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If you care at all about your impact

Jul 30 2014Other
If you care at all about your impact in the future and the integrity of an institution (remember-you can get an equal to better education elsewhere for many fewer tuition dollars)--do not attend this school. Most of the full time faculty that made this place great over a decade ago have been replaced by adjunct professors, and the president has no real care for the institution itself other than to use it as a cash cow. Basicay, you may as well go to a for profit institution lime the Art Institute. All schools are going to go after you because they just see $$, but you can certainly find a school that will value more than this one will now. Also, one you spend all that time and money for your education, you better be respected as an alum. This school (is president and board) will not do that.
Alumna Female -- Class 2000
Preparedness: D+ Reputation: -

Attending Chatham University has been a blessing

May 20 2013Business - Management and Administration
Attending Chatham University has been a blessing. While I can give you negatives (as there are in many schools), I wish to focus more on what you need to know before deciding to attend. For starters, opportunities are widely presented to you on campus, but if you are not a person to take the initiative than Chatham may not be for you. The staff and faculty can only encourage you so much, but you have to take the final step. If you do, you are guaranteed to succeed. Also, when choosing Chatham, you have to realize the class sizes are small and personalized. In the business programs, at least, it is highly group oriented, as Chatham tries to prepare you for real world environment. One thing that Chatham is very good at is teaching its students how to present and offering opportunities to improve for higher scores. While the grades are very important, what you got out of it is more important. Third, the staff and faculty know you by name. They care. Period. If you get involved in dramatics and believe that you can't be respectful, Chatham is not for you. We are a community and, within our peers, a 'sisterhood.' Also, if you are a religiously oriented student or an international student, Chatham is very accepting. We do not press our views onto each other, but teach each other for global understanding. Basically, Chatham is a school for a woman wanting structure and opportunities. It provides you with the ability to be world ready and to really grow into who you are rather than who someone wants you to be. Any opportunities to take place in the social environment can be found within other college campuses in Pittsburgh, so no opportunities are missed. I highly recommend Chatham University to all young women out there.
1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Individual Value: A+, Faculty Accessibility: A-

Chatham is curiosity

Jul 24 2013Biology
Chatham is curiosity.
Chatham began as a women's college that continues to persevere today as the backbone of the university. It has also been the source of a lot of change ? ranging from recovering from a budget crisis (?90s) to expanding international and local partnerships. Now, Chatham is starting its School of Sustainability through the Eden Hall farm. Each year presents something new for this small liberal arts college turned university.

My first-year experience was revealing. I found comfort in my academics that spanned chemistry conundrums, postmodern fiction, and feminist theory through film. But, there was also time to relax between studies. Student Affairs provided weekly activities for outdoor recreation (ziplining, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, snow-tubing), volunteering (TreePittsburgh, Frick Watershed, MWFA), and art appreciation (CLO Musicals, Gallery Night). And, clubs were a ton of fun! There was putting on shows like Rocky Horror, Vagina Monologues, and the One Act Festival. And, a huge art festival called ?Extraction? Whew. And, Career Development helped to clarify some of my goals in my job and graduate school planning through advising. In the future years, I look forward to completing an internship and tutorial (capstone project) before I graduate.

I am thoroughly happy with my current experience. Chatham College for Women has only 600-700 undergraduates ? but opportunities abound.

Here are some important things to know:
Like any college, Chatham struggles to meet students financially. And, Chatham is expensive (40,000 ? Tuition, Room and Board)! Most get both federal and institutional aid. But, be sure to negotiate with the admission officers. Plus, use your common sense to see if you can both afford and stay in the college. College is a privilege that, unfortunately, isn?t accessible for everyone. Many of Chatham?s programs, including its women?s college, are not for everyone. Chatham does not offer NCAA I sports, parties, or big, bustling student population that are often found at public universities.

Additionally, be sure to meet with the faculty and staff, including Deans ? many of them are open to chat over coffee. Many student ideas are turned into recurring programs (ex. Cougar Connectors, RISE, Words Without Walls, etc.).

1st Year Female -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B
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