Whether it's 8 in the morning or 6:30 at night, Chatham classes keep students busy. Students say Chatham classes challenge them and make them work to earn their grades, and there is help for those who need it. If a student falls behind, she can ask for tutoring at the PACE Center or talk to a professor for extra help or feedback. Chatham classes are small, and class sessions are rarely just lectures. The professors keep energy flowing through the room, and students are expected to participate, discussing and thinking about what they're learning from several viewpoints. The reward is that they start to see the world in a unique way and think about how they engage it as a woman, a student, and a human being. The classes aren't easy, but the professors are understanding—they will give students an extension if there is an emergency or recommend tutors to help them. Whether a student is a science major or studying English, Chatham gives them the fuel to think and the tools to succeed.
The dark side of a small, personal campus is limited class offerings, which can make the scheduling process difficult. Students either have to schedule very carefully or take advantage of cross-registration at several of the surrounding universities, which is nice when you need to fulfill a requirement that isn’t being offered at a convenient time at Chatham. Faculty advisers within each major are assigned to help students with these and other scheduling and class issues. Chatham's academic reputation is highly regarded within the Pittsburgh region and rightly so because students mention that each grade is earned due to hard work on their part.