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Chapman University: Narrative Description


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Orange, CA 92866
Tel: (714)997-6815; 888-CUAPPLY; Admissions: (714)997-6711; Fax: (714)997-6713; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1861. Setting: 45-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $142.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $14,325 per student. Total enrollment: 5,138. Faculty: 518 (233 full-time, 285 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 3,084 applied, 62% were admitted. 41% from top 10% of their high school class, 83% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 27 National Merit Scholars, 27 class presidents, 24 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,261 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 182 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 45 other countries, 26% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 2% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 7% 25 or older, 45% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 84% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; business/marketing; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.75 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.5 high school GPA, interview, SAT II: Subject Tests. Placement: SAT II: Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test, recommended. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/31, 11/30 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $35,232 includes full-time tuition ($25,500), mandatory fees ($650), and college room and board ($9082). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $795 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 14% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Associated Students, Disciples on Campus, Gamma Beta Phi honor society. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Sizzle, Orientation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, full safety education program. 1,450 college housing spaces available; 1,411 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Thurmond Clarke Memorial Library plus 1 other with 188,682 books, 412,457 microform titles, 1,777 serials, 6,334 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.7 million. 278 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Orange is located 32 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 94 miles north of San Diego. Its climate is mild with a very low rainfall. It is accessible by car, bus or train and plane. Orange County Airport is a short distance away, and Los Angeles International Airport is a 45-minute drive away. As the name implies, Orange lies in a vast citrus belt; avocados are also grown here. All the necessary facilities of a city are available as well as many recreational facilities for swimming, golf, surfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, and boating. Beaches and mountain resorts are nearby.

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