COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Clinic set for Aug. 31 in Orange

Campus Community — We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus soon for the start of the fall semester and trimester. Last week we welcomed our Fowler School of Law students, and as we prepare to begin our...

New VP of Research

Martina Nieswandt Named Vice President of Research

Following a national search, Martina Nieswandt, Ph.D., has been named vice president for research of Chapman University, effective Oct. 1, 2022.    “As Chapman continues its rise as a nationally ranked R2...

Doti-Spogli with Skousen

Presidential Fellow Mark Skousen named Doti-Spogli Chair in Free Enterprise at Chapman University

Chapman University Presidential Fellow Mark Skousen has been named the first Doti-Spogli Chair in Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business and Economics. Skousen will serve as the endowed chair for...

Speech Professor Mary Kennedy

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Chapman Celebrates cast on stage for show finale

Chapman Celebrates: Grand Finale set for Feb. 10 and 11

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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 STRATEGIC LEGACY

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
  • 2021

    2020: University Rises Above Challenges of Global Pandemic

    2020: University Rises Above Challenges of Global Pandemic

    August 25, 2021
    In March 2020, Chapman makes the difficult decision to move all instruction online. This rapid transition protects the health and well-being of our campus communities. As many students and their families struggled with the financial fallout of the crisis, the Chapman community responded with an outpouring of philanthropic support. Read..Read More
  • 2021

    2021: Chapman Celebrates 160th Anniversary

    2021: Chapman Celebrates 160th Anniversary

    August 25, 2021
    160 years after its establishment in Woodland, California, Chapman University continues its trajectory of growth and transformation. A yearlong celebration across the institution commemorates past accomplishments and propels us into the future with drive and vision. Read more.
  • 2021

    2021: First Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Is Appointed

    2021: First Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Is Appointed

    August 25, 2021
    Dr. Reginald Chhen Stewart is named Chapman’s first vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, reflecting Chapman’s renewed commitment to elevating underrepresented voices in our community. Read more.
  • 2021

    2021: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Is Named Fourth Best Film School in the Nation

    2021: Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Is Named Fourth Best Film School in the Nation

    August 25, 2021
    With its highest-ever national ranking in The Hollywood Reporter, the film school is lauded for providing early access to hands-on experiences and a collaborative creative environment that helps film and media arts students thrive. An emphasis on diversity in faculty hiring and in establishing a mentorship program for underrepresented high..Read More
  • 2021

    2021: Opening of Swenson Family Hall of Engineering

    2021: Opening of Swenson Family Hall of Engineering

    August 25, 2021
    The Swenson Family Hall of Engineering, the new state-of-the-art wing in the Keck Center for Science and Engineering, completes the most ambitious building project in Chapman’s history. Along with cutting-edge tools and equipment, the building features an immersive layout that promotes collaboration and breakthrough learning. Read more.
  • 2021

    2022: Opening of Sandi Simon Dance Center

    2022: Opening of Sandi Simon Dance Center

    August 25, 2021
    A new home for Chapman’s award-winning dance program is revitalizing the 1918 Villa Park Orchards Association Packing House, an icon of Old Towne Orange. The adaptive reuse of the building will provide nearly 33,000 square feet for teaching studios, performance space and a training center dedicated to dancer health. Read..Read More

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Building with Purpose.

We’re laying the foundation for a strong tomorrow by creating new opportunities for our students and creating partnerships that will strengthen our community for years to come.

 

president struppa

“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

EXPANDING POSSIBILITIES.

panther paw$5 MILLION GIFT SUPPORTS INNOVATION AND RESEARCH AT CHAPMAN’S ENGINEERING SCHOOL

The Swenson Family Hall of Engineering will open with the support of a $5M gift, providing opportunities for new generations of students to learn and innovate in a state-of-the-art engineering facility.

Swenson Hall of Engineering

 “We want everyone who is excited about engineering to have a chance to be a student in this school, even if they don’t check every traditional engineering box.”

-Elizabeth Stevens ’10 (Ph.D. ’18), assistant professor and program director at Fowler Engineering.

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CHANGING THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE.

panther pawPHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM HELPS MEET THE RISING NEED FOR PRIMARY CARE

At Chapman’s Rinker Campus, we’re training the next generation of health care providers to address an ever-growing demand for services.

Katie Cornella

“Investing in the training of physician assistants and other midlevel healthcare professionals is the best way to meet an increasing need for primary care,” says Janeen Hill, Ph.D., dean of Chapman University’s Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

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School of Pharmacy debuts in 2021 National Rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

NURTURING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES.

panther pawCHAPMAN PARTNERS WITH UNDERGROUND GRIT TO PROVIDE COURSES FOR THE FORMERLY INCARCERATED

Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline and creating educational opportunities for youths impacted by the U.S. criminal justice system.

Underground GRIT Reentry Students in Dr. Carty's sociology class

$103,794

$103,794 awarded to faculty to pursue innovations that address critical gaps in knowledge related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

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OPENING DOORS TO OPPORTUNITIES.

panther pawNEW SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT FUTURE EDUCATORS IN DIVERSE LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Funding scholarships for future teachers that will bring more first generation and underrepresented students at Chapman.

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20%

Undergraduate students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year university

80%

Students who receive financial support annually

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