Chatham University

Undergraduate Application Requirements

+ First-Year Students

First-Year Students

First-year student admission is for applicants entering directly from high school, without enrolling in prior post-secondary course work (other than courses completed while attending high school).

The Office of Admission reviews each application in its entirety using a holistic review process to determine whether a student will thrive at Chatham. Since not all students showcase their abilities in the same way, each application is given careful consideration before an admission decision is reached.

First-year student applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts (Form - DOC)
  • SAT (Chatham code: 2081) or ACT (Chatham Code: 3538) scores
  • Essay or writing sample
  • One or more letters of recommendation from guidance counselor or teachers. (Form - PDF)

Students may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application. If not submitting their scores, in additional to the required application materials, applicants must submit the following:

  • Résumé
  • Graded academic writing sample
  • Complete an on campus interview
  • Portfolio (optional)

If applicants feel that these materials do not adequately represent their academic abilities or explain their academic history, they are encouraged to submit additional explanatory materials to strengthen their application.

First-Year Students Looking to Receive Advanced Standing

First-year candidates who have received college credit for college-level courses and who can produce an official transcript from an accredited college or university may expect to receive credit for courses within the liberal arts tradition for which they have earned a minimum of C. A preliminary evaluation of transfer credits is made at the time of admission to provide applicants with an indication of their class standing. A final evaluation is made by the Chatham registrar before registration.

All transfer credit must be submitted to the University prior to initial matriculation. Courses submitted for transfer after initial matriculation will not be accepted. This includes all AP credit, IB credit, and courses completed at previous institutions of higher education.

Home Schooled Students

At Chatham University we recognize the extraordinary talents and achievements that home-educated students bring to our campus. We know for example that home-educated students are excelling academically, outperforming their public school peers by 30–37 percentile points across all subjects. We also know that home-educated students are involved in an average of 5.2 activities outside the class. We have a great number of success stories from our home-school students. Home-school students have enhanced the Chatham University community both inside and outside the classroom for many years. We look forward to enrolling more home-school students to assist us as we shape our future. We look forward to working with you throughout this important journey.

Test Optional Policy

Chatham University has had a standardized test optional admissions policy for first-year undergraduate applicants since 2006.

The Chatham University curriculum is focused on helping students write effectively, think critically, and consider issues globally. Based upon research and experience, Chatham believes that for some students the holistic application review process may better evaluate a student's college potential than standardized test scores.

Chatham's Office of Admissions will continue to accept standardized test scores from students who wish to submit them.

Some Chatham University academic programs and scholarships will require the submission of standardized test scores.

For first-year students 23 years of age or older...

  • whose education was delayed or postponed
  • who wants to reenter the workforce, or
  • who wishes to advance your current career?

There are several unique advantages to being a Gateway student:

  • Through prior learning assessment, Gateway students have the opportunity to gain academic credit for knowledge gained through employment, job training, volunteer and civic activities, military service and travel.
  • A transfer student admitted from an accredited institution may expect to receive credit for courses in which you have earned a minimum grade of C.
  • Chatham currently awards credit for satisfactory performance on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.
  • Gateway students attending classes on a full-time basis can receive a merit awards from Chatham University.
  • PACE Center features individual academic advising, career development and learning center.

Prior Learning Assessment is meant to assist Gateway students in identifying areas of college-level experiential learning. As such, degree-seeking Gateway students have an opportunity to be awarded academic credit for post-secondary knowledge gained prior to matriculating at Chatham University. Gateway students wishing to develop a portfolio are enrolled in a course that guides students through each and every step of the portfolio development process. Accordingly, Gateway students can potentially earn a maximum of 30 credits towards their educational goals. Read more about portfolio development for Gateway students.

+ Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Chatham University welcomes applications from transfer candidates from junior and community colleges and other four-year institutions in the United States as well as other countries. More than one-third of Chatham students are transfer students.

Transfer student applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official college transcripts from all former institutions attended
  • Official high school transcripts (unless the student has over 24 transferable credits) (Form - DOC)
  • SAT (Chatham code: 2081) or ACT (Chatham Code: 3538) scores (unless the student has over 24 transferable credits)
  • Personal essay or academic writing sample
  • One or more letters of recommendation from a professor, community member, employer, etc. (Form - PDF)
  • Transfer students, with less than 24 transferrable credits, may apply using our test optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application. If not submitting their scores, in additional to the required application materials, they must also submit the following:

    • Résumé
    • Graded academic writing sample
    • Complete an on-campus interview
    • Portfolio (optional)

    Transfer Credits

    Students can transfer up to 90 credits previously earned from a two-year or four-year accredited college or university where the student has earned a C or higher. A preliminary evaluation of transfer credit is made at the time of admission to provide an indication of class standing.

    All transfer credit must be submitted to the University prior to initial matriculation. Courses submitted for transfer after initial matriculation will not be accepted. This includes all AP credit, CLEP credit, and courses completed at previous institutions of higher education.