Chatham University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Chatham University
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Chatham University Admissions Overview:

Admissions at Chatham are somewhat selective--the school has an acceptance rate of 53%. Students applying to Chatham do not need to submit scores from the ACT or SAT. In addition to a completed application form, students must submit letters of recommendation and a writing sample. If students choose not to submit test scores, there are additional requirements--check the school's website for more information! 

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Chatham University Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Chatham is a test-optional college
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
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Chatham University Description:

Founded in 1869 as the Pennsylvania Female College, Chatham University had been a women's college at the undergraduate level up through the 2014-15 academic year (continuing education and graduate programs have been coeducational). As of the fall of 2015, the university will be completely coeducational. The university is located in a historic section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chatham's curriculum emphasizes study-abroad, internships and service learning, as well as the Senior Tutorial -- an original research project conducted under the one-on-one guidance of a faculty member. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Chatham College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Athletically, Chatham is a member of the NCAA Division III, in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,110 (1,002 undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 19% Male / 81% Female
  • 74% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $35,475
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,042
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $49,517

Chatham University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 90%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $22,231
    • Loans: $7,438

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, English, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 29%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 48%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Swimming and Diving, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Chatham University Mission Statement:

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"Chatham University prepares its students, bachelors through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to excel in their professions and to be engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious, life-long learners, and citizen leaders for democracy. Chatham College for Women offers superb career preparation informed by the liberal arts. Chatham College for Graduate Studies and Chatham College for Continuing and Professional Studies provide men and women with undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education of the highest quality with primary emphasis on preparation for work and the professions."

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