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Reviews 1667 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

5 College Senior

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

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.

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.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They can be strict, but all in all they are fair.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of options, just can be difficult to find

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Very fun, always something to do

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of different options

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Great with giving out scholarships! Tuition is high, but manageable because of scholarships

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love the food options!

4 College Student

Campus Housing: if you get good roommates

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek Life. People will tell you that you absolutely must rush to have a social life on campus. That is not true! Not going greek at Chapman was the best decision I made. It's honestly a distraction from student organizations, academics, clubs and finding real friends. Faculty really hates Greek Life. Definitely join clubs! The social justice community/ campus activism community is amazing here! Also, political clubs (CU DEMS) are AMAZING! Do not feel like you won't have friends if you don't go Greek. Hardly, some people have fun in Greek Life their year, then feel like they have no one. Instead, join clubs and student organizations! :)

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1 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a joke on this campus. I've never been to an athletic event. However, the track and gym are always open, and it's easy to stay fit.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: My house got broken into this year and there's been a string of robberies this year. In general, the cheapest housing options is share a room in a house with a bunch of people. People are always looking for roommates on Facebook so don't freak out if your unsure about who to live with.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Circle has some of the best restaurants in OC. For vegan options, there's Mead's, Growl, Linx, and The Pizza Press.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Honestly, very lame and the party scene gets old very quickly. Just small houses, crammed with the same people, and the cops come and role the party before midnight. After Freshman year, people stop going to random parties and usually settle into a group of friends to chill with. In general, not worth the time and energy to be apart of. If you're looking for ragers, go elsewhere.


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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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