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As a member of the Orange County business community, as well as being a prominent fixture in the surrounding neighborhoods, Chapman University values its long-term relationship with the City of Orange, its citizens, and everyone who visits our wonderful city. 

We understand that constant redevelopment and changes to the University can at times be a nuisance for residents nearbyWe want to reach out to all of our neighbors and provide you with the opportunity to let us know your thoughts and feelings about our continuing efforts.

We offer several ways to stay informed about upcoming projects and events at Chapman, and we invite you to participate in any way you would like!

+ - Chapman's Economic Impact & Taxation

Many in the community recognize Chapman's various contributions to the local economy however, campus administrators are often asked whether the university pays property taxes and what our impact is on the local economy. In general, we pay taxes on properties we own that we do not use for an educational purpose – for example, the homes surrounding the campus that our faculty and staff members lease. Chapman does not pay property taxes on academic buildings that are used 24/7 for instructional and co-curricular purposes. For the fiscal year ending May 31, 2012, Chapman University paid $616,718.28 in property taxes.

In addition, periodically Chapman conducts an economic impact study and publishes the findings. Generally, cities that have a university as part of the community enjoy a level of financial stability due to the university’s presence. Home values are more stable, sales tax revenue is stronger, and employment is higher because of the contributions made to the local economy by the university partner.  In particular local small business appear to benefit strongly from Chapman students, faculty and staff members. We believe that Chapman’s economic contributions outweigh the benefit to the university of our non-profit status as it relates to property taxes.

Here is a copy of Chapman's 2009 Economic Impact Study, conducted by the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics

Here are some links to other studies supporting our view:

Ohme, A. A. (2003). The Economic Impact of a University on Its Community and State: Examining Trends Four Years Later. University of Delaware.

Lester, R. K. (2005). Universities, Innovation, and the Competitiveness of Local Economies: Summary Report from the Local Innovation Project - Phase I.  IPC Working Paper Series. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

(2008). Education and Innovation: Enterprise and Engagement - The Impact of Princeton University.  Princeton University Office of Community and Regional Affairs.

+ - Neighbor Meetings

Our Neighbor Meetings take place periodically throughout the year, and provide our neighbors with information regarding future improvements to the University and many other topics of interest. Free parking is available to all who wish to attend.

View the presentation from the October 21, 2013 meeting.

+ - Neighbor-To-Neighbor Newsletter

To stay on top of all the interesting “happenings” at the University, we’re pleased to offer neighbors our Neighbor-To-Neighbor newsletter. To receive your copy and join our mailing list please contact us at neighbors@chapman.edu

+ - Community Outreach

The University is proud to sponsor a variety of community outreach programs for offering low to no-cost services for residents of the City of Orange. Click on the links below for more information about all the wonderful programs we offer.

Alona Cortese Elder Law Clinic

Family Protection Clinic 

Tax Law Clinic 

Military and Veterans Law Institute

Frances L. Smith Community Clinic 

Kids First 

Friendly Center

Student Volunteerism

+ - Programs of Interest for Everyone

Many of the activities, events, and programs are open to the public on a regular basis. To learn more about these exciting community opportunities check out our Events Calendar

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Neighbors of Chapman Website

In a spirit of collaboration, this website is prepared for residents of the City of Orange to engage with Chapman University, obtain information on neighborhood issues, ask questions and get answers.

Visit Neighbors of Chapman website 

Campus Construction Update

For information on current and upcoming construction projects at the University, check out our Campus Construction Update

Questions? Contact Us

Give us a call at (714) 289-2035, or send us an email anytime at neighbors@chapman.edu to share any questions, comments, or concerns. We’ll be happy to get back to you as soon as we can!