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Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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If you care at all about your impactQuite BrightOther
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 Most of the full time faculty that made this place great over a decade ago have been replaced by adjunct professors, and the president has no real care for the institution itself other than to use it as a cash cow.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
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Chatham is curiosity.BrightBiology
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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