Students Say

A small women’s college with a big social conscience, Chatham University provides a “positive, empowering experience” to its close-knit undergraduate community. Chatham faculty are “leaders in their fields, who regularly publish works and attend conferences”; however, they are also supportive mentors who “know you by name” and “are willing to go above and beyond to make sure you get the most out of your college experience.” On this friendly campus, “Even the higher-ups remember your name and will wave to you when you walk by.”

Overview

Applicants
594
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

58%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
8%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 610
SAT Math
470 - 580
ACT Composite
20 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

A small women’s college with a big social conscience, Chatham University provides a “positive, empowering experience” to its close-knit undergraduate community. Chatham faculty are “leaders in their fields, who regularly publish works and attend conferences”; however, they are also supportive mentors who “know you by name” and “are willing to go above and beyond to make sure you get the most out of your college experience.” On this friendly campus, “Even the higher-ups remember your name and will wave to you when you walk by.” (Note that building relationships can be extra-important at this small school, as “you might have the same professor for multiple classes in the same semester.”) Students love the fact that “Chatham is very aware of environmental, global, and women’s issues,” and there is an emphasis on sustainability throughout the school community. In addition to environmental science programs, Chatham offers a surprisingly broad choice of majors and minors—from media arts to public policy to social work—and, despite the intimate atmosphere, students say they have “as many resources as a big school.” Moreover, “the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) offers us a consortium with the surrounding colleges,” allowing Chatham undergrads to take classes at nine other regional schools, including Carnegie Mellon.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
325
with Terminal Degree
157

233
Women
92
Men
26
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
88%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Rachel Carson '29
Environmentalist and Writer

Nancy Jardini '85
Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, IRS

Kathie Olsen, Ph.D. '74
Deputy Director, National Science Foundation

Hon. Louise D. Adler '66
Chief Judge, US Bankruptcy Court

Elaine Scarry , Ph.D. '68
Harvard University Professor

Carol Murray-Negron '61
VP Avon Products Inc.

Syada el Daief '59
Member, Egyptian Parliament

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
82
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,569

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,544

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,444

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,157

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,452

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,234
Required Fees
$1,195
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$860

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,431

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“Sisterhood” is taken seriously at Chatham. “People are so warm and welcoming to each other” that it’s easy to feel at home, and “Many women on campus refer to other Chatham students as their ‘second family.’” “Most [students] are from around Pittsburgh,” but “Everyone is completely different and very unique,” with “women of all ages, of all sexual orientations, and of all racial/ethnic backgrounds” on campus. At Chatham, “You can be a Goth, a cosplayer, a computer nerd, or just a "normal" human being. But, overall, we all fit in and coexist here.” If there’s anything undergrads have in common, it’s that they are “very motivated” and ambitious. Here, “A typical student is president or executive board member of a trillion clubs, a Chatham scholar, and honor roll.” Most Chatham women also hold “strong beliefs about gender equality,” and have “an eye for sustainability initiatives.” A current undergrad adds, “We’re not afraid to speak our minds, and if we're not at dinner discussing the latest indie films then we'll be talking about the most recent political debate.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
977
Out of State
17%

International
22%
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

2.42%
Asian
12.10%
African-American
1.77%
Hispanic
75.97%
Caucasian
3.87%
Unknown
22.42%
International

91% female
9% male
17% are out of state
63% are full time
37% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Located on a “beautiful” campus in the middle of urban Pittsburg, students describe Chatham as their “own quiet bubble in the city.” Though it a “peaceful and relaxed” campus, undergrads keep busy: “Every student loves to be involved in either sports or clubs,” and many also hold part-time jobs and volunteer positions. Socially, there are plenty of ways to connect with your peers. Every semester, the Office of Student Activities plans a bunch of “low-key events like bingo night or movies under the stars,” as well as “seasonal dances” and weekend trips “like rafting, cave rappelling, and hiking.” Students also appreciate the “access to city life” that the school’s urban location affords, heading out to “shopping centers, movie theaters, or restaurants” in surrounding Pittsburg. “People do not party on campus,” but neighboring schools offer plenty of social opportunities; and, for those of legal age, “Southside offers quite a large and diverse amount of nightlife.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
46%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
82%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
72

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
56
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

7% participate in intramural sports
10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Cougars)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Student Support Group "Students Against Sexual oppression" ("SASO"). For more information, see http://www.chatham.edu/campuslife/

Minority Support Groups: Student Support Groups include the "Black Student Union" and "International Student Association". For more information, see http://www.chatham.edu/campuslife/

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pittsburgh
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Carnegie Mellon University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pittsburgh

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
In 2005 Chatham implemented a laptop computer program where all full-time undergraduate students receive computer. Students are charged a tech fee to cover the majority of the hardware/software/insurance costs. We also have student / faculty purchasing agreements with Dell and Apple.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amy Becher
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Address
Berry
Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone
800-837-1290

Email
admissions@chatham.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New coffee shop and art gallery
Athletic and Fitness Center
Art and Design Center
Science Complex
Campus Arboretum
Many of the campus residence halls are renovated historic mansions. The campus also features an outdoor meditation labyrinth, the largest in Pittsburgh. The Shadyside Campus on Woodland Road is a registered arboretum, with over 120 distinct tree species.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Carnegie Museums (Art, Natural Hist, Science)
Concerts, Theater, Dance- Cultural Dist.
Pirates, Steelers, Penguins (pro sports teams)
Kennywood Amusement Park
Botanical Gardens; Zoo and Aquarium; National Aviary
Students have access to an incredible variety of cultural amenities in Pittsburgh, many of which provide discounted tickets to university students. From concerts to symphony performances and from traditional to contemporary art, Pittsburgh offers more to see than most major cities.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Saturday by appointment
9am-5pm M-F, 9am,11am, 2pm Sat by appointment
800-837-1290

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9-5 , Saturdays and others by Appt
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@chatham.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Bring sleeping bag and pillow.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greater Pittsburgh International Airport is 20 miles from campus. Buses and limousines available for the trip from the airport to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Pittsburgh. The Port Authority Transit (PAT) operates the city's public transit system (buses, subway, and light rail line). Contact admissions for further details.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 6 (Pittsburgh) to I-376 W. Follow I-376 (the Pkwy.) W. toward the city. Continue on the Pkwy. through the Squirrel Hill Tunnel; stay in the right lane and exit immediately after the tunnel at Squirrel Hill (Exit 8). Follow the exit ramp and make the first left onto Forward Ave. At the first traffic light, bear left on Murray Ave.; stay on Murray to the dead end. Turn right on Wilkins Ave., and within half a block turn left on Woodland Rd., which leads directly into the college. The entrance is marked on each side by a red brick wall. The distance from the Tpke.'s Exit 6 to the campus is 12 miles.

Local Accommodations
Chatham's own Gate House, a restored historic residence on campus is available for overnight accomodations and breakfast for a fee (Call the Admissions Office at 1-800-837-1290 to reserve). Shadyside Bed-and-Breakfast (5516 Fifth Ave., 412-683-6501) is a stone manor house built by a steel magnate at the turn of the century. The Shadyside Inn (5405 Fifth Ave., 412-441-4444), about a mile away, is a complex of several all-suite buildings designed for short-term apartment stays. Other hotels located nearby include: The Courtyard Marriot(5308 Liberty Avenue, 412-683-3113); The Best Western (875 Greentree Road, 1-800-245-4444); Holiday Inn University Center (100 Lytton Avenue, 412-682-6200); Hampton Inn (3315 Hamlet Street, 412-681-1000).
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Key Stats

594
Applicants
977
Size
61%
Acceptance Rate
1070
SAT Scores

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