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| Chapman University is a very interesting institution. I’ve seen great reviews. I’ve seen poor ones. For me, my Chapman experience was what I needed it to be. I had always been an average student. And though my grades may never have been exceptional, I always had a thirst for knowledge. I also had a thirst to have a good time too. Most of the time, Chapman accomplished all of this.|
As an advertising major, the classes and curriculum were top-notch. Most of my teachers were industry professionals. My Intro to Advertising was taught at the Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine by their head of creative services (a Chapman Alum). So as an advertising student to get hands-on experience with the elite in the field in my freshman year was fantastic. Most of my major-related courses were taught in the manor.
As far as the rest of the courses, it’s what you decide to make of it. If you just want to get these classes out of the way, feel free to take Psych 101, Philosophy 101, etc… But to satisfy these requirements, you can also take an interesting upper-division course. Sure, I may have been the only non-premed person in Medical Ethics, or the only advertising major in Police and Society, but these classes were extremely interesting, thought provoking, and available to any student. I’m not sure if that is the case at many other universities. Do I use this information today? Not really. Did I enjoy the class? You betcha.
As far as Chapman goes socially, again, it’s what you make of it. I went the Fraternity route. It was fun, allowed me to meet a diverse group of people, and I was pretty much tired of it by the en of my junior year. It may not be for everyone, but it is fun for some. Apart from the Greek life, Chapman isn’t all that diverse. It’s primarily made up of people who came from middle to upper-middle class backgrounds. A large majority are from Southern California, but not all. I’m from Northern California, knew a lot of people from Colorado, Arizona and the East Coast. Like any place, you can choose to hang in the ghetto of people you know and are comfortable. Or you can venture outside of your norm and say hi to someone you don’t know. It’s not that different than anywhere else.
So all in all, it depends on what your looking for, and what you decide to make of it when you get there. Chapman isn’t perfect. But it isn’t a bad University either.
| Starting Job: Emergency Medical Technician, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: B |
|May 07 2004|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Went here for grad school so can't say I have the same experience as the undergrads or grads but it does seem to be a commuter school judging by the two big parking structures by the law school and under the football field. Speaking of parking, bidding for a space in the Argyros Lot and that other lot by the pool reeks of elitism because seriously only the richer will be able to afford it. And how the hell does that solve the parking problem?|
Beautiful campus: Well kept and maintained with that big fountain, trees & artwork. Beautiful co-eds: Some of the best-looking girls are here. Sure, a lot of them probably are stuck-up but who said you had to talk to them? Surrounding area is okay, particularly Old Town Orange circle with its shops, bars, restaurants and classic homes.
Like any other school or institution, you will have both snooty/arrogant students AND friendly/easy-going students although it does seem that there are more stuck-up students at Chapman. It's a learning experience to find out who is who and whether you want to socialize with them. I'd say it's a life-learning experience because these same people are gonna be out there in the real world.
Faculty is a mixed bag. Each professor definitely knew their stuff so teaching was quality. A few were nice and approachable while others seem to rush their meetings with you. Staff were nice and helpful. Class sizes ranged from small (7) to big (25).
Library was okay for research but you may end up going to CSUF or UCI for more materials. Studying there was a mixed bag because sometimes it was quiet and sometimes it was not. Seriously, do people not remember the rule to stay quiet in the library? I'm not talking about the first floor (that's excusable), I'm talking the 2nd and 3rd floor. STFU!
I'm amazed at how each building classrooms differ in furniture. Like in Beckman, comfy chairs and nice descending rows of long desks. In Smith or Hashinger, you're back in middle school. For a school that charges a lot for tuition, you'd think they'd upgrade some of their furniture, yeah?Overall it wasn't too bad. I'd recommend it for those who are willing to shell out more for their education and know how to deal with (or tolerate) the snooty OC/SoCal scene. Otherwise, I'd recommend other nearby schools.
|Jul 21 2010|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2010 |
its awesome i love it|
small enough to know ppl, but big enough to be constantly seeing new people.
teachers are smart, friendly & and classes are small enough for proper classroom attention and an opportunity to be seen as a student and not just a number
the campus very very beautiful, its in the heart of orange county and its just a great schooli'm extremely pleased
|May 27 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |