Chatham University

Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women's leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review's Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named in the top 20 of Sierra Magazine's list of "Cool Schools" and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham recently opened the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. The highest ranked institution in western Pennsylvania in US News & World Reports "Best Colleges" for the Regional University-North category, Chatham works to prepare its 2,000+ on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate students for tomorrow's economy in the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.

Three Locations

Chatham’s Shadyside Campus is the University's historic, original location and is one of the country's most unique and picturesque, urban college campuses consisting of the 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum. The Shadyside Campus expanded in 2008 with the renovation and opening of the LEED Silver building, Chatham Eastside, near the Bakery Square development in Pittsburgh.

Chatham became the largest university by land mass in Allegheny County in 2008 with the gift of the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, approximately 19 miles north of the Shadyside Campus. Eden Hall Campus, home to Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability is the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. Using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation, Eden Hall will be self-sustaining in every way by emitting zero carbon emissions, managing all waste and storm water on-site, and producing more energy than it consumes. It is designed to one-day serve more than 1,500 students in the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business, and more. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism.

Thinking Outside the Box

Throughout its history Chatham has been innovative and entrepreneurial in its growth from a small women's college 145 years ago to the dynamic, coeducational University of today. Some of these forward-thinking initiatives include:

  • The Integrated Degree Program allows an undergraduate student to begin a Chatham graduate program during their senior year and earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in as few as five years.
  • The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and the Chatham University Women's Institute each work to level the playing field by building leadership skills that can propel women into executive-level positions in areas that are traditionally under-represented by women.
  • The Bachelor of Interior Architecture is one of the first three-year degree programs in the United States that doesn't include summer study, thereby allowing students to still participate in summer internships and job opportunities.
  • The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is noted for its problem-based learning pedagogy and interprofessional training of its students.
  • The Master of Arts in Food Studies is unique in its emphasis on a holistic approach to food systems and is the only graduate food studies programs in the U.S to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment.
  • The Gateway Program was one of first undergraduate programs in the U.S. designed exclusively for women over the age of 23 who want to return to college and earn a bachelor's degree.

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

The University has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its innovative programs, service, growth and sustainability, including:

Academic & Service Excellence

A Best College in the Northeast
Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master's level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For three consecutive years, Chatham University has been admitted to The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2011, 2012, 2013) for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Military Friendly School
Because Chatham University demonstrates leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, it has earned a place on the Military Friendly Schools list (2013).

MFA in Creative Writing Program Recognition
In 2007 Poets & Writers named Chatham's MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In January 2012, The Writer named it one of “4 top schools you should consider."

Andrew Heiskell Award
Presented by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Chatham received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education: Internationalizing the Campus (2003).

Institution of Distinction
Recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2002).


The Princeton Review Green Honor Roll
Chatham was twice consecutively named to the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll (2012, 2013) for receiving the highest possible Green Rating score and is currently featured in its publications "The Best Northeastern Colleges" and "Guide to 322 Green Colleges."

Chatham received STARS Gold Rating (2012) for sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Climate Leadership Award
Chatham received a prestigious Climate Leadership Award (2013) from Second Nature, a nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education.

ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award
Chatham was honored at the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Ceremony (2013) for our exceptional integration of sustainability efforts with academics.

Tree Campus USA
Chatham earned recognition as a Tree Campus USA (2012) in recognition of the University’s commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

EPA Green Power Conference Champion
Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Bike Friendly University
Chatham was the first university in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bike Friendly University (2011).

Sustainability Awards pdfFor more information about Chatham University's sustainability awards and sustainable initiatives, download our Sustainability Awards onesheet »


Chatham University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000; and is authorized to grant degrees by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.