Chatham University

Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s-level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade.

More than 2,200 students are enrolled in Chatham’s three distinctive Colleges:

In June 2009 Chatham created the Falk School of Sustainability (SSE) to apply the co-equal principles of sustainability - social justice, economic development, and environmental studies - within a systems perspective in order to create a new, trans-disciplinary academic initiative. The School's vision honors the legacy of Rachel Carson, Chatham’s most distinguished alumna, who founded the modern environmental movement.

Three Campuses

Chatham’s Shadyside Campus is the University's historic, original location and includes the 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum. The Shadyside Campus expanded in 2008 with the opening of the 7-acre Chatham Eastside facility less than one mile east from Woodland Road, which houses the University's architecture and health science programs. Chatham became the largest campus in Allegheny County - yet with the smallest carbon footprint - in 2008 with the gift of the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, approximately 19 miles north of the Shadyside Campus. The Eden Hall Campus will be the new home of Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability. (Click here to view the latest updates from the Eden Hall Campus.)

Thinking Outside the Box

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

  • The Accelerated Graduate Program allows an undergraduate student to begin a Chatham graduate program during her senior year and earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in as few as five years.
  • 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).

Mission Statement

Chatham University prepares its students, bachelors through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to excel in their professions and to be engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious, life-long learners, and citizen leaders for democracy. Chatham College for Women offers superb career preparation informed by the liberal arts. Chatham College for Graduate Studies and Chatham College for Continuing and Professional Studies provide men and women with undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education of the highest quality with primary emphasis on preparation for work and the professions.


Chatham University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000; and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, several degree programs are accredited by external accrediting bodies: