Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus
Chatham University campus

From the School

Founded in 1869, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA is a private institution with over 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students (on-campus and online).

Alma mater of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson ’29, Chatham University offers over 40 majors in sustainability, the health sciences, business and communications, and the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Overall

From The School

First-Year Students

First-year student admission is for applicants entering directly from high school, without enrolling in prior post-secondary course work (other than courses completed while attending high school).

The Office of Admission reviews each application in its entirety using a holistic review process to determine whether a student will thrive at Chatham. Since not all students showcase their abilities in the same way, each application is given careful consideration before an admission decision is reached.
  • Official high school transcripts
  • SAT (Chatham code: 2081) or ACT (Chatham Code: 3538) scores
  • Essay or writing sample
  • One or more letters of recommendation from guidance counselor or teachers.
Students may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application. If not submitting their scores, in additional to the required application materials, applicants must submit the following:
  • Résumé
  • Graded academic writing sample
  • Complete an on-campus interview
  • Portfolio (optional)
If applicants feel that these materials do not adequately represent their academic abilities or explain their academic history, they are encouraged to submit additional explanatory materials to strengthen their application.

Transfer Students

Chatham University welcomes applications from transfer candidates from junior and community colleges and other four-year institutions in the United States as well as other countries. More than one-third of Chatham students are transfer students.

Transfer student applicants must submit the following:
  • Completed application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all former institutions attended
  • Official high school transcripts (unless the student has over 24 transferable credits) (Form DOC)
  • SAT (Chatham code: 2081) or ACT (Chatham Code: 3538) scores (unless the student has over 24 transferable credits)
  • Personal essay or academic writing sample
  • One or more letters of recommendation from a professor, community member, employer, etc.
Transfer students, with less than 24 transferrable credits, may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application. If not submitting their scores, in additional to the required application materials, they must also submit the following:
  • Résumé
  • Graded academic writing sample
  • Complete an on-campus interview
  • Portfolio (optional)
TRANSFER CREDITS

Students can transfer up to 90 credits previously earned from a two-year or four-year accredited college or university where the student has earned a C or higher. A preliminary evaluation of transfer credit is made at the time of admission to provide an indication of class standing.

All transfer credit must be submitted to the University prior to initial matriculation. Courses submitted for transfer after initial matriculation will not be accepted. This includes all AP credit, CLEP credit, and courses completed at previous institutions of higher education.

Overview

Applicants
1,490
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.57

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

Learn about new SAT scores and college admission here
SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
485 - 585
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 580
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

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9.7:1
Total Faculty
316
with Terminal Degree
151

228
Women
88
Men
27
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years
56%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Interior Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • 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

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology
  • Sustainability Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Forensic Science and Technology

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Photography


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
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
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
50%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years
56%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

TUITION & FEES 2016-17
  • Full time (12-21* credits): $17,098 per term
  • Part time (1-11 credits): $829 per credit
UNDERGRADUATE HOUSING
  • Multiple Occupancy Room (Double, Triple or Quad): $2,555 $2,825 per term
  • Single Room: $2,555 $3,100 per term
  • Apartment (for Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors only): $2,340 per term
  • Certain housing options are billed at a premium. Please refer to the Office of Residence Life for exact charges based on residence hall and room option selected.
RESIDENCE HALL MEAL PLANS
  • Chatham Platinum: Unlimited meals, $35 Flex Dollars: $2,860 per term
  • Chatham Gold: 19 meals/week, $65 Flex Dollars: $2,710 per term
  • Chatham Silver: 14 meals/week, $120 Flex Dollars: $2,710 per term
  • Chatham Bronze: 10 meals/week, $230 Flex Dollars: $2,710 per term
  • Chatham Steel: 200 meals, $210 Flex Dollars: $2,195 per term
APARTMENT & COMMUTER MEAL PLANS

(Required for all students in Chatham and Chung Apartments)
  • Cougar Platinum: 5 meals/week, $230 Flex Dollars: $1,180 per term
  • Cougar Gold: 100 meals, $210 Flex Dollars: $1,180 per term
  • Cougar Silver: 50 meals, $210 Flex Dollars: $735 per term
  • Cougar Bronze: 25 meals, $210 Flex Dollars: $490 per term
MISCELLANEOUS FEES
  • College Fee: $235 per term
  • Technology Fee: $405 per term
  • Student Health Insurance**: $1,980/year billed at $990/term

Financial Aid

Chatham University is proud to offer both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships to incoming undergraduate students.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,487

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,942

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,676

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
84%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,237

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,952

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,195
Required Fees
$1,280
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,042
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School

From Amnesty International to the Outdoor Club, over 60 student organizations help you explore your passions and discover new ones. Activities include sports events, white-water rafting, bonfires, shopping excursions, plays, concerts, and camping. Clubs include Cougar spirit clubs, performance arts clubs, service organizations, religious organizations, and lots of special interest groups.

Chatham offers 16 NCAA Division III sports, allowing scholar-athletes to pursue excellence on the field while maintaining focus on their studies:

Women’s: basketball, volleyball, softball, track & field, cross country, swimming & diving, ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse (Fall 2017)

Men’s: basketball, baseball, track & field, cross country, swimming & diving, ice hockey (Fall 2017), and lacrosse (Fall 2017).


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,034
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

2.45%
Asian
10.22%
African-American
4.60%
Hispanic
71.65%
Caucasian
4.75%
Unknown
3.17%
International

83% female
17% male
19% are out of state
65% are full time
35% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the Woodland Road location is one of the most beautiful places in the City of Pittsburgh. Designated a national arboretum, the 39-acre campus features renovated historic mansions now being used as residence halls, a labyrinth, pond, and 125 different varieties of flora. It is located minutes from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, the epicenter of a vibrant community with over 70,000 college students.

Chatham Eastside is a 250,000 square foot building located less than a mile from the University’s historic Woodland Road location and just down the road from Bakery Square, home to Google's Pittsburgh office. It houses substantial skills labs and mock-up doctors’ waiting rooms for classes and demonstrations for the physician assistant studies, physical therapy, and occupational therapy programs, as well as a mock-up apartment for working on specific tasks for daily living.

Located in Richland, PA, Chatham’s net-zero Eden Hall Campus (EHC) is a 388-acre living laboratory and home to the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. It produces more energy than it consumes, relies solely on geothermal energy for heating and cooling, and treats all stormand wastewater on site.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Chatham’s Shadyside campus is located between the leafy residential and commercial neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill and Shadyside—minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is a vibrant city with one of the lowest costs—and highest standards—of living in the country. According to the website payscale.com, the cost of living in Pittsburgh is about eight percent below the national average.

The Huffington Post has praised Pittsburgh as "a modern mecca of culture and education, [and] a hidden gem." According to national polls conducted by such organizations as Forbes and U.S. News and World Report, it is the safest mid-sized city and the most livable city in the country. It is one of the most affordable cities, and it boasts an unemployment rate significantly lower than the national average. With leading industries such as technology, finance, and medicine, as well as a booming arts community, Pittsburgh has a tremendous amount to offer. *

And not only that: in the Pittsburgh region within the next ten years, more than 290,000 Baby Boomers now in the workforce will be eligible to retire, and more than 50,000 new jobs are expected to be created here. **

* Source: aboutpittsburgh.com
** Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, May 2016.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
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
62
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

6% participate in intramural sports
9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Cougars)
10 Sports

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

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: This is Me - gay, Straight Alliance 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

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.

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

Cash-Out Parking
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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
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 February, 2016.

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 a computer. Students are charged a tech fee to cover the majority of the hardware/software/insurance costs.

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 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, 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 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).