Chapman University climbed to No. 7 among the U.S. News and World Report's top regional university’s in the publication's West rankings. The university has been ranked among the top 10 for the past three years – jumping a full ranking each year.
“It means that we are continuing our upward trajectory that we have experienced over the last 20 years,” Chapman University President, James Doti, told OC Metro.
Doti said, more importantly, that the university has jumped in ranking from 61 in 1990 to its current ranking of No. 7 in 2011.
“Not only is this a big jump, it is the most significant increase for any college in the nation over that period of time,” said Doti. “This is unprecedented in higher education.”
In addition to the jump in rankings, the university is also attracting a record number of applicants. This year, more than 10,000 prospective students have applied for approximately 1,200 spots, according to a representative from the university. According to Chapman, the rankings have allowed the school to be much more selective in choosing students. For example, the school says that the average SAT score for incoming students is up 20 points.
“Most importantly in my mind is student selectivity, because when you can bring more prepared students, it leads to a more vibrant intellectual community,” said Doti. “For them to see that we are a selective university and one that is so highly ranked is an important determining factor in choosing where he or she will attend school. … This reflects the growing popularity of Chapman as a college of choice.
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