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Chapman Named a Top Film School in U.S. and Canada

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Driving Forward.
Shaping Our Future.

Our strength is our commitment to progress. We are true to our mission of personalized education, no matter the challenges. This is where teaching and research intersect. Where students can be deeply involved. Where global citizens prepare to take their place as the leaders of
tomorrow and make a difference.

LEADERSHIP WITH VISION RESEARCH WITH IMPACT BUILDING WITH PURPOSE

A History of Forward Momentum.

Breaking ground and
building up are in Chapman’s DNA.

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  • 1970

    1861: Founding institution Hesperian College opens as Lincoln is inaugurated

    1861: Founding institution Hesperian College opens as Lincoln is inaugurated

    January 1, 1970
    Hesperian College — forerunner institution to Chapman University — is founded in Woodland, Calif., on the date of Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration. The timing reflects the founders’ connection to the promise of Lincoln’s presidency. Hesperian welcomes women as well as men and students of all races – a radical concept..Read More
  • 1970

    1930s: International students organize, launching a tradition of global citizenship 

    1930s: International students organize, launching a tradition of global citizenship 

    February 1, 1970
    The student body includes a significant contingent of international students from the Philippines and Japan. The students launch campus groups such as the Filipino Circle to support each other and to increase awareness. A student commitment to organizing is born, establishing a tradition of activism and embrace of global citizenship. 
  • 1970

    1919: C.C. Chapman’s gift sparks ongoing support by visionary philanthropists 

    1919: C.C. Chapman’s gift sparks ongoing support by visionary philanthropists 

    March 1, 1970
    A $400,000 challenge by prominent banker and grower Charles C. Chapman is met by other Disciples of Christ leaders. The college establishes a presence in Los Angeles and, in 1934, is renamed Chapman College to honor C.C. Chapman’s insightful leadership. Such transformational support by visionary leaders is a hallmark of..Read More
  • 1970

    1954: Chapman relocates to Orange County  

    1954: Chapman relocates to Orange County  

    April 1, 1970
    Having outgrown its space on North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, Chapman moves to a new campus in Orange County, five miles from the still-unfinished Disneyland. Today, the region is a hub of biotechnology and other emerging industries, making it one of the nation’s most dynamic centers of innovation.
  • 1970

    1961: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Memorial Hall

    1961: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Memorial Hall

    May 1, 1970
    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in Memorial Hall as part of Chapman’s popular Artist Lecture Series. Over the years, Chapman hosts many groundbreaking artists and leaders, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Dolores Huerta and Angela Davis. 
  • 1991

    1991: Chapman College formally becomes Chapman University

    1991: Chapman College formally becomes Chapman University

    January 1, 1991
    Chapman College formally becomes Chapman University, marking the start of a 25-year academic rise that is the steepest in the history of the U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The period includes the 2008 addition to the faculty of Chapman’s first Nobel laureate, Vernon Smith, who heads the newly..Read More
  • 2010

    2010: Physics professor Yakir Aharonov awarded the National Medal of Science

    2010: Physics professor Yakir Aharonov awarded the National Medal of Science

    January 1, 2010
    Chapman physics professor Yakir Aharonov is awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor. Aharonov and his colleagues at the Institute for Quantum Studies build bridges to practical use of their foundational work, sparking advances in areas such as satellites and information processing.
  • 2013

    2013: Rinker Health Science campus opens in Irvine

    2013: Rinker Health Science campus opens in Irvine

    January 1, 2013
    The Rinker Health Science campus opens in Irvine, providing a state-of-the-art home for Chapman’s new School of Pharmacy. The campus now also houses Chapman’s Physician Assistant Program and its innovative Brain Institute, reflecting the university’s growing emphasis on research and teaching in the practical sciences.   
  • 2016

    2016: Opening of Musco Center for the Arts hailed as “an ideal opera house”

    2016: Opening of Musco Center for the Arts hailed as “an ideal opera house”

    January 1, 2016
    The opening of Musco Center for the Arts is hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West.” The music, theatre and dance venue exemplifies Chapman’s commitment to cutting-edge facilities. Along with the Hilbert Museum of California Art, Musco Center enhances Chapman’s..Read More
  • 2019

    2019: Elevated to R2 status for “high research activity”

    2019: Elevated to R2 status for “high research activity”

    January 1, 2019
    Chapman is elevated to R2 status, for “high research activity.” The achievement augments Chapman’s overall rise nationally, as the university also enters the U.S. News national rankings, establishes a chapter in the nation’s most prestigious honor society (Phi Beta Kappa), and its Dodge College of Film and Media Arts climbs..Read More

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Leadership With Vision.

With the goal of tangible change, Chapman leaders
throughout the university create a roadmap for the future. 

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“We continue on a trajectory and transformation unlike any other in the country. Chapman leaders are committed to being more than the knowledge we discover and impart, but to creating a place that inspires the next generation of leaders.”

– Daniele C. Struppa

Engineering the Future.

panther pawAt Fowler Engineering, the best and the brightest include the underrepresented

Dean Andrew Lyon builds the Fowler School of Engineering to attract the “widest possible spectrum of thinkers” who will solve 21st-century problems.

Chapman University's Keck Center Exterior

140,000 Square feet

Keck Center for Science and Engineering, a 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, houses both Schmid College of Science and Technology and Fowler School of Engineering.

Five of six new faculty members in the Fowler School of Engineering are women. Only 14% of U.S. engineering jobs are held by women. 

INNOVATING CURRICULUM.

panther pawChapman’s Educational Studies Programs Work to Build Inclusive Curriculum

By “taking the classroom to the community,” Attallah College infuses coursework with diverse perspectives and prepares future educators to include the voices of all learners.

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70%

70% of Chapman students work with Chapman faculty on collaborative research.

100,000

More than 100,000 middle school and high school students around the world have participated in Chapman’s Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education annual art, writing and film contest.

Transforming Industries.

panther pawSTEPHEN GALLOWAY TO HELM NEXT BIG LEAP FOR DODGE COLLEGE

New Dodge College dean Stephen Galloway connects students to high-profile industry leaders and prepares students to transform the future of entertainment.

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No. 4

Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is ranked No. 4 in the nation by the industry publication The Wrap

 

Chapman’s annual list of top employers includes Disney, Apple, Netflix, Wells Fargo, Google and a number of other organizations of every size.

85% of Chapman alumni are employed within 6 months of graduation.

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Asking the Tough Questions.

panther pawWILKINSON COLLEGE RISES TO THE OCCASION

Through its “Engaging the World” programming, Wilkinson College leads conversations that drive change in our community and beyond.

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More than 25 events have attracted 2,200+ participants.

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