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Academics

Originally founded as a women's college, Chatham University in Pittsburgh went coed in 2015, and the student makeup remains predominantly female. Students report that "the history of Chatham University as a women's college remains largely intact." Chatham "is a liberal arts college, and you can tell," meaning there is a "wide variety of intellectual disciplines" represented among the student body, and there are "many opportunities to excel and become a leader within your group." The school is "constantly seeking ways to help students find who they are and help give them a voice to speak with," and focuses on global awareness, sustainability, and "inclusion of all, not just women." At the end of the day, Chatham is a friendly school that encourages people to be "very active, well-rounded people who contribute to the world in a positive way." Classes are small "so you get to have great discussion and good relationships with your professors." "I can stop by office hours to discuss coursework, or the latest headlines of interest, or even which bakery they'd recommend for macaroons," says one student. Teachers "pay very close attention to issues of race, gender, and cultural understanding" in all of their course materials and lectures and "will engage in discussions with these topics whenever they come up and never shy away or divert the discussions."

Student Body

Chatham's student body is "very diverse," according to students, and "it's common to see all races, religions, sexual orientations and personal expressions on campus." There are "a lot of feminists on campus," and "most people care about equality for all, social justice, and equal rights." The "entire attitude of Chatham's campus is mutual respect among peers," and "everyone is actively engaged in becoming more empathetic and compassionate." Students welcome newcomers easily and "try to get everyone involved," and "everyone is very passionate about events on campus." Each year "has a special bond," though "you'll find seniors talking to first-years and everything in between." This is an individualist group to the max, and "no one is alike here, not even in the slightest bit." "You may not get the typical social college experience, but you will meet a lot of smart people," says a student.

Campus Life

Classes, studying, and homework are the first priorities at Chatham. There is no Greek life or a traditional party atmosphere: "It's very calm, and people mostly focus on their studies." Student students looking for parties can very easily go to one of the other nearby schools in the Pittsburgh area. (Chatham students "often spend time with students from the other universities.") The "very small and often quiet" campus is in the middle of two neighborhoods in Pittsburgh "that have excellent cafes and shops," and if students have free time, they'll head downtown "to catch a game, do some more intense shopping, or meet up with friends from other schools." Students get free public transportation and admission to the Carnegie museums and "take full advantage of that." Plenty of deep traditions at Chatham make fun activities on campus "like Relay for Life, bonfires, movies, midnight breakfast, basketball games (and other sports), and more."

Overview

Applicants
2,761
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.68

GPA Breakdown

47%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
335
with Terminal Degree
113

230
Women
105
Men
32
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Interior Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health and Wellness, General.
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Physician Assistant.
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Counseling Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music, General.
  • Photography.


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,890

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,292

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,981

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,817

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,138

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,276
Required Fees
$1,335
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,090
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,105
Foreign Countries Represented
19

Demographics

3.41%
Asian
6.34%
African-American
2.84%
Hispanic
79.19%
Caucasian
3.50%
Unknown
2.65%
International

72% female
28% male
21% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
62%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
PACE Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Cynthia Kerr

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation may consist of medical or educational records, and reports and assessments from health care providers, educational psychologists, teachers, or the educational system.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation may consist of medical or educational records, and reports and assessments from health care providers, educational psychologists, teachers, or the educational system.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
62
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

11% participate in intramural sports
24% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Squash
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Cougars)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: QSA - Queer, Straight Alliance http://www.chatham.edu/campuslife/

Minority Support Groups: Office of Multicultural Affairs ulticultural Affairs is responsible for leading efforts to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes multicultural education and student success and retention. Multicultural Affairs supports Chatham University?s educational goals and strategic plan by embracing a social justice and intersectional identity approach to its diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Multicultural Affairs considers and affirms the role of multiple identities with relationship to various social contexts and interlocking systems of power, privilege, and oppression in shaping the experiences of the students we serve. Ultimately, we are working towards Chatham University?s goal of ?building lives of purpose and fulfilling work? through the development of an active and engaged citizenry. https://www.chatham.edu/studentaffairs/multicultural/

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

Sustainability

Chatham University recently completed Phase 1a of the Eden Hall Campus master plan, which is designed from the ground up to be a zero-net energy campus. The university, an ACUPCC signatory, also focuses on increasing its commitment to green by conducting annual inventories of its greenhouse gas emissions and developing plans to reduce its carbon footprint. In line with this, Chatham has completed a solar hot water system on its two largest residence halls. Chatham purchased Pittsburgh’s first hybrid police car to patrol its campus, and runs active cell phone, battery and computer recycling services. But the campus isn’t just “green,” it’s really green (as in the color), thanks to a 32-acre arboretum (117 different tree species!) and Chatham’s 386-acre Eden Hall Campus, which functions as a “living laboratory” where students can focus on sustainability issues. In order to ensure the continued verdancy of the campus, the university has banned pesticides since 2000. Chatham’s cafeterias are committed to using organic and local foods whenever possible, has an active composting program, and recycles all used cooking oil as biofuel. Moreover, the university has successfully eliminated the sale of plastic water bottles and has implemented a reusable take-out food container program. Chatham invests in and promotes the use of bikes on campus, opening an on-campus bike shop staffed by students that teach basic bicycle maintenance and repair for free! Chatham is a Bronze level recipient of the BikeAmerica Bike Friendly Employer and is a STARS Gold rated institution with AASHE's STARS Program.

99/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
47%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
In 2005 Chatham implemented a laptop computer program where all full-time undergraduate students receive a laptop. Students are charged a tech fee to cover the majority of the hardware/software/insurance costs. Grad students, faculty, and staff can purchase systems through purchasing agreements with Dell, Apple, and HP.

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amy Becher
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Address
Berry Hall
1 Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone
800-837-1290

Email
admissions@chatham.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cafe Rachel coffee shop and art gallery
Athletic and Fitness Center
Art and Design Center
Science Complex
The Carriage House - new student center
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. In addition to the Shadyside (Pittsburgh) campus, Chatham University offers the Eden Hall Campus, the first campus in the world built specifically for the study of Sustainability. With a new residence hall that opened in 2015 and Commons Building that opened in 2016, this campus offers over 380 acres for students interested in sustainability and a unique living learning environment.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Carnegie Museums (Art, Natural Hist, Science)
Concerts, Theater, Dance- Cultural District
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 rock concerts to symphony performances and from traditional to contemporary art, Pittsburgh offers more to see than most major cities. The city is know for its festivals and community events throughout the year, offering free entertainment for students and community members alike.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; one Saturday per month
9am-5pm M-F, Tours M-F at 9am, 12pm, 2pm. Saturday by appointment
800-837-1290

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 9-5 , Saturdays 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
undergraduate@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
Accepted students receive overnight visit preference.

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 accommodations 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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