Chapman Then vs. Now: How Chapman Has Changed Over the Years

Chapman Then vs. Now
Chapman Then vs. Now

Chapman is named after Charles C. Chapman, a benefactor of the school and first mayor of Fullerton, California. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries (left). Photo by Carlee Correia (right).


Chapman University opened 158 years ago as Hesperian College. Over time the university has moved locations, changed names and gotten more expensive (shocker!). Read on to see Chapman then vs. now.


Tuition and Costs

Then: The 1978-1979 academic year undergraduate tuition & fees at Chapman University was $3,400. Adjusted for inflation, this equals to around $11,870 in 2018. Tuition & fees covered a little more than half of a student’s education. The remaining cost was met by gifts and endowments. Financial aid was given in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and jobs. The number and amount of awards varied, but more than half of the student body received some form of financial aid.

Now: For the 2019-2020 academic year, undergraduate tuition & fees at Chapman University is $54,540. To combat this steep cost, Chapman offers financial aid to 81 percent of its students. However, Chapman grants and scholarships generally do not increase to meet the higher costs of tuition and room and board. Expect less free money and more student loans.

The building to the left is Memorial Hall, which hosts shows from the student club, Chapman on Broadway. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries (left). Photo by Carlee Correia (right).



Then: Chapman did not have dorms in 1956, but the university still provided housing. Women lived in the now-closed Orange National Bank. They also lived in a house on the corner of Palm and Olive street, which is still there today. Houses surrounding the campus were leased out for men. The first dorms, Harris Hall and South Morlan Hall, were built in 1963 and are still used for housing today.

Now: Chapman has 10 housing options for undergraduates. This includes dorm-style residence halls and apartment communities. Beginning in 2018, Chapman requires all freshman to live on campus for two years. To increase housing accommodations, a new apartment complex called “The K” opens in fall 2019 for upperclassmen.

South Morlan Hall, built in 1963, houses 2018-2019 freshmen. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries (left). Photo by Carlee Correia (right).


Student Life

Then: The earliest incarnation of Chapman accepted students of all races and faiths. In fact, Chapman waited to officially open the school until the day of President Lincoln’s inauguration to make a statement about equality. Chapman has always been a small college, with a student body of only 72 in the class of 1923. After World War II, Chapman saw a huge influx of students, causing them to move from their Los Angeles campus to the larger Orange campus.

Now: With a population of 8,542 students, Chapman has students from 50 states, 2 territories and 82 countries. 20 percent of students are first-generation and 40 percent identify as persons of color. Chapman continues to grow, with a record-breaking 14,170 first-year applications in 2018. Also, more women are obtaining degrees. Chapman plays a part in this upward trend with 40:60 male-to-female ratio. Roughly 9 percent of women earned bachelor’s degrees in 1970 -1971, but 50 percent earned bachelor’s degrees by 2001-2002, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Since 1992, the 100,0000-square-foot Argyros Forum serves as a hub for student life, with lounge areas, dining, classrooms and a gift shop. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries (left). Photo by Carlee Correia (right).



Then: 1861 marked the start of Chapman University. The founding members were part of the Disciples of Christ and in 1956, most Chapman students were still part of that denomination. Students even had to take classes regarding the Old and New Testament.

Now: Chapman is not a Christian college, but instead a church-affiliated school. This means Chapman does not require religion classes or church attendance. The Fish Interfaith Center was established in 2004. Inside the center is the Wallace All Faiths Chapel, open to students of all faiths. Stop by for free events like weekly walk-in meditation and yoga.

There are no permanent religious symbols at the Fish Interfaith Center. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries (left). Photo by Carlee Correia (right).



Then: In 1923, the gymnasium, nicknamed “The Box”, was built and the football, tennis and women’s basketball teams. Due to financial hardship from the Great Depression, the football program was suspended in 1932. Chapman held their first Homecoming in 1957, but without a football game. The Chapman football team took the field again in 1994.

Now: The Ernie Chapman Stadium was built in 2008. Roughly 450 student-athletes train and compete in the stadium. Chapman is NCAA Division III with 21 intercollegiate teams. Seventeen of these teams competed in collegiate championships in 2016-2017.

Since its opening in 1978, the Harold Hutton Sports Center has hosted the NCAA’s first round of women’s basketball playoffs six times. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries (left). Photo by Carlee Correia (right).



Then: During the 1950s, students took one course every six-week block. There were six blocks, each worth five credits. This equals to 30 credits in an academic year, which matches a typical Chapman undergraduate class schedule in 2019. Classes were held from 8 a.m to 12 p.m., with speakers coming on Tuesdays and mandatory Chapel on Thursdays.

Now: Current Chapman students can still take 30 credits in an academic year. However, now Chapman has semesters instead of six-week blocks. Students are also able to take up to 18 credits per semester, totaling 36 credits per year. Classes still start at 8 a.m. but can end as late at 9:50 p.m.

Behind the fountain is the Hashinger Science Center. This was the newest building on campus in 1969. Photo courtesy of Leatherby Libraries (left). Photo by Carlee Correia (right).

Escaping the Chapman bubble: The 5 best sights and cities to see near campus

It’s easy for students to get stuck in the “Chapman Bubble.” Chapman’s campus is located near Southern Orange County cities like Irvine, Anaheim, and Laguna Beach. At these cities, you can experience flight from a tethered balloon or buy homemade jewelry from a trailer. Here are five of their most eclectic spots.

Orange County Great Park Balloon

Distance from Chapman: 13.5 miles (Typically 20 minutes)

The tethered balloon has the ability to hold up to 25-30 passengers at a time. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Why It’s Worth Seeing: The balloon at Orange County Great Park was the first tethered helium balloon in the United States. The balloon still soars up to 400 feet with unobstructed views that span for 40 miles. Fly high during these hours: Thursday–Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 pm. ; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you’re 19 and older, the cost is only $10. If you’re under 18, the cost is $5. Bring a friend under 18 with you and they ride for free! Find more information on rates and parking here.

Location: 8000 Great Park Boulevard, Irvine, CA 92618

The LAB Anti-Mall

Distance from Chapman: 10.6 miles (Typically 15 minutes)

May Martin is one of 24 businesses located at The LAB. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

The Lab just celebrated 25 years of anti-mallism. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: What used to be a night vision goggle factory is now The LAB, or  “Little American Business.” This anti-mall is home to unique cafes, restaurants, and small businesses. At the anti-mall, you will find businesses like May Martin, which sells homemade jewelry from a small camper. The LAB also has an online blog where they feature business owners and recap their events. It’s open Monday–Thursday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: 2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Downtown Disney District

Distance from Chapman: 4.9 miles (Typically 12 minutes)

There is a variety of food options in Downtown Disney, such as gourmet treats and sit-down meals. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Downtown Disney has performers strolling through the District while live music is performed on the main stage. Photo by Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: A Disney pass starts at $104 but the Downtown Disney District is a way to experience Disney magic for free! You can enjoy Disney-themed restaurants, shops, and performances at no extra cost. After you eat a Minnie Mouse candy apple, visit the World of Disney store for an abundance of collectibles, apparel and more. Downtown Disney is open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Location: 1580 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

La Super Birria

Distance from Chapman: 4.8 miles (Typically 15 minutes)

Only a five-minute drive from the restaurant is Downtown Santa Ana, where you can rent electric scooters and check out artistic murals on the side of buildings. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

La Super Birria makes their own tortillas. Yum! Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: Located in the Downtown Santa Ana Historic District, La Super Birria opened in 2018. Although new, it is a hidden gem tucked inside a 20-year-old candy store. Between the sweets and party supplies, La Super Birria is known for its home-style Mexican cooking and a five-star rating. Open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., take some time to try authentic Mexican food and pick up dessert afterward.

Location: 1041 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Heisler Park

Distance from Chapman: 21.9 miles (Typically 30 minutes)

Behind these picnic benches is a time capsule that was sealed up in 1977 and is scheduled to be opened on May 30, 2027. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Heisler Park is a popular spot for special event photography. Photo courtesy of Carlee Correia

Why It’s Worth Seeing: Laguna Beach is home to Heisler Park. Its oceanfront tide pools are open to the public for another free adventure. Heisler Park is also lined with trails for exercising and enjoying an ocean view. Stroll down one of the many pathways or stairs to capture an Instagram worthy photo. It is open to the public every day from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Location: 375 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

10 Tips to Land an On-Campus Job

On-Campus Jobs

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On-Campus Jobs

Cynthia Wang, a freshman creative producing major, is an assistant in the Office of the Provost, one of the many on-campus positions at Chapman. Photo by Carlee Correia.

A quarter of Chapman’s 8,542 students have on-campus jobs, according to the Student Employment Office. These jobs may pay above minimum wage, are conveniently located within minutes of classes, and provide opportunities to form connections with other students and professors. To land one of these competitive and coveted positions, read on.

1. Use Your Connections

If you know anyone who is a current or former employee or student at Chapman, reach out to them. “I contacted a family friend who works at Chapman. He told me they were looking for a new student worker and within the first week of school I had an interview and was hired on spot,” said Sophia Fisher, a student manager of men’s basketball at Chapman. Other common jobs on campus include a student grader and teacher’s assistant. Reach out to your professors to see if they have any job positions available. You won’t have to compete with other applicants and you build a stronger relationship with your professor.


2. Always Look for New Postings

New on-campus job postings go up frequently, so check for new postings on the daily. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have of securing an interview. Employers get swarmed with applications within the first few days of a job posting. If you are one of the first to apply, you’re ahead of the competition. To get an advantage over other fall semester applicants, look for jobs during your summer vacation, which is when many employers are looking to hire so as to have hires in place for fall.


3. Apply to Jobs Within Your Specific College

“Sharing a floor with faculty members at your college gives you professional insight,” and offers the opportunity to network with administrators and professors,” said Preston Tholan, a front office assistant at the Dodge College admissions office. Colleges look for students with extensive knowledge of their college, programs and operations. If you are already a student within the school or college, you have a leg up on the other candidates. “Whether it be directly or indirectly, I definitely think being a Dodge student helped me get my job at Dodge because I already had previous knowledge of the school,” said Tholan.


On-Campus Jobs

Entrance to the Dodge college admissions office where students and parents meet for tours and inquiries about the application process. Photo by Carlee Correia

On-Campus Jobs

Preston Tholan, a junior screenwriting major, works with 10 other student employees, each one representing a different Dodge major. Photo by Carlee Correia.


4. Design Your Own Resume

Your first instinct is to pull up Google Docs and click on the “resume” template. Resist this urge. On-campus employers are accustomed to seeing the same resume template time and time again. Be unique with a custom-designed resume (we recommend Canva!). Also, stop by the Chapman Career and Professional Development Center for free advice on your resume. Its walk-in hours are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.


5. A Cover Letter is NOT Optional

A cover letter is listed as optional on several on-campus job postings. With many applicants per job, set yourself apart by turning in a customized cover letter that contains specific evidence as to why you are the perfect candidate for the position. Mention any skills you have (a second language? a knowledge of Excel?) that will be of use in the position.


6. Apply to as Many Jobs as Possible

When we say a lot, we mean a lot. Some jobs get so many applications that you won’t hear back for months, or you won’t hear back at all. “I applied to upwards of 15 jobs the summer before my fall semester and only heard back from two,” said Cynthia Wang, a student worker at the Office of the Provost. When searching through Chapman job postings, flag any that interest you. Increasing the number of jobs you apply to betters your chance of securing at least one interview. But be sure to include a custom cover letter with each one.


On-Campus Jobs

Cynthia Wang at her office job, where she works at least 10 hours a week. Photo by Carlee Correia.


7. Write a Thank You Note After the Interview

Whew! You’ve finished the interview. If you’ve done research on interviewing, you know to send a follow-up email. BUT, you can do better! Write a handwritten note thanking your interviewers and reference specifics in your conversation. Also, mention any of the strengths, skills and qualifications you may have forgotten to mention in your cover letter or during your interview. Drop if off within a day. This shows employers that you don’t take their interest in you for granted, and care about their time and the position.


8. Skip the Beach, Get on Your Grind

Summer break! While many students are on the beach the rest of Chapman remains in operation. If you are available to work in the summer, you have an edge in landing an on-campus  jobs. Summer months are slow for Chapman – which means you  may even have time to study between  answering phone calls.


9. Stick Around for Interterm

Chapman also operates through interterm in December and January. Cut a few weeks off your winter break and work at Chapman.“My boss would frequently contact me asking for help in the office,” said Fisher. If many students don’t stay for interterm, chances are you will get scheduled for more hours. Get another course out of the way while raking in the cash.


On-Campus Jobs

Sophia Fisher (bottom right), a freshman psychology major, used her summer to secure a job by reaching out to her Chapman connections.


10. Be Patient

You’ve applied to multiple jobs, but haven’t heard back from any. It can be frustrating. Keep persisting and applying. “A job I’ve been interested in closed last semester, but I found out from a friend that it recently opened up again since her co-workers will be studying abroad or leaving next semester,” said Kate Cheong, a student now trying to land it. Seniors graduate every year, leaving their on-campus jobs behind.