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| Chatham College was an astounding disappointment for the two years I attended. |
The academics are severely lacking. The course catalog on Chatham's website lists majors that are entirely unavailable and courses that haven't been taught within the past decade. Many students find that if they want to complete a major they will be forced to take all their upper level classes at Pitt. Many departments only have one or two professors and a few adjuncts. Internships are unavailable. The "internship" office at Chatham's PACE office is more concerned with finding local babysitting jobs than internships.
And as for the school's motto "world ready women...." I spent the summer of 2006 studying abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris. My transcript from the Sorbonne was never reviewed. When I spoke to the registrar's office about this they said they had "a big stack of papers," with their hands separated so I could get a visual. And this was more than 6 months later. I knew a senior who graduated this year who was not allowed to participate in senior week events because the school never reviewed the credits from when she studied abroad more than a year ago. Furthermore, I wanted to study abroad for a semester but there were NO scholarships or aid provided by the school. Chatham’s study abroad office offers no help for how to obtain a passport, pay, or look for a program. They will only direct you to studyabroad.com then be unable to answer any questions you might have. I know students from other schools have had similar experiences, but when a school has 6 registrars and a total undergraduate population of less than 500 their treatment should be better.
Oh and their environmental focus, students (not Chatham) just started a recycling program this past semester. They boasted their environmental programs and didn’t even bother to recycle. The campus was once a beautiful site. However, Chatham recently destroyed the country’s oldest indoor pool and a local historical site to build a conference room that will be similar to the dozens of such rooms on campus that are never used. Rubble and construction vehicles are now the main centerpiece of campus.
The only department at Chatham that hasn't rapidly declined has been the admissions department. Chatham keeps cramming in more and more students in hopes that more than 50% of them will stay to graduate. However, Chatham's attrition rate is pathetically low. I left because essentially, I was paying 30k a year to receive a second rate education. It was simply not worth the time or money.
|Jun 16 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2009 |
| Wow. I really like this school. I transferred from Duquesne (worst school ever). What a difference! This place actually caters to the intelligent, and offers an opportunity for one to choose their own way. |
This is an open-minded place with a healthy amount of diversity, thus the perspective is wide enough to accomodate unique thought processes.
In almost all of my classes thus far, I can honestly say there was no busywork. Everything we do is valuable in one respect or another, and for the most part, classes have actually been small enough that I was able to form real connections with my professors and felt comfortable asking for help when I needed it. I think a smaller class size usually leads to better grades. Professors are very accessible and helpful. (as opposed to Duquesne, where professors were pompous, close-minded, arrogant, nazi-conservative, fundy Christians who most likely hadn't even learned your name by the end of the semester).
I feel like this place is underestimated. It's a good school, and a great learning environment. People might have unfounded stereotypes about it like "it's a lesbian school" or "everyone there is man-hating and bitter". I disagree. I am neither personally, and most people I know don't fit that stereotype. In fact, people here are really nice. I haven't encountered a person yet who was unapproachable. The students are really easy to get along with and talk to. It's easy to make friends here. Even as a transfer student, or a commuter.
Good networking, too. Chatham alum are easy to contact, and eager to promote, recommend, fund and help current students. Alum are a good resource. My only qualm with this school is it's price. This is a pretty expensive school, and I would not be here if not for a scholarship. But you gotta do what you gotta do right? I'll be crazy in debt at the end of this, but at least I will have enjoyed it, right?
|Jan 18 2007|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2008 |
| I chose Chatham for its global perspective, commitment to environmental issues, emphasis on community service, and long history of educating smart, successful women. I think the school is best suited to students whose own ideals are compatible with these.|
Chatham provided me the opportunity to study abroad in 3 countries, take classes (in an obscure language) at the University of Pittsburgh for free, attend a national leadership conference, and expand my knowledge base and worldview like never before.
My professors and I built close frienships as well as academic relationships - this is not a place you will fall through the cracks unless you make it so! Class size is very small on average, so you will not struggle to be recognized by professors or have questions answered. I had several upper-level courses with less than 10 students!
Of course, Chatham's not for everyone, including those looking for a large co-ed social scene on campus (but that's available nearby), or people who don't appreciate diversity in its many forms.It's a great place to be, and you will love your 4 years at Chatham, as long as you do your research and know what to expect.
|Dec 10 2004|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2002 |