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5 College Junior

Academics: Not a lot of recognition but I enjoy what I do.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors here are amazing. The small class sizes allow you to form a relationship with the professor and because most professors love what they do, they will help you anyway that they can.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am an Athletic Training major. My academic experience will be very different from everyone else. Not only do Athletic Training majors take some of the hardest classes offered at Chapman, we are also required to do clinical hours. In fact, the Athletic Training Program is so intense that everyone interested needs to go through a secondary application process and only 15-20 applicants are accepted. Clinical hours start our Sophomore year and ends when we graduate. We are required to do a minimum of 200 hours a semester but everybody does at least 300 hours. The upside to all this work is that the Chapman Athletic Training Program is nationally recognized as one of the top programs in the country and due to all of the clinical hours that we do (basically an internship) almost everyone receives a GA position or finds a job upon graduation.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are amazing and the class sizes are small. Its really great. The academics are the reason I go to Chapman.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Psychology is great! There are a ton of opportunities for internships and to work with the professors. Its amazing.


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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
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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 66 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 68 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 33% George Argyros - former U.S. Ambassador to Spain
  • 17% Colin Hanks (did not graduate) - son of Tom Hanks
  • 17% Kellen Lutz - actor
  • 13% Jodie Sweetin - actress
  • 10% Sabrina Bryan (did not graduate) - actress, dancer
  • 10% Mariah Spears - So You Think You Can Dance
  • 0% Jeff Lewis - real estate investor, TV personality



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