Chapman University

Chapman University’s beautiful palm-treed campus is located in the city of Orange, a one-hour drive from Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California. Chapman is a mid size private university with a total enrollment of approx 8,300 grads and undergrads. Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is recognized as one of the top ten film schools in the nation. Campus is just minutes away from the shops and restaurants of Orange’s Old Towne Plaza.

Visitor Information: Tour Chapman

Stay: Ayres is many Chapman families first choice; book well in advance if you’re visiting on a weekend. Embassy Suites by Hilton and the ALO Hotel are other popular spots for visiting parents.

Coffee: For ease and convenience, Chapman has a Starbucks right on campus and is most students’ go-to morning stop. Kimmie’s Coffee Cup is a cozy coffee shop where you can always expect to see friendly faces. One caffeine loving student told us: “If you don’t mind a drive, (10-15 minutes) my favorite coffee shop for fun flavors and an ideal work space is The Lost Bean in Tustin.

Breakfast: For all you waffle lovers out there, head to Bruxie, the chain is well known for its gourmet waffle sandwiches. A bonus: they stay open all day, so you can have waffles for dinner as well. We were told: “If you go to Chapman, you’ve been to Bruxie. “The Filling Station is another must. Housed in an old gas station, all the students bring their parents here when they’re in town, expect a long line on the weekends.  Another student shared her favorite spot: “I prefer a place outside of Orange Circle-just head down Chapman Ave. to Cyrano’s for the best breakfast around."

Weekend Brunch: Citrus City Grille is fun, fun, fun with bottomless mimosas and a breakfast buffet on Saturdays.

Lunch: Café Lucca is excellent for Italian panini’s, pasta and salads. The cozy atmosphere makes this a popular study spot for students during the day. Haven Gastropub has a lively vibe, serving American pub fare amid modern decor. Green Tomato Grill is a fun healthy option on Tustin Ave. If you're in the mood for a quick to go sandwich, head to Two's Company located in 'The Circle'.


Casual: Head to popular Zito’s Pizza for pasta, calzones or a NY style slice. There’s always a line, but it typically moves fast. One student told us, “Pizza Press has the popular vote, but I’m more of a Blaze pizza girl myself.” For healthy fare head to Rutabegorz, the menu features many vegetarian options. Looking for an ethnic fix? Dine at Felix Continental Café specializing in Spanish/Cuban cuisine or Orange Roll and Sushi.

A Step Up: Pricier than a student budget generally allows, students book a table at Italian Francoli Gourmet when their parents come to visit. Haven Gastropub is always a solid choice with good food, good atmosphere, and good drinks. For delicious Mexican food and excellent margaritas dine at Gabbi’s.

Student Spotting: “ You’ll see everything in the piazza between classes. I actually had a class assignment to observe students and I chose the piazza because there is so much activity when everyone is heading to their classes. You always run into people you know..”

Late Night Snack: Have fun watching liquid nitrogen in action at A La Minute. This creamy ice cream is made entirely from fresh local ingredients.

Local Attractions: Don’t leave Chapman without visiting nearby Disneyland, as one-student states: “It’s too close not to go! Many students I know even purchase a year pass. “ Laguna Beach is less than 30 miles away, perfect for a afternoon filled with good food, shopping, and of course, the beach. Try and snag a table at Nick’s Laguna Beach, the top table in town. If you want to add some R and R to your college visit, splurge on a room at the Montage Laguna Beach, considered one of the top hotels in Southern California.  Closer to campus the beaches of Newport are just a 15-minute drive; we hear it’s a must to eat at Bear Flag for seafood and sushi. Depending on the time of year, sports fan can attend an Angels baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim or see the Anaheim Ducks play hockey at the Honda Center.


— Quotes From Campus —

The Chapman network is really strong - I’ve really been able to network with alumni, and the students that go here are really driven.
— Jasmine
I loved the location, being able to hit the beach or make the trip into LA. I also loved the size, it was great to see familiar faces in and outside of the classroom.
— Whitney
If you’re looking for a school where you are able to balance social life, academics, and extracurricular activities, this is the place for you!
— Charlie
Chapman is a small school, in a small town so be sure that this is the type of college environment that you want. It is not necessarily the typical college with major sports and frat parties - but it is extremely fun if it’s the right fit for you.
— Jake





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School Colors

Grey & Cardinal

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action








Admissions Office

One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

(p) (714) 997-6711

Marcela Mejia-Martinez, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


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