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More than 1,270 Freshmen and New Students Move In to Chapman University - Tuesday, August 21

Rush Will Be On as Parents Help Their Students Move in to Campus Residence Halls Chapman’s

Opening Convocation will be Wednesday, August 22 at 9 am


  • Campus Move-In Day for Freshmen and New Students – Tuesday, August 21, beginning around 7 am and lasting most of the day, Chapman University Residence Hall Complex (corner of Walnut and Center streets).
  • Opening Convocation - Wednesday, August 22 at 9 a.m., Hutton Sports Center on campus

Where: Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, California

Details: More than 1,270 freshmen and new students will participate in Campus Move-In Day - moving into their dorm rooms in Chapman University’s residence hall complex this Tuesday, August 21, launching Orientation Week on campus. Students and their family members will be moving cartloads of furniture, bedding, lamps, mini-refrigerators, computers and other electronics - all the amenities of today’s campus life - into their rooms starting early in the morning, in a picturesque and harried rush that is expected to begin around 7 am and last most of the day.

Orientation Week will continue on Wednesday, August 22 with Chapman University’s traditional opening of the academic year, the Opening Convocation at 9 am, which will feature a bagpipe-led processional of robed faculty members and a program that will include remarks by Chapman President Jim Doti; a tribute to the late and beloved professor of religious studies and world expert on Gnostic texts, Dr. Marvin Meyer, who passed away suddenly last Thursday; and the annual “Aims of Education” address to new students, this year presented by Tom Campbell, dean of the Chapman University School of Law.


  • Chapman is ranked #7 in its category (Western comprehensive universities) by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges”
  • Tied for #1 as “Most Selective” in its category by U.S. News - 12,000 prospective students applied for the 1,270 openings in the freshman class this year.
  • Chapman University was just ranked the #3 Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation by Newsweek magazine.
  • Students come to Chapman from all 50 states and 61 foreign countries.
  • Student: faculty ratio is 14:1; average class size is 24 students
  • Admitted freshman grade-point average: 3.7
  • Total enrollment: 7,155 undergraduate, graduate and law students
  • Most popular majors: film and television, business, psychology, economics, computational science, creative writing, performing arts

Press release provided by Chapman University on Aug 20, 2012

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