Local Atmosphere

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

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

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.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Love the small, nostalgic town down the street.

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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Orange is a cute and charming city. The circle has is about a five minute walk from campus and there is so much to do there! There are cute clothing stores, good restaurants, and plenty of yummy places for desserts. All of the businesses love Chapman students and some even give discounts or have promotions for the students. A lot of students even find jobs at the shops in the circle.

Apart from the circle there are plenty of shopping centers everywhere. They are literally everywhere.

Orange is also a ten to twenty minute drive from Disneyland, and a twenty minute drive to Newport beach! There is so much to do in Orange County.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's an hour away for LA and like 10 minutes away from Disneyland and 15 from the beach.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Esposito
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
Public Relations/Advertising & French Language
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Orange is not a college city—stores and restaurants close early, neighbors frequently call the cops on Chapman parties, and there are no attractions within walking distance. Luckily, Chapman is in the perfect location relative to other cities. It is driving distance to Los Angeles, numerous beaches, Disneyland, and Angel Stadium. On weekends, students rarely stay in Orange, and instead drive to neighboring cities. Disneyland is the main attraction for Chapman students, many who have an annual pass, allowing them to go to to the amusement park whenever they want. Some go for the whole day, and some go just to hang out in Downtown Disney. 

Los Angeles is the perfect destination for a day trip. Students can go to nice restaurants, do some shopping, and visit nearby schools like USC or UCLA at night to check out the party scene. If students do want to stay on campus, the only attraction within walking distance is the Orange Circle. It boasts cozy restaurants and cafés, which are a perfect place to study or catch up with old friends. Chapman students like to explore—the campus is pretty empty during the weekends because students would much rather go to the beach, shop at one of the many malls, or go see a movie.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The oldest city in Orange County is Anaheim, incorporated in 1870
  2. Orange County's economy is larger than all but 31 nations in the world, ranking ahead of Israel, Portugal, and Singapore.
  3. There is approximately 1,000 miles of California beaches.
  4. Disneyland was founded on July 17, 1955 in Anaheim.
Notable Natives
  • Will Ferrell
  • Diane Keaton
  • Richard Nixon
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Tiger Woods
Local Slang
  • Animal style: When you add melted cheese, spread, and grilled onions to a hamburger or fries at In-N-Out Burger
  • Bro: A guy who drives a truck, wears wife-beaters, and parties all the time
  • Bro-hoe: A white girl who hangs out with "bros"
  • COT: Cherry On Top, a frozen yogurt shop
  • D-Land: Disneyland
  • Fro-Yo: Frozen yogurt
  • Nugs: Chicken nuggets at Chick-fil-A
  • OCC: Orange Coast College
  • Protein Style: When you substitute a hamburger bun with a lettuce leaf at In-N-Out Burger
Points of Interest
  • Angel Stadium
  • Disneyland
  • Honda Center
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Newport Beach
  • Orange County Zoo
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
Shopping Centers
  • The Block at Orange
  • Irvine Spectrum Center
  • MainPlace Mall
  • South Coast Plaza
Movie Theaters
Century Stadium 25
1701 W. Katella Ave.
Orange
(714) 532-9533
Movie Theaters
Starplex Cinemas- Woodbridge Dollar Movies
4626 Barranca Pkwy.
Irvine
(949) 733-0980
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: hockey
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 40 minutes
  • San Diego: CA: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 79 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 81 responses

  • 2% Painfully remote.
  • 10% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 46% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 26% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 16% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 80 responses

  • 15% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 44% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 80 responses

  • 21% No way.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 30% Totally.

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