Chapman University

Chapman University


Chapman University was the first private college or university in California to enroll students of all races and socio-economic backgrounds in the early part of the 20th century, a tradition to which the University firmly subscribes today. In an effort to continue its legacy of enrolling a diverse student population, Chapman has historically offered funding for students who would be the first from their family to attend college; this funding represents an additional opportunity beyond traditional need-based financial aid and merit and talent-based scholarship programs.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Thurgood Marshall Scholarship

The Thurgood Marshall Scholars program is designated for admitted students who are the first from their immediate family to attend college. Recipients should display strong leadership and community service involvement. Scholarship amounts vary, but average approximately $8,000 annually, and are designed to complement a financial aid or scholarship package by alleviating gaps or loans.

Academic Advising & Support Promising Futures Program

The Promising Futures Program is the optional support program for first-generation college students at Chapman University through the Provost's Office. Each year about 21% of the incoming student population identifies as first-generation college students. The mission of the Promising Futures Program is to develop a sense of community among first-generation college students and to support their academic success through programming including: general meetings, study sessions, workshops, and social events. Two of the hallmarks of the Promising Futures Program is our mentoring program and summer bridge program for new first-generation college students at Chapman. The First-Generation Summer Bridge Program is a two-day program prior to new student orientation which provides students with resources and knowledge to be successful in college and gives our students an opportunity to connect to their fellow first-generation peers prior to the start of their academic career at Chapman. Learn more about Promising Futures Program

Academic Advising & Support Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center (TLT)

All Chapman students can take advantage of the TLT, which oversees academic support programs, including general academic advising, peer tutoring, advocacy, study strategies, and services for students with learning differences. The TLT Center staff works to help students develop positive attitudes and achieve success in an academic setting. Their services include individual tutors, group tutoring sessions, a writing center, accommodated testing for students with disabilities, testing services and workshops that help build successful study skills. Learn more about Tutoring, Learning, and Testing Center (TLT)

Academic Courses & Service Learning Global Citizens Cluster

As part of the general education program, Chapman University requires all students to take a course focusing on human diversity and world cultures. Courses are designed to help students address contemporary and historical issues that affect underrepresented groups and to understand their implications and consequences. The diversity requirement ensures that all students study different cultures, and promotes the importance of diversity and differing perspectives in our society. Learn more about Global Citizens Cluster

Student Life & Support Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement helps fulfill Chapman’s mission of molding tomorrow’s leaders by providing the necessary resources and inspiration for Chapman students to discover, define, and develop their personal leadership identities through critical thinking, community building and social responsibility. Opportunities for student leadership include paid and volunteer positions in student civic engagement, diversity and equity initiatives, student organizations, student union management and marketing.

Student Diversity

  • 6,410
  • 40/60
  • 20%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 14%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 56%
  • 7%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 89%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 79%
    Six-year graduation
  • 73%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 92%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 34%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 417
    Full-time faculty
  • 48
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Administration, Psychology, Film Production, Communication Studies, Strategic and Corporate Communication

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Diversity & Equity Initiatives, Next Step Social Justice Retreat, Social Justice Council, Biracial & Multiracial Discussion Group, Chinese Cultural Club, Korean Student Association, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztln, Turkish Student Organization, Asian Pacific Student Association, Black Student Union, Latin American Student Association, Pua'ikeana, Queer Straight Alliance


Cost of Attendance

  • $48,310
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $400
    Required Fees
  • $14,368
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $112,053,280
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $28,203
    Average aid package
  • $27,873
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 18%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 61%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 89%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 13%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 14,534
    # of applicants
  • 53%
  • 3.71
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 550—650
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 560—650
    SAT Math
  • 560—660
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/15
    Regular application closing date
  • $70
    Application Fee
  • $70
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/1
    Early action application closing date