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Chapman University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Chapman University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Chapman University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Chapman University was awarded 51 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is drama and theater arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Chapman is ranked #207 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Chapman held the #211 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 112 colleges in California, Chapman is ranked at #23.

See all of the rankings for Chapman University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Chapman?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Chapman University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 57%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 57% of students accepted to Chapman submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 590 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Chapman University  ( 600 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Chapman University  ( 590 to 680 )
Chapman received ACT scores from 63% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Chapman University  ( 25 to 30 )

Learn more about Chapman University admissions.

Chapman University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Chapman University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Chapman University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Chapman University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Chapman University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Chapman the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 65%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  65 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Chapman University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Chapman

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,020 undergraduates at Chapman with 6,515 being full-time and 505 being part-time.

Chapman Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 88.66 out of 100, Chapman is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  88.66 out of 100
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How Much Does Chapman University Cost?

The overall average net price of Chapman is $39,228. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Chapman

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$33,083 $33,141 $34,265 $36,709 $44,757

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Chapman, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Chapman, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $7,013 a year. That adds up to $28,052 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chapman is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Chapman Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Chapman with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $54,500 in their early years. This is good news for future Chapman graduates since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Chapman University make the most money.

Location of Chapman University

Chapman University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Orange, California. Orange is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Chapman University

Contact details for Chapman are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866
Phone: 714-997-6815

Chapman University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 61 majors graduated from Chapman University. Of these students, 1,699 received undergraduate degrees and 879 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 366 $46,700
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 174 $32,000
General Psychology 99 $30,900
Business/Corporate Communications 96 $38,600
Drama & Theater Arts 72 $19,800
Public Relations & Advertising 72 $40,700
Political Science & Government 67 $36,200
Communication & Media Studies 67 $27,500
Public Health 63 $29,500
General Education 58 $27,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Chapman University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Chapman

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 52 students took at least one online class at Chapman University. This is an increase from the 48 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 52 2
2016-2017 48 0
2015-2016 32 0
2014-2015 122 7
2013-2014 96 1

Learn more about online learning at Chapman University.

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