Student opinion on Chatham athletics varies, although all agree that anyone who enjoys sports will find that they can be a vital part of their campus life. The University is a member of Division III's Presidents' Athletic Conference, or PAC, and offers nine varsity sports, including hockey, softball, soccer, swimming, and water polo, to name a few. Intramural sports are more varied, and while some say they aren't an essential part of campus life, others say they are a blast. Student athletes, save for a few sports, can do almost all of their training in the Athletic & Fitness Center's weight room, dance studio, swimming pool, and basketball court. In addition, student athletes at Chatham are able to balance sports and school. The swim team, for example, was on the Team Scholar All-American list in 2009 with a collective GPA of 3.33.
Students who are big on school spirit or who are looking for sport scholarships might not be a fit for Chatham. The sporting events here don't attract large crowds, but rather, have small, dedicated fan bases. And, as an NCAA Division III institution, Chatham does not offer scholarships for student athletes. However, students who love their sports will love what Chatham University has to offer.