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Orange, CA
Undergrads
5,446
Tuition
$40,234
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I think our policies are appropriate. They are not too harsh, and not too lenient.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We do not have that many diverse students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: The wifi in the dorms is not good, but the printers are very helpful. Chapman has lots of computers that students can use, but I do not know anyone that does not own a laptop.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very open to anyone and impacts the school positively.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is always around and the health office is very convenient, but slow at assisting students when waiting in patient room.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many places to eat, especially in the circle, ranging from high to low costing restaurants.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Typical college setting, but nothing crazy.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are always things to do off-campus. There is Disneyland, malls, beaches, LA, mountains, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football team gets everything for free, which is good for them but the cheerleaders do not get any school support. The school spirit could be better.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Its mostly sunny and warm, which I love.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I want to be a special education teachers. The only concern I have is that teachers get pink slipped often.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship, but I plan on getting one. I am not worried about getting one, because I know the faculty is really good about helping students find internships.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options are diverse and have a lot for everyone. There's a local burger place, barbecue grill, breakfast house, dessert shop, sandwich shop, and so on. Not only are the options numerous, but the food at each that I've tried have been delicious.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: It's always sunny in Orange, California. References aside, it basically has fantastic weather all year round. Sunny when it needs to be, hardly rainy--and when it is, it rarely pours. Some days are colder than others, but not unbearable by any means.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I can't say I know much about this subject. I don't drink, so the only topic I know the school is fairly strict on is attendance. Most classes require mandatory attendance and every class emphasizes the honor code. As for protests/demonstrations, I have yet to see one on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in North Morlan, I've known a very communal residence life. I'd say it is the best for socializing and living comfortably. Most of my friends hang out in Morlan Lounge on a daily basis--it has basically become a second home. While it is not the newest building, it has the most breathing space--and has plenty of character!

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers on campus; in the library, in individual college buildings--even in study rooms in the dormitories! They all run Windows 7 at the very minimum, and have up-to-date software, meaning they all run fairly well. Even better, there are wifi networks available nearly everywhere on campus, so having your own laptop adds to the already impressive accessibility.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As a screenwriting major, being capable of telling stories through written word is essential. I think the most important criteria for the application is being able to visualize a story vividly through words. For the application, I submitted a creative resume of works I've done, and a sample of my writing. I chose to submit a short story, and it did the job, I suppose. What I focused on most in the story was the description and the visual manner in which characters interacted--I wanted to make sure that the reader could picture exactly what was going on in their head.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I love the film school at Chapman. Film screenings are a daily event, mandatory for some classes, but offered if other students would like to sit in. The facilities are just as incredible. Dodge College holds everything that is needed for film students--all while keeping the spirit for a love of cinema alive. Not only this, but the school hosts many networking and information events, where students have the opportunity to talk with professionals in the industry regarding their craft.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Living by downtown Orange is fantastic. The local shops, restaurants, and businesses offer a lot to explore, and within walking distance! It's wonderful knowing that when my friends want to go out for desserts, a local gelato shop is open just a couple blocks away.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: To be honest, while there are a good number of diverse faces on campus, I still can't help but see a majority. It seems to me that most students are Caucasian or have blonde hair--this is just an honest observation. Diversity is something I really care about, and I'm lucky my group of friends is so diverse, considering this.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Of the professors and classes I've had, each has stood out well academically. Not only this, but each professor has been memorable. The workload hasn't been too staggering, either. I guess the hardest part is a matter of balancing class schedules with free time and extra-curricular activities.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus, and I know few people that do. From what I'm told, it's cheaper in price, but additional costs (food, cleaning, etc.) bring it up to about the same. I guess it depends on where you choose to live and how you keep track of money.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its pretty good. After a while any option becomes better than every meal at the cafe. But the food can sometimes be a bit pricey especially in the OC area.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: Southern California. It's always beautiful.

1 person found this useful Report
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Emily Esposito
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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Chapman is perfect for students who are looking for an intimate college setting and the chance to get involved. It's very easy to hold a leadership position on campus by joining Greek life, Associated Students, or a club. And it seems that the more involved a student is, the better his or her experience will be at Chapman. A typical Chapman student is outgoing, friendly, and ambitious. Most have internships or jobs while going to school, and they have specific career goals in mind. Students care a lot about their grades and want to succeed in their classes, so you’ll find plenty of students studying during the week, but as soon as Thursday rolls around, most head to the bars or fraternity parties.

The nightlife scene at Chapman isn't comparable to bigger universities, mainly because Chapman is a small school, so there tends to be limited party options. Students like to go to fraternity house parties on the weekends or, if they are 21 or older, to the bars in The Circle. Besides partying, there are lots of fun things to do around Chapman—luckily, it is in the perfect location for students. Disneyland, the beach, and Los Angeles are all within driving distance from campus. Students also like to explore the Orange Circle, which is a short walk from the school and offers delicious and well-priced food options. The best thing about Chapman is that it is an up-and-coming school. Every year, its rankings improve, and it becomes more recognized. As a result, Chapman is becoming more competitive, and the quality of education continues to improve. In the end, Chapman graduates will walk away with a well-rounded liberal arts education, many networking contacts, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

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