|Motto||ὀ Χριστòς καì ἡ Ἐκκλησíα (Greek)|
Motto in English
|Christ and Church|
|Affiliation||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)|
|Endowment||$394.1 million (2018)|
|President||Daniele C. Struppa|
|Campus||Suburban, 90 acres (36 ha) |
(located in historic Old Towne Orange)
|Colors||Cardinal and grey|
|Mascot||Pete the Panther|
Chapman University is a private university in Orange, California. Chapman University offers 110 areas of study (49 majors and 61 minors), and encompasses ten schools and colleges: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Argyros School of Business and Economics, the School of Communication, Schmid College of Science and Technology, College of Performing Arts, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, College of Educational Studies, the School of Pharmacy and the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
Founded as Hesperian College, in Woodland, California, the school began classes on March 4, 1861. Its opening was timed to coincide with the hour of Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration. Hesperian admitted students regardless of sex or race.
In 1920, the assets of Hesperian College were absorbed by California Christian College, which held classes in downtown Los Angeles. In 1934, the school was renamed Chapman College, after the chairman of its board of trustees (and primary benefactor), C. C. Chapman. In 1954, Chapman College moved to its present campus in the city of Orange on the site formerly occupied by Orange High School, which relocated to a nearby campus.
Chapman established a Residence Education Center Program to serve military personnel in 1958. This evolved into Brandman University.
Chapman College became Chapman University in 1991. In that year, Dr. James L. Doti became president of Chapman University.
In 1959 Chapman University broke ground for Braden Hall, a men's dormitory on campus. It later became a co-ed dorm and was best known for its basketball court. It was torn down in 2007 and replaced in 2009 by the Sandhu Residence Center, which includes a cafeteria and rock climbing wall for students.
Colleges and programs
Argyros School of Business and Economics
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics is a private research and academic institution at Chapman University located in the Arnold and Mable Beckman Business and Technology Hall.
Founded in 1977, the school is named after George L. Argyros, a Chapman alum and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Argyros has chaired the board of trustees of Chapman University since 1976, and has donated significant resources towards establishing Chapman as a leading national business school. The business school was renamed in Argyros' honor in 1999. In 2019 the Argyros School celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the naming of the school, capped off with a special fundraiser dinner on October 9, featuring special guest President George W. Bush. The event raised approximately $15 million for the school's endowment, $10 million of which was a surprise announcement by the Argyros family. The $15 million raised is believed to be the largest 1-day fundraising event in Orange County's history.
The Argyros School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. The MBA program has three lines, Executive (EMBA), Flexible, and Full-time. Chapman's Full-time program is currently ranked #73 by Bloomberg/Businessweek. Building on its strength in undergraduate accounting, the school also offers a one-year Master of Science in Accounting degree.
The Argyros School of Business and Economics was officially nationally ranked as the 60th Best Undergraduate Bloomberg BusinessWeek Business School in 2014. In 2016, the Argyros School of Business and Economics rose to 34th in the same Bloomberg rankings.
The Argyros School is home to a number of leading research centers and independent research institutes, including the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, the C. Larry Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance, the Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics, the Walter Schmid Center for International Business, the Economic Science Institute (founded by Nobel Prize winner Vernon L. Smith and others in 2008), and the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society (founded by Dr. Laurence Iannaccone in September 2009).
Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies
Chapman University's Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies offers an undergraduate Integrated Educational Studies (IES) degree; teaching, school counseling, and school psychology credentials; and graduate degrees in teaching, special education, school counseling, school psychology, and leadership, including a Ph.D. in Education. The college is also home to various centers and programs for community engagement and research, including the Centro Comunitario de Educación, Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP), and Thompson Policy Institute on Disability and Autism.
The School of Education at Chapman University became the College of Educational Studies in August 2008. In 2017, the college was named in honor of Donna Ford Attallah. The current home of the Attallah College is Chapman's Reeves Hall, which was one the first buildings constructed for Orange Union High School on the site in 1913, added to the National Register for Historic Places in 1975, and renovated and reopened to the public in February 2018.
The Attallah College has full accreditation from the following agencies: Council Accreditation of Educator Preparation, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, National Association of School Psychologists, and International School Psychology Association.
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
The college has been recognized as one of the top ten film schools in the world and ranked #6 by The Hollywood Reporter among American film schools.
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Formerly part of Chapman University's Schmid College of Science and Technology, the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences officially became its own independent college at Chapman University on June 1, 2014.
The Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences describes its mission as engaging faculty and students in learning, research, and evidence-based practice that emphasizes a biopsychosocial perspective to understanding health, disability and disease; that fosters interdisciplinary collaborations and inter-professional practice; and that embraces technological innovations in the classroom, laboratory, and clinic.
Undergraduate programs in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences include a B.A. Psychology and B.S. Health Sciences.
Graduate and post-baccalaureate programs include a M.S. Athletic Training, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), M.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders, a MMS Physician Assistant (set to open in 2015), a Doctor of Physical Therapy (PT) (accredited since 1928, making it one of the oldest such programs in the United States), and a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy.
The physical therapy, communication sciences & disorders, and physician assistant programs are housed on Chapman University's Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California.
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is the largest college at Chapman University and is composed of the departments of art, English, history, world languages and cultures, peace studies, philosophy, political science, religious studies, and sociology.
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is home to the BUDO-lab, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on the study of combative behavior and martial arts practice.
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Dale E. and Sarah Ann Fowler School of Engineering
Chapman University will open the school in the fall of 2019 with existing undergraduate programs (currently in the Schmid College of Science and Technology) in computer science, data analytics, software engineering, and game development programming. A new minor in computer engineering will also be available. The University plans to establish bachelors programs in computer engineering (Fall 2020), electrical engineering (Fall 2021), and a master's degree program in computer science (to launch in the fall of 2022). Further expansion will consider mechanical, biomedical, environmental and civil engineering programs, too.
College of Performing Arts
Chapman University's College of Performing Arts, founded in 2007, operates in divisions: the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of Theatre. The Conservatory of Music offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Vocal or Instrument Performance, a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Composition, a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Education (pre-certification), and a minor in music. The Dance Department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Dance Performance, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Dance, and a minor in Dance. The Theatre Department offers two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs, in Theatre Studies and Theater Technology. They also offer two Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) programs in Theatre Performance, and Screen Acting taught in conjunction with the Dodge Film School.
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Chapman University's Schmid College of Science and Technology was founded in 2008 when science-related degree programs (then housed in the Wilkinson School of Humanities and Social Sciences) were migrated to the new college. On June 1, 2014, the Schmid College underwent a reorganization to spin off the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
Schmid College is organized into two schools: the School of Computational Sciences and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
The School of Computational Sciences offers programs in computer science, software engineering, mathematics, and physics, among others. The school emphasizes the teaching and use of computational modeling and analysis that can be incorporated into research conducted in fields related to the environment and health sciences. The school offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computational and data sciences. The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has programs in the foundational sciences (chemistry, biology, etc.), and also in environmental and food science.
In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, Schmid College is home to various centers for research. The Center of Excellence in Computation, Algebra, and Topology (CECAT), directed by Dr. Drew Moshier, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, provides a forum for interdisciplinary research where computation meets algebra, topology and related mathematical fields. The Center of Excellence in Complex and Hyper-complex Analysis (CECHA), directed by mathematician Dr. Mihaela Vajiac, is a research unit motivated by the latest results in Clifford and Hypercomplex Analysis and endeavors to find new ways in which this research can be applied in mathematics and physics. The Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling & Observations (CEESMO), directed by physicist Dr. Menas Kafatos, is a research unit which uses data from Earth observation satellites to model, analyze, and understand the Earth systems with particular emphasis on natural hazards (e.g. wildfires, severe weather, floods, dust storms, earthquakes). CEESMO provides access to satellite data through its remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) lab utilizing advanced computational tools. The Machine Learning and Assistive Technology (MLAT) Lab, directed by Dr. Erik Linstead, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, was established in 2015. MLAT focuses on better understanding and treating developmental disorders, with emphasis on autism spectrum disorder.
School of Pharmacy
The Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) is located at the Rinker Campus in Irvine. Pharmacy degrees include the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (MSPS), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Chapman School of Pharmacy also offers an accelerated five-year Doctor of Pharmacy program to qualified high school seniors.
School of Communication
The School of Communication is the newest school in the university. It is located on the university's main campus and housed within Doti Hall, currently offering three majors for students to choose from, including: BA in Communication Studies, BA in Strategic & Corporate Communication, as well as an MS in Health and Strategic Communication.
Brandman University is a separate, fully accredited, university within the Chapman University System. There are over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington, and a campus online. The university offers more than 80 degree, certificate, credential and professional programs.
Rankings and admissions
|U.S. News & World Report||125|
In U.S. News & World Report's 2020 rankings of the best colleges in America, the university was moved to the National Universities group for the first time, with a debut ranking of tied at 125th. The reclassification was due to Chapman’s elevation to R2 status by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in recognition of its high research activity. U.S. News uses the Carnegie Classifications for its categorization of universities. In U.S. News & World Report's previous rankings in 2019, Chapman University was listed as 5th among master's-level universities in the Western region, while nationally the business school was ranked tied for 85th, the education school tied for 143rd, and the law school tied for 132nd.
For the Class of 2022 (enrolling fall 2018), Chapman received 14,198 applications, accepted 7,605 (53.6%), and enrolled 1,660. For the freshmen who enrolled, the average SAT score was 640 for reading and writing and 638 for math, while the average ACT composite score was 27.9. The average high school [[GPA}} was 3.75.
The Barry and Phyllis Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education was founded by Marilyn Harran, Ph.D., in February 2000. It sponsors an annual Holocaust remembrance writing competition and hosts a regular Distinguished lecture series.
The Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, funded by Henry Samueli, is located on the fourth floor of the University's Leatherby Libraries. On April 11, 2005, sixty years after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp, Elie Wiesel dedicated the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, and a large bust of Wiesel stands at the entrance to the facility.
Chapman University competes in 21 sports at the NCAA Division III (non-scholarship) level in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).
Chapman sponsors 10 men's intercollegiate sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and water polo. The school also sponsors 11 women's intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball and water polo.
Chapman University has won seven NCAA national titles. As a member of the NCAA Division II, the Panthers won one baseball title (1968) and three men's tennis titles (1985, 1987, 1988). After moving to NCAA Division III, the Panthers won the 1995 Division III softball championship and later the 2003 and 2019 Division III baseball championships.
In 2011, the women's lacrosse team won the WCLL National Championships in Arizona. In 2016, the men's lacrosse team won the MCLA National Championship.
In the 2014 and 2017 seasons, the Chapman University Panther football team ended their season undefeated in their conference and won the SCIAC championship.
The 2019 men's baseball team defeated Birmingham-Southern College to become the DIII NCAA National Champions.
The football and basketball teams are broadcast by the Chapman Sports Broadcast Network (CSBN) to local Channel 6 in Orange and on Chapman's athletic website. CSBN is a student-run, student-produced independent sports network created by students at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media arts.
During the Spring Semester of 2019, student protests over the film school's display of two The Birth of a Nation posters received national attention. The posters were part of a larger donation from Cecilia DeMille Presley, granddaughter of American filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, and had been displayed on the first floor of Marion Knott Studios since they were gifted to the school in 2007. During the 2018-2019 school year, Chapman's black student population became more vocal about their discomfort with the display of posters for a film that has been widely criticized for its racist tones, celebration of white supremacy, and use of blackface. The film also is often credited by scholars with reviving the Ku Klux Klan. Though the film is often taught in film school due to its historical importance to the film industry (it is considered to be the first ever blockbuster), the presence of the film's posters made students feel that the film's message was actually being celebrated. After nearly a month of student protests and two years after a student first started an online petition, the Dodge College faculty voted to remove the posters and return them to the donor.
- For School of Law faculty, see Chapman University School of Law faculty
- Yakir Aharonov – Professor, James J. Farley Professorship in Natural Philosophy; Wolf Prize and National Medal of Science recipient
- Brian Alters – Professor and Director, Evolution Education Research Center
- Richard Bausch – professor in Department of English
- Andrew Carroll – Presidential Fellow in American War Letters; Founding Director of the Center for American War Letters
- Frederick Cline - Lecturer, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
- Martha Coolidge – Professor, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; Emmy nominated film director; elected in 2001 as the first and only female president of the Director's Guild of America
- Grace Fong D.M.A. – Director of Keyboard Studies at Conservatory of Music; winner of such honors as the 2006 Leeds International Piano Competition
- Carolyn Forché – Presidential Fellow in Creative Writing; American poet
- Kyle Harrison – men's lacrosse assistant coach and professional lacrosse player
- Hugh Hewitt – Professor, Dale E. Fowler School of Law; He served for six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States
- Jack Horner – Presidential Fellow; technical adviser for all Jurassic Park movies and was Michael Crichton's basis for the Alan Grant character
- Laurence Iannaccone - Director, Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society; Professor of Economics
- Cheryl Boone Isaacs - Lecturer, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; serving third term as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's Board of Governors; inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame in 2014
- Bill Kroyer - Professor, Director, Digital Arts Program; one of the first animators to make the leap to computer animation as computer image choreographer on Disney's ground-breaking 1982 feature, Tron.
- Tibor Machan (1939–2016) – held the R. C. Hoiles Chair of Business Ethics and Free Enterprise, Argyros School of Business & Economics
- Peter McLaren – Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Attallah College of Educational Studies
- Michael Shermer - Presidential Fellow in General Education, author of numerous books and founder of The Skeptics Society
- Rebecca Skloot - Presidential Fellow in Creative Science Writing
- Mark Skousen - Professor, Mark Skousen, Ph. D., editor of Forecasts & Strategies, is a nationally known investment expert, economist, university professor and author of more than 25 books. In 2018, he was awarded the Triple Crown in Economics for his work in economic theory, history and education, and has been identified as one of the 20 most influential living economists
- Vernon L. Smith - Nobel Laureate in Economic Science (2002); founder of Economic Science Institute and Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy
- Joel Stern - Joel M. Stern is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stern Value Management, formerly Stern Stewart & Co, and the creator and developer of Economic Value Added "EVA".
- Bart Wilson - The Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Economics and Law in the Argyros School of Business & Economics
- Paul Anderson – member, Nevada State Assembly
- Anastasia Baranova Russian-American actress
- Gustavo Arellano ('01) – former publisher and editor of OC Weekly and author of the column ¡Ask a Mexican! which is syndicated nationally
- George Argyros ('59) – business executive, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain, former owner of Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball
- Emmett Ashford – first African American umpire in Major League Baseball
- David E. Bonior (MA '72) – U.S. Congressman from Michigan (1977–2003), House Minority Whip (1995–2002), House Majority Whip (1991–95)
- Matt Duffer ('07) – co-creator of the hit television series Stranger Things
- Ross Duffer ('07) – co-creator of the hit television series Stranger Things
- Bob Einstein - film and television actor
- Tim Flannery – Major League Baseball player for 11 seasons, coach for San Francisco Giants
- Colin Hanks – film and television actor
- Cooper Hefner ('15) – chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises
- Jelena Jensen ('03) – adult film actress, nude model, webcam model, radio personality
- Ben York Jones ('06) – screenwriter and actor, co-creator of the hit television series Everything Sucks!
- Leslie Jones - comedian, Saturday Night Live cast member
- Randy Jones – former professional baseball player, San Diego Padres, New York Mets; 1976 Cy Young Award Winner
- Harshvardhan Kapoor - Bollywood Actor
- Wayne W. Lambert – Brig. Gen. (USAF) (Ret.) (MBA '76), commanded Strategic Air Command forces in Europe (7th Air Division) 1983–1986
- Steve Lavin – former head coach of St. John's men's basketball team (2010–2015), former head coach of UCLA men's basketball team (1996–2002)
- Chris Lee (MBA '97) – U.S. Congressman (January 6, 2009 – February 9, 2011)
- Jeff Levering ('03) – Milwaukee Brewers play-by-play announcer
- Jeff Lewis ('93) – real estate speculator, interior designer, and television personality Flipping Out
- Kevin Kwan Loucks (EMBA '17) – International Concert Pianist; President and Co-Founder of Chamber Music OC; Member of Classical Music Ensemble Trio Céleste
- Kellan Lutz – fashion model and actor
- Joanna Rosholm ('07) – press secretary to First Lady Michelle Obama
- Jim Saia – college basketball head coach
- Loretta Sanchez ('82) – Congresswoman, California's 46th Congressional District
- Utkarsh Sharma - Indian actor
- Jim Silva (MA) – member, California State Assembly
- Justin Simien ('05) – filmmaker, actor, and author; director of Dear White People
- Jodie Sweetin ('05) – actress, star of television series Full House/Fuller House
- Carles Torrens (BFA 2008) – film director
- Laura Yeager - U.S. Army general, first woman to command an Army infantry division
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