I’m the director for the computer science programs at Chapman, and, as luck would have it, also a graduate of the program (2001). Between my time as a student and my faculty appointments, I’ve been affiliated with the university for over 20 years. One of the things that has kept me at Chapman for so long is the fact that the University in general, and the computer science programs in particular, are a tight-knit community where all types of people work collaboratively to do amazing things they could never accomplish alone. There is a sense of belonging and welcoming for all students, regardless of interests, how “cool” or “nerdy” they were in high school, or whether they like to play D&D or do the Greek life thing in their spare time. In the computer science program these folks will spend time together both inside and outside of class because of their shared intellectual interests, their excitement for writing code, and the fact that we manage to have way too much fun with the state-of-the-art equipment at our fingertips. Most importantly, they do not just see each other as classmates, but as friends who genuinely enjoy each others company. I can say from personal experience that it is a pleasure to both study and teach in that type of environment.
From the way you describe your son I have no doubt he would enjoy the computer science program at Chapman and it would be a perfect fit for him. Not only will he leave with the skills he needs for a successful career, but he will have a lot of fun, meet great people, and build meaningful relationships that will last long after he graduates. That has certainly been the case for me.
If I can answer any further questions, or connect you with other CS students or alumni, I’d be happy to do so. You can find my email with a quick google search.
Erik J. Linstead '01, Ph.D.
Fowler School of Engineering