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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Our business program has received multiple accolades for being one of the best in the country by many prestigious institutions.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The class sizes are small and the class options are amazing. The professors actually teach the classes and get to know you on a personal level.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Good teachers. Small ratio of student to teacher

4 College Freshman

Academics: Chapman has many notable professors. Alicia Kozameh taught my freshman foundations course; she is an award winning Argentinian author who was a arrested as a teenager for protesting against Argentina's corrupt government. Paul Apodaca teaches my folklore class; he is a noted expert on Native Americans of southern california and a consultant to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. We have also had big name guest speakers such as Elie Wiesel (author of "Night") and Phillip Zimbardo (Stanford Prison Experiment). Chapman has partnerships with lots of foreign universities and there are study abroad programs for every major.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 119th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 361st
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 385th
    Smartest Professors
  • 508th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 510th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Seattle, Wash.
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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Students at Chapman take school seriously and become close to their professors. The classes are interactive, fun, and social, so students look forward to learning. But the main reason students like going to class is the professors—they are personable, love to give advice, and are very eager to create relationships with students and help them succeed. Most professors are extremely experienced in their fields—Chapman teachers include authors, film directors, advertising executives, psychiatrists, and entrepreneurs, among many others. In addition to bringing real world experience to the classroom, they are excellent networking resources, and many students have received internships at a professor's company.

Chapman is most known for its film school, Dodge College. All the professors there have extensive experience in the film industry, and the facilities allow students to create professional films. Also, Chapman's Argyros School of Business and Economics is nationally recognized. The classes are very difficult, but students leave Argyros with a strong sense of the business world. Generally speaking, students rarely complain about their classes. Even though the workload can be difficult for some majors, students are willing to learn and be challenged. Not all majors have a heavy workload, but students studying film, business, science, or music should expect to have at least a couple hours of homework every night. The best part about Chapman's academics is that they’re steadily improving. The University is receiving more and more recognition for its academic programs, and its reputation is continually getting stronger.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
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Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 40%
  • 20 to 49 students: 58%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Argyros School of Business and Economics
  • College of Educational Studies
  • College of Performing Arts
  • Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
  • Schmid College of Science
  • Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Services
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 9%
  • Cinematography and Video Production: 6%
  • Law: 5%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Chapman offers hybrid online courses (where some class meetings are replaced by online activities) and fully online classes.

Chapman's online classes are not very popular or well publicized. There are less than 10 online classes available every semester, with the most popular being health education for teachers.
Best Places to Study
  • Chapman Coffee House
  • Third-floor rotunda in Leatherby Libraries
Tips to Succeed
  • Be nice to everyone. Word gets around very fast because it is such a small school.
  • Do interterm at least once. This is a chance to earn extra credits, travel, or finish some general education requirements during the four-week period between winter break and spring semester.
  • Do not take a Friday morning class
  • Get involved on campus, whether it's joining Greek life, Associated Students, sports team, or student club/organization.
  • Go to professors' office hours. They are eager and happy to help you receive a good grade in their classes.
  • Make friends with the cafeteria employees.
  • Take a class on the Holocaust. Chapman always has influential speakers on this topic.
  • Take advantage of the Center for Academic Success, where you can receive free one-on-one tutoring from another student.
  • Try to avoid taking once-a-week three-hour classes.
  • Try to have GE (general education) requirements double as a major/minor requirement.
  • Visit the Career Center to get help finding an internship or a job and to get your resumĂ© critiqued.
Did You Know?
The University president sometimes teaches classes in the Argyros School of Business and Economics.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 65 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 66 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 36% George Argyros - former U.S. Ambassador to Spain
  • 20% Colin Hanks (did not graduate) - son of Tom Hanks
  • 16% Kellen Lutz - actor
  • 12% Jodie Sweetin - actress
  • 8% Sabrina Bryan (did not graduate) - actress, dancer
  • 8% Mariah Spears - So You Think You Can Dance
  • 0% Jeff Lewis - real estate investor, TV personality



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