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Reviews 587 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't utilize off-campus housing

5 College Senior

Majors: For the money, it is a great experience. The more classes you get out of the way, the more affordable it will be.

College Senior

Administration: I don't have much interaction with this type of thing

5 College Senior

Local Area: The atmosphere is very friendly and we try to make things accessible

4 College Senior

Athletics: It is not a huge part of campus life, but it is well maintained and you don't have to fight for use of facilities

5 College Senior

Scholarships: I used financial aid, and the school is extremely helpful. I had the best experience with tuition experience at Chatham.

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College Senior

Campus Housing: i don't live on campus!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Because of the number of universities and colleges, there are plenty of late night options, and if you like delivery, almost everything is on grubhub.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The sports teams do not do that well, with the exception of individual sports (Swimming & Diving, Cross Country) and Ice Hockey. All facilities except the hockey rink are on campus.

3 College Junior

Academics: Professors are usually very understanding, the curriculum is set out, and generally followed by the professor. The registration process is hard to deal with when the system goes online for each class to register, and if you wish to cross-register at another institution within Allegheny County, you must wait until the add/drop period is over.

3 College Junior

Academics: International Business - Very difficult compared to the other business majors. Must take courses pertaining to the international part, as well as all the general education guidelines, and be proficient in another language (either test out or take the language)

4 College Junior

Diversity: A very welcoming place for LGBTQIA students, international students, ESL students, and there is an all-faith community for all religions to join should they like to. As it is a private college, most students come from more well-off families (unless they are Pittsburgh Promise). Because of the liberal nature of the college, political views vary greatly, but more often than not are liberal.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are always officers on duty, and they are very responsive to calls regarding any kind of safety issue. The campus is very safe and well lit at night.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: Chatham is not co-ed until the fall of 2015, still a women's college.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Healthier options than most schools, but meal plans are expensive and there is not a whole lot of selection.

4 College Junior

Administration: There is very little use of drugs, and the administration understands that young people will be rowdy, as well as consume alcohol. They do not give out underages on campus, they prefer to subject you to honor code violation consequences and help you to get back "on your feet". Because the classes are small, there is usually an attendance policy for each class.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Its all either a walk or a bus ride away. Typically Oakland is where people go to get late night snacks.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no greek life here

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are no parties here. You have to go to University of Pittsburgh or CMU

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Everything went smoothly and I am a VA Ribbon user and they have been accommodating in my use of that

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am an out of state student and this campus has quite a few commuters. It is generally quiet around 8:30 on 9 even on weekends. There is no air conditioning so some of the buildings so you are never cold here. Generally, everyone is super nice here and welcoming. The school is expensive but all of my professors have been accommodating and friendly.

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4 College Junior

Majors: No difficulties getting in to my program, undergraduate is fairly easy unless you are seeking nursing. Nursing school is difficult to get in to, but it is through Shadyside.

3 College Junior

Majors: I don't do much extracurricular because of my varsity sport schedule but it's not too hard.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Most of the time there is only pregaming parties at Chatham before everyone goes out. There are lots of bookworms and shut ins so it's fairly quiet when everyone goes home for the weekend.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not much around campus that isn't expensive. Closest available affordable apartments are in Bloomfield, so it sucks if you don't have a vehicle because the 64 bus is only every hour.


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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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