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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."

Contact & Visit

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).

Admissions

Applicants: 2,531
Acceptance Rate: 62%
Average HS GPA: 3.74







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