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Reviews 645 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really enjoy my experience at Chatham. The whole environment is a friendly one where you feel at home. The professors really care about the students' education and don't try to put up unneeded obstacles to overcome. I feel like I'm really getting an education that will prepare me for my field.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sexual assault information is being enforced upon entry to the school!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have not heard about anything Greek while attending.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Don't know much about them.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've really enjoyed Chatham and know that I am getting a wonderful education here.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Large gym with weight room, pool, track, and field.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's tiny, and the students are kind of weird.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I enjoy the program I'm in

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe and constantly patrolled by campus police.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Employers are often recruiting on campus

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I am a graduate student who lives off campus. However, the dorms extremely safe are located throughout a beautiful neighborhood that is full of intricate estates.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Students don't seem to be too involved in athletic events while on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's great but not living on campus. Can't afford a dorm

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It has everything I'd need

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I felt very welcomed from both students and faculty

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some professors are great: they're helpful, informative, enthusiastic, and easy to talk to. They are willing and able to answer all of your questions and truly care about your individual success. However, there are a few professors who are absolutely awful. They won't read their emails, they won't grade your papers, and they are very unwilling to help you with anything class related.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have not heard of any crimes taking place on campus but if any issues did arise then I am quite confident that our campus police would take care of them immediately.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Though the rooms are quite spacious and the dorms are typically quiet during late hours, the dorms do seem to have their issues. For example, there always seems to be an issue with the water: it won't get hot, it won't get cold, or it won't work at all. Additionally, the dorms are very very hot and unless you are pre-approved, air conditioners are not allowed.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a dual sport athlete, athletics were a huge part of my first year experience and they definitely helped me succeed throughout the year. The coaches truly care about their players and try to give them everything they need to succeed in their sport(s). Additionally, all of the athletes help and support each other on and off the playing fields.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: During my first year at Chatham, I had a very good experience. The athletics are top-notch, the students are kind and caring, and the majority of the professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. I love how the Chatham community tries its best to make each and every student feel inclusive and accepted. I think that this is very important for all young adults and it will allow them to enjoy their college experience more.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Chatham is a great college and the professors and staff are personable. The campus is beautiful and rich in history, but the culture is changing to be more diverse.

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).


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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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