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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 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Students of same majors tended to stick together. Chatham is an all girls undergraduate school. There were very few guys on the campus, and if they were on campus they were graduate students and the girls made them feel uncomfortable and as if they didn't belong there.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I'm not around the guys very much as only the undergrads are all girls and only the grad students are co-ed and most grad students live off campus. I'm not particularly interested in dating right now anyway. However, I've made lifelong friends with some of my fellow classmates.

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College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Chatham University is an all women's college, so there are no male undergraduates. The women at Chatham University are independent, strong and, extremely intelligent. Students dress as they feel and are not judged for their appearances. The environment and community of Chatham University is one that is safe and comfortable.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Graduate programs and the online college is co-ed but the school it self is a women's college. Great choice for young girls to go, but limited social interaction with guys on campus for them I would think.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 70th
    Most Creative/Artsy Girls
  • 73rd
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 88th
    Smartest Girls
  • 323rd
    Friendliest Girls
  • 512nd
    Most Religious Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Redondo Beach, CA
Women's Studies
Grad Year
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Chatham University’s College for Women is precisely that—a women's college. The undergraduate school is all female, but male students can be seen on campus because the graduate programs are coed. Guys are visible in the Athletic & Fitness Center, the library, and in the dining hall. Therefore, the guy-to-girl ratio makes the dating scene at Chatham slightly different than what you’d find at other colleges. For students looking to make a coed connection, the most popular way is to head to one of the other local universities, like the University of Pittsburgh or Carnegie Mellon. While finding a heterosexual relationship at Chatham might take slightly more work, being in a city filled to the brim with college students makes the task a little easier. Some women at Chatham date other women, and being at a single-sex institution makes this a popular dating choice. However, the campus population is small, so drama can occur as a result.

A large portion of students are sexually promiscuous at Chatham, which can be evident when girls bring different guys into their dorm rooms on a weekly basis. Besides safety issues, especially if the girl does not know the guy too well, it is easy to turn a blind eye to such promiscuous behavior by shutting the door and playing music. Not all girls at Chatham exhibit such behavior, so if you do not want to be a part of this scene, just find friends with the same values as you!

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Health Services can prescribe birth control pills for $15 per pack, Depo-Provera for $50 per injection, and Plan B contraception for $15. It offers free condoms, too.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Chatham is a women's college, so girls can be met anywhere on campus!
  2. Fraternities and clubs on the South Side are hot spots to meet guys.
  3. Guys are prevalent in the University of Pittsburgh's William Pitt Union or anywhere in Oakland.
  4. Local universities/colleges
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Athletic & Fitness Center
  2. Clubs and bars, especially Pegasus
  3. Library
  4. Quad
  5. Residence halls
  6. William Pitt Union at University of Pittsburgh
Social Scene
Chatham students tend to be fairly outgoing, most likely as a result of a very small campus and the fact that all students are women. Students form friendships with others in their residence halls and through athletic teams and organizations. Hookups often happen as a result of relationships formed through sports teams and by going out on weekends with other Chatham students. Most students are also involved on campus in at least one group or organization and stay involved throughout their four years at Chatham.
Hookups or Relationships?
The dating scene at Chatham is varied and depends on what the student is looking for. Many straight students maintain long-distance relationships with boyfriends from home or at other schools, but many meet guys in Pittsburgh and begin what are usually long-term relationships. For those looking for random hookups, frat parties are always available at other local schools. For gay or bisexual students on campus, random hookups are always an option, and some women seem to go through other women at a relatively rapid pace. Some students, however, do form lasting relationships, and the occasional relationship ends up lasting beyond the Chatham years.
Dress Code
Most students take advantage of the fact that Chatham is a women's college and do not dress up for class. Typical class clothes include jeans, T-shirts, and sweatpants. Some students dress nicely on a regular basis, but dressing up to attend class is by no means necessary. Since Chatham gives away free T-shirts quite often, it is common to see many students wearing the free T-shirts to class.
Did You Know?
The Office of Student Affairs offers dancing lessons (salsa, tango, etc.) in which a local fraternity also attends to be the male dance partners. These events are a great way to meet college guys while learning some sweet dance moves at the same time!

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 29 responses

  • 27% Long-distance relationship
  • 20% None
  • 18% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 11% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 7% Casual dating at your school
  • 5% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 2% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 2% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 2% Random hook-up with someone at your school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 22% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 56% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 12% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.



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