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5 College Junior

Diversity: They let us practice our religious activities

3 College Junior

Diversity: While campus is very diverse, there is a noted trend where African American students tend to transfer out. I am not sure why this is but as the years have gone by, more than half of the African American students have left.

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.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of student from different backgrounds. I'm also an international student here from Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Since I've come here everyone's been so nice and acceptive.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: There are many people who are diverse through religion, race, and ethnicity on campus and with the many campus organizations, it is easy to learn about each of these cultures

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  • 33rd
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  • 218th
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  • 1362nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Though Chatham University is small, the campus offers a wealth of diversity. Ethnic backgrounds are fairly homogeneous at Chatham, but Caucasian, African American, and Asian populations are well represented, and ethnic diversity rarely raises issues among students. Chatham's campus is also home to students from approximately 25 countries who bring a variety of cultures to the University environment. Religious backgrounds are similarly divided between predominantly Christian, Jewish, and Muslim groups. Students are extremely tolerant of different religions and religious garments on campus. There are no worship services, even though there is a chapel on campus. The chapel is used for student performances and opening and closing convocations. In December, there is a candlelight service that features religious readings from various religious traditions.

One hundred percent of students said the Chatham environment is either very or mostly tolerant, which becomes especially apparent when it comes to Chatham's bisexual and lesbian populations, which make up a significant portion of the student body. Students also say there is a decent variety of students from various economic backgrounds, especially given the cost of tuition.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 14%
20-21: 17%
22-24: 30%
25+: 38%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 95%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Roughly half of Chatham's student population is gay or in a same-sex relationship, and the campus is highly tolerant of the GLBT community. Students Against Sexual Oppression (SASO) is an organization for the GLBT community and allies that raises awareness at events like "Take Back the Night." It also does fundraising for community GLBT organizations through events like "Marriage Booth." Overall, the sexual community at Chatham is diverse, ranging from straight to gay and everywhere in between.
Political Activity
Chatham's campus tends to lean strongly to the left. There is a vocal conservative minority, but it is largely overwhelmed by the liberal majority. While some students are apathetic about their political views, students tend to become very active in political causes, especially around election times. During primary and local elections, students often "chalk the quad," writing politically-themed messages in chalk along the pathways around Upper Campus.
Economic Status
There is a fair amount of economic diversity on Chatham's campus. Campus includes students from a fairly high socioeconomic status whose families can pay the $40,000 sticker price to students who are of a lower socioeconomic status and take advantage of Chatham's generous scholarship offerings. Most students, however, are lower- to upper-middle class, and there is very little segregation along the lines of economic difference.
Most Common Religions
The most common religions on campus are Christianity, Judaism, and Muslim. There are a few religious organizations on campus, such as the Muslim Student Association, Chabad, and the Interfaith Council, but the campus itself is nondenominational, so Chatham really strives to make school-sponsored events all-faith, such as the December candlelight ceremony. Every Thursday, there is an all-faith gathering that approaches religious issues from various religious traditions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus include the Black Student Union and the Muslim Student Association. The Black Student Union holds various events on campus throughout the year geared toward increasing awareness and sometimes just having fun. BSU also participates in a mentoring program with local black high school students. The Muslim Student Association shows films about the Muslim world to increase awareness and also holds celebrations for the various Muslim holidays to which all of campus is invited.
Did You Know?
Chatham University is is a secular college and, therefore, religiously nondenominational.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 37% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 8% Moderate
  • 11% Not sure
  • 45% Liberal
  • 34% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 35 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 73% Very accepting.



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