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Chapman College

Chapman University
Motto ὀ Χριστòς καì ἡ Ἐκκλησíα
Motto in English Christ and Church
Established 1861 (as Hesperian College)
Type Private
Religious affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)[1]
Endowment $188.1 million[2]
President James L. Doti
Academic staff 581 total; 264 full-time, 318 part-time
Students 7,155
Undergraduates 5,000 +
Postgraduates 1,500 +
Location Orange, California, US
Campus Suburban, 75 acres (30 ha)
(Located in historic Old Towne Orange)
Colors Cardinal & Grey          
Sports 18 sports teams
Nickname Panthers
Mascot Pete the Panther

Chapman University is a private, non-profit university located in Orange, California affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).[1] Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs, Chapman University encompasses seven schools and colleges: Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Schmid College of Science & Technology, College of Performing Arts, School of Law and College of Educational Studies. For the 2010-2011 academic year, Chapman University enrolled 6,398 students.[3]

The year 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of Chapman University's founding as Hesperian College (see below), and was celebrated with a series of on-campus events.

History and background

Founded as Hesperian College, the school began classes on March 4, 1861. Its opening was timed to coincide with the hour of Abraham Lincoln's first inauguration.[4] Hesperian admitted students of both sexes and all races—a radical educational concept at that time.[5]

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

Chapman University is the largest private university in Orange County, and is ranked in the U.S. News and World Report's top-tier of western region colleges and universities.[6] 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 KOCE.[7]

Chapman offers the Juris Doctor (law) and LL.M. degrees, 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 communication sciences and disorders, 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; a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education. 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 severe Level II, and preliminary administrative services credentials. Many of the degree programs offer specializations.

Research facilities include the 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.

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. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Doti earned $1,542,270, which placed him at number 10 among private college presidents.[8]

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 accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business International, 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. The law school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Chapman University is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). All Disciples-affiliated colleges share "a commitment to the church, emphasize spiritual faith and values, and cherish a commitment to a liberal-arts education."[1]

Colleges and programs

  • College of Educational Studies
  • Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
  • Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Schmid College of Science and Technology
  • College of Performing Arts
  • Donald P. Kennedy Intercollegiate Athletic Program

Argyros School of Business and Economics

The Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics (also known as ASBE, Chapman School of Business or Chapman Business School) is located in the Arnold and Mable Beckman Business and Technology Hall. It is a private research and academic institution at Chapman University.[9]

The Chapman Business School was founded in 1977. The school is named after George L. Argyros, a Chapman alum and former U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Argyros has chaired the board of trustees of Chapman University since 1976, and has donated significant resources towards establishing Chapman as a leading national business school.[10] The business school was renamed in Argyros' honor in 1999.

Chapman Business School offers undergraduate degrees in business and a graduate MBA program, in both a full-time, and part-time program. In 2010, Chapman also introduced a distance learning MBA program as part of its Brandman University offering.[11]

In 2008, The Princeton Review ranked Chapman Business School's undergraduate and graduate programs within its Top-25 programs in the country.[12] Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Chapman Business School as #46 in the country.[13]

Chapman Business School is home to a number of leading research centers, and independent research institutes. These include, among others:[14]

Brandman University

Main article: Brandman University

Chapman established a Residence Education Center Program to serve military personnel in 1958. This evolved into the Chapman University College. In 2008, it became Brandman University, a separate, fully accredited university within the Chapman University System.

Chapman University School of Law

The Chapman University School of Law is located in Kennedy Hall. Law degrees offered include the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees in various specialties.

Rankings and titles

Undergraduate and graduate school enrollment has doubled since 1992. Chapman has the highest five-year growth rate (15%) of any private college in California. In U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings of the best colleges in America, Chapman University is listed as 6th among masters-level universities in the Western region.[17] The Princeton Review's Best 361 Colleges chose Chapman for inclusion 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.[18] The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the Argyros School 10th for undergraduate and 9th for graduate entrepreneurship programs nationally in October 2008 among 2,300 schools.[19][verification needed]

In 2006, Chapman won the XVth District American Advertising Federation NSAC competition and advanced to the National Finals. In the 2009-2010 academic school year, they won XVth District for a second time, again advancing to the National Finals where they placed 1st in the nation.[20] In addition, the team was awarded a special award from Getty Images for their campaign illustrations.

In 2010, the 25th and 75th percentile SAT scores for Chapman's entering class were: Critical Reading: 540/640; Math: 550/660; Writing: 560/650. The ACT scores were: Composite: 25/29; English: 24/31; Math: 24/29; Writing: 8/9.[21]

Holocaust education

Chapman University's Holocaust education programs have seen increasing prominence. The Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education was founded in February 2000; it sponsors an annual Holocaust remembrance writing competition for area public school students, and a regular lecture series, which has included Elie Wiesel and Judea Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. In addition, the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, funded by Henry Samueli, is located on the fourth floor of the University's Leatherby Libraries, and provides a space where scholars and visitors may learn from survivors, visual testimonies and printed resources.[22]

The Rodgers Center's Director, Dr. Marilyn Harran, was awarded the 2008 Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Educator Award.[23] 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 Michael Bazyler, a Chapman law professor and Holocaust restitution activist-litigator.[24] Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Holocaust survivor and author of more than 50 books, including the Holocaust memoir, Night, is Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University for one week each spring through 2015.

On April 11, 2005, 60 years after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp, Wiesel dedicated the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library,[23] 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.


Chapman University is home to over 500 student-athletes who compete in 19 sports at the NCAA Division III (non-scholarship) level in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). After years competing as a Division III Independent, Chapman became a member of the SCIAC on July 1, 2011. In addition to Chapman, members of the SCIAC include Cal Lutheran, Caltech, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, La Verne, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands, and Whittier.

Over the years, Chapman teams have won six national championships (3 men’s tennis, 2 baseball, 1 softball) along with numerous regional championships. Four of Chapman’s six NCAA national championships came at the NCAA Division II level (baseball: 1968; men’s tennis: 1985, 1987, 1988). Softball (1995) and baseball (2003) won their championships after Chapman transitioned from Division II to Division III for the 1994-95 school year.

Chapman sponsors nine men’s intercollegiate sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and water polo. The school also sponsors ten women’s intercollegiate sports: basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball and water polo.

Club sports

In addition, there are also seven club sports at Chapman: cheerleading, crew, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, sailing, men’s volleyball and ultimate Frisbee.

In 2011, the women's lacrosse team won the WCLL National Championships in Arizona. In 2011, the men's lacrosse team won the SLC divisional playoff.[25]


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
  • 2013 – James L. and Lynn P. Doti Hall

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) opened in the Fall of 2009, and the University continues to grow on-site campus housing.

Noted people

For School of Law faculty, see Chapman University School of Law faculty

Nobel Prize Laureates

  • François Englert (Physics Prize), Visiting Professor
  • Vernon L. Smith (Economics Prize)
  • Elie Wiesel (Peace Prize), Distinguished Presidential Fellow for one week each spring at Chapman University, Holocaust survivor, author of more than 50 books.[26][27]



Movies and television

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

Coordinates: 33°47′34″N 117°51′05″W / 33.79278°N 117.85139°W / 33.79278; -117.85139[38]


  1. The Washington Post

External links

  • Chapman University official website
  • Chapman University official athletics website

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