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Reviews 489 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Chatham is an academic school first and foremost, but the women in the athletics program are dedicated and hardworking. The facilities provide a great space for them to practice in and is also a great space for non-athletes (like me) to work out in a fun way (aerobics room, indoor pool, etc.)

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus police are quick to respond if there is an emergency. I have never felt threatened on campus.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I can generally find something I enjoy to eat at every meal. The chef is very open to suggestions. Sometimes there are inconsistencies with the recipes throughout the year.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid process was easy for me. I received assistance with the process when I asked for it.

College Senior

Greek Life: We do not have a greek system on campus.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The port-authority buses are free to Chatham students. I can get to most places by bus or walking and necessary stores are all in walking distance. Travel by bus is easy but very occasionally frustrating.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Chatham has a large population of international students studying with us. People with all sexual orientations are accepted and embraced. Students come from a variety of backgrounds. Many students have liberal viewpoints.

5 College Senior

Academics: Because Chatham is so small, one unique opportunity Biology students get is access to cadaver labs during their time as undergraduates. Also, the tutorial allows students to get a whole years worth of individual research experience.

3 College Senior

Weather: Pittsburgh is known for its cloudy and rainy days, however the campus is beautiful when it snows!

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Pittsburgh has a TON of cultural activities (museums, plays, music venues, etc.). Oakland has tons of food and shopping in addition to cultural activities. Nearby Squirrel Hill and Shadyside also have plenty of shopping and great places to eat.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The administration is strict in regards to the activities that they should be strict about.

5 College Senior

Majors: For me, finding an internship was easy and it turned out to be a fantastic experience. I had several hands-on projects to complete in addition to teaching students, attending meetings, etc. I had plenty of work to do at my internship but was not overwhelmed.

5 College Senior

Majors: I was required to take a variety of courses for my degree, something which helped me to expand the way that I think about science. The tutorial process allowed me to spend my final year at Chatham focusing completely on research and writing about a topic that pertains directly to the field I want to go into.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are not many school sponsored scholarships but they are willing to give you enough in the scholarships.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The surrounding area is so expensive that it is not worth living off-campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is very little drug use but there are still drugs present.

2 College Freshman

Weather: This year has been particularly bad with the weather.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness of rules on campus are dependent on how huge of an issue it is and could be.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The buildings are in great condition, close to the classes and the housing process is very easy.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus feels pretty safe as far as safety goes, but the public safety employees are not very helpful when there is a situation.

College Freshman

Athletics: I do not know anything about the athletics.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Oakland has a college atmosphere but is not geographically convenient.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus itself is very visually appealing as well as the buildings.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Chatham is an all womens college.


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Athletic and Fitness Center Athletic and Fitness Center The Athletic and Fitness Center is a multimillion dollar facility. It is where Chatham's nine NCAA Division III varsity sports practice and has a wellness center for Chatham's student population and a space for large events.
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Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Chatham is not a place for everyone. As a small, single-sex institution, the social scene can be too slow for some, and the same-sex campus might be too stifling for students who would enjoy having a coed campus. As one student states, "The school is great at marketing but not at holding up their end of the bargain."  The Chatham administration tends to spend more money on marketing to increase its undergraduate enrollment while letting current students simply fall through the cracks. However, the academics are challenging, the professors extremely engaged with the students, and the alumni connection in Pittsburgh is second to none. Students are required to complete an internship before graduating which gives students work experience in their chosen field.

Students note that it can be easy to get stuck in the Chatham "bubble," or feeling trapped on campus. But an outing to any of the surrounding neighborhoods for some shopping, a bite to eat, or a night out can quickly solve this problem. Joining an athletic team or a student organization can also help students feel more involved and a part of campus. Campus safety is also rated high, a facet of the Chatham experience with which students are very pleased. Students say the Public Safety officers maintain a good presence on campus. Chatham University is unlike any other school. The Shadyside campus is beautiful, and the residence halls are one-of-a-kind. Most students are pleased with the dining options on campus, the close relationships with professors, and the opportunities available to study abroad.

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