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Chapman University
Former names
Hesperian College
Motto ὀ Χριστòς καì ἡ Ἐκκλησíα (Greek)
Motto in English
Christ and Church
Established 1861
Type Private
Affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)[1]
Endowment $273.8 million[2]
President James L. Doti
Academic staff
581 total; 264 full-time, 318 part-time
Students 7,570
Undergraduates 6,000 +
Postgraduates 1,500 +
Location Orange, California, United States
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] Chapman University encompasses eight 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, Dale E. Fowler School of Law and College of Educational Studies, and the School of Pharmacy. For the 2010–11 academic year, Chapman University enrolled 6,398 students.[3]

History and background

Williams Mall, with Memorial Hall (left) and Smith Hall (right)

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.[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 Chapman College,[6] after the chairman of its board of trustees (and primary benefactor), C.C. Chapman. In 1954, Chapman College moved to its present campus in the city of Orange.[6]

Chapman established a Residence Education Center Program to serve military personnel in 1958. This evolved into the Chapman University College.

Chapman University is the largest private university in Orange County, and is ranked[when?] in the U.S. News and World Report's top-tier of western region colleges and universities.[7] It comprises three schools and five colleges, including the Dale E. Fowler School of Law, the Argyros School of Business and Economics, the School of Pharmacy, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, the College of Educational Studies, the College of Performing Arts, the Schmid College of Science, and the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It offers 46 undergraduate and 17 graduate majors. Chapman co-produces the OC Channel in a partnership with KOCE.[8]

Sculpture of Charles C. Chapman, founder and namesake of Chapman University, created by sculptor Raymond Persinger.
Wilkinson Hall
Schmid Gate, built in 2005.

Chapman College became Chapman University in 1991.[6] In that year, Dr. James L. Doti became president of Chapman University. 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 was also chairman of the Association for Independent California Colleges and Universities, and was a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Council of Economic Advisors and served on the Advisory Committee on Education Excellence.[citation needed] According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Doti earned $1,542,270, which placed him at number 10 among private college presidents.[9]

Schmid College of Science and Technology has a plan for a 140,000 sq. ft. Center for Science & Technology on Chapman’s main campus in Orange, California opening in fall 2018.[10]

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

In 1959 Chapman University broke ground for Braden Hall, a men's dormitory on campus.[11] It later became a co-ed dorm and was best known for its basketball court. It was torn down in 2007, replaced in 2009 by Sandhu Residence Center which includes a cafeteria and rock climbing wall for students.[12]

Colleges and programs

Donald P. Kennedy Hall, home of the Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Argyros School of Business and Economics

George L. Argryos School of Business and Economics

The Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics is a private research and academic institution at Chapman University located in the Arnold and Mable Beckman Business and Technology Hall.[13]

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.[14] The business school was renamed in Argyros' honor in 1999.

The Argyros School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. The MBA program has three lines, Executive (EMBA), Professional, and Full Time. Chapman's Professional MBA Program (Flex) is ranked #48 by Bloomberg/Businessweek and the Full Time program is currently ranked #83. Building on its strength in undergraduate accounting, the school recently launched a one-year Master of Science in Accounting degree.

In 2008, The Princeton Review ranked Chapman Business School's undergraduate and graduate programs within its Top-25 programs in the country.[15]

The Argyros School of Business and Economics has officially been nationally ranked as the 60th Best Undergraduate Bloomberg BusinessWeek Business School in 2014.[16]

The Argyros School is home to a number of leading research centers, and independent research institutes, including the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research, the C. Larry Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance, the The Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Ethics, the Walter Schmid Center for International Business, the Economic Science Institute (founded by Nobel Prize winner Vernon L. Smith and others in 2008),[17] and the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society (founded by Dr. Laurence Iannaccone in September 2009).[18]

College of Educational Studies

Chapman University's College of Educational Studies (CES) offers undergraduate education degrees, teacher credentials and graduate education degrees, including a Ph.D. in Education. The mission of CES is as follows: “Guided by our values, vision, and principles, the College of Educational Studies (CES) commits to develop critical scholarship and skillful leadership that inspires and respects individuals, serves communities, strengthens diversity, and ensures a just society.”[19]

CES has multiple unique degree offerings in teacher education, special education, athletic training, school psychology, school counseling, speech-language pathology and leadership. The Ph.D. in Education program, which began in 2007, offers a unique combination of four emphases: Cultural and Curricular Studies, Disability Studies, Leadership Studies and School Psychology.

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, CES is home to various centers and programs for research. The aim of the research centers and programs is to improve educational experiences, enhance academic achievement, and develop global educators. The research projects encourage creativity, collaboration, and the advancement of education.[20]

CES has full accreditation from the following agencies: Council Accreditation of Educator Preparation, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, National Association of School Psychologists, and International School Psychology Association.[21]

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Formerly part of Chapman University’s Schmid College of Science and Technology, the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences officially became its own independent college at Chapman University on June 1, 2014.[22]

The Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences describes its mission as engaging faculty and students in learning, research, and evidence-based practice that emphasizes: (1) a biopsychosocial perspective to understanding health, disability and disease, (2) that fosters interdisciplinary collaborations and inter-professional practice, and (3) that embraces technological innovations in the classroom, laboratory, and clinic.

Undergraduate programs in Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences include a B.A. Psychology and B.A. Health Sciences.

Graduate and post-baccalaureate programs include a M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), a MMS Physician Assistant (set to open in 2015), a Doctor of Physical Therapy (PT) (Accredited since 1928, making it one of the oldest such programs in the United States.[8]), and a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy.

The physical therapy and physician assistant programs are housed on Chapman University’s Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California.

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the largest college at Chapman University, and is composed of the departments of art, communication studies, English, history, world languages and cultures, peace studies, philosophy, political science, religious studies and sociology. The college is focused on providing a well-rounded educational foundation that leads to a variety of career paths. Collaborative student-faculty research, internships, community service, travel courses and study abroad, student organizations, and several lecture series extend learning well beyond the classroom.

Dale E. Fowler 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.

College of Performing Arts

Chapman University's College of Performing Arts, founded in 2007, operates in divisions: the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of Theatre.[23] The Conservatory of Music offers a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Vocal or Instrument Performance, a Bachelor of Music (B.A.) in Composition, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music Education (pre-certificate), and a minor in music. The Dance Department offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Dance Performance, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Dance, and a minor in Dance. The Department offers two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs, in Theatre Studies and Theater Technology. They also offer two Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) programs in Theatre Performance, and Screen Acting, taught in conjunction with the Dodge Film School.

Schmid College of Science and Technology

Chapman University's Schmid College of Science and Technology was founded in 2008, when science-related degree programs (then housed in the Wilkinson School of Humanities and Social Sciences) were migrated to the new college.[24] On June 1, 2014, the Schmid College underwent a reorganization to spin off the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Schmid College is organized into two schools:[25] The School of Computational Sciences and The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The School of Computational Sciences offers programs in computer science, software engineering, mathematics and physics, among others. The school emphasizes the teaching and use of computational modeling and analysis that can be incorporated into research being conducted in fields related to the environment and health sciences. The school offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computational and data sciences. The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has programs in the foundational sciences (chemistry, biology, etc.), as well as in environmental and food science.

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate programs, Schmid College is home to various centers for research. The Center of Excellence in Computation, Algebra and Topology (CECAT), directed by Dr. Drew Moshier, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, provides a forum for interdisciplinary research where computation meets algebra, topology and related mathematical fields. The Center of Excellence in Complex and Hyper-complex Analysis (CECHA), directed by mathematician Dr. Mihaela Vajiac, is a research unit motivated by the latest results in Clifford and Hypercomplex Analysis and endeavors to find new ways in which this research can be applied in mathematics and physics. The Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling & Observations (CEESMO), directed by physicist Dr. Menas Kafatos, is a research unit which uses data from Earth observation satellites to model, analyze, and understand the Earth systems with particular emphasis on natural hazards (e.g. wildfires, severe weather, floods, dust storms, earthquakes, etc.). CEESMO provides access to satellite data through its remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) lab utilizing advanced computational tools. The Machine Learning and Assistive Technology (MLAT) Lab, directed by Dr. Erik Linstead, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering, was established in 2015.[26] MLAT focuses on better understanding and treating developmental disorders, with emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

School of Pharmacy

The Chapman University School of Pharmacy is located at the Rinker Campus in Irvine, CA. Pharmacy degrees include the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (MSPS). The Chapman School of Pharmacy also offers an accelerated 5 year Doctor of Pharmacy program to well qualified high school seniors.

Rankings and titles

In U.S. News & World Report 's 2015 rankings of the best colleges in America, Chapman University is listed as 7th among masters-level universities in the Western region.[27]

The George Argyros School of Business and Economics has officially been nationally ranked as the 60th Best Undergraduate Bloomberg BusinessWeek Business School in 2014.[16]

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.[28]

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.[29]

Holocaust education

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.[citation needed] In addition, the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, funded by Henry Samueli, is located on the fourth floor of the University's Leatherby Libraries.[30]

The Rodgers Center's Director, Dr. Marilyn Harran, was awarded the 2008 Spirit of Anne Frank Outstanding Educator Award.[31]

On April 11, 2005, 60 years after he was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp, Elie Wiesel dedicated the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library,[31] and a large bust of Wiesel stands at the entrance to the facility.


File:Chapman univ athletics logo.png
Logo for the Chapman University athletics program.

Chapman University competes in 19 sports at the NCAA Division III (non-scholarship) level in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC).

Chapman sponsors ten men's intercollegiate sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field 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.

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.[32]

In the 2014-2015 season, the Chapman University Panther football team ended their season undefeated in their conference and won the SCIAC championship.[33]

Jeremiah McKibbons, a notable member of the Chapman football team, has broken multiple school records, including the record for most 200-yard games for a single player in a single game (4). He also made the 2012 All-SCIAC First Team, the 2012 D3 Football All-West Reigion Third Team, and the 2014 All-SCIAC First Team. He has been honored as SCIAC "Athlete of the Week" on multiple occasions.[34]

Anthony Ezaekunne, a former Chapman football player, now plays on the Cleveland Brown's practice squad.[35]

Wilson Parnell, a water polo player at Chapman, competes despite a tragic childhood illness that left him with only one leg.[36]

The Football and Basketball teams are broadcast by the Chapman Sports Broadcast Network (CSBN) to local channel 6 in Orange, CA and on Chapman's athletic website. CSBN is a student-run, student-produced independent sports network created by students at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media arts.[37]

Attallah Piazza and Leatherby Libraries

Noted people

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


  • 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 [38] in the United Kingdom, the 2007 Bösendorfer International Piano Competition,[39] the 2006 San Antonio International Piano Competition,[40] the 2006 Viardo International Piano Competition,[41] and the 2005 Cleveland International Piano Competition.[42]
  • Lori Cox Han, political scientist


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