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Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
629
Tuition
$31,532
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Senior

Weather: Pittsburgh is known for its cloudy and rainy days, however the campus is beautiful when it snows!

2 College Freshman

Weather: This year has been particularly bad with the weather.

5 College Senior

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

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!

2 College Senior

Weather: Chatham University is located on top of a hill. This means that your only access to the campus is along a relatively steep hill, or steep, winding, and occasionally crumbling stairways. All of the sidewalks are unreasonably narrow and often end abruptly. This is easy enough to navigate in the summer and spring months if you are fortunate enough to not be in a wheelchair. When wet weather, snow, and ice begin to set in, it can be a bit exhausting or dangerous. My suggestion is to invest in a good pair of hiking boots and watch your step!

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  • 214th
    Coldest Winters
  • 268th
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Dorssom
Hometown
Redondo Beach, CA
Major
Women's Studies
Grad Year
2012
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Pittsburgh weather includes all four seasons. The city experiences warm summers, which are usually sunny with high humidity and temperatures that range from the low 60s to the high 90s. When students arrive in August, it is definitely summer weather. Fall in Pittsburgh is a distinct season, with moderate temperatures from the low 40s to the high 60s, and it features a lot of rain toward the end of November. If you're coming from a warm climate without a real winter, hold on to your wool hats. While Pittsburgh does not experience the intense snow of the Northeast, temperatures do drop below freezing, and snow is definitely a feature of winters here.

Students who don’t know much about Pittsburgh before attending Chatham may be surprised by the amount of snow and ice that characterize winter months. Refreezing can also be a problem—slightly warmer days create slush, and very cold nights freeze it back into ice. So, in the winter, watch your step. Fortunately, Pittsburgh also has a distinct spring season. Temperatures remain chilly through the end of March, but April brings warmer weather and quite a bit of rain. One of the best things about Chatham University is that, by being an arboretum, students are able to watch the seasons change throughout the year. Fall is extremely beautiful as the leaves change color, which leads to winter, when the snow glistens on the trees, and then there's spring, a time of rebirth when flowers bloom. There is never a bad season to be had on the Chatham University campus!

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 63 °F
Spring - Low: 38 °F
Summer - High: 83 °F
Summer - Low: 59 °F
Fall - High: 65 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 40 °F
Winter - Low: 22 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.53 in./month
Summer: 3.58 in./month
Fall: 2.92 in./month
Winter: 2.67 in./month
What to Pack
  • Clothing that can be layered
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Good walking shoes
  • Heavy winter jacket
  • A raincoat, baseball cap, galoshes, or other rain gear
  • Shorts and T-shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Winter boots
Did You Know?
Weather in Pittsburgh can be extremely random. Sometimes it will rain in the morning for a short period, and then the sun will come out, making residents forget about the horrible rainstorm that just occurred!

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