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Chapman University Data & Information Overview

185 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
60% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Chapman University Ranked?

#191 Best Colleges in Nation
#32 Best Colleges in CA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 185 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is film, video & photographic arts.

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Overall Quality

Chapman is ranked #191 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Chapman held the #260 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Chapman is also ranked #32 out of 168 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Chapman?

60% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
22% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Chapman University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 60%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 22% 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 610 and 700. Math scores were between 600 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Chapman University  ( 610 to 700 )

SAT Math Scores for Chapman University  ( 600 to 710 )
Chapman received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Chapman University  ( 26 to 31 )

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Chapman University Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Chapman, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

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

92% Freshmen Retention
72% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 92% 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  92 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 72%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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

Chapman University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,843 Full-Time Undergraduates
42.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,404 undergraduates at Chapman with 6,843 being full-time and 561 being part-time.

How Much Does Chapman University Cost?

$44,198 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
$28,096 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Chapman is $44,198. 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 +
$34,946 $32,071 $38,525 $42,077 $50,348

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Chapman, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $7,024 a year. That adds up to $28,096 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chapman is 2.1%. 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?

$60,835 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Chapman make around $60,835 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Chapman graduates since it is 43% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Chapman University make the most money.

Location of Chapman University

California State
6,843 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Chapman University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Orange, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Chapman are given below.

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

Chapman University Majors

60 Majors With Completions
1,926 Undergraduate Degrees
943 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 60 majors graduated from Chapman University. Of these students, 1,926 received undergraduate degrees and 943 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 471 $47,455
Business/Corporate Communications 130 $44,813
General Psychology 117 $23,026
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 111 $33,357
Public Health 104 $23,217
Communication & Media Studies 101 $33,002
Drama & Theater Arts 88 $24,756
Political Science & Government 69 $38,955
Business/Managerial Economics 64 $55,212
General Education 59 $25,900

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

Online Learning at Chapman

2% Take At Least One Class Online
0% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 195 students took at least one online class at Chapman University. This is a decrease from the 7,462 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 195 10
2019-2020 7,462 695
2018-2019 32 0
2017-2018 52 2
2016-2017 48 0

Learn more about online learning at Chapman University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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