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Reviews 624 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There is a good bar scene.

3 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great. Chatham needs to grow it's math department but I guess the administration would rather focus on areas that women are already well represented in like biology.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Chatham has a lot of international students and I once heard that something like half the campus identified as queer (not sure how true that was but it was believable based on my experience). If you don't count the international students, there is a serious lack of racial diversity.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol was not prohibited on campus. In fact beer and wine was sold in cafe rachel (with a strict ID policy). I think the administration has a healthy attitude towards alcohol. Some students smoked weed but I never saw it on campus. Sometimes you smell it in the dorms and occasionally there would be a drug bust but it was unusual (depending on who you lived near but you'll see that at many colleges).

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: A women's college is a very safe place! Many students came to the school for this very reason. I always felt safe on campus, even walking across campus at night. However, there is no more women's college. I haven't experienced the new coed environment. I imagine it hasn't made a huge difference yet but if you give it a few years and I'm sure it will catch up with the rest of the country in terms of lack of safety (please excuse my pessimism).

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I loved my professors but I wished that Chatham had more options for majors. I ended up transferring to a larger school to accommodate this.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I don't see many graduates I know from Chatham using their degrees yet. If you get good grades you can go to grad school but if you don't plan to apply to grad school, be very selective about your major so that you come out with job options. Do your research and select your program carefully at whichever school you go to. Your major matters more than the school you go to.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the residence halls are mansions. That is a pretty cool perk but it doesn't mean that other students remember to take their hair out of the shower or respect quiet hours. I had issues with noise all semester and my RA was friends with the girl who was causing the problem so she really didn't enforce it even when I put in many complaints. Eventually I went to res life and they helped me. These are really the same issues you'd run into anywhere and chatham's residence life staff do want to help you out.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are there for students who want them, but don't expect to be super competitive in most sports (there are exceptions). It's the smallest school in its region and that is clear in many of the sports records.

For men, all your programs are brand new and not well established yet because of its recent change to coed. The school is trying to attract male students by pushing men's sports so they have a positive attitude about them in admissions. Many of the students are skeptical of this marketing strategy considering that the mission of the school was primarily to support women's education just one year ago and now they seem to be changing gears. You decide!

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: Disappointed in Chatham's decision to abandon its women's college.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe, but I doubt think they would be prepared if anything serious happened

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors have a large interests in the subjects that teach, this is obvious

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm nursing. I could get a job from any nursing school and not spend so much money...

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The apartments are a great option

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I was never into sports

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a lot of money and very stressful

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I feel welcomed and wanted here.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very high expectations from Chatham Students. Quality Education is provided here.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: It has a home feeling away from home.

4 College Senior

Athletics: We all at the campus get involved.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I've loved having small classes where professors know not only you're name but also what you're involved with and your career goals. Scheduling higher level classes can be difficult, but thankfully we can cross register at most of the other universities here in Pittsburgh.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Our alumni network is smaller, but we have excellent internship placements and a ton of networking in both Pittsburgh and other major cities.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The athletes at Chatham University offer such a variety to the students. The campus has a gym, swimming pool, rock climbing wall, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Every issue I have ever encounter at Chatham University have been handled in a professional and timely matter. The professors have always made time available if any tutoring was needed and always responded to emails or voice mails in a very efficient manner. The university is very student friendly and have numerous opportunities for students to become involved with this school.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is okay. There are mostly white people. However, there are many international students and there are some blacks.


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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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