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Orange, CA
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The main point of going out at Chapman is to hook up. If you're not looking for a hook up, then a lot of times going out will be boring or uneventful. A lot of the house parties get rolled really quickly, so people go out really early as well. The venue parties are probably the most fun, but for people that like to just kick back with friends and have a couple drinks, they can be overwhelming

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Communication Studies major at Chapman. Because the major is so big, it's usually easy to get lower-division classes, but it definitely becomes more competitive for the upper-division classes. The major is small, so almost everyone in it has a double major of minor (I'm a nutrition minor). The workload is fairly easy--a lot of people make fun of the Comm majors because it appears like their major is easy in comparison to other majors. It's not that it's so much easier, just most of the work is done in the classroom through discussion and analysis. Most of the work is research, papers, and readings.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Chapman isn't a very strict campus. Depending on your RA or the Public Safety officer you're dealing with, the experience could be different, but overall it's not overly strict.

College Sophomore

Transportation: I haven't used the transportation enough to make an accurate review.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are SO many good places to eat off-campus! The Circle is home to dozens of different restaurants for all tastes.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Most of the area around the school is owned by faculty, students, and young families. The community isn't extremely welcoming towards the college students--there's definitely a bit of animosity and separation from them, although on the weekends there are always families and older people walking around the campus.

There are so many good places to eat around Chapman! "The Circle," as it's commonly called is full of restaurants for all different tastes. My favorites are: Growl, Citrus City Grille, Kimmy's Coffee Cup, and The Filling Station.

The Chapman campus is extremely safe. I've never felt unsafe no matter the time of day. Once you are a few blocks off campus, it's better to be in a group and not go out at night, but otherwise it's an incredibly safe place.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are quite a few varsity and intramural sports offered at Chapman, but it isn't a huge part of the campus. Some people go to games, but they're not extremely popular.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved in Greek Life, but I know and am friends with may people that are. I think that it is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, and it creates a sense of community that a lot of people crave. Chapman is infamous for its Greek stereotyping, though. If you are Greek and part of a specific sorority/fraternity, that is the first thing people judge you for before even getting to know you. That is the only negative I see to Greek life at Chapman though.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Chapman is one of the best schools I've encountered when it comes to financial aide. If you really want to go here and can't afford it, they will find a way to make it happen for you. It might be hard, and you might have to do a lot of digging for scholarships outside of the school, but they're very helpful and give away a ton in aide every semester.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity isn't huge on the Chapman campus, but it's gotten better in the past years. Racial diversity is probably the least common, with the majority of students being white. Chapman is accepting to all races though, so I think this is more of a continuation of the past and will probably increase in the future. Most of Chapman is very privileged, and they like to make it known. However, there are also students that attend on full scholarships and don't fit into that category. They're a much smaller minority, though.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Memorial Lawn Memorial Lawn The statuesque building, Memorial Hall, houses all major performances on campus. Memorial lawn, a large grassy area directly in front of the building, is full of flowers and lush greenery.
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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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