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what two million college students want you to know

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Over the summer, we showed you how Chatham addresses what Money Magazine called 8 Things College Students Should Do Now That Will Pay Off Big Later. Now, they’re sharing five key findings from over 2 million college students’ experiences across more than 100 college experiences. We can weigh in on that, too:

  1. It’s time to ignore your score. Your SAT or ACT score might be less important than you think it is (in fact, if you’re a first-year undergraduate applicant, you can apply to Chatham without even submitting standardized test scores—learn more here). At Chatham, we look at the whole applicant—and this is reflected in the range of scholarships we offer. Whether you’re into academics, music, community service, or the visual arts, your interests can translate to a superb education at a great value. To take just one example, our Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award and Scholarship offers (among other perks) a $5,000 Chatham University scholarship to one high school student from every high school across the U.S. who has demonstrated leadership in environmental or community sustainability awareness. (Top recipients are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship, too.)

  2. Success (or failure) isn’t just about academics.  Having a lot going on is the mark of many college students, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. At Chatham, we make sure that you know that we know this. We’ll help you find a sense of community through over 60 student-run organizations, and we have designated staff members looking out for particular interests and concerns of commuter students, transfer students, international students, and athletes. Among our offerings is R.I.S.E. (Retain. Involve. Strengthen. Excel.)—a program designed to increase the success, professionalism and leadership skills of students of color at Chatham University. R.I.S.E. provides incoming students of color with a mentor, institutional support, and a series of co-curricular programming.

  3. Writing skills matter, no matter what you major in. That said, the type of writing skills should depend on what you major in. That’s why Chatham has redesigned its undergraduate general education requirements so that you fine-tune your writing skills in a way that’s appropriate for your field of study. That means fewer biochemistry majors writing research papers on Jane Austen, and more of them learning how to write killer lab reports.

  4. The best students ask for help. At Chatham, we make it easy to get help. The PACE (Programs for Academic Access, Confidence, and Excellence) Center‘s academic support offerings include peer tutoring and supplemental instruction, academic coaching, academic skills workshops, and a course designed to assist at-risk first year Chatham students with the transition from high school to college. We also have a robust mentorship program, with Chatham alumni and local professionals. Our Office of Career Development prides itself on being so much more than “help for your resume,” and we offer counseling services, too.

  5. Planning clears the path to success. We couldn’t agree more! That’s why we launched the Chatham Plan—a systematic approach to making sure that when you leave Chatham, you’re ready for whatever comes next. From assessing your strengths and interests to making sure that you’re prepared for overseas opportunities, the Chatham Plan is a blueprint for getting the absolute most out of your time here, and setting you up your future successes.