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Reviews 579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What's made my graduate school experience at Chatham University great so far has been the overall helpful and invested nature of my program's faculty. Each of my professors has been extremely helpful in giving me general advice and making me feel supported as I move through the program.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: This is a nice school with small classes and intelligent, helpful professors. However, please be careful during the initial application process, as my experience with financial aid has been frequently misleading and stressful.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good location, easy access for professionals in Pittsburgh, PA

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the one-of-kind atmosphere and the campus is breathtaking. I am truly a person and not a number. My professors and staff are exceptional and our academics are very strong.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Pittsburgh is magnificent! It's my hometown, but I'm still discovering new things about it every day. Pittsburgh has all of the opportunities and amenities of a major city: access to Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams and a thriving Cultural District. At the same time, it has the feel of a small town: kind, comfortable and big on character.

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5 College Senior

Academics: A primary reason I chose the Arts Management program at Chatham was its flexibility. I got a well-rounded business education supplemented by seven electives in my arts area of concentration. In a 5-year program, students also have the option to earn a Master of Arts Management from CMU's Heinz College. Even if you decide not to pursue graduate study as an undergrad, there are plenty of options to customize your education to fit your post-college plans.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The students I've encountered at Chatham are stunningly supportive and endlessly kind. There is no sense of competition here. Everyone genuinely wants to see their classmates succeed, and they are always willing to help one another. The faculty and staff are just as generous with their time, investing in students and ensuring that everyone has the opportunities they need to flourish. The academics are strong and the campus is beautiful, but what really makes Chatham extraordinary is the sense of family.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Between Shadyside, Squirrel Hill and Oakland, there are an amazing number of restaurants to choose from within walking/shuttle distance. Pittsburgh is packed with eateries serving up cuisine from all over the world, and plenty offer cost-effective options for college students.

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in the Chatham Apartments for a time. As a first apartment, it was perfect: two bedrooms (one single, one double), a kitchen, a private bathroom and a common space (with seating and a dining room set). Our apartment faced Fifth Avenue, so we had a giant window overlooking the street. For me, it was an excellent experience allowing for community living without sacrificing privacy.

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3 College Junior

Majors: If you don't seek out the help to find an internship, it is unlikely you will find one.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Good class sizes and learning environment, but with mostly women on campus there is a lot of estrogen to go around - there will always be drama.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Small class sizes and many courses are discussion based. Very liberal beliefs of most at the school enable good classroom discussion with no judgement or loss of respect for anyone if beliefs differ.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Wonderful campus and great people, but not much given for financial aid.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Gorgeous campus and friendly students, faculty, and staff.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are alright, very old buildings always have some problems.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have personally not lived off campus but I hear that it is a great option and most seniors get off campus apartments.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being a short bus ride to Pitt and a short walk to Walnut street or Forbes Avenue there are tons of options for off campus dining.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Our campus is fairly laid back compared to most campuses. They like to let us do our own thing and make our own choices. Though they do not tolerate drug use at all.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are no parties on Chatham, you need to go to Pitt to find them, this can be a hassle and you wont have many friends at the parties.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Chatham gave me a great scholarship, it was so much that I could not pass it by.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It is bad that there is only one dinning option on campus but they are soon bringing more. There are many options to choose from and its all you can eat. I also love that I can spend my unused meals to buy snacks and drinks.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on my campus is mansions that have been restored and turned into dorm buildings. Every room is unique!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Very small rooms, not many amenities in the buildings.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is expensive and I didn't get as much as I wanted.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing consists of converted mansions, so it's different than any other school

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Athletic and Fitness Center Athletic and Fitness Center The Athletic and Fitness Center is a multimillion dollar facility. It is where Chatham's nine NCAA Division III varsity sports practice and has a wellness center for Chatham's student population and a space for large events.
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Chatham is not a place for everyone. As a small, single-sex institution, the social scene can be too slow for some, and the same-sex campus might be too stifling for students who would enjoy having a coed campus. As one student states, "The school is great at marketing but not at holding up their end of the bargain."  The Chatham administration tends to spend more money on marketing to increase its undergraduate enrollment while letting current students simply fall through the cracks. However, the academics are challenging, the professors extremely engaged with the students, and the alumni connection in Pittsburgh is second to none. Students are required to complete an internship before graduating which gives students work experience in their chosen field.

Students note that it can be easy to get stuck in the Chatham "bubble," or feeling trapped on campus. But an outing to any of the surrounding neighborhoods for some shopping, a bite to eat, or a night out can quickly solve this problem. Joining an athletic team or a student organization can also help students feel more involved and a part of campus. Campus safety is also rated high, a facet of the Chatham experience with which students are very pleased. Students say the Public Safety officers maintain a good presence on campus. Chatham University is unlike any other school. The Shadyside campus is beautiful, and the residence halls are one-of-a-kind. Most students are pleased with the dining options on campus, the close relationships with professors, and the opportunities available to study abroad.

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