Chatham University

Undergraduate Admission 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).

Admission to Chatham University is determined by the candidate's academic record, her promise as a student at Chatham, and commitment to continued personal growth. Chatham gives preference to students that come 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 itself does not ensure admission to Chatham. Acceptance is contingent upon a candidate's completion of secondary school requirements and is based on careful review of all credentials presented by the candidate.

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 SAT optional policy and choose not to submit their SAT 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 an applicant feels that these materials do not adequately represent her academic abilities or explain her academic history, she is encouraged to submit additional explanatory materials to strengthen her application.

Further, prospective students are strongly encouraged to arrange for a personal tour of campus and meet with an Admission Counselor. Campus tours are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. and on select Saturdays throughout the year (please contact The Office of Admission for upcoming dates). If it is not possible to schedule a campus visit, prospective students should contact the Office of Admission to schedule an interview with an alumnae representative in their area.

+ 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 25 percent 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 SAT optional policy and choose not to submit their SAT 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

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 she has earned a minimum of C. A preliminary evaluation of transfer credits is made at the time of admission to provide the applicant with an indication of her 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, CLEP credit, and courses completed at previous institutions of higher education.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to arrange for a personal tour of campus and meet with an Admission Counselor. Campus tours are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. and on select Saturdays throughout the year (please contact The Office of Admission for upcoming dates). If it is not possible to schedule a campus visit, prospective students should contact the Office of Admission to schedule an interview with an alumnae representative in their area.