Chapman University

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#124, overall score 45.5/100

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? The Jewish community here is strong and tight-knit and anyone looking for a warm community where they can instantly feel like they have a friend group that cares about them should consider Chapman. - Daniel Levine, director of Jewish student life and learning, Orange County Hillel

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 at Chapman 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


  • Location: Orange, Calif.
  • Region: West
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,410
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 600
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 69% in-state / 31% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Panther
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Panthers

COST & AID Score: 2.5/15

  • Score: 2.5/15
  • Tuition: $50,594
  • Room & board costs: $14,910
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $26,642
  • Average loan debt: $26,926

ACADEMICS Score: 6.67/20

  • Score: 6.67/20
  • Acceptance rate: 57%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Median SAT range: 1190-1360
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 20
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: No
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel, TAMID
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 11/11

  • Score: 11/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.99/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 19.99/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 13/34

  • Score: 13/34
  • Hillel: Orange County Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Chapman University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 40
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 30
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 10 (2 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country, but mainly southern California.
  • Kosher food details: The ability to buy kosher food using the school meal plan is in the works. In addition to weekly Shabbat and holiday meals at Chabad, there’s a full Kosher supermarket/deli/take out a 12-minute drive away called OCKosher.

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