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Reviews 1679 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The resources you have at this school is well worth the money. Having small class sizes is a definite plus!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The film school is great.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being an international student, the transition to Chapman was very difficult during the first semester. However, after some time, I felt more at home. I just wish Chapman offered more financial aid and didn't put so much emphasis on greek life.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think Chapman has its pros and cons just like any other schools. As for me, I am content at this school due to the small class size that allows me to build relationships with my professors, help I receive from the career service, and passion that I see from students who want to excel in their studies and help the community.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love Chapman and it's a great school, but I wish I had chosen somewhere cheaper.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really like it at Chapman University! I'm a graduate student but they make it easy to be involved in pretty much anything. I enjoy the film school education I have been receiving. Great and helpful faculty!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Overall Experience: For how incredibly expensive it is, at times I wish I had gone to a significantly cheaper school such as a cal-state. However, I the reason I chose Chapman was for its small student-to-teacher ratio and overall size of the school in general. The majority of my classes only have about 20 or less people in them! Almost all of the teachers I've had over the years have always seemed to have a real caring investment in their students and are willing to work with you one-on-one if and when needed. If you have the money and/or the financial aid to cover it and are looking for an intimate school setting, then I'd definitely recommend Chapman.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall a wonderful school that is still evolving in terms of acceptance of all students. Most professors love their jobs and make a point of saying that they're not teaching because they aren't good enough to do the real job, but that they are doing their real job and teaching at the same time. For instance an acting teacher is not only teaching acting but also acting in LA at the same time.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am a student in Dodge College within Chapman. The Dodge school is great but I have many bad experiences with main campus administration. They are extremely money grabby and would screw you over to put up a pretty new building.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have enjoying attending Chapman. I have met a lot of awesome people, learned many interesting things, and have been able to come home when I want. I love my major and have had many interesting lectures a decent workload. The small class size allows for personalized attention from professors and more opportunity to bond with other students. Generally, I have enjoyed the small school atmosphere, however, I also think the students are very cliquy and sometimes I wish I had visited larger schools, too, so I could compare the two kinds. I have also been somewhat disappointed in the quality of teaching in some of the science classes, as I honestly expected more from a high ranking private school.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is in an incredible location in the heart of Orange. It has a college town feel, with many shops, restaurants, cafes, and boutiques just down the street at the Orange Circle. The campus is beautiful with incredible sports fields and a gym that is open to all students. The professors are very knowledgeable in their respective fields, and are always accessible to students. The administration and staff of the university go above and beyond to create a welcoming and collaborative environment for all students. The atmosphere at Chapman is truly unique, rich in its Panther culture, and committed to diversity. The University also does its part toward sustainability and offers ride sharing perks, and has its own shuttle (vans and trollies) for students!

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like my school but it is very far from home and I still haven't felt like I really fit in and I didn't make a lot of friends my first year.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Chapman is well known for its film school and I have been impressed with the talent of the professors. Most of the student body is very liberal and welcoming, but Greek life is huge here and has a tendency to poison the welcoming vibe other students put out.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Learning new topics, adquiring specific knowledge, forging new friendships and boosting professional resume.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: It is a good school with a beautiful campus and great teachers. I highly recommend it.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Currently, I am not enrolled, but I am committed for fall of 2015. I sat in and took a few dance classes when I visited though. I couldn't part from the strong knit family and comfortability that each teacher and student brought to the class. From those classes on, I knew that Chapman was the school for me. I applied to 13 schools and didn't second guess my decision once.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I loved it for the most part but I got homesick at times which made things harder for me. But it had nothing to do with the school itself.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Chapman offered everything I was looking for.

2 College Senior

Diversity: There are not many organizations that effectively promote diversity. Even the school's QSA was unfriendly to people who feel outside the L and the G.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful, but there is a lack of inclusivity and quite a bit of political turmoil on campus. A lot of the efforts to promote diversity do not reach the students effectively.

4 College Senior

Academics: There need to be more interaction between film departments, but most of the professors are great and the classes are interesting.

5 College Senior

Academics: The film community at Dodge is amazing! Workload is reasonable, and you get lots of chances to work on projects.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Date rape is a real concern and students who aren't your friends are really boring. Not a good way to meet people. I prefer kickbacks.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I got a large grant, which made it possible for me to go. Prices are still high, but with the grant it's comparable to state schools.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: The caf is pretty good, although they sometimes forget to label allergens in their food, such as flour in the soup, etc. The staff is very nice there, and can be very accommodating when approached with issues.

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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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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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