Chatham University

Undergraduate Admission

Chatham University offers personalized education and professional admission counselors consider each applicant as an individual. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission directly for guidance and advice about their circumstances.

+Admission Procedures for First-Year Students

Admission to Chatham University is determined by the candidate's academic record, promise as a student at Chatham, and commitment to continued personal growth. Information provided by the student is reviewed by the Office of Admission. Admission to Chatham is based on a careful review of all credentials presented by the candidate. Chatham reviews each candidate holistically and gives preference to students from a strong college preparatory background. Chatham encourages a minimum of four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, and three years of social science. The meeting of minimum requirements does not itself ensure admission. Acceptance is contingent upon a candidate's completion of secondary school requirements.

Application

Questions about applying may be directed to Office of Admission, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, 412-365-1825 or 800-837-1290; or by e-mail at admissions@chatham.edu. Prospective students may apply on-line (free) at www.chatham.edu. Chatham also accepts the Common Application for admission.

Admission

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). Students accepted no later than April 15 and deposited by May 1 are guaranteed a place in the class and priority housing. In most cases, an applicant will receive notification of admission decision within two weeks following the completion of the application process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process by March 1 for fall enrollment and by November 1 for spring enrollment in order to receive preferred consideration for Chatham's generous financial aid programs.

First-year student applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $35 (check or money order payable to Chatham University), fee waived if applying via the online application.
  • Official high school transcripts
  • SAT (Chatham code: 2081) or ACT (Chatham Code: 3538) scores
  • Essay or writing sample
  • One or more letters of recommendation from high school counselor or teachers.

Students with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA may apply using our SAT optional policy and choose not to submit their SAT/ACT scores at the time of application. If not submitting their scores, in addition to the required application materials, they must also submit the following:

  • Résumé
  • Graded essay
  • On campus interview
  • Portfolio (optional but highly recommended)
If an applicant feels that these materials do not adequately represent their academic abilities or explain their academic history, the applicant is encouraged to submit additional explanatory materials to strengthen the application. Further, prospective students are strongly encouraged to arrange an admissions interview by calling for a personal tour and meeting with an admissions counselor. If it is not possible to schedule a campus visit, prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a video interview and or an interview with an alumni representative in their area. Completed applications and supporting materials should be sent to Chatham University, Office of Admissions, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

Tuition and Room Deposit

Accepted students who plan to enroll must make a non-refundable acceptance deposit of $150 for registration, which will be applied to the first semester at Chatham. If the student plans to live on campus, a housing deposit of $150, which also will be applied to the first semester at Chatham, will reserve campus housing. First-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus unless commuting from a parent or guardian's residence.

Tuition and housing deposits may be sent to Chatham University, Office of Admissions, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. To make a payment by credit card, please call the Office of Admissions at 800-837-1290. Or pay online by visiting: https://www.chatham.edu/admission/undergraduate/deposit/. Deposits are non-refundable.

Deferred Entrance

Occasionally a student wishes to defer entrance to college following graduation from high school. Chatham supports such purposeful deferment in order to work, travel, pursue independent study, or clarify goals and interests. A student who wishes to defer entrance should follow the regular admissions procedure outlined in the preceding section. If the student has submitted a deposit for enrollment, the student should then contact the admissions counselor to confirm the deferment. The student is required to make an advance deposit of $150 for registration, which will be applied to the first semester at Chatham. The student must also deposit $150 for housing, which will reserve space for the following semester or year. Students on deferred entrance are required to communicate their progress to the Office of Admissions during the time of their deferment.

+Admission Procedures for Early Entrants

Chatham University invites mature, motivated, academically strong high school juniors to consider spending their senior year of high school at Chatham. Typically, such students have completed all but one or two of their high school graduation requirements and are interested in a more challenging curriculum. Before enrollment, students should obtain an agreement from their school counselor and a list of required courses for high school graduation. For more information about this opportunity, students may contact the Office of Admission.

+Admission Procedures for High School Dual Enrollment

Chatham invites serious high school students seeking the additional challenge of college-level work to participate in the High School Dual Enrollment Program. Students or secondary counselors may contact the Office of Admission for detailed information and application procedures at 800-837-1290 or email admissions@chatham.edu.

+Admission Procedures for Transfer Students

Application

Prospective students may apply online at www.chatham.edu; no fee is required for the online application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and in most instances, candidates are notified of an admission decision within two weeks of the completion of the application process. For students with fewer than 24 credits, a final official high school transcript, including standardized test scores (SAT or ACT); official transcripts from all former institutions attended; essay or writing sample; and one or more letters of recommendation are required. Transfer students can apply using our SAT optional policy. If the student has over 24 transferable credits, the high school transcript and SAT /ACT scores are not required. A campus visit is strongly encouraged.

Transfer Credits

Chatham University will review all official college transcripts for undergraduate transfer credit upon admission. Students will receive an official transfer credit evaluation indicating all transferable credit for the intended degree program. All potential transfer credit in progress or completed prior to acceptance to Chatham must be submitted to the University before the student begins courses. This requirement includes all Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. All official transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Chatham University's specific requirements for Prior Learning Assessment including Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Progress (CLEP), DSST Exams, ACE Excelsior Exams, Challenge Exams and Transfer of Credit are available in the Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment section of the catalog

Enrollment Requirements

Transfer students must be enrolled at Chatham University for a minimum of two long terms (three semesters), must successfully complete 30 of their last 36 credits in residence, and must successfully complete more than 50% of the credits required for their major at Chatham in order to graduate from Chatham. In residence means taking approved Chatham University affiliated programs and courses, including approved study away and courses taken through the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education cross registration agreement. Requests for exceptions to this policy must be referred to the appropriate dean.

Tuition and Room Deposit

Accepted students who plan to enroll must make an advanced deposit of $150 for registration, which will be applied to the first semester at Chatham. If the student plans to live on campus, a housing deposit of $150, which also will be applied to the first semester at Chatham, will reserve campus housing. Tuition and housing deposits received prior to May 1 receive priority housing, registration, and advising.

+Conditional Admission

All applicants to Chatham University are reviewed holistically. This may include but is not limited to review of the student's high school and/or college academic success and rigor, performance on standardized tests, writing skills, leadership, community and extracurricular involvement and global experience. Students who demonstrate potential for success may be required to participate in our Transitions Program as a condition of their admission. The Transitions Program is designed to provide the support and skills that students need in order to succeed in the academically challenging environment at Chatham. By participating in the Transitions Program, the student will be required to:

  • Enroll in and successfully complete a course load of up to but not exceeding 14 credit hours in your first term
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 while maintaining full-time status
  • Participate in and successfully complete IND 101 Transitions: Essential Skills for Success @ Chatham
  • Meet weekly, for the first two semesters, with the PACE Center staff

+Admission Procedures for Gateway Students

Chatham University was one of the first schools in the country to make a strong commitment to adult students through the creation of its Gateway Program. The Gateway Program opens opportunities to students over the age of 23 who are seeking a first baccalaureate degree. To date, more than 800 Gateway Program graduates are enjoying exciting careers, enriching their lives and the lives of those around them. These students recognize that intellectual growth continues through adulthood and that continuing education fosters that growth. Gateway students have distinguished themselves in the academic and extracurricular life of the College. The Gateway Program has enriched the educational experience of all Chatham students by fostering an exchange of ideas and perspectives among learners from different generations. Gateway students share in all the educational and co-curricular resources of the College, and they enjoy the support of the Gateway Student Association. Admission to Chatham University's Gateway Program is based on a review and evaluation of the information provided by the candidate to the Office of Admissions. As part of the procedure, the candidate must submit the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee is waived if applying via the online application.
  • Official transcripts from high school and/or prior college(s) attended, as appropriate
  • Essay or writing sample
  • One or more letters of recommendation
A Gateway Program applicant also is advised to read closely those sections of the Catalog on the Prior Learning Assessment Program because these programs frequently apply to a Gateway student's experiences.

Tuition and Room Deposit

Accepted students who plan to enroll must make an advanced deposit of $150 for registration, which will be applied to the first semester at Chatham. If the student plans to live in undergraduate housing on campus, a housing deposit of $150, will be applied to the first semester at Chatham, and will reserve campus housing. Tuition and housing deposits received prior to May 1 receive priority housing, registration, and advising.

Gateway students wishing to live in our Linzer or Chung apartments, open to only Gateway, graduate students and student with families, should contact the Office of Residence Life and Student Activities-Student Affairs as soon as possible. These apartment complexes are frequently at full capacity and housing is not guaranteed.

Tuition and housing deposits may be sent to Chatham University, Office of Admissions, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. To make a payment by credit card, please call the Office of Admissions at 800-837-1290. Or pay online by visiting: https://www.chatham.edu/admissions/undergraduate/deposit/. Deposits are non-refundable.

+Admission Procedures for the Pathways to Nursing Program

Applications for admission to the Chatham University Pathways to Nursing Program must include:

  • The Chatham University online or paper application
  • The supplemental Pathways to Nursing UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing application
  • An essay describing "What becoming a nurse means to you" (300-350 words)
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation
  • High School transcripts showing graduation date
  • Post-secondary Education: all transcripts must be submitted
  • SAT (Chatham Code: 2081), ACT (Chatham Code: 3538) or PSB (Psychological Service Bureau)
  • Registered Nursing School Aptitude Examination scores
  • Completion of the following high school courses
    • 4 years of English
    • 3 years of Science (Biology or Chemistry)
    • Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus
    • Highly recommended: Anatomy and Physiology, Physics
  • An on-campus or Skype interview with an admissions counselor is highly recommended
Pathways to Nursing application deadline: April 1st

Once accepted to the Pathways to Nursing Program, all students are required to satisfy the requirements for participation in clinical rotations including background checks and health screenings.

All students will be provided a current checklist detailing documentation to be provided and the respective submission deadlines when attending a post-acceptance Pathways to Nursing Information Session

Students not meeting the requirements to enter or remain enrolled in the UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing Program will receive written notification from the School of Health Sciences Dean's office advising them to select an academic major other than Pathways to Nursing. Students are required to complete appropriate documentation to secure a different academic major and advisor. The University Registrar's Office will automatically change the student's major to "undeclared" if the appropriate documentation is not completed in a timely manner.

+Admission Requirements for the RN to Bachelor in Nursing

Admission Requirements for the RN to Bachelor in Nursing

  • Have proof of completion of an RN degree (associate or diploma) with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Have proof of an Active RN license
  • Complete the free online application at https://www.chatham.edu/apply
  • Submit a copy of official transcripts of all completed undergraduate coursework from all schools attended.
  • Students may transfer up to 90 credit hours of college level courses into the program. All requests for transfer credit must be made prior to enrollment. A minimum of 30 credits, including the 26 credits of core requirements, must be completed at Chatham University.

+Admission Requirements for the Fully Online Undergraduate Programs

BA in Healthcare and Business Management

  • Completed a minimum of 21 healthcare related post-secondary credits, earning a C or better.
  • Transfer students who have received college credit for college-level courses may receive credit for courses within the liberal arts tradition for which he or she has earned a minimum of C.
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities previously attended. Official high school transcripts may also be required.
  • Completed free online application at https://www.chatham.edu/apply

BA in Business Administration
BA in Psychology

  • Completed free online application at https://www.chatham.edu/apply
  • Admission Essay: Provide a description of your academic and professional goals. Assess how you believe that the completion of the BA degree will help you achieve these goals (minimum 500 words).
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all accredited colleges or universities previously attended
  • Students may receive transfer credits for courses in which they have received a letter grade of "C" or better.
  • High School Diploma or GED with GPA of 2.5 of higher if less than 24 prior college credits
  • Official SAT or ACT scores are highly Suggested if no prior college
  • Letter of recommendation may be requested if no test scores

+Non-Degree Seeking Student

If you do not intend to pursue a degree, but want to take courses for personal enrichment, professional development, permanent certification, or to apply for degree status at a later date, you can seek admission as a Non-Degree Seeking Student (NDS).

Courses taken as non-degree are not guaranteed to count towards a degree. At the discretion of the appropriate program director, a qualified student can take up to 12 credit hours of courses as an NDS Student. Students who have been denied admittance into a program cannot register for courses as an NDS Student. Students must earn a passing grade to continue as an NDS Student (Graduate Courses: B-, Undergraduate Courses: C). Successful completion of 12 credit hours as an NDS Student does not imply admittance into a degree-granting program. In cohort programs, degree seeking students will be given preference for available seats.

NDS applicants must complete the Non-Degree Seeking application available from the Admission Office. In addition, applicants must submit official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Applicants requesting a graduate-level course must submit transcripts showing the award of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students who are requesting courses with a pre-requisite must submit official transcripts showing the completion of all pre-requisites from an accredited institution.

+Admission Procedures for International Undergraduate Students

Students of all ages who are graduates of secondary school systems worldwide may apply as first-time college students or as transfer students from accredited international or American colleges and universities. To be considered for full admission, nonnative English speakers need to submit a TOEFL iBT score of 71 or higher, a TOEFL pBT score of 525 or higher, an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher, or completion of English Language Program level 4. Despite language test scores, new students will be tested upon arrival on campus during orientation. Based on the test results, student will be advised to take appropriate courses offered by the English Language Program and other departments. Students with English language scores less than this will be considered for English Language Program admission with conditional undergraduate admission to Chatham University.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Completed Undergraduate Student Application for Admission, the Common Application, or visit the College's website at www.chatham.edu to apply on-line
  • Nonrefundable application fee of U.S. $35 (check drawn from a U.S. bank or international postal money order payable to Chatham University). Online application is free.
  • Admissions essay
  • Official secondary and postsecondary academic records from all schools attended. Translation and professional evaluation required for non-U.S. post-secondary institutions.*
  • Official copy of TOEFL, IELTS, STEP score, ACT or SAT (Chatham code for SAT: 2081)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of U.S. visa and other immigration documents (if currently living in the United States)
  • Proof of financial support (one official bank statement indicating enough funds to cover the first year of education at Chatham.
*Transfer Transcript Evaluation Policy: Post-secondary credentials from an educational system other than the United States must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluator who is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. See http://www.naces.org/members.html
The admissions decision and transfer evaluation require official transcripts, translations and professional evaluation. The cost of the professional evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant.

If applicants are transferring from a US institution, please refer to the transfer credits section. Applications are accepted throughout the year (rolling admissions). To receive priority consideration, however, students should apply by March 15 for the fall term and by November 1 for the spring term.

Accepted students who plan to enroll and live on campus must pay the $150 tuition and $150 housing deposits. Tuition and Housing deposits are non-refundable. Accepted students who have adequate financial resources will be issued the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Status (Form I-20) or the Form DS-2019 (J-1 Exchange Visitor), which will be used by the student to apply for F-1 student visa status or J-1 exchange status.

Proof of Finance

Per U.S. immigration requirements, international students need to provide sufficient funds to cover the estimated cost of attendance before being issued the I-20 or DS-2019 form. Except for the merit scholarship awarded to eligible international students, no additional financial assistance is provided by Chatham University. The student, their family, and outside sponsors (to be identified by the student) are expected to provide the remaining amount of the cost of attendance. Students must provide proof of financial resources indicating enough funds to cover educational costs for the first year at Chatham University. For additional information regarding proof of finances, please contact the international admissions counselor. Further information is available from the Office of Admissions.

+Admission Procedures for Non-Degree International Students

Chatham Semester Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program outside the U.S. may study at Chatham for up to one year. To apply, you must have a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). If your native language is not English, you must meet the minimum required scores on a standardized language exam (550/79 on TOEFL, 6.0 on IELTS). If your scores fall under those limits, you may be required to either take both academic courses and English language courses or complete Chatham's ELP program before you are eligible for the Chatham Semester.

Interested students should submit the following:

  • Completed Chatham Semester Application
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Bank verification letter showing sufficient funds for the semester or year.
  • Standardized language exam results

Chatham Internship

Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program outside the U.S. may study at Chatham for one or two semesters and complete a semester of internship. To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, a TOEFL score of 550 (79) or higher or IELTS 6.0 or higher, and completion of at least two years of full-time undergraduate coursework at home university.

Students must submit the following:

  • Completed Chatham Internship Application
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • Bank verification letter showing sufficient funds for the semester or year.
  • Standardized language exam results
  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Proposal of the type of internship work that the student hopes to do (please note that we cannot guarantee the position)

English Language Program

All non-native English speakers seeking to improve their English Language skills are welcome to apply to the English Language Program (ELP) at Chatham University. To apply to the ELP, please visit www.chatham.edu/elp and complete an online application form. It is recommended that applicants have graduated from high school. In addition to the application form, please submit scanned or photographed copies of the following documents online:

  • Passport
  • Proof of funding/financial documents (financial guarantee or bank statement)

Exchange students

Exchange student applications are submitted to Chatham by exchange partner institutions. Students must be pre-approved by their home institution. To apply, students submit:

  • Application for Exchange Students
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of transcript/mark sheet
  • To be recommended by home institution, students must have recommended TOEFL scores:
    • For undergraduate coursework is 550 for paper-based and 79 internet-based exam.
      • Minimum of 500 is required. Students with scores between 500-550 will take a combination of English Language and Academic classes.
    • For graduate coursework is 600 for paper-based and 100 internet-based exam.
      • Minimum of 550 is required. Tutoring and optional English language coursework is available for students with scores between 550-600.
  • Proof of finances is required for:
    • Housing and food
    • Living expenses
    • Books and fees
  • Students will be coming as J-1 exchange visitor (non degree student). Chatham will issue DS-2019 immigration documents.

General Education Requirements for International Students

Non-native English speaking students need to take a placement test upon arrival and may take English for Academic Purposes classes during the first two semesters as required by the English Language Program. Other first-year requirements will also need to be completed. Students required to take ELP courses will meet Chatham University General Education requirements through successful completion of these courses.