New Student Orientation

Welcome to Cougar Country! We are excited that you are joining our Chatham community. 

Fall 2022 New & Transfer Orientation will take place August 24-28, 2022.

Please take a few moments to review the Undergraduate Orientation information below, which highlights important details about Orientation, as well as what you need to complete prior to arriving on campus. Students will receive more information and instructions on how to register for orientation as we get closer to this date.


Before You Arrive

To make sure that your orientation experience is as smooth as possible, make sure you have completed the following tasks before arriving.

All incoming students should register for New Student Orientation, and will be notified via email when registration for the Fall 2022 orientation session opens. Check back in June for the registration link.

Health Insurance Requirement

Chatham is committed to the health and wellbeing of all of our students. All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage. Full-time students who wish to enroll in the Chatham University Student Health Insurance Plan can do so online at MyChatham starting August 1, 2022. The University-sponsored plan is designed to meet basic health care needs at an affordable cost.

Submit Health Information and Immunization Records

All students are required to submit health information and immunization record information through a secure web-based software platform called Med+Proctor, which will become part of your health record in the Office of Student Health Services. This information is due by: 

  • August 1, 2022 for International Students
  • August 1, 2022 for U.S. students

Information about the Vaccine Requirement

You will be receiving an e-mail to your Chatham University e-mail account from Med+Proctor prompting you to set-up your account shortly after you submit your University Deposit. You will need to log in, create an account, and have information verified by your doctor's office. Please be sure to check your Chatham e-mail account regularly (including the clutter and junk folders) for this email.

Submit your Medical Forms via Med+Proctor.

Download Student Health Checklist (PDF)

Your student ID grants you access to your residence hall, meal plan, and on-campus printing, in addition to a bus pass for Pittsburgh Port Authority and free admission to museums and more around Pittsburgh! Submit the ID Request Form, and your ID will be ready when you arrive to campus.

Submit the ID Request Form

All incoming students must complete Part I of the AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention online training modules by August 26, 2022. You will receive an e-mail with instructions for completing the courses after you submit the University Deposit.

Review the Student Honor Code
As citizens of the campus community, students must accept certain obligations that accrue by virtue of such citizenship. Consequently, students must adhere to community standards in accordance with the University's mission and expectations. Read the Complete Honor Code here.

Download the Chatham U Mobile App
Visit your app store and search “Chatham U” to find and download the Chatham U app. The app’s homepage is the Events Calendar, which lists upcoming activities, or you can get there by clicking the schoolhouse icon. Click “attend” to add events to your personal calendar.

Move-in & Orientation

We can't wait to welcome you! Read on for what to expect.

Students will receive communication from the Office of Residence Life regarding their housing assignments and move-in time. The majority of incoming students residing on campus will be assigned a move-in time on Wednesday, August 24th. The exact hours for move-in and assigned move-in time slots will be emailed in July. See note below regarding Early Arrival groups is you are a new in-season athlete, international student, or choir members.
Early Arrival Groups: Listed below are various groups that will move-in early due to an authorized University commitment. Further information about these individuals move-in process will be communicated by the Office of Residence Life and your program director or coach.
  • August 17th –Volleyball and Soccer team members.
  • August 19th –Cross Country Team members.
  • August 19 & 20th – New Incoming International Students (Information about your move-in process will be communicated and coordinated by the Office of International Affairs)
  • August 23rd – Chatham Choir Members

The program will welcome and introduce you to the campus community and provide important information and resources to help you succeed. You will meet other new students, learn about the campus community, and hear about ways to get involved! Please email the Office of Student Affairs with any questions.


The full orientation schedule will be released later this year.

After Orientation

Following orientation, it’s time to get ready for your classes and start getting involved in student life! Remember, classes begin Monday, August 29. Below are some ways to get started.

You’ll want to browse (and maybe bookmark) these tools and resources. They bring together links to MyChatham (Chatham’s intranet), Brightspace (our online learning platform), and MyPortal (where you can register for classes, update your personal information, view your Degree Progress Audit, and pay your student bill). Also consider visiting Chatham’s book store, in person or online.

Remember to keep checking your Chatham email for important information, including instructions on how to complete part 2 of the AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention online modules.

You can find events on campus by going to MyChatham and selecting “Happenings” (or clicking this link). Events can also be found on the ChathamU mobile app.  

Connect with your Academic Advisor to learn more about your academic program! Your Advisor is there to work with you to schedule courses each semester and answer any academic program questions you may have. You can locate your Academic Advisor's name and contact information by logging into MyChatham and clicking your name at the top right-hand corner of the screen. This takes you to an information page which includes your Academic Advisor.  

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The Office of Student Affairs & Dean of Students is an umbrella office located in Woodland Hall, overseeing Counseling and Health Services, Residence Life, and Student Engagement. We are committed to building a vibrant and inclusive student experience through creative programs, professional development, leadership opportunities, and creating a safe and healthy environment. For more information, please email the Office of Student Affairs or call 412-365-1286.