Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232
Founded in 1869, Chatham is the oldest women's college west of the Alleghenies. A private, liberal arts college, Chatham is situated on 32 park-like acres in the city of Pittsburgh-only minutes away from a bustling downtown where corporate headquarters provide first-class opportunities for internships. For 129 years, Chatham has been preparing women for personal and professional success through a combination of strong academics, varied cocurricular programs, lively on-campus life and a commitment to engaging its students in service leadership and professional development activities. Chatham women, who represent 28 states and nine countries, work one-on-one with faculty and staff-both in and out of the classroom-to experience new challenges, expand their horizons and discover their leadership potential. Through coursework and the capstone senior tutorial project, which is a year-long independent research project in a field of the student's choosing, students realize their intellectual strength and interests.
Chatham's liberal arts education is designed to last a lifetime and to provide students with the flexibility and confidence necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. Through small, seminar-style classes and hands-on learning opportunities, students become self-directed learners with the ability to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively. More than 50 undergraduate majors and preprofessional programs are offered. Students may personalize their education by creating interdisciplinary and double majors. The academic calendar, divided into two semesters and a January interim period, facilitates study and service-learning opportunities throughout the world and encourages students to take advantage of two professional internships. Through Chatham Abroad, sophomores experiences a three-week trip with faculty and classmates to a site such as Morocco, Egypt, England, Italy, Belize, Ireland or Spain. If graduate or professional school is a goal of a Chatham student, the College offers preferred entrance into its own master's degree programs of physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies and teaching and collaborates with other institutions to provide opportunities in engineering, in an environmental and occupational health master's program and in medicine.
Chatham excels at offering a vibrant campus life with extraordinary opportunities to get involved. More than 40 campus organizations, including academic clubs, honorary societies, performing groups, campus publications, student government and special-interest clubs and organizations, are available for students with varying interests. If an organization does not exist to meet a student's interests, she is encouraged to create a new club. Chatham values intellectual development while emphasizing students' social, emotional and physical development as well. Involvement in campus life helps students to develop valuable skills-teamwork, leadership and negotiation-that are important in any career. Residence life at Chatham is comfortable, safe and different than most colleges. Four of the five residence halls are former private homes that have been converted to meet the needs of students. The historic homes, which belonged to some of Pittsburgh's leading families, offer large rooms and beautiful surroundings with a welcoming "home-away-from-home" feeling.
Facilities and Resources
At Chatham, it's easy to take advantage of computer resources and Internet access. The College's fiber optic network provides Internet access for every student in each residence hall room to be linked to the campus and the world. Other computer facilities are available in the computer center, which features IBM personal computers, Macintosh systems, laser printers, scanners and CD-ROM access. In addition to offering the facilities, the Computer Center provides one-on-one training and workshops. The Jennie King Mellon Library holds more than 95,000 volumes, 600 periodical subscriptions, individual study rooms and carrels, computerized research systems and classrooms. The Learning Center, an academic support service center offering tutoring, time-management and other workshops and services to international students and students with disabilities, is also located in the library. If students require additional research venues, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is just minutes away. Recreational facilities are provided on campus. A swimming pool and bowling alley are located in Andrew W. Mellon Center. Outdoor tennis courts are adjacent to the weight room, dance studio and gymnasium.
Thirteen percent of the student body of Chatham is comprised of African-American women. Add to that 36 women representing 19 foreign countries, and you begin to get a picture of the diversity of which Chatham College is extremely proud.
On campus, the Black Student Union serves not only African-American students at Chatham, but also provides stimulating social and cultural events for all students. From the Kwanzaa celebration at holiday time to Black History Month in February, educational and entertainment offerings reflect the multi-talented student body at this women's college of 650 students. In addition, courses from the College's African-American Studies Department allow all students an opportunity to learn about African culture.
Chatham, a member of the Atlantic Women's College Conference, competes at the NCAA Division III level. Approximately one-third of Chatham's students participate in one or more of the College's six varsity teams-volleyball, soccer, tennis, basketball, ice hockey and softball. Chatham was the first college in western Pennsylvania to field a women's ice hockey team. Intramural and recreational sports including golf and sports are also offered each semester.
Chatham College views financing an education as a partnership among the student, her family and the College. Because the rising cost of education is a significant consideration for many students and their families when selecting a college, Chatham has made a major commitment to its undergraduate financial aid program by awarding more than $5 million annually. The College offers both need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships and assists more than 95 percent of its students with some form of aid. Need-based aid consists of federal, state and Chatham grant monies, loans and work-study. Merit scholarships are based on academic performance, standardized testing scores and participation in cocurricular and community service activities. To be considered for all types of financial aid, students should complete both the Application for Admission and the Application for Financial Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) also should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1.
Chatham accepts fall- and spring-term applications on a rolling basis. First-year student applicants must submit the following: completed Application for Admission, nonrefundable application fee of $25, official high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores and a recommendation form from a teacher. It is suggested that first-year applicants submit an admission essay. An admission interview also is strongly encouraged.
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