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Chapman University Retains Strong Industry Grip in No. 4 Spot in Hollywood Reporter’s Rankings of Top Film Schools

Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is once-again ranked in the influential No. 4 spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of best film schools in the country. It is Chapman’s third year in a row in the No. 4 spot on the list of 25 top schools.

“Everyone who visits Dodge knows there is something unique about this film school,” said Stephen Galloway, dean of Dodge College. “There’s a warmth, a camaraderie, a sense of all being together in a village of filmmakers. That’s always been our ethos, and it’s what’s lifting us to the top of all the film school rankings.”

The print-only special edition released Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter touts Chapman University’s ability to offer students intimate workshops and discussions with the industry’s award-winning actors, directors, and screenwriters: “Just an hour’s drive from Hollywood, Chapman’s Dodge College takes advantage of the proximity by bringing in A-list talent, including the likes of Brendan Fraser, Michelle Yeoh and Colin Ferrell, to speak to students.”

The ranking article also highlights Chapman alumni Matt and Ross Duffer ‘07 (“Stranger Things”),  and Justin Simien ‘05 (“Dear White People”) and shares the statement from alumni “Smile” writer-director Parker Finn ‘11: “Chapman gave me the space, tools and mentorship to hone my craft.”

Dodge has a commitment to spending $750,000 a year in tech updates and received a $2.5 million anonymous gift in May supporting an Innovation Hub at the film school. 

Film programs at the American Film Institute, USC and NYU in New York City are the only film schools ranked ahead of Chapman, which The Wrap also ranks at No. 4 in the nation. 

About Chapman University
Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally ranked private university located in Southern California. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution and offers personalized education to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Based in the city of Orange, Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. In 2019, the university opened its 11th college, Fowler School of Engineering, in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering. Learn more about Chapman University: 


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