Chatham University

Chatham University


Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability; health & lab sciences; business & communication; and the arts & humanities. Chatham has historically served a high percentage of first generation and Pell eligible students and continues to focus on access and affordability for all students. Chatham University's mission is to prepare women and men to be world ready: to build lives of purpose and value and fulfilling work. In addition to appropriate professional skills and liberal arts learning, Chatham believes that world readiness means being an informed and engaged citizen in one's communities; recognizing and respecting diversity of culture, identity and opinion; and living sustainably on the planet.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach College Counseling & Support

The Chatham University Office of Admission and Financial Aid partners with schools and Community Based Organizations to support early awareness and education about college access and affordability. Financial FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshops are provided and on-campus FAFSA filing resources are offered throughout the academic year and by appointment. Admission officers provide educational presentations to middle school through high school audiences, incorporating parents in the college readiness conversation. Contact us to schedule a visit to your school or organisation today! Learn more about College Counseling & Support

First-Year Experience & Transition SDE101 – Strategies for Successful Transition to College

All new first year students take a 1 credit course, taught by a student affairs professional, which focuses on college transition skills, resiliency, major exploration and career preparation. In 2017, a specific section designated for first generation students will be available. Learn more about SDE101 – Strategies for Successful Transition to College

Academic Advising & Support Academic Support, Advising and Supplemental Instruction

PACE Center PACE academic skill–building services are based on two core beliefs: Chatham University is an intellectual community committed to empowering each of its members; Students are individuals with unique needs and preferences. As a result, we make available an array of resources and strategies designed to enrich students’ educational experiences at Chatham. These resources and strategies include learning–skills coaching in the following areas: Goal–setting, including motivation and planning Note–taking methods Procrastination management Study strategies training Textbook reading strategies Time management skills Transitions: Essential Skills for Success @ Chatham course Writing academic papers For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the PACE Center at 412-365-1523 or Learn more about Academic Support, Advising and Supplemental Instruction

Academic Advising & Support The Chatham Plan

The Chatham Plan is a four year plan that student’s design in collaboration with their academic advisor and the career development office. The Chatham Plan ensures that "day one - year one" students are thinking about and planning for their career. The Chatham Plan helps students to stay on track for graduation and have a solid plan for developing their career aspirations. Learn more about The Chatham Plan

Student Life & Support RISE: Retain. Involve. Strengthen. Excel

R.I.S.E. (RETAIN. INVOLVE. STRENGTHEN. EXCEL.) RISE is a retention program designed to increase the academic success, professionalism and leadership skills of students of color at Chatham University. This is a two-year program that provides new (first year, new and Gateway) students of color a mentor, institutional support and a series of co-curricular programming throughout a two-year transition period into college. Through regular monthly meetings, special events as well as semester retreats, members of RISE have the opportunity to learn and grow as contributing members of the Chatham community. Learn more about RISE: Retain. Involve. Strengthen. Excel

Mentoring Welcome Aboard: Alumni Mentoring Program

The Welcome Aboard Mentorship Program offers students the chance to be matched with a Chatham Alumni or professional mentor who will share their experience, offer support, and provide guidance. The program is available to students in their first semester at Chatham University. Why is this program important? Mentoring programs like Welcome Aboard help students take their goal-setting and career planning to a new level by putting them in touch with a professional mentor that is the best match for them. In particular, the job shadowing experience that is required in the program gives students the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and see if a particular field is best-suited for them. Most importantly, though, the Welcome Aboard program is flexible enough to meet each student's personal needs! Each mentor and mentee team will have the chance to develop a professional relationship that works best for them. Learn more about Welcome Aboard: Alumni Mentoring Program

Student Diversity

  • 1,034
  • 17/83
  • 30%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 3%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 51%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 25%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 10%

Student Success

  • 81%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 52%
    Six-year graduation
  • 40%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 91%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 50%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 114
    Full-time faculty
  • 27
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 11:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Science: Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science Business & Accounting Sustainability Psychology HIstory & Political Science

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Culture Association Black Student Union (BSU) Chabad House at Chatham Chatham Chinese Scholar Student Association (CSSA) Feminist Activists Creating Equality (F.A.C.E.) Gateway Student Association (GSA) - for students 23 years and older Girl Up Muslim Student Association R.I.S.E student club This is me! – Gay Straight Alliance


Cost of Attendance

  • $34,195
  • $34,195
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,280
    Required Fees
  • $11,042
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $9,451,857
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $28,239
    Average aid package
  • $25,292
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 31%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 60%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 77%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 5%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,490
    # of applicants
  • 58%
  • 3.57
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • 485—585
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 470—560
    SAT Math
  • 460—580
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date