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Chapman University is a private, nonprofit university located in the city of Orangemarker in Orange Countymarker, Californiamarker, USA. Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs, Chapman University encompasses seven schools and colleges: Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Schmid College of Science, College of Performing Arts, School of Law and College of Educational Studies. Named to the list of top universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, Chapman University enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students. The university's mission is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.

History and background

Campus memorial to Charles C.
Chapman, namesake of the University.
Founded as Hesperian College, the school began classes on March 4, 1861, timed to coincide with the exact hour of President Abraham Lincoln's inauguration. Its founding principle was a dedication to Lincoln's belief in equality in education. To that end, Hesperian admitted students of both sexes and all races—a radical educational concept at that time.

In 1920, the assets of Hesperian College were absorbed by California Christian College, which held classes in downtown Los Angelesmarker. In 1934, the school was renamed after the chairman of its board of trustees (and primary benefactor), C.C. Chapman.

Today, Chapman University is the largest private university in Orange County. It comprises four schools and four colleges, including the School of Law, the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, the School of Education, the College of Performing Arts, the Schmid College of Science, the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences and University College. It offers 46 undergraduate and 17 graduate majors. Chapman co-produces the OC Channel in a partnership with KOCEmarker.

Chapman offers the Juris Doctor (law) degree, and M.A. degrees in education, educational psychology, English, film studies, psychology, school counseling, special education, teaching (elementary), and teaching (secondary). It offers M.S. degrees in food science and nutrition and human resource management. Also offered are a Master of Business Administration; a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing; a Master of Fine Arts in film production, film and television producing, and screenwriting; and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Public school credential programs include multiple subjects/BCLAD, single subject, single subject CLAD, pupil personnel school counseling (PPS), special education credentials mild moderate and moderate severe Level 1, special education credentials mild moderate and moderate severs Level II, and preliminary administrative services credentials. Many of the degree programs offer specializations.

Wilkinson Hall

Research facilities include the nationally recognized A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, Albert Schweitzer Institute, Center for Non-Profit Leadership, Ludie and David C. Henley Social Science Research Laboratory, Walter Schmid Center for International Business, Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship Business Ethics, Center for the Study of the Cold War Era, John Fowles Center for Creative Writing, Center for Educational and Social Equity, Paulo Freire Democratic Project, a state-of-the-art human performance laboratory and research vivarium, food science and nutrition food-tasting and research laboratories, a community clinic for psychological counseling and research, and the Barry and Phyllis Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education.

Schmid Gate, built in 2005.

Dr. James L. Doti has been president of Chapman University since 1991. Dr. Doti has received the Horatio Alger Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He was honored by the Council for Advancement of Education as 2003 CEO of the Year. Doti is also chairman of the Association for Independent California Colleges and Universities, and is a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors and serves on the Advisory Committee on Education Excellence.

As of June 30, 2005, Chapman University’s endowments totaled $231 million. There are 44 endowed chairs and professorships.

A section of the Berlin Wall is featured in Liberty Plaza.

Chapman is accredited by and is a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also a member of the Independent Colleges of Southern California, the College Entrance Examination Board, the Western College Association, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is also accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business International, the American Bar Association, the Institute of Food Technologists, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Joint Review Committee of Athletic Training Standards and Guidelines, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy. The School of Education is a member of the American Council on Education and the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education. Its teacher training and credential programs are approved by the California State Department of Education, Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The graduate program in school psychology is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Though the school is related by covenant to the Christian Church , it is not considered a "religious" university. Students are not required to take religion classes and the university is open to students of all backgrounds.

Chapman University's main campus displays the second largest piece of the Berlin Wallmarker owned by an American university. It is also home to the largest free-standing spiral staircase west of the Mississippi River.

Colleges and programs

Donald P.
Kennedy Hall, home of the School of Law
  • Argyros School of Business and Economics

  • College of Educational Studies

  • Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Pre-Med
    • Pre-Law
    • Communication

  • Schmid College of Science
    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
    • Physics, Computational Science and Engineering
    • Psychology

  • College of Performing Arts
    • Conservatory of Music
    • School of the Arts
      • Dance
      • Theatre
      • Art

  • Donald P. Kennedy Intercollegiate Athletic Program

  • University College - In 2010 University College will become an affiliate institution called, Brandman University
    • Continuing Education for Adult Education. The classes are offered for nine week periods, meeting once a week at night for working professionals.
      • California Locations
        • Antelope Valley • Coachella Valley • Fairfield • Folsom • Hanford • Irvine • Lemoore • Manhattan Beach • Modesto • Monterey • Moreno Valley • Ontario • Roseville • San Diego • Santa Maria • Travis • Victor Valley • Visalia • Walnut Creek • Yuba City
      • Washington Locations
        • Ft. Lewis • Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor • Lacey/Hawks Prairie • McChord AFB • Whidbey Island

Rankings and titles

Undergraduate and graduate school enrollment has doubled since 1992, and average SAT scores are around 1818. Chapman has the highest five-year growth rate (15%) of any private college in California.

In U.S. News & World Report's 2008 rankings of the best colleges in America, Chapman University is listed as 10th among masters-level universities in the Western region.U.S. News also lists Chapman 15th in the West among its 2006 picks for best-value universities offering masters programs. The Princeton Review's Best 361 Colleges 2006 chose Chapman for inclusion for a second year, as one of the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S.

The George Argyros School of Business and Economics ranked 46th in the nation by BusinessWeek for the undergraduate business program in 2009. [101320]

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the George Aryros School of Business and Economics 10th for undergraduate and 9th for graduate entrepreneurship programs nationally in October 2008 among 2300 schools. [101321]

In 2006, Chapman won the XVth District American Advertising Federation NSAC competition and advanced to the National Finals. In 2009, they won XVth District for a second time, again advancing to the National Finals where they placed 4th in the nation. In addition, the team was awarded a special award from Getty Images for their campaign illustrations.

Holocaust education

Chapman University's Holocaust education programs have seen increasing prominence, and the Rodgers Center's Director, Dr. Marilyn Harran, was awarded the 2008 Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Educator Award in a ceremony in New York City. Other Chapman faculty with some association with the Holocaust Center include Justice Richard Fybel of the California Court of Appeal, who serves as an adjunct professor, and Prof. Michael Bazyler, a Chapman law professor and prominent Holocaust restitution activist-litigator.

The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education was founded in February 2000 with the mission of "preparing young people to become witnesses to the future." It sponsors an annual Holocaust remembrance writing competition for area public school students, and a regular lecture series, which has included such figures as noted writer and activist Elie Wiesel, and Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. In addition, the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, funded by Henry Samueli, lis located on the fourth floor of the University's Leatherby Libraries, and provides a dedicated space where scholars and visitors may learn from survivors, visual testimonies and printed resources. On April 11, 2005, 60 years after he was liberated from the Buchenwaldmarker concentration camp, Elie Wiesel returned to Chapman to dedicate the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, and a large bust of Wiesel stands at the entrance to the facility. Included in the Samueli Library are features celebrating Holocaust survivors within the Chapman community, including Leon Leyson, the youngest person on "Schindler's List," and former Dean of Students Joe Kertes, a Hungarian Jew born while his parents were still interned in a camp.

School athletics

Participating in the NCAA's Division III Independent intercollegiate play, Chapman University's athletic program consists of 18 intercollegiate teams, and 3 club sports. The men's intercollegiate program competes in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and water polo. The women's program competes in basketball, crew, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo.

Chapman's baseball has won championships in 1968 (DII) and 2003, men's tennis in 1985, 1987, 1988 (all at the DII level), and softball in 1995 to combined for 6 NCAA national championships.

Club sports

Chapman has several men's club sports, including: crew, ice hockey, roller hockey, lacrosse, swimming, and sailing.


Attallah Piazza and Leatherby Libraries
Chapman began an aggressive, ten year construction program with the opening of Beckman Hall in 1998. And in 1999, Chapman launched its largest fundraising effort ever—a $200 million comprehensive campaign for facilities, programs and endowments—which surpassed its goal and drew in $214 million by the time it ended in May 2002.

  • 1998 - Beckman Hall - Argyros School of Business and Economics
  • 1999 - Kennedy Hall - School of Law
  • 2001 - Henley Residence Hall
  • 2004 - Fish Interfaith Center
  • 2004 - Leatherby Libraries
  • 2004 - Oliphant Hall - College of Performing Art's Conservatory of Music
  • 2005 - Glass Residence Hall
  • 2006 - Marion Knott Studios - Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
  • 2007 - Fahmy Attallah Piazza
  • 2008 - Erin J. Lastinger Athletics Complex
  • 2009 - George L. Argyros Global Citizens Plaza
  • 2009 - Sandhu Residence Hall and Conference Center

The recently completed Erin J. Lastinger Athletics Complex features a new football stadium, soccer field, aquatics center, and olympic pool. Additionally, a new residence and dining facility (with 300 beds and a rock wall) is being constructed as the University continues to grow on-site campus housing.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Marilyn Harran is a professor of religion and history, founding director of the Rogers Holocaust Center, and 2008 winner of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award as Outstanding Educator.

  • Grace Fong D.M.A., is currently the Director of Keyboard Studies at Conservatory of Music, and winner of such honors as the 2006 Leeds International Piano Competition[101330] in the United Kingdom, the 2007 Bosendorfer International Piano Competition[101331], the 2006 San Antonio International Piano Competition[101332], the 2006 Viardo International Piano Competition[101333], and the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition[101334].

  • Hugh Hewitt is a law professor, conservative radio host and well-known blogger.

  • Muzammil Siddiqi is an adjunct professor of religion, a prominent Islamicist theologian, and recognized as one of the most influential people in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times.

  • Bart Wilson is an experimental economist and the Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Economics and Law in Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.

Movies and television

Numerous movies have been filmed on or near Chapman's campus, including:

Also, various television shows have used Chapman's campus, including:

See also


  2. About OC Channel
  3. Argyros School of Business and Economics website
  4. Brandman University Announcement
  5. CASE - Not Found
  11. U.S. Mission in Spain - Ambassador Argyros Bio
  12. [1]
  13. Orange Coast Magazine
  14. Barnes & Noble
  16. Internet Movie Database, Movies filmed at Chapman University

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