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The average Chapman student is a white, upperBrightMusic Education
The average Chapman student is a white, upper class, male, film student. Located in California's conservative haven, Orange County, the school is probably half and half on the liberal/conservative tilt.

If you are
1) not a big drinker
2) hippie-type
3) social justice warrior
4) not into the Southern California beautiful people stereotype
5) middle or lower class
6) majoring in something other than film or business
7) want a huge sports culture
8) not into hookup culture
Don't go here! I made a huge mistake in not reading reviews on these types of websites before I came here! I do think Chapman would be a great fit for some and I have been able to find people I connect with. But I wouldn't say I fit into the overall campus vibe.

I will say some good things about Chapman since I want this review to be objective and not overtly negative:

1) the campus is beautiful
2) being from out of state, I do love the Southern California weather!
3) Orange is cute, reminds me of my hometown, and I don't mind being in a suburb. The closest beach (Newport) is only 20-30 minutes away and LA is an hour or so depending on traffic - lots of things to do in the area!

4) being a foodie, I can't say I love the cafeteria, but it's not bad!

1st Year Female -- Class 1921
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Scholastic Success: D-
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I just graduated from Chapman this last springQuite BrightKinesiology
I just graduated from Chapman this last spring and I can confidently say that attending Chapman was the best decision I've ever made. In fact, I love the school so much that I am currently applying to their Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Although at every school there will be unfriendly people, the majority of the students are very nice and welcoming, as well as the staff. It is very easy to make connections with your professors and ask for help because the classes are all pretty small.

There are also many different things to be involved with such as sports teams, intramural teams, greek life, clubs, dance teams, youth groups, philanthropies, etc. There is a way to be involved that suits pretty much everyone's interests.The surrounding town of Orange is very cute, with the orange circle walking distance from the university. The Honda Center and Angels Stadium are also less than 10 minutes away for those who love sports or like going to concerts. Newport is 25 minutes away and big bear is only 1 1/2 hours away. It is in a great location with many activities within a 20 minute drive. Overall, I couldn't imagine going to a better university and I am overly satisfied with my experience I've had here.

4th Year Female -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Scholastic Success: F
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FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE 2017 read if you areBrightUndecided
FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE 2017 read if you are interested in attending: If you are really ambitiously into film and good at it, Chapman is the place for you. Greek life is also growing to be very popular here but not in a good way, the school is so small that the frats are condescending, conceited, and pretentious even though they are so small. The population is like around %70 boys and %30 girls and you constantly notice that. Parties are like 10 girls to 2 boys, parties are very small, exclusive, and cliquey. It is the same small frat parties every weekend with the same group of drama-obsessed and self-absorbed people. As a boy that wants to rush a small frat and have a ton of girls to hook up with this is the place for you, but if you are not interested in the Greek life or really ambitiously talented at film Chapman is likely not the school for you. There are not many outside of those cliques, and even the film students are exclusive because they are SO talented and making so much money working on major feature film sets. It is such a competitive film program that it is difficult to come here with dreams of doing film unless you already have a lot of knowledge and skillset in the field. If you are into hiking, the outdoors, and nature or hippie folk, YOU WILL NOT FIND THAT HERE go elsewhere. Also Orange is small and not fun there is nothing to do, the beach/nature is 20-25 minutes away without traffic, and it is right by dangerous Santa Ana. Sorry Chapman, I have had a good time but not for me and I do not think that it is for everyone.
1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Social Life: F
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