Suppose you are into film or theater, would you choose Chapman over an Ivy League College?
The Ivy Leagues have more prestige and you could double major with something that would make a good backup career.
The advantage to Chapman is that it is close to L.A., has a much better climate than the East Coast, and actually has special programs in the right majors. Since your department has picked you, you know it's selective and picking students who are the best at what you do. Unless, the selectivity is a show.
At the Ivy League Schools, you apply to the schools and not to the majors.
Here's the drawback to Chapman. It's got a high acceptance rate to the school, itself, and everyone knows it. Film and the performing arts are more selective. That may be enough to balance the selectivity of the Ivy League schools. Does anyone know the percentage? Emerson, which is not an Ivy, claims to be under 5% on certain majors. Is it close to that at Chapman for the specialty programs?
The biggest drawback to Chapman is that the law and business programs are to the right of George W. Bush. Colin Powell is being honored this month and torturer John Yoo is a visiting prof. The Ivy League Universities are all liberal. However, I've heard that some of the Chapman profs are protesting Yoo and that the students are more liberal in film and the performing arts.
Also, is there an attendance factor that prevents students from working on films while attending Chapman?