Chapman University At A Glance
Chapman University, founded in 1861, is one of the oldest, most prestigious private universities in California. Chapman's picturesque campus is located in the heart of Orange County – one of the nation's most exciting centers of arts, business, science and technology – and draws outstanding students from across the United States and around the world. Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs, Chapman University encompasses seven schools and colleges: Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Schmid College of Science, College of Performing Arts, School of Law and College of Educational Studies. Named to the list of top universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, Chapman University enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students. The university's mission is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.
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Chapman opened its doors (as Hesperian College in Woodland, Calif.) on the same day Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office for his first term. The university will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2011.
Location: Orange County, California
Centered in the historic City of Orange and within an hour's drive from Los Angeles, Chapman offers a community-rich environment blended with city life and outdoor adventure. There are many opportunities for internships, part-time jobs and cultural activities in Orange County and L.A. Within easy driving distance to the beach, mountains and desert, Chapman is a prime location for active students.
President: James L. Doti
Jim DotiJames L. Doti, Ph.D., was named 12th president of Chapman University June 11, 1991 and assumed his duties on July 1, 1991. A noted economist, he has held the university's Donald Bren Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics since 1999. In 1978, Dr. Doti and his students developed the first quarterly econometric model for a metropolitan area — the Chapman Econometric Model. The model continues to be used as a teaching tool at the university, and the annual Economic Forecast and Forecast Update generated by the model are widely used as planning tools by the Orange County business community. In recognition of his work, Dr. Doti was among the first recipients of the Chapman University Faculty Award for Teaching and Research.
The mission of Chapman University is to provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.
Chapman University will be a preeminent university engaged in distinguished liberal arts and professional programs that are interconnected, reach beyond the boundaries of the classroom and work toward developing the whole person: the intellectual, social and spiritual dimensions of life.