New & Transfer Student Orientation

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

Fall 2023 New & Transfer Orientation will take place August 23-27, 2023.

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.

Registration will be provided during the summer.

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 June 1, 2023. The University-sponsored plan is designed to meet basic health care needs at an affordable cost. 

Students will have the option to start enrolling under two open enrollments: 

  • Fall Open Enrollment (BAR 1) – Opens June 1, 2023. Closes July 25, 2023. 
  • Fall Open Enrollment (BAR 2) – Opens August 7, 2023. Closes September 30, 2023.

Any questions should be emailed to the Office of Student Accounts

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, 2023. Check your Chatham University email for the link to create a Med+Proctor account. 

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 28, 2023. You will receive an email 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.

Move-In & Orientation

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

Domestic Students

The majority of incoming students residing on campus will move in on Wednesday, August 23rd

Further information and specific details about move-in day can be found on myChatham. Any questions should be directed to the Office of Residence Life at  

Student Athletes

In season (fall) student athletes should check with their coaches regarding move-in date and time.

International Students

International student move-in will take place on Friday, August 18, 2023, and Saturday, August 19, 2023. Any questions regarding international student move in should be directed to Kate Emory at


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 this summer. Here is a general overview of what you can expect from New & Transfer Student Orientation this year:  

Wednesday, August 23rd
Morning: Resident Students Move In
Afternoon: Cougars of Color Reception, Friends & Family Reception, Athletics Reception
Evening: Resident Hall Meetings

Thursday, August 24th
Morning: Meet Your Orientation Leader & Orientation Group
Afternoon: Welcome to Chatham Keynote Address
Evening: Social Event hosted by the Chatham Activities Board

Friday, August 25th
Morning: Academic Program Orientations and Chatham Career Launch
Afternoon: Campus Tours
Evening: Reception with the President, Social Event hosted by Chatham Activities Board

Saturday, August 26th
Morning: Pittsburgh Neighborhood Excursions
Afternoon: Athletic & Fitness Center (AFC) Tours
Evening: Social Event hosted by the Chatham Activities Board

Sunday, August 27th
Morning: Fitness Classes
Afternoon: University Picnic, Sex Signals Sexual Assault Prevention Program, & Start of Semester Kickoff
Evening: Rest and get ready for the start of the semester on Monday, August 28th

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 28th. Below are some ways to get started.

Download the ChathamU app to stay up to date on campus events and activities and to access important information and tools all in one place. Search "Chatham University" in the App or Google Play Store to download. 
Incoming undergraduate students can stop by the IT Help Desk in Woodland Hall starting on August 23, 2023 to pick up their laptops. Please bring your Student ID if you have already picked it up, or a state-issued ID. If you are unable to pick up your laptop on this date, you can do so during the IT Help Desk office hours of 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  

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 two of the AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention online modules.

You can find events on campus by going to myChatham and selecting “Happenings” (or by clicking this link), or by downloading the ChathamU App by searching “Chatham University” in the App Store or Google Play Store.

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. If you have additional questions, please email for support.

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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.