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| I am a current student in the film school, and involved in Greek life as well. Having said this, I absolutely love all the resources available to students at Dodge. I have had ample opportunities to be on sets, have email access to all of my professors, and even a few have generously provided extra time outside of class for me to improve my work. |
You are free to do as much work as you want to--if you don't want to do any work at all, there is a chance you may actually get away with that, but you are seriously wasting your tuition money. Chapman gives you the freedom to get what you want out of your education, but they will not hand it to you, you have to go and seek it out.
Within my first two years at Chapman I have been given the chance to complete a for-credit internship, and study abroad despite having a very demanding major in the film school and a minor as well. If you want a well-rounded education, and a school that supports studying abroad, go for it. My financial aid was even included in my abroad fees.
Academics aside, it is possible to have a social life whether you are affiliated in Greek life or not. It is all your initiative. Many people are frustrated with the presence of Greek life, when in actuality even though there are 30% Greeks, 70% of the school is unaffiliated, which still makes Greek life the minority. It is up to the student to find ways to get involved if he/she does not wishes to be part of Greek life.
There are some who may say that "popular" kids at Chapman are affiliated--and I find this statement interesting. Going to college to be "popular" is probably a poor use of your time in a university, and my personal suggestion is not to focus on "popularity" in a high school fashion but find peers you want to make a long-lasting connection with. Those who are worthwhile will not care whether or not you are affiliated.
Do not let the good-looking appearance of the student body intimidate you--the people I have personally talked to are beautiful inside and out. Yes, sometimes they may come across unapproachable, but take the time to make an effort and get to know them, and you'll find that the vast majority of people at Chapman are not "snooty." I myself do not come from as affluent of a background as many of my peers, and I have never been put down or excluded because I could not afford something. Even the Greek life group I am involved in makes many efforts to include as many people as possible. Chapman is great place--it's all about your attitude though.
|Dec 18 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Chapman is a wonderful Academic setting. I can see a professor for help whenever I want to, and always have them proofread my essays before turning them. This has improved my writing significantly and has given me wonderful references for job and school applications. It has been extremely easy for me to join a plethora of extracurricular activities, such as the newspaper, radio, online magazine, and an a capella group.And yet, after three years of this kind of involvement, I have almost no one that I have met that I actually enjoy spending any time with. Not only that, but there is literally nothing to do on the weekends excluding Greek parties and dances put on by the school (which remind me way too much of High School parties). If a good and exciting social life that goes beyond drunk parties and Greek life is important to you, go somewhere else. ESPECIALLY if you don't have a car, as the city of Orange has no night life or any kind of life, excluding expensive restaurants and antique stores. If you can't afford a public school and academics are your priority/you live near friends that attend different schools, go to Chapman, as the academics are wonderful and Chapman gives you a ton of aid and scholarships. |
|Oct 29 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| 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 |