#10 Best Private Colleges in California

Chapman University

Orange, California

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Chapman University overview
Location Orange, California
Online chapman.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Chapman University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Chapman University, located in Orange, California, is a private institution founded in 1861. Characterized by its cohesive blend of historical and contemporary architecture, the university offers a traditional campus experience, including on-campus housing options for students. Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Chapman is approximately 30 miles south of Los Angeles, providing students with access to a metropolitan backdrop alongside its suburban college town atmosphere. Academically, Chapman University is known for its Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, as well as its programs in business, communications, and the performing arts. While the university maintains a selective admissions process, it does not disclose specific acceptance rates. Chapman competes in NCAA Division III athletics, with its teams known as the Panthers, though it is not primarily recognized for its sports programs.

In the most recent statistical year 13,690 prospective students applied, and 9,928 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,076 enrolled in the school.  9,023 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 991 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,288 plus fees of $384. Chapman is ranked 111 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Chapman is rated within the top 22% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Chapman University overview
SAT 1200/1400
ACT 26/31
GPA 3.7

Applications Accepted

Chapman University overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Chapman University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$384
Room and Board $16,954
Budget for Other Expenses$3,320
Total One Year Cost$82,546

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$54,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

72% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Chapman University students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 27%
Business 24%
Communication 18%
Psychology 7%
Social Sciences 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=111948 IPEDS survey data for Chapman University.

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