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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.).
|Jul 24 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| 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. |
|May 20 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| Where do I begin? I graduated from this school right before its University accreditation. The politics of which really have no place in my comments here. I want to say to all the prospective students out there reading this Chatham is WAY TOO EXPENSIVE and not a great education! The students are very dull and mediocre. The curriculum has been dumbed down over the years to match pace with the need to occupy classrooms with any warm body that will sign for the student loans to do so. Admissions are wide open for anyone, so if you are desperate for that B.A. or B.S. getting in will be no problem. But the exceedingly high cost is ridiculous: there's no way even the other homophobic, conservative Christian comments on this board would even tell you otherwise. If even those people say its not a good education and I would likely be contrary to anything those students say. Well thanks to this website finally leftist activists and right wing conservative Christian students have one thing common: we both are trying to tell you this school is not a good one. |
|Jun 30 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |