Students are more involved in greek life than I had originally thought. Because it is a DIII school, athletics are a big part of most kids lives. Great guest speakers and frequent. Big names you have heard before.
Frats and Sororities are the most popular groups on campus. I like to play intramural sports during the fall and spring semester. The students are competitive, but its a healthy competition - no one is trying to hurt or destroy their opponent.
Athletic events aren't very popular at all. Their is a lot to do in southern California so students spend their weekends playing sports, going to the beach, Disneyland, or traveling the coast that going to a sporting event is not a priority.
People walk to the "circle" on Thursday nights, then usually a house party on Saturday. I, like many others, like to drink and socialize twice a week.
On Saturday nights, the school often provides numerous entertainment opportunities such as improvisational comedy, humorous skits put on by students, or ping pong/pool in Henley basement.
Between the growing number of students and lack of dorm space, upper classmen are forced off campus. Off campus, their are numerous restaurants, Disney land, and Newport beach is a 20 minute drive.
Most popular would probably be Greek Life. Next year there will be a total of 8 sororities and 7 Fraternities officially on campus. There are also a lot of student clubs that people get involved with to have fun, spend time with people they know, and just enjoy their college life
The most popular groups on campus are the Fiji and Delta Gamma. These two are a fraternity and sorority respectively. They are the two most popular. Students do not leave doors in their rooms open because it is considered a fire hazard. I met my closest friends during orientation week and during rush events for fraternities. If someone is awake at 2 am then i have no idea what they would be doing. There are always parties happening but they are always the same groups of people and the parties aren't really all that fun. They aren't really dancing, more standing around talking. Off campus there is not much to do considering that chapman is surrounded by old town orange.
Honor societies are very popular, some of them having hundreds of members. The culture clubs like Japanese, French, and Asian Pacific Student Association have lots of students in them due to shared interests among the students.
Sororities and fraternities put on some amazing events, according to my friends involved in Greek life. Some of these are surprise locations where everyone meets in a designated location and takes a bus to the location. Some of them involve formal dress and a surprise date.
Student Government has a program called Panther Escapes where they'll choose a fun activity off campus and for a small fee which includes entry to the location, transportation, and a meal, students can meet new friends and explore another activity around the area.
The most popular groups on campus are the Greek fraternities and sororities. Honestly, going greek has made my Chapman experience. I came half-expecting to rush, but I am very glad that I did. It is what makes my Chapman experience so enriching.
The most popular groups on campus would have the be those associated with Greek life. Sororities and Fraternities make up the majority of the popular kids on campus. However, this does not make Chapman unpleasant if you are not a member of these groups. Chapman students are laid back and open to all types of people. They are not quick to judge based on what group you belong to. In the dorm I live in, North Morlan, kids often leave their doors open. In the other dorms, however; this isn't allowed for whatever reasons. Athletic events are not so big at Chapman, but guest speakers, dance performance and the theater program get the majority of the buzz on campus. I met my closest friends during Orientation week, when different events were taking place on campus. If i'm aware at 2 am on a Tuesday night, I am either in the study lounge or in Doy's place, grabbing a bite to eat or just hanging out with friends. Every year during finals week, kids strip down to their bras and underwear and run around the Old Towne circle to celebrate the end of a semester. It's a really interesting event and all students should try it at some point in their years at Chapman. There are always things to do on the weekends, if not going out to a party, you can simply hang outwith friend, watch a movie, go to the mall, drive to Los Angeles. The list is endless.
Fraternity/Sorority activities and campus wide activities that involve a lot of money.
Honestly, Greek Life is huge at Chapman. 40% of the student body is greek and chapters range anywhere from 80 to 170 members. The greek community has 7 sororities and 7 fraternities and plans to bring on more in the future to accommodate the high demand for greek life. I am in a sorority here and I can honestly say I love it! It was probably one of the best decisions I have made while at Chapman so far. I feel very connected to my sisters and the other chapters as well. We do not have greek houses here since 6 or more girls living in a house in Orange is considered a brothel, so it gives us the opportunity to live with whomever we chose, whether they be greek or not. There are many clubs t join on campus as well, a few of the more popular ones being Invisible Children, LBGTQA Safe Space, Hawaii Club, Black Student Union, Floor 13 Dance team, and the Sustainability Club. Students get involved with a bunch of things on campus at once such as intramural sports, greek life, clubs, chapman radio, dance teams, and academic things. Something Chapman is very good at is having amazing guest speakers come on campus and speak to the student body. Rainn Wilson from the show The Office came and spoke about his Baha'i Faith. Elie Weisel, a Holocaust survivor, author, and nobel peace prize winner comes each year and speaks to our campus. The speakers are amazing and definitely something worth going to.
Parties are always going on at chapman if that is something you are interested in. There are many house parties surrounding the campus on weekends, however they usually end by 1 or 2am because Orange Police are sticklers. So there definitely is a party scene at chapman, however you don't have to be a part of it to be social. There is plenty to do in the surrounding areas on a Friday night. Some of my greatest memories is just hanging out with a few close friends on a Friday night watching a movie or doing something totally random. A big tradition followed here at Chapman is the biannual Undie Run. Every Wednesday of Finals week at 12am both semester students put their favorites underwear on and run around the Orange Circle to celebrate the end of the year. Tons of students show up for the event and the Orange community comes out to witness the immense amounts of students running around in their underwear. It is quite a funny sight to see.
The popular organizations on Campus include Greek Life, including Fraternities and Sororities. Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society is the largest group on campus including people from all different areas of study. I am in Delta Delta Delta, a sorority that was recently established on campus. We have lots of philanthropy events, as well as swaps and exchanges with other groups on campus. We participate in Greek Events such as Airbands and Skit. Joining an organization like this has helped me discover a group of people I like and get me more involved. Before coming to Chapman I would have never joined Greek Life, but at Chapman it is an important part of our campus, and is committed to the various philanthropies that comes along with it. Students in the morlan, davis, or harris dorms can leave there door opens, all the other dorms require the doors to be closed. Athletic events are not very big at Chapman. We have hundreds of guest speakers, just this week we have over 10. We have important people within multiple disciplines come and talk at our school, everyone from an Energy Forum to post secret coming to talk. Our theater department is amazing, and our productions are often directed by famous directors and very well done and put together. The dating is like any other college, except we can go on dates to Disneyland. Every wednesday of finals week is undie run. People party the normal amount for a college, a lot of off campus parties in the surrounding area. But there are many things that don't involve drinking that you can do: there is a $2 movie theater close by, you have garden walk, Disneyland, Downtown Disney, downtown orange, going to a beach nearby (bonfires are always fun) and always shopping at the million shopping centers down here. Last weekend I had my sorority formal friday night, saturday night 3OH3! concert at our school, sunday homework and sorority meeting. My average weekend consists of hanging out in the dorms, watching a movie, going to Disneyland, or homework. Off campus is all the things listed above, we are situated relatively close to a lot of things. Southern California has amazing shopping, beaches, and restaurants.
At Chapman, our Greek life greatly outranks our athletics. 40% of Chapman is Greek, and strongly involved in their chapter. I can tell you the names of every sorority and fraternity on campus, but could not tell you when the next football game is, our what our water polo team's record is for the season.
Greek life is the best way to get involved,but it is not the only way. I enjoyed living in the dorms my freshman year because I became friends with many of the students on my floor. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to leave our doors open in most of the buildings, but I still made many friends. Also, all freshman are enrolled in an FFC (Freshman Foundation Course) their first semester. It is an elective taken with students who live in your building. This is an amazing way to meet people, and I am still friends with many of those in my class, even though it is almost three years later.
The party life at Chapman on the weekends is rather large. For the most part, if a student wants a party to go to on the weekends, they are very likely to find one. Although we are not a big party/drinking school, if you attend a concert on campus, most of the students there will have drank before.
On the weekends, i like to do a variety of things. I do enjoy going to the bars in downtown Orange, simply because they are within walking distance and many of my friends go there on Thursday nights. I do like to attend the occasional house party, or sometimes just hang out with my friends or roommates. I love that I always have a friend ready to make a late night Taco Bell run with me, or just watch a movie on a Friday night.
At Chapman, there really is something for everyone when it comes to the social life.
Every year during the first week of school we get a comedian to come. Last year we had Joel Mchale and the year before that Daniel Tosh performed here. Associated Students usually does a great job of bringing awesome entertainment to the school which often provides a much needed break from studying.
One unique thing about Chapman is our Holocaust studies minor which has brought us a variety of very unique speakers. We have had multiple holocaust survivors speak including Elie Wiesel and Leon Leyson, the youngest member of “Schindler’s List”.
The men's lacrosse games are really fun to go to because they're so good and exciting to watch. The stadium was just built a couple of years ago and is right in the middle of campus which makes it extremely accessible to students. I've even gone to games between classes. The field is also open for intermural sports (soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc.) and so is the gym (volleyball, basketball, etc.). Popular sports include lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, sailing, crew and ultimate Frisbee.
Greek life makes up about 25 percent of the student body. There is definitely a positive presence of Greek life on campus. A majority of student leaders are Greek. An interesting thing about Greek life at Chapman is that we do not have houses or a Greek row. While some students may be turned off by this, I view it as something positive because it eliminates the rivalry often caused by houses on campus. The Greek life here is really tight and geared toward leadership and philanthropy. The Greeks work together to improve student life at Chapman.
There are six fraternities on campus: Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Tau, Alpha Delta Phi (Adelphos), Pi Kappa Alpha, FIJI and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
There are also six sororities on campus: Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Gamma, Alpha Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Phi Sigma Sigma and Kappa Alpha Theta.
Dorm life at Chapman is popular. Housing is guaranteed for freshmen. Many upperclassmen live in the apartments on campus. The dorms are really nice with almost every room having its own bathroom. There are no dorms in which there are community bathrooms at the end of the hall. People in the dorms are social and it's a lot of fun -- resident advisors plan events, which some students participate in, but it's mostly just fun to be around other students. I recommend living on the First Year Experience floor because it is the most social.
The dating scene is what you make of it. The school is small, so people usually end up knowing everything about everyone. Selection can get a little slim, but it's definitely possible.
I think about a quarter of our students are involved in greek life so that is pretty popular, but sports are a popular craze as well. People seem to get excited about our lacrosse games. I think the same thing goes for football, basketball, and soccer. They also have some cool events on campus where dance teams will perform some cool stuff, there will comedians coming to our campus every year, and plenty of guest speakers to speak on practically anything you could think of. Meeting new friends is really easy because everyone is so friendly especially towards the beginning of school. There are tons of beautiful people on campus as well. They have traditions every year like the Undie Run that happens at midnight. You can honestly party as much as you want. If you feel like it you can find something to do but if you only enjoy it on the weekends that works too. Plenty of house parties or events on campus or off campus that people get involved with. Disney land is really close so people go there and of corse the beach as well. People live close enough off campus that you can walk or bike. Lots of fun activities that is for sure.
I was pretty shy in high school, so I was a little worried about college. Fortunately, Chapman helped me to become a lot more social. I met my closest friends through Greek Life. Sometimes it'd be at parties, but other times it would be at barbeques and philanthropy events. Greek life has a large presence on campus, but it is definitely not the only way to make friends. I think we are looked at as a positive force on campus, we have fun but we aren't all crazy partiers.
Some of our sporting events are under-attended, but others, like lacrosse, are extremely popular. If I am ever awake at 2 am, it is because I am gossiping with my roommate. On the weekends, some people go to parties and others stay in. When I don't want to go out to a party, I watch movies with some friends or go out to dinner in the Circle, where there are lots of restaurants (and frozen yogurt!!!) :)
Greek life is popular on campus. There are various groups and clubs. Students are generally gregarious. Some dorms don't allow doors to remain open because of fire regulations, but students will knock on doors to introduce themselves. There are plenty of affordable restaurants in town. There are movies theaters nearby at The Block, an outdoor mall with all the usual trendy shops. And the school's only an hour away from LA.
I wasn't involved in Greek life, but that seems to be a growing area for the university. There's always a musical or theatrical performance, and the university brings amazing guest speakers from filmmakers, authors and dignitaries. And being located in the quaint section of Old Towne Orange, and in the center of Orange County, there's always something to do at night--whether you want to see a movie, hang out at a local coffee shop, see a concert, head down to the beach or go to Disneyland. Only bad thing about Orange County is everything seems to close by 10 or 11 p.m. besides bars.
The dorms are a great place to meet people, just don't expect to leave your dorms open unless your living in one of the Morlans - it's a fire hazard, apparently. As dorky as it sounds, you should live on a First Year Experience hall (aka only freshmen); those halls bond so much and people who lived in them made the most friends right away. Even if you aren't, though, you'll make a lot of friends in your major classes because you'll be seeing the same people over and over. Sports gain a sizeable crowd, but they're definitely not something the entire school turns out to. Chapman brings in a lot of guest speakers and gives away free tickets to the student body for them. They also bring a musical artist once a semester; they've had Tyronne Wells a few times now.
The majority of students at Chapman are not in a frat or sorority; those that are, though, are in their own little world. There aren't any official frat or sorority halls or houses. Parties take place in houses a couple blocks from campus, generally walking distance; the big ones are hosted by frats or sports' teams. They love the theme parties too.
Everyone at Chapman brags about our proximity to Disneyland - it's not unusual in the slightest to hear "Oh, I'm headed to Disney for a couple hours after class." Everyone and their mom has a season pass. Orange County is made up of a lot of small towns that don't offer much besides bars, movies, and shopping, but L.A. is in jumping distance and San Diego is perfect for a weekend trip. If you're into music, it's one of the best central locations for venues making it nearly impossible to miss a tour coming through California - Glass House in Pomona, House of Blues in Anaheim, Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Avalon in LA.
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