A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow 

Founded in 1869, Chatham University offers 40+ undergraduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts & sciences, and business & communications. Chatham has consistently been named a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report, and—as the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson ‘29— routinely ranks as one of the top universities in the world for sustainability as measured by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

Chatham is spread across three distinct locations in Pittsburgh, PA, one of America’s most livable cities and top college towns: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; Chatham Eastside in Pittsburgh’s rapidly growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one of the world’s most sustainable campuses.


You won’t find every area of study at Chatham University—which means you can rest assured of our excellence in the areas we do offer. Chatham (and Chatham’s graduates) are known nationwide for our expertise in the study and practice of health and sustainability, business and communications, and the arts and sciences. We offer over 40 undergraduate majors. 

Have you known what you want to study since you were ten? Are you planning to explore by taking classes in a number of areas? Wherever you are in thinking about your future course of study, at Chatham you’ll find a wide, deep range of fascinating classes that will challenge and inspire you. Follow your passion, pick up a side interest, make yourself stand out from the crowd—it’s all right here

At Chatham, we think an honors program should engage you, not just give you more work to complete. That’s why the Chatham Honors Program is designed as an interdisciplinary challenge, engaging you both in and out of the classroom. And through our Integrated Degree Programs, qualified students can earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in as few as five years—saving time and money.  

Residential Life 

The residential experience at Chatham is unlike any other. Housed in renovated, historic mansions, our residence halls are focused on community integration and making the most of your college experience. All students who have completed less than four semesters of college/university are required to reside in on-campus housing for their first two years at Chatham. Explore our residence halls here

Living Learning Communities are a special housing option which affords students the opportunity to continue to learn outside of the classroom through the use of programming, daily interactions with other residents, and connection with faculty, staff, and community resources. Students who are selected to reside in an LLC are required to help develop and participate in LLC programming and to be an integral part of the community. 

Extracurricular Life 

Chatham students have a ton of opportunities to get involved outside of classes—such as leadership retreats, service opportunities, late night and weekend events, outdoor activities, campus traditions, joining student organizations (we currently have over 50), or taking advantage of events happening in the greater Pittsburgh area. And if there’s a student organization that you’d like to see that we don’t have yet, we make it easy to get it started up. 

Opportunities for leadership and civic engagement are a particular trademark of Chatham—check out some of our related programs. And don’t forget to cheer on the Chatham Cougars, with 18 NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports teams.


Deadline Information 

Chatham accepts students on a rolling application deadline. That means you can apply at any time.

Required Application Materials

  • Chatham University Undergraduate Admission is test optional--no SAT or ACT test scores are necessary to receive full admission review.
  • Students must submit:
    • Completed application for admission
    • Official high school transcripts
  • Optional, but recommended application materials include:
    • Essay or writing sample
    • One or more letters of recommendation from guidance counselor or teachers. 

The Office of Admission reviews each application in its entirety using a holistic review process to determine whether a student will thrive at Chatham. Since not all students showcase their abilities in the same way, each application is given careful consideration before an admission decision is reached.

Financial Aid

To help eligible students afford a Chatham education, the university offers need-based financial aid, merit-based scholarships, student employment, information about loans, and tuition payment plans.

Learn more about tuition and fees, scholarships and grants, and loan and payment options here.

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