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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic center is brand new

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams are okay... it really depends on what sport you are coming for. Not a lot of people come to support you because most people here have their noses in books. Overall, Our school spirit is actually decent. Most people attend all school events and have fun!

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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

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.

4 College Junior

Athletics: They are big on spoorts

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Student opinion on Chatham athletics varies, although all agree that anyone who enjoys sports will find that they can be a vital part of their campus life. The University is a member of Division III's Presidents' Athletic Conference, or PAC, and offers nine varsity sports, including hockey, softball, soccer, swimming, and water polo, to name a few. Intramural sports are more varied, and while some say they aren't an essential part of campus life, others say they are a blast. Student athletes, save for a few sports, can do almost all of their training in the Athletic & Fitness Center's weight room, dance studio, swimming pool, and basketball court. In addition, student athletes at Chatham are able to balance sports and school. The swim team, for example, was on the Team Scholar All-American list in 2009 with a collective GPA of 3.33.

Students who are big on school spirit or who are looking for sport scholarships might not be a fit for Chatham. The sporting events here don't attract large crowds, but rather, have small, dedicated fan bases. And, as an NCAA Division III institution, Chatham does not offer scholarships for student athletes. However, students who love their sports will love what Chatham University has to offer.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Presidents' Athletic Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
114 - 17%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field/cross country
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Bowling
  • Indoor soccer
  • Kickball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic & Fitness Center
  • Chatham softball/soccer field
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, hockey, swimming
Most Overlooked Teams
Cross country, water polo
School Spirit
School spirit at Chatham can be very sadly apathetic. At "Cougar Fanatic" games, a series sponsored by Student Activities to encourage fan participation, as well as "Purple Reign" fundraising games, student participation is few and far in between. Most students who come to watch athletic competitions are either other athletes or friends and roommates of the athletes. There is the rare student who comes just to support the teams, but attendance at games is usually low, even though the student population in general is supportive of the athletes. Student Activities, however, constantly looks for ways to increase attendance at games!
Getting Tickets
Students get free admission, and no tickets are required for athletic events. Occasionally, fundraising events are held at athletic competitions, and even in those cases, donations are suggested but not required.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Frick Park and Schenley Park, especially Bridle Trail and Panther Hollow, are some good walking spots. The Chatham mile loop is also great for walks and is safe since it's on campus!
Did You Know?
The University's colors are green and white, but the athletic teams for the undergraduate college wear purple and white since only the undergraduate women's college has athletic teams.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 39% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 51% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 7% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 41 responses

  • 20% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 24% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 54% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 44 responses

  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 66% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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