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If you want to know more about Chapman University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Chapman University Ranked?

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2021 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 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is film, video and photographic arts.

Overall Quality

Chapman is ranked #197 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, Chapman is ranked at #24.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Chapman?

Acceptance Rate

Chapman University has an acceptance rate of 57%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Chapman.

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 )

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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

Chapman University has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Chapman for first-time, full-time students is 65%, which is better than 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 7,505 undergraduates at Chapman with 7,046 being full-time and 459 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 92.43 out of 100, Chapman is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  92.43 out of 100
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How Much Does Chapman University Cost?

The overall average net price of Chapman is $40,251. 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 +
$33,301 $32,868 $34,454 $37,490 $47,052

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 63% of students took out student loans averaging $7,264 a year. That adds up to $29,056 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chapman is 1.8%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Chapman make around $54,500 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Chapman graduates since it is 37% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 situated in Orange, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city 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 59 majors graduated from Chapman University. Of these students, 1,717 received undergraduate degrees and 953 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 376 $46,700
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 191 $32,000
General Psychology 99 $30,900
Drama & Theater Arts 90 $19,800
Business/Corporate Communications 82 $38,600
Political Science & Government 76 $36,200
Public Health 75 $29,500
Communication & Media Studies 69 $27,500
Public Relations & Advertising 69 $40,700
General Education 60 $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 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 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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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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