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Reviews 604 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Chatham's campus is literally so safe. I can walk from the gym at 10 pm and feel 100% safe. I have never felt unsafe on campus. However, if you venture onto fifth avenue and go to Oakland. That is another story. Regardless, Chatham has an extremely safe campus. Literally nobody ever has to call the police.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The general education classes are stupid. However, all professors genuinely want each and every student to be successful in their life/classes. The courses are interesting for the most part, and include a lot of discussion.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have not yet gotten too far in my degree so I am not the best candidate to answer this. However, there is a huge emphasis on having a good resume and interning/shadowing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I personally love my room. I have the biggest room in Fickes. It is very spacious. Fickes, Rea, and Laughlin are the biggest residence halls on campus. However, they are the farthest from where almost all of the classes are. Woodland rooms tend to be much smaller than the other residence halls, howeverWoodland is the most central residence hall and it is very easy to get to many places on campus!

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life. If you want to go to a Frat party, you have to go to Pitt.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not many people care about athletics. We are just now going co-ed, so a lot more people attend men's basketball than any other sports. The team is pretty good. However, since all of the team members are freshman as opposed to other schools where the team is more experienced, we usually aren't the best team.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like Chatham. The faculty and staff is great, the programs are great, and so is the education. It is just so incredibly small and boring. The students are childish and you see the same people every day. There is also not much to do on campus especially the weekends. The dining hall closes super early and you have to go to shadyside/squirrel hill to get food or order delivery. The residence halls are a decent size though.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus in general is pretty safe. Campus safety is rarely used when it comes to crime and security.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The professors are very caring, understanding, and specialized in their fields. The students are all smart and everyone works together to get work done. There is no real campus life. Most of the students are just there for an education. When Resident Life tries to throw events and when clubs throw events they are usually fairly unsuccessful except for Chatham traditions. I don't enjoy the lack of diversity. There are only white women depicted. Only whites are used for campus advertising.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I have lived in two dorms: Chatham Apartments and Fickes. Fiches felt just like home and it was very clean. Facilities came to clean the bathroom every morning so I made sure I was the first one to shower in the morning and use the bathrooms. The single and quad I had were spacious and comfortable. CA are nice too. Theres tons of room and with the right decorations you can make it feel like home.

1 College Senior

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life on campus. Students are able to join other Greek organizations outside of campus but very few students know about that.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The campus pushes games and intramurals but there is not much student participation.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: There are a lot of students and professors that want you to succeed. It makes the academic year go by fairly well because there is a great support system. However, there is not much diversity within campus and tons of discriminatory acts that are swept under the rug.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are a lot of nice people who wants to keep everyone safe.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Every professor wants their students to succeed.

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2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are not that many jobs there and the hours are not good.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are now men on campus so the male athletics have a lot of adjusting to do.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like the fact that students are trying to adjust to the changing of the school's history and traditions.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school is nice but I have had a hard time adjusting to college life in my first semester.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From living in gorgeous historic mansions (I've got a walk-in closet with a window, separate from my roommate's walk-in), to having classes with only 15 other students (hello discussion and dialogue) and having a killer advisor (who answers every email, hooks me up with scholarships and internships, and always has time for me) I'm pretty damn happy with my school. If only Anderson Dining hall could get it together, then I would feel justified in giving it a 5 star review. If you're looking for solid academics, a close-knit community, and a gorgeous campus, Chatham is for you. If you want wild parties and large classes, try Pitt-- you won't find those here.

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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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