not graduate), Son of Tom Hanks
  • Jeff Lewis [Class of '93], Real estate investor, star of Bravos' "Flipping Out"
  • Jodie Sweetin [Class of '03], Actress, best known for role on "Full House"
  • Sabrina Bryan (attended, did not graduate), Member of the Disney music group The Cheetah Girls
  • George Argyros [Class of 59], Former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and former owner of the Seattle Mariners
Reviews Dorm Life
  • theCollegeKid
  • 4
  • 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…

  • Jun-21-2012 Read More
  • Michael from San Diego, CA
  • 4
  • 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…

  • Aug-03-2012 Read More
  • Sara from Napa, CA
  • 3
  • 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…

  • Jan-24-2012 Read More
  • Alex from CA
  • 4
  • The dorms are very nice and updated. Most of the buildings are equal, but they each have their ups and downs. Pralle and Henley are often preferred because of their…

  • Jan-16-2015 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Will from Enosburg Falls, VT
  • Dec-01-2015 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Chapman's cafeteria is an all you can eat sort of buffet. There are so many different options form pizza to a sandwich bar to vegan options. Each week there is something new to introduce a new ethnic style of food to the students. The price for someone without a meal plan is outrageous. Who would pay like $14 dollars for lunch ? HOWEVER they offer $5 dollar commuter days sometimes and I always head over to the Caf. In the student union/ on campus there are bagels, coffee, sandwiches, pastries, and WOW which serves vegetarian options but mostly cuisine dealing with chicken wings or chicken wraps. It's very yummy! There's also a refreshing Jamba Juice but they do not know any of the secret menu drinks which was upsetting when I was craving a white gummy bear.

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  • 3
  • Alex from CA
  • Jan-16-2015 I am a current student here

    The cafeteria seems really good at first, but it gets old very, very fast. The food on the weekends and during the interterm session is below average. Other than the cafeteria, there is Einsteins Bagels, Jamba Juice, Jazzmans (Sandwiches, coffee, bakery), and WOW. These food options are not the best, but great to change it up from cafeteria food. You can use your panther bucks at these places. I suggest getting more panther bucks than meal swipes. The food surrounding the campus is amazing. There are many great places to eat and discover in the community around.

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  • 3
  • Rikki from Goodyear, AZ
  • Jan-10-2015 I am a current student here

    The caf has a variety of foods to choose from for every meal. The french toast is the best for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch, and grilled cheese for dinner. Though there might be plenty of options to choose from, the options might not be the best tasting. It really just depends on the day.

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  • 4
  • Darcee from Seattle, WA
  • Mar-28-2014 I am a current student here

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

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  • 3
  • Anna from Makawao, HI
  • Mar-17-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 5
  • Ryan from GARDEN GROVE, CA
  • Mar-14-2014 I am a current student here

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

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  • 5
  • Diego from Bullhead City, AZ
  • Mar-05-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    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.

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  • 4
  • L from CA
  • Jan-30-2014 I am a current student here

    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).

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  • 4
  • Jesse from Davis, CA
  • Jan-08-2014 I am a current student here

    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).

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Alex from CA
  • Jan-16-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek life is pretty big now. It is not essential to be greek to have a social life, but I found that it truly helps. Recruitment as a freshman is a little easier, but there are perks of waiting and getting a lay of the land before going into the greek system. There is a wide variety of fraternities and sororities. Greek events are very exciting on campus, including Skit and Greek Week.

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  • 0
  • Rikki from Goodyear, AZ
  • Jan-10-2015 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is a big part of the Chapman community, especially with sororities. It's definitely an option for students who want to connect with others on campus. Many feel a sense of belonging from joining a frat or a sorority. Yet, you can still enjoy campus-life without being involved with Greek Life.

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  • 0
  • Anna from Makawao, HI
  • Mar-17-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Diego from Bullhead City, AZ
  • Mar-05-2014 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    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

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  • 0
  • L from CA
  • Jan-30-2014 I am a current student here

    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).

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  • 0
  • Jalen from Carlsbad, CA
  • Dec-27-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Helena from San Marcos, CA
  • Dec-20-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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