Fish Leaders Reflect on the Significance of Juneteenth, Then and Now

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Chapman Receives $5 Million Gift to Transform Historic Site into Sandi Simon Center for Dance

Chapman University’s new Sandi Simon Center for Dance is taking shape in the circa-1918 Villa Park Orchards Association Packing House, an icon of the Cypress Street Barrio and region’s citrus-growing heyday...

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Chapman University Announces First Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Reginald Chhen Stewart, an unwavering advocate for access and opportunity in higher education, has been named Chapman’s first Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As part of President Daniele...

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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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Research with Impact.

In the classroom and beyond, Chapman researchers work across disciplines to improve health, create knowledge and enhance the human experience.

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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

Solving Real World Problems.

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Chapman Researchers advance the fight against antibiotic resistance

Chapman researchers work to add antibiotic options as they combat the global threat of drug-resistant bacteria.

Dr. Tiwari in the lab

2019

In 2019 the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education elevated Chapman to R2 status.

Covid-19

With support from a Kay Family Foundation grant, researchers from Chapman’s Center for Excellence in Biopsychosocial Approaches to Health conducted a large-scale study of COVID-19’s mental health impacts, including how minorities experienced prejudice because of perceived connections to the virus.

23 Million

In the last four years, Chapman research funding has grown two and one-half times, rising to $23M in 2020.

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Improving Lives.

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Researchers turn big data into huge impact for children with autism spectrum disorder

Through data analysis, scientists document a link between intensity of clinical intervention and developmental progress by young people who are on the autism spectrum.

Eriik Linstead with daughter Hannah.

When elementary schools closed, Attallah College of Educational Studies created the Chapman U Math at Play Video Series, providing parents a much-needed source of hands-on math fun.

Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy provides free telehealth counseling sessions to the community.

A Chapman University School of Pharmacy researcher is part of a team developing a strategy that may lead to new drug therapies to treat malignant melanoma.

Discovery Through New Perspectives.

panther pawRENOWNED FILMMAKER EXPLORES THE ROOTS OF A CULTURAL DIVIDE
IN ‘HILLBILLY’

Documentarian Sally Rubin trains her lens on the shallow stereotypes of a misunderstood region, revealing the tension among the disenfranchised.

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“The best science happens when diverse individuals are supported, included and empowered to share their voices as a part of scientific discovery.” Michael Ibba, Ph.D., dean of Schmid College of Science and Technology.

Launched the university-funded Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity program to correct gaps in knowledge related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Professor of education and disability studies scholar Dr. Audri Gomez received funding for her work from Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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BRIDGING ART AND SCIENCE.

panther pawINTERPRETING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THROUGH ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

A graphic illustrator applies artistic insights to disaster evacuation maps. A visual artist looks to the cosmos to celebrate women astronomers. Both help us find our way in worlds of change.

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The ongoing multi-year, empirical “Study of American Fears” became a book, “Fear Itself: The Cause and Consequences of Fear in America” (NYU Press) by Chapman Professors Ann Gordon, Chris Bader and Lemuel Day.

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