Chatham University

President's Welcome

Dr. Esther Barazzone

Welcome to the virtual home of Chatham University. Throughout this web site you will find information about our undergraduate and graduate degree programs, alumni news and notes, athletics and campus events.

I especially want to welcome prospective students who want to learn more about a Chatham education. Whether you are inquiring about the women's undergraduate degree programs or graduate and continuing education programs for women and men, this web site is designed to help you learn more about how you can grow professionally and personally at Chatham. Our admissions staff and faculty are dedicated to helping you obtain not only an education but also a greater understanding of the complex world around us and a clearer path to your own future. Our three Mission Initiatives - Women's Leadership, Global Awareness, and Environmental Understanding - will be a part of your career at Chatham, both in and out of the classroom.

Chatham is a University with three distinctive Colleges and a pioneering Falk School of Sustainability. Chatham College for Women houses academic and co-curricular programs for undergraduate women and embodies the traditions and rituals of one of the nation's oldest colleges for women. The College for Graduate Studies offers women and men both master's and doctoral programs. The College for Continuing and Professional Studies provides online and hybrid undergraduate and graduate degree programs for women and men around the world, certificate programs, and community programming such as our Summer Music & Arts Day Camp.

In 2009 we established the Falk School of Sustainability to further expand the potential of new Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, Pa. and to honor the legacy of alumna and environmentalist Rachel Carson, Class of 1929. SSE will provide innovative, interdisciplinary education and research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and professional students to better prepare them to identify and solve challenges related to the environment and sustainability.

Sustainability is – and will continue to be – the world’s biggest challenge and opportunity. Our faculty, staff, and students are part of Chatham's holistic commitment to sustainability. Whether reducing energy consumption and emissions, participating in Buy Fresh, Buy Local programs or integrating sustainability throughout the curriculum, we explore and learn, together. In the process we prove to ourselves and others that preserving our planet isn’t a theory but a lifelong practice.

Sustainability is also a part of our campus environments. The Shadyside Campus on Woodland Road is our historic home, a 39-acre arboretum in an urban setting only minutes from Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh. Less than a mile down the road on Fifth Avenue is Chatham Eastside, a LEED Silver academic facility which houses our graduate programs in Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies. And 20 miles north of the Shadyside Campus is our Eden Hall Campus, which will be the first sustainable university campus in the world built from the ground up. You can read more about these simply by clicking on the links above, or you can schedule a visit to experience them first-hand.

Since 1869 Chatham University has established itself as a forward-thinking institution. What began as solely a women's undergraduate college has grown to encompass more than 2,200 students from around the world, and experienced Pittsburgh's greatest percentage enrollment increase between 1996-2008. On behalf of the Chatham community, thanks for your interest in Chatham University. I hope to see you on campus!

Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D.
Chatham University