#136, overall score 39.83/100

Fun Fact:

Creators of two popular Netflix series graduated from Chapman: The Duffer brothers of “Stranger Things” and Justin Simien of “Dear White People.”

Why should Jewish students attend Chapman? Chabad at Chapman has a vibrant Jewish community, where students of all walks of life unite and create a strong sense of Jewish Pride. Think of Chabad like this: Your Jewish home on campus. Does home mean warm, delicious meals with company you appreciate? Then Chabad is home. Does home mean a place where you are comfortable with who you are, where you are unconditionally accepted, where you can kick off your shoes and sink into the couch? Then Chabad is home. Is home where you feel safe enough to question, secure enough to search, brave enough to discover who you are? Then Chabad is home. Chabad is here to create a haven where you can explore your Judaism comfortably, where you can unwind from the daily pressures of school, or engage in intense discussion—if that’s your way of unwinding. We provide Holiday programming that is accessible and meaningful and Shabbat meals that nourish the spirit as well as the body. We offer stimulating classes that are sure to challenge you no matter your familiarity with Judaism. We are so excited to get to meet all of you. Like, home, the door is always open. — Rabbi Eliezer Gurary, Chabad at Chapman University

ACADEMICS Score: 10/30

  • Score: 10/30
  • Acceptance rate: 54%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Jewish studies major: Minor
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $49,060
  • Room & board costs: $14,368
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $25,960


  • Location: Orange, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,363
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 436
  • Jewish population share: 7%
  • Student origin: 68% in-state / 32% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Panthers

ISRAEL Score: 15/20

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.83/40

  • Score: 14.83/40
  • Hillel: Hillel at Chapman University
  • Chabad: Chabad at Chapman University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 10 (2 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Kosher food details: Chabad is in the midst of arranging kosher food on campus (probably for purchase through the cafeteria, though not confirmed) and hope to have it available by the beginning of the spring semester of 2018.
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