Info for School Counselors

Welcome, school counselors! Here we’ve assembled some quick facts and resources to give you a sense of the day-to-day life at Chatham.
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Undergraduate Admission is Test Optional

No SAT or ACT test scores are necessary to receive full admission review. For 2021 enrollment, all special programs will waive test score requirements; this includes honors, integrated degree programs (IDPs) and all premier scholarship programs. A well written essay and one letter of recommendation is optional but strongly recommended to complete the application.

Test Optional Admission : Checkerboard 1 - Undergraduate Admission is Test Optional
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Academic Excellence

Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report, Chatham University offers a blend of professional preparation and liberal arts skill-building in our areas of excellence: sustainability and health, business and communication, and the arts and sciences. We offer on-ground and online degrees, ~40 undergraduate majors, 25 masters degrees, and four doctoral degrees through the the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Arts, Science & Business

Our Academics : Checkerboard 3 - Academic Excellence
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Integrated Degrees Program

It goes without saying that both job markets and graduate degree programs are increasingly more competitive, and especially so in certain fields like the health sciences. Every chance you have to make yourself—and your credentials—more competitive is important. So that's why Chatham has made getting a leg up with an advanced degree clearer, quicker, and more affordable with the Integrated Degree Program (IDP).

Explore the IDP : Checkerboard 4 - Integrated Degrees Program
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Global Citizenship

Students are encouraged to complement their classroom experience with internships, study abroad, or research projects with their professors. Our award-winning Global Focus Program leads a campus-wide initiative focused on a specific country or region of the world over the course of an academic year—through curriculum, films, lectures, performances, and cuisine. We also encourage all students to study abroad and, to support undergraduate students in doing so, Chatham offers a one-time $1,200 study abroad voucher. 

Global Citizenship Info : Checkerboard 6 - Global Citizenship
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Rachel Carson & Sustainability

Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, and is recognized today as an international leader in the field of sustainability. Chatham is consistently ranked one of the top 25 schools for sustainability by the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating SystemTM (STARS®), selected to the Princeton Review Green Honor Roll, and mentioned as one of the most sustainable universities in the United States by USA Today, Forbes and other national media. Chatham is also consistently ranked as a “Best College” in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report.

Sustainability at Chatham : Checkerboard 7 - Rachel Carson & Sustainability
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Career Preparedness

At Chatham we balance a world-class liberal arts education with the development of professional skills and competencies that allow students to build lives of value, purpose, and fulfilling work, and be leaders in the fields that drive tomorrow’s economy.

Explore Career Preparedness : Checkerboard 8 - Career Preparedness

Student Life

College is a time to learn, explore, and grow. At Chatham we believe that life outside of the classroom is just as educational and rewarding as time in it, and so we work to provide the opportunities, resources, and services that will achieve that. 

Chatham's Student Life : Checkerboard 9 - Student Life

Student Involvement

Students at Chatham have a multitude of ways to get involved such as leadership retreats and service opportunitiesevents and traditions, joining one or more of the over 50 student organizations on campus, or taking advantage of events happening in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Student Involvement : Checkerboard 10 - Student Involvement

Housing & Dining

Housed in renovated, historic mansions on Upper Campus; apartments conveniently located along Fifth Avenue; and an energy-neutral, LEED-certified building on Eden Hall Campus, our residence halls are focused on community integration and making the most of your college experience. Together, Residence Life and Parkhurst Dining engage and support undergraduate and graduate students throughout their University experience.

Research Housing & Dining : Checkerboard 11 - Housing & Dining
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Three Locations

  • Shadyside Campus, Chatham’s historic home since 1869, is a national arboretum situated on 39 acres minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, a vibrant city with 80,000 college students.
  • Chatham Eastside is home to our School of Health Sciences and interior architecture program, just down the road from Bakery Square, home to Google’s Pittsburgh office and a bustling commercial center.
  • Eden Hall Campus, situated on 388 acres just north of Pittsburgh, is the world’s first academic community designed and built from the ground up for studying (and living) sustainability.

Chatham Locations : Checkerboard 13 - Three Locations

Undergraduate Programs

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Student Profile: Carson Custer ‘23

Carson Custer was only a first-year student in the Immersive Media program when his work started attracting attention outside of Chatham.

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Chatham’s Biology program offers two tracks tailored to different fields of interest: the cell and molecular biology track and the human biology track.


The number of credits you can transfer when enrolling in Chatham's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Online) Program.

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Chatham’s RN-BSN earned a “Best Online Program” ranking from U.S. News and World Report in 2018.  

Online Study

Our Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration is a fully-online program, with courses available in seven-week formats. Students can transfer up to 90 credits or earn credits for prior learning.

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Alumna Profile: Allie Frownfelter '17

In one of her Sustainability classes, Allie Frownfelter  '17 was shocked by an image the class was shown. “It looked like a bunch of pixels on the screen,” she says, “but the professor said that it represented the number of plastic bottles that gets thrown out every second.” She was inspired to start a business.