» Chapman Facts & History

Chapman University will be a student-centered university, recognized nationally and internationally as a center of academic and personal excellence that prepares our students to contribute to a global society.

Founded as Hesperian College in 1861 in Woodland, California by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we admitted men and women and people of color from our earliest days. Endowed by the Valencia orange magnate Charles Clarke Chapman, the institution changed its name to Chapman College in 1934, and by 1954 had moved to the former campus of Orange Union High School in Orange, California. The college again extended higher educational access when it began offering classes to military personnel at El Toro Marine Base.

In 1965, Chapman took undergraduate education to the high seas when it began running World Campus Afloat, the program that would eventually become Semester at Sea, a tradition that continues at Chapman through our world-wide study abroad programs.

Since our founding, Chapman has grown into a highly regarded university that attracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States, and more than 60 nations around the world.

+ - Faculty

  • Total Faculty: 919*
  • Full-time: 423
  • Part-time: 496
  • 87% of faculty holds doctoral or terminal degrees.
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
*Last updated Fall 2014 via Datamart

+ - Rankings

  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Chapman University #6 in the Western region. 2016 results
  • Princeton Review lists Chapman in its “378 Best Colleges” guide. 2016 results
  • The Templeton Foundation included Chapman in its Honor Roll for Character Building Colleges.

+ - Brandman University - Higher Education for Working Adults

Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1958 and a part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with progressive, innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for working professionals and students with busy lives. The university serves more than 10,000 students annually in 52 undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and health, offered both online and through 26 campuses in California and Washington. In 2012, U.S.News & World Report named Brandman’s online MBA program to its Honor Roll, one of just 14 institutions recognized nationally. For more information, visit www.brandman.edu