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3 College Freshman

Facilities: the gym is good because it is eco friendly and using the machines actually creates energy.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: There is not much to do here. There is nowhere for students to hang out.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great academic opportunities, most professors have experience in their fields, and the campus is absolutely gorgeous. All buildings are new or being remodeled and it's easy to forget that you study in a place that looks like a resort.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Beautiful campus, student pool next to the dorms, world class film school, and brand-new athletic center. The Dean and President truly know how to take care of the students.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: The teachers really put in a lot of effort into classes. I feel like I am learning a lot of information every single day about different forms of design. They really care and want us to be successful.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 68th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 172nd
    Best Library
  • 466th
    Best Student Centers
  • 729th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 1252nd
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Seattle, Wash.
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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Chapman boasts some of the most advanced facilities in the nation, most of which are reserved for film and science majors and athletes. Most film students are attracted to the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts because of its outstanding equipment, which is accessible 24/7. It provides everything imaginable for a student to create his or her own movie, and has sound stages, 36 individual editing suites, a foley stage, two audition rooms, and a hair and makeup studio. Folino Theater, a 500-seat venue, was created to showcase the final products. In addition, all students have access to Dodge's DVD and VHS library. While the film students practically live at Dodge, science majors spend most of their time at Hashinger Science Center, which features laboratories for crystallography, food science, genetics, physical therapy, nuclear science, and radiation.

Chapman also provides excellent facilities for its athletes. In 2008, the athletic center received a multi-million-dollar renovation that included the addition of the Zee Allred Aquatics Center, complete with an Olympic-sized pool. The Hutton Sports Center includes a 3,000-seat arena, a 5,000-seat outdoor stadium, four championship tennis courts, and a training and fitness facility. Although the academic and athletic facilities are some of the best in the nation, there is no student center or common place for students to relax. Between classes, students either go back to their dorm room or mingle in the Attallah Piazza, but since the piazza is outside, students run out of places to hang out as soon as it gets cooler. Jazzman's Café & Bakery is a popular alternative, but there is very limited seating there. In the classrooms, state-of-the-art facilities allow students to have a hands-on experience. But, Chapman still needs to work on creating a student-friendly area to socialize on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
75 acres
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Leatherby Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • Attallah Piazza
  • Jazzman's Café & Bakery
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jazzman's Café & Bakery in Beckman Hall
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Chapman is definitely trying to be more green. It recently eliminated trays in the cafeteria to reduce the amount of food wasted, and it places recycling bins at all large campus events. In the cafeteria, nearly 97 percent of Chapman's produce is locally grown.

The most popular green initiative at Chapman is Sustainability Week, hosted by the Office of Student & Campus Life. It promotes environmental sustainability in Orange County through interactive activities and events.
School Slang
  • AF : Argyros Forum. This is the main building on campus where classrooms, the Associated Students office, and the Chapman gift store are located.
  • BB: Blackboard, the website that allows students and professors to communicate.
  • Dodge: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, known as the "film school," located two blocks from campus.
  • GE: General education requirements. These are classes all students need to take to graduate; requirements include a science class, English class, and a history class.
  • OA: Orientation assistant, who leads orientation week, when new students are introduced to the school.
  • The Panther: Chapman's student-run newspaper.
  • P-Saf: Public Safety, Chapman's security staff.
  • The Sammys : Members of the Jewish fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu (SAM). This chapter is not yet formally recognized as a fraternity by Chapman.
  • Tabling : Greek organizations, student clubs, and other organizations "table" (literally stand behind a table with poster boards) in the Argyros Forum walkway to promote upcoming events.
  • Greek Week: A week of friendly competition between all the Greek chapters, which includes events like a water balloon toss and a food-eating contest.
  • Homecoming : Chapman spirit becomes most evident during Homecoming weekend. Events during this weekend include the annual Chapman/Toyota of Orange 5k Run/Walk, The Picnic and Pop Concert, student film screenings, a pre-game barbecue, and pep rally.
  • Midnight Breakfast: Every semester during finals week, Chapman hosts Midnight Breakfast, a free event where students can eat as much breakfast food as they want. It is followed by a dance party.
  • Orientation Week: This is held the week before classes start to welcome all new students to the school. There are numerous activities planned, such as icebreakers, informational sessions, field trips, and school tours.
  • Skit Night: This is a lip-synching and dance competition between all the Greek chapters and is the most highly anticipated Greek event of the year. Chapters practice for months in order to win the title.
  • Undie Run: Every semester during finals week, Chapman students strip down to their underwear and sprint to the Orange Circle. Students then gather underneath the parking structure for a dance party. All the clothes that are stripped off and left at the steps of Memorial Hall are donated to needy children in Africa by Action in Africa, a student group on campus.
Urban Legends
  • Hugh Hefner has been said to occasionally wander around campus with his son, a student at Chapman University.
  • It's said that there are no guys majoring in public relations/advertising at Chapman.
  • There is a rumor that there is a private swimming pool on campus that only the University president has access to.
Favorite Things To Do
Between classes, students gather in the Attallah Piazza, where speakers surrounding the piazza regularly play classical music by Andrea Bocelli. In the evening, the fountain lights up and puts on a mesmerizing show.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Panther
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Chapman students are very involved and usually belong to a number of different clubs. There is one for everyone at Chapman, from language clubs to political clubs to philanthropic clubs. A student can join any one they like, except for dance and vocal clubs, for which students have to audition.
The clubs with the biggest presence are Associated Students, the student government; SoundCheck, an a capella group; and Invisible Children, which promotes awareness of children in Uganda affected by the war.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Chapman has more than 60 student organizations.
  • Many films have been filmed on Chapman's campus, including "Accepted", "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle," "Big Momma's House," "Crimson Tide," "Small Soldiers," and "That Thing You Do."
  • The staircase in Argyros Forum is the largest free-standing spiral staircase this side of the Mississippi.
  • Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is one of the first in the world to have its own backlot studio.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 69 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 8 responses

  • 23% Undie Run
  • 18% Midnight Breakfast
  • 18% Skit Night
  • 18% Orientation Week
  • 14% Greek Week
  • 5% Homecoming
  • 5% Spring Sizzle

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% The Union/Gym
  • 22% Residence hall office assistant
  • 22% Tour guide
  • 11% Guest Relations Assistant
  • 11% Front desk at Dodge College
  • 0% Tutor at the Center for Academic Success

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 6 responses

  • 29% Attallah Piazza
  • 21% Student Union
  • 21% The Residence Halls
  • 21% Jazzman's Café & Bakery
  • 7% Off campus

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 88 responses

  • 15% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 25% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 30% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 31% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 78 responses

  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 60% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 31% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Smith Hall is haunted
  • 33% Real panthers roam the campus!
  • 17% The bunnies are ghosts

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 58% Just sit outside
  • 33% Go eat
  • 8% Leave campus


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