Chatham University

Office of Student Affairs

An important aspect of a Chatham education is the learning that takes place outside the classroom. Complementing the academic curriculum is a comprehensive program of activities and services that supports each student's personal, social, and intellectual growth. Participation in these programs not only strengthens and adds balance to the academic program, but also promotes interaction among students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

Being a Chatham student, whether enrolled as an undergraduate or in a graduate program, means being an active, involved member of the community, now and in the future. Students are urged to become involved in at least one major activity in each year. At Chatham, all activities are easily available to all students, and opportunities for leadership abound.

+Vision Statement

Student Affairs will be a model division characterized by student centered and innovative programs that exceed students' expectations while increasing student retention.

+Mission Statement

Our mission is to work in a collaborative spirit with the campus community to encourage the learning and success of all Chatham University students through student-centered values, actions and outcomes.

+Student Academic Planner and Handbook

Student Academic Planner and Handbook

+Central Office of Student Affairs

Woodland Hall, First Floor; (412) 365-1286,
The Division of Student Affairs coordinates all co-curricular aspects of both undergraduate and graduate student life. The Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and staff of the division are available for confidential discussions about personal matters and to provide guidance to individual students in identifying, articulating, and resolving problems. The division is comprised of five major departments, including the central office, that provide services to students.

The Office of Student Affairs recognizes the need to support the growth and development of wellness and balance in the lives of our students while simultaneously enriching their educational experience. For more in-depth information on any of the following offices or to learn more about the co-curricular experiences and opportunities we offer, please stop by the central office of Student Affairs or consult your student handbook.

+Varsity Athletics - Division III

Athletic and Fitness Center; (412) 365-1519,
Chatham is a member of the NCAA Division III and sponsors fourteen intercollegiate sports for undergraduate students.

+Office of Career Development

Dilworth, First Floor; (412) 365-1209,
The Office of Career Development is here to help you on your journey to becoming world ready. From student employment and internship opportunities to one-on-one career advising and the professional mentorship program, they are eager to help you develop and reach your goals.

+Office of Residence Life and Student Activities

Woodland Hall, First Floor; (412) 365-1518,
Carriage House, Second Floor; (412) 365-2990,
Campus events and housing can be a central part of your college experience. The Office of Residence Life and Student Activities coordinate a myriad of co-curricular programs, activities and services for all students.

+Student Health and Wellness

Athletic and Fitness Center; (412) 365-1625
Counseling Services: Woodland Hall, Ground Floor; (412) 365-2973
Student Health Services: Woodland Hall, Ground Floor; (412) 365-1714
This department is comprised of three offices working in tandem to safeguard your physical and emotional wellness.

+Service-Learning and Community Service

Service-Learning and Community Service are integral parts of student life at Chatham. Resources include information on local, national, and international volunteering sites; "Year of Service" opportunities such as Americorps, the Peace Corps, and Teach for America; and contacts for the off-campus community service Federal Student Employment Program. Email for additional information about service opportunities. There are also many ongoing service opportunities at Chatham, including seasonal blood drives, various food and clothing drives, and Alternative Spring Break trip. Students may also get involved in community service through Chatham student organizations or apply to be a part of the Bonner Leader service leadership program.

Chatham sponsors special Community Service events throughout the academic year, such as the Day of Service, Volunteer and Community Awareness Fair, and service in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Chatham University is a certifying organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award program which recognizes individuals, families, and groups who by their demonstrated commitment and example; inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Volunteers are recognized for their service at campus events including Closing Convocation and the Valuing our Volunteers event.

Service is also an increasingly integral part of the academic life of the campus, as a growing number of faculty weave service into the fabric of the classroom. Many Chatham courses include a service component to combine practical learning experiences and research with opportunities for meaningful reflection.