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Reviews 489 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Freshman

Nightlife: There is no nightlife. Everyone is in bed by 11pm.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Excellent in providing visual aspects of their existence and patrolling of campus grounds but discreet at the same time of surveillence

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Its very interactive with providing social interactions.

5 College Senior

Majors: This question about the "peers" should not have been placed on this survey. In my opinion.

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a variety of food selections and a choice in how a student wants their food prepared, in fact, its encouraged.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Their available for all students and the facilities are up to date and is well maintenance.

5 College Senior

Academics: There are activities that are interrelated to my major, which reinforces my understanding on my course topics and the assignment of my own personal liberian helps me to acquire additional help with my reports

4 College Senior

Academics: Its set up for students to gain access to any area of instruction from the professor hours to after class interactions.

5 College Senior

Weather: weather is weather. The roads are excellently kept clear and the entrance and exits as well.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its an overall interaction between residential and commuter interaction between the visiting college students from other schools with a great mixture of activities and the availability of transportation provided.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: All are in close proximity for an individuals' use.

5 College Senior

Computers: Excellent on response time at trouble shooting issues and maintenance repair.

4 College Senior

Parking: The main parking area near the classes are always full. Small parking lot.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I am a commuter that has my own house. I'm not aware of the details of any of the available housing off or on campus.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a zero tolerance policy with relation to drugs and alcohol. If you live in a single room and are of age, you can have visible alcohol, but no drugs at all. If you live with a roommate, or roommates, and one, or more, of you is of age, the alcohol must be clearly marked as theirs.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Chatham has several ways to get in touch with public safety and they are there and willing to help, but they do not seem to always be where you are.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is an all women's undergraduate college. There are men on campus, but they are all graduate students and don't associate with undergraduates much, if at all. And, saying that it is an all women's undergraduate college says more than I could say about students.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: There's a lot of walking on campus and it's not pleasant to walk in the rain or snow because there are so many hills. And, when it gets hot, it's hard to walk as well because every step, you sweat!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The school provides each student with their own MacBook and the student pays a technology fee every semester so that by the time they graduate, they own the computer. There are quite a few computer labs on campus. There are three in the library (one 24 hour lab) and three in the science and math building. There is a 200 page print quota on campus and sometimes the internet is down. The only suggestion I have is be very patient on registration days!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: First year students are not allowed to have overnight guests until their second semester. Overall, there is one restriction on guests: they are not allowed to be in one room for more than three nights. There are strict alcohol, drug, and honor codes. It isn't a bad place to live if you aren't planning on doing drugs and drinking in your room or on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are many different scholarships and grants through the school. The only issue I have had is the FAFSA review process. Both years I have been at Chatham, I have been selected and it has been a headache to get done. The school does a decent job, but they are not helpful in certain areas. Overall, I have the financial aid that I knew I would get, but the review process that the school has to evaluate students for more aid was unhelpful. I applied, but there are specific requirements that I had to meet and I did not. That was a hassle and a pain.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Chatham provides free shuttle transportation to other college campuses in Pittsburgh, and public bus transportation is free with a Chatham ID card. Chatham also has specific days of the week where there is a specific shuttle to take students grocery shopping, to various malls, and out to the Waterfront. The one thing I am not particularly fond of is the walk from the bus stop to the Greyhound terminal when I make trips home. It takes about 20 more minutes and is through downtown.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't really go off campus at night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Physician Assistant program was mostly problem based learning. That was definitely unique.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As a Physician Assistant studies student the best professor was Dr. Laird. He cared the most about the students and wanted to see everyone do well.


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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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