Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Size: 977 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 100% in Chatham College for Women
Note: Spring 2015 is the final semester for Chatham College for Women. Chatham University will fully transition to coeducation in Fall 2015.
Tuition (one year): $32,234
Most Popular Majors: Health Professions, Business/Marketing, Psychology
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 61%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Chatham University’s website at http://www.chatham.edu/admission/.
Photo (Stephanie Welling): The Chatham Bookstore
Why Choose Chatham?
"Chatham is one big community. Everyone knows everyone. It's like one big sorority. When I attended Chatham everyone was pretty much good friends with everyone else on campus. You walk through the Quad and people wave, say hi and/or talk to you. Everyone is super friendly."
"I chose Chatham because I wanted to attend a small university that emphasized women's leadership and education as well as environmentalism. I looked into several colleges but when I looked at Chatham's website I immediately fell in love and knew that I had to attend this university! I was so happy when I received my acceptance letter. It was one of the best days of my life!"
"I love the small, beautiful campus."
"During my college search in high school, I had never heard of Chatham University before. Chatham actually found me through the Rachel Carson Book Award - a small scholarship that is offered to female juniors who show promise in the fields of science and English. I started to look into Chatham after receiving the award and couldn't have asked for a more perfect fit."
"I chose Chatham because of its liberal arts curriculum, its promise of turning me into a world ready woman, and its proximity to Razzy Fresh."
"Because it's beautiful, and I heard the English program was great. I heard correctly."
"I liked the campus and the feel of being here. It's got a very calming atmosphere, and I actually like returning."
"I almost didn't go to college, but a teacher of mine was a Chatham alumna and convinced me that I would really find my place at Chatham. She was right."
"I chose Chatham for the small class sizes and for the scholarly English professors."
"I thought that Chatham provided a lot of opportunities to its students. Also the environment seemed supportive."
"I was looking for a school with a good environmental program in Pennsylvania that wasn’t in a rural locale because I wanted things to do outside of class time.... At Chatham I felt like an individual instead of a number."
"It reminds me a lot of Hogwarts and they take good care of their women."
"I chose Chatham because it is a small school with the type of community I enjoy."
"At first, it was because of the financial aid package Chatham offered. But when I first stepped onto the campus, the scenery and the atmosphere immediately attracted me."
"I chose Chatham because I felt special when I came on campus. I felt like I could be my own person without any judgment. Everyone knows me by my name and not just a number."
"Like many people, I don't know exactly why I chose Chatham. I just know that I went on my tour in my senior year of high school and fell in love with the campus and the positive atmosphere."
"I originally chose Chatham to be closer to extended family in Philadelphia and New York. Going through the years, however, I really chose it because I love the city of Pittsburgh and the Chatham atmosphere. I have never felt more supported in a single place."
"The community. I knew I would be able to find leadership roles here that I wouldn't find anywhere else."
"I always loved small schools and I wanted to be in the city, so after I spent a night at this beautiful campus, I knew I'd fit right in."
"One of many reasons was because they have both the program I want and many students who are passionate about social welfare like I am."
"For the beautiful campus and esteemed English program."
"Travel: Check; Environmentally Aware: Check; Women: Check."
"Not only I am part of the friendliest community, the liberal traditions that go back to the 1860s structures the Chatham woman's mindset to one day change the world. The depth and breadth of my humanistic education provide the means to span the globe."
"I love the relationship I have with administrative, faculty, staff and students. There are many opportunities on campus and in Pittsburgh available for Chatham students."
"I've said it before, I think every time, but the community. I love that everyone knows everyone, and I love that, when I am honestly sad or upset, I have a horde of Chatham friends that is willing to cheer me up. I also love that Chatham is a very open and accepting environment, particularly in regards to the LGBTQIA+ department. Chatham allows students to explore/question different parts of their sexual and personal identity that I don't think is offered at many other schools."
"Chatham's pillars of environmental awareness, global understanding, and women's leadership were 3 things that I was already dedicated to, that I had a great respect for, and that I didn't know much about, respectively. What better college than one where I could learn both what I wanted, what I believed in, and more? Also, seeing the campus for the first time during the last flush of autumn color definitely sealed the deal for me."
Photo 1 (Rosemary Davies): Students gathered outside the Carriage House for an Artist Collective funnel cake fundraiser.
Photo 2 (Rosemary Davies): A snowy view of campus from Mellon Center
Photo 3 (Mara Flanagan): Chatham's quad
"I love how Chatham always makes me ask questions. Whether it's about Wnt signaling in planaria or social issues like fracking, Chatham is electrically charged - and, that's exciting!"
"I love the sense of community here. I really feel like I'm part of a family."
"The abundance of nature in this little mid-city pocket is what I love most. And the professors are marvelous; they are genuinely intelligent and interesting people."
"I love that at Chatham, everyone knows everyone else! There are 100-some different clubs to get involved with, and basically everyone helps everyone else. Sometimes, my face hurts from smiling, because walking up/down Chapel hill, I see someone that I know and say hello."
"The welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is very nice. They are willing to help you with anything, you just need to ask!"
"I love being a student at Chatham because I know that I'm getting an experience that I would not earn anywhere else. I have friends and family and loved ones here. People who work hard are rewarded, and people who make Chatham their home are welcomed with open arms."
Photo 1 (Mara Flanagan): A wintry view of the Carriage House
Photo 2 (Stephanie Welling): Rea Coffeehouse
"Hire more professors! We need to have more (tenured) professors here at Chatham. Some classes cannot be taught because we don't have the resources."
"The faculty retention. I'm seriously worried about my program, Environmental Science. There aren't many instructors left (one dedicated to Environmental STUDIES, which is not Science) and I don't want to see the program die."
"If I could improve one thing about Chatham, it would be its green initiatives. For a school that prizes sustainability, Chatham drops the ball environmentally in many ways that are easy to fix."
"Administrators needs to keep students in the loop when it comes to student-related concerns. They have done a nice job involving CSG [Chatham Student Government], but the communication with the student body still needs improvement."
"I think we lack interdepartmental communication. I think that they have great ideas (like switching to the new Deans) but they still need to iron out the kinks in communicating between departments. I had to do a run-around once, and one person sent me to another and another and another until I ended up back where I started.
"Additionally, I think there's a pressure to join every club or attend every event. You are here in school for one main reason: to get an education. Focus on your academics, and worry about fun stuff later! (You're not majoring in Netflix, after all, even though that would be the BEST.)"
Photos 1 and 2 (Mara Flanagan): The quad in winter
New Collegiette on Campus
"During my first year, I really loved my friends most of all. It was so refreshing to meet and interact with creative, intelligent, and kind women with similar interests. "
"Everyone is new there. It's a totally cool atmosphere where you can have a fresh start and make friends with literally anyone."
"I enjoyed living in a Living Learning Community (LLC). This provided me with opportunities to get to know my fellow housemates better, as well as provide more info/cool stuff about my particular LLC, the Environment!"
"I enjoyed Fall Serenade. We went to the President's House and sang the Alma Mater to her. She invited us into her room and had dessert! It was a great experience. "
"I liked the day of volunteering at Eden Hall; everyone picked a plot to work at, and then afterwards, we all had a picnic."
"I love Opening Convocation. The RAs/OLs work really hard to perform a song and dance for everyone as well, and they did a phenomenal job my first year. "
"Each first year and transfer student has a mentor called a Cougar K-Nector. She will guide you through the semester. You can also join clubs and organizations, the best places to meet people. "
"I found the Cougar K-Nector program to be the most beneficial in transitioning me both to college life and to Chatham. My Cougar K-Nector called me before I ever moved on to campus, she met with me numerous times over the first semester which was very helpful. She helped me with any problems I had, such as when I sprained my ankle. When that happened she walked with me around campus, showing me the ADA entrances to the buildings. I don't think I would have transitioned successfully if it wasn't for this program, especially because I was new to Pittsburgh. When I became an upperclasswoman, I decided to return the favor and become a Cougar K-Nector myself. I helped a new student gain additional funding to pay for her books and was there when she needed tutoring or a shoulder to cry on. Cougar K-Nectors are important because we are the first person a new student knows when she moves to Chatham. If we can't help the student, then we put them in touch with the correct resources. It is a very helpful program and I hope it lasts for years to come."
"It's easy to make friends on campus; just talk to people!"
"It wasn't particularly difficult for me to transition to college life (I've always had an independent spirit). But I think it was in my first year that I truly appreciated the natural beauty of the campus. I still appreciate it, of course, but it's different now. I'm used to it. Back in my first year, there was a layer of magic over the whole place. When I meditated outside in the early mornings, a light mist covered the ground. There was greenness everywhere. I wish I could see the campus through that perspective again."
Photo 1 (Rosemary Davies): One happy student!
Photo 2 (Rosemary Davies): Friends bonding in their residence hall
All About Academics
"Dr. Lenz's American Writers, particularly the first one, changed my life. I'm not even being hyperbolic. It actually changed the way I view the world. Honorable mentions: Shakespeare Survey, American Environmental History, and History of Modern Europe."
"I like the fact that Chatham has a good diversity of courses. I got to learn about other cultures, other backgrounds, economic developments on an international level. I love the fact that if Chatham does not offer a class, I can take classes at other universities."
"I am studying biochemistry. I love my relationship with professors in the science department. They know me personally and are willing to help whenever I have concerns. You are encouraged to have research experience in the sciences; the best way to get started is talk to a professor. They love to talk about their research with students."
From a Global Policy and Criminology double major: "I love my courses in the global policy field. They are challenging, very interesting and profoundly go into the information I need to know to be able to be part of the international world. Criminology courses could be a little more structured and less generalized, but I still enjoy the experience and relationship I have developed with the professors in the criminology department."
"My favorite class was definitely a course about how to teach elementary school social studies. We got to talk about real world issues every week and discuss how we'd model them to our students. So fun and interesting!"
"Women's Studies 101. It's really ridiculously eye-opening to the problems that women face that we often don't even think of! And not just in the States, but all over the world."
"My tutorial is a critical analysis of gender representation in modern video games. I will be evaluating male and female portrayal in Quantic Dream's 2010 crime thriller Heavy Rain. The most enjoyable part of writing the tutorial so far is getting to do my own analysis. The most challenging part is the research!"
"I think one of my favorite courses that I ever took at Chatham was [the] Maymester class 'Empowertooled.' It was by far the most original and practical course that I have ever taken. Like the name suggests, it was really empowering to get to learn how to use power tools and create functional items."
"I enjoy the courses that relate to international laws and policies - I enjoy learning ways to implement them and mostly enjoy learning about organizations I could be part of after I graduate."
"I love studying in Buhl classrooms. The location helps me focus on my studying. The library can get overwhelming during test weeks, so finding a place you can focus will improve your study habits."
From a Biochemistry major: "It is challenging, of course. You need to commit to study the subject. Especially starting your sophomore year, it gets crazy! You have professors, supplemental instructors, and tutors to help you through the course materials."
"I really, really loved taking ... 'Female Narration: Race and Gender in Women's Films.' The course revealed a lot of the hidden meanings in film; Additionally, I loved learning about components like the 'male gaze', memory, and abstract things in film - including mismatch of sound and image. I never thought I would like film theory so much!"
"My advisor gives me options - I think it's great that he doesn't take care of the things I should be worrying about. He makes me pick what best for me, asks me what my interests are and corrects me when necessary."
"Study in Mellon! Not only is it beautiful, but it's quiet. There's not a whole lot of foot traffic. Plus, it is said that if you wave to the portrait of Andrew Mellon, you will have good luck."
From a Mathematics and Biology major: "The Math major doesn't have a lot of students in it; this is great for focused, personal attention. However, it also means that courses are offered on a yearly cycle. You have to meticulously plan out your remaining semesters for this - or, rely on the other colleges (PCHE [Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education]) in the consortium.
Biology is one of the most popular majors here! The courses are great for any pre-med; Additionally, the biology major is great for accelerated programs with Chatham's graduate college."
"I am an Environmental Scientist. I like that it's different from the field of Sustainability, which is super popular at Chatham, but they overlap in some instances. I absolutely love my professors too! They have really helped me to find my place in the sciences, I think. "
From an Environmental Science major: "Organic Chemistry is easily the most difficult course at Chatham, and only the first semester is required for Environmental Science majors. It was SO HARD. Literally I cried sometimes. But in the end, I got a B - which isn't terrible - and I learned that you really just need to read the textbook. Period."
"I love the English program; it is everything I wanted and more."
"I'm studying English, and it's brilliant because the English department is just a bunch of weird grammar nerds who silently judge the rest of the campus' poor use of language."
"I like to study in the Carriage House. I think it is like a secret passage everyone knows about but only a few ones know that you are actually allowed to spend all the time in the world in there."
Photo 1 (Rosemary Davies): A microscope
Photo 2 (Rosemary Davies): A Chatham computer lab
Photo 3 (Mara Flanagan): Alice Shy, Boram Min and Amy Chau in the JKM Library
Learn from the Best
"Chatham professors know their students' names and interests. They genuinely care about students' wellbeing. They are great help if you are looking for career advice (they have experience!)."
"I like how close they are to their students - the relationship between professor and student is very close and personal."
"Most of them know my name! That's pretty rad. They even say hi to me in the dining hall or other places on campus if they see me."
"Professors will keep you up-to-date and will consider you as an individual; my biggest class was chemistry with about 50 students. However, my professor still would check in with everyone - and would notice absences. I'm glad to have professors that treat me as an individual, and not as a number."
"They're a funny lot. I like that. They've got distinct personalities and aren't afraid of themselves."
"They all know who you are. They know something about you. They know if you're a good student or a bad one. They know if you're naughty or nice. Basically, Chatham faculty is like Santa. I keep telling myself that every time grades are due."
"They are visible at Chatham. Faculty members are here because they love teaching and helping students. Chatham has an Open-door policy, where students can stop by a professor and chat, as long as his/her door is open. It is wonderful because students can build a relationship with professors, which is great when students ask for letters of recommendation."
"They're very approachable and caring, they motivate you to do your best, and they generally are there for you when you need help, whether that's academic or personal."
"Chatham professors really go out of their way to help their students. That's one of the blessings of a small school. If you show a professor that you are willing to go the extra mile, they make sure that you do succeed."
Photo 1 (Mara Flanagan): Braun/Falk/Coolidge
Photo 2 (Mara Flanagan): Laughlin Music Hall
Interests & Involvement
"I loved how easy it was to get involved on campus! I joined a lot of clubs and had a range of experiences. In my first year, I was able to participate in the Singing Cities concert with the Chatham Choir, 2000+ other singers, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. It was incredible! Additionally, I did tech work for the Drama Club performances of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, One Act, and The Vagina Monologues. And, I helped plan the big, indie art festival called Extraction. These were all things I never expected myself to get into."
"I'm super involved on campus, but my main student orgs are Her Campus Chatham and Chatham Drama Club. I started with Her Campus Chatham in fall of my first year. I absolutely love blogging for Her Campus, and I get to do something outside my science major for a change. It's a nice break!
"As for Drama Club, I've been involved since my second year at Chatham. My favorite event is Vagina Monologues, held in the spring annually. All of the proceeds from VM go to an awesome organization, sponsored nationally through VM, but they are always directed towards women's empowerment or women helping other women. Drama Club is one of those clubs that pushes you to be a better person, primarily through interpersonal and professional communication."
"I'm a Resident Assistant - it's not a job for everyone, and it definitely has its moments, but I am totally in love with what I do. I love being an RA, I love what I do, I love the events, I love getting to know my Residents, and I love being a resource for them."
"I am a Phonathon Caller - we call up previous alums to check in and see how their life is going! Additionally, we ask if they would like to make a donation to Chatham to keep the scholarships a-rolling. Most don't answer or say no, but when we do get to talking to alums, it's super awesome! They are able to provide great life advice, which as a graduating Senior, is really helpful."
"I'm an RA (Resident Assistant) - we manage the people in our buildings. I have about 18 women that I am specifically responsible for, but I live in a building of about 90. I love getting to know different people from different majors - I wouldn't get to meet them otherwise with all of my other activities.
I'm in 4 honor societies - Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, and Mortar Board. They are pretty low-key, as in I'm an active member with minimal responsibilities other than showing up to meetings. They're all amazing resume builders, and when I interviewed for an internship, the woman noticed Phi Beta Kappa on my resume and said she was impressed. It pays off to be academically involved too!"
"I was involved with Chatham Student Government. It's interesting to get involved with, and they do plan things around campus, such as communicating between Chatham administration and students."
"I've been involved a lot with the Artist Collective; I love how the club is a small, open space. But, don't doubt our size! We do a lot of neat events like Banned Books Week and Extraction."
Photo 1 (Rosemary Davies): A member of Legerdemain juggles in front of the JKM Library
Photo 2 (Rosemary Davies): A chess board
Photo 3 (Rosemary Davies): Professor Corey Escoto helps the Artist Collective with their funnel cake fundraiser
Chatham has nine teams: basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
"I love watching basketball!!!! GO COUGS!"
"I am no longer an athlete, but I joined the track team for a semester. I did the pre-season workouts, but when my academics got to be too much, I had to quit. I loved, though, that even though I had never done a sport before, I was able to up and join track, and my teammates helped me learn the proper throwing technique."
"I do enjoy the gym. We've a fantastic gym. I like to go there to flex my biceps."
"I love cheering! Everybody do the Cougar Rumble!"
"I enjoy going to volleyball games. Not too many people attend, but the ones who do will be there, win or loss. At some schools, the fans are loud, crazy, and rude. But at Chatham, they're as loyal as they come."
Photo 1 (Stephanie Welling): Student Shannon Ward shows her Cougar pride.
Photo 2 (Mara Flanagan): The elevated track in the AFC is illuminated by natural light.
Photo 3 (Mara Flanagan): The Athletic and Fitness Center
"As a Women's Studies major, I have taken loads of courses focused on women! Women in the Media, Women and the Criminal Justice System, Ethics and Women's Issues, Ecofeminist Literature, and many, many more. Even though some of the topics overlapped, the professors always found a way to make the material their own and present it in an interesting way."
"I took Female Narration: Race and Gender in Women's Films, The Politics of Being Female, and Gender and Contemporary Social Issues. I enjoyed how each class was small and open; gender is a tough topic to address - especially because we experience it on a daily basis. But, in class, everyone felt free to share."
"I participated in both the WOW (Women of the World) Retreat and Wilderness Expedition. HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend them both. "
"I went on the Wilderness Expedition - and it was GREAT! Over the weekend, we did a lot of leadership activities. Then, we got to test them while doing whitewater rafting."
"The atmosphere is so supportive. For example, I was having a really awful day the other day, and one of my Chatham ladies tweeted me and told me how amazing and awesome I was in real life."
"I took Women's Studies 101, which was pretty cool. I also took Ecofeminist Literature, which was a lot harder, but totally worth it."
"You get to accept yourself and feel better about your life and circumstances knowing that you are not alone in your experiences, that there's this whole community of women who will understand and validate your feelings. It's seriously like having a family."
Photo 1 (Stephanie Welling): Students perform at International Karaoke Night.
Photo 2 (Rosemary Davies): A student at work in Eddy Theatre
Photo 3 (Rosemary Davies): A bench in Rea Coffeehouse
Food & Drink
Anderson Dining Hall
"I have inappropriate dreams about that Pasta Asiago. Literally, mouth-watering, delicious, garlicky, buttery, savory, heavenly pasta with cheese and probably the tears of angels."
"I'm a big fan of artichoke dip; it is one of the best things that Anderson has to offer."
"I love very little about Anderson Dining Hall, but that's only because I've been eating it for nearly four years. Compared to most other schools, it's amazing. When it's taco night, I'm the happiest girl on earth."
"Anderson does a really great job with anything steak-related. Their steak nights are awesome and I always try to snatch up any to-go steak salads that are ready to go!"
"I love that they have vegetarian dishes everyday, and they've improved incredibly since my first year with the variety of dishes that they offer. I am a partial vegetarian (I eat meat sometimes, because BACON) and I am constantly impressed by the variety of concoctions that the Anderson Dining staff cooks up. Also, ANYTHING Casey cooks is delicious <3 He's a Chef God, Chef God."
"I loved the sandwich bar, since you could customize your food to whatever you like or can eat with dietary restrictions. The peach pie is to die for. Always super glad when I saw vegan sorbet available in the ice cream section!"
"Café Rachel is the chillest place on campus, and they have alcohol. Enough said."
"For students ages 21 and up, Cafe Rachel serves wine and beer after 4pm."
"I love the mocha frap."
"I love the ambiance. I am a coffee black kinda girl, but they sometimes have Apple Cider in the fall and O-EM-GEE I am totes addicted. I've heard that FroHoCho (frozen hot chocolate) is divine though!"
Photo 1 (Mara Flanagan): Anderson Dining Hall
Photo 2 (Mara Flanagan): A cozy corner in Café Rachel
Photo 2 (Rosemary Davies): A funnel cake created for an Artist Collective fundraiser
"Because Chatham is such a small campus, it is very easy to make friends. It just happens organically. You meet people in classes, and then walk to lunch with them, and then see them later on in your Residence Hall or club. In fact, it's actually difficult not to make friends."
"Chatham has so many great traditions! My favorite would have to be all the events associated with Battle of the Classes because it gives you time to connect with your class members and create lasting friendships while competing against other classes. You get to decorate a window in Anderson Dining Hall and rewrite songs for Song Contest (including singing the Alma Mater to the tune of a popular song. It's great!). I also love Airband where students lip sync to a song for a chance to win prizes. Senior Skit is great because underclassman emulate seniors in a skit as a final send-off before graduation. Don't forget about Opening and Closing Convocation."
"It might seem silly, but I love the Opening and Closing Convocation, because it's a great way to start and end the year! Plus, each year, the Global Focus people put on a traditional dance/song from that country. I also love Airband, because leg guitars."
"I love Candlelight, Eggnog and Holiday Ball. It is on the first Friday of December. Everyone gathers and celebrates the coming festivities. Many alumnae come back to celebrate with us!"
"I actually really like the Holiday Ball. I don't know why. Eggnog is fun, and the ball is especially wonderful. It'd be improved with alcohol, of course - but then again, what wouldn't?"
"Friday nights, now that I am 21, I usually try out different bars or places on Walnut Street. I also met [members of a fraternity] my sophomore year and I'll occasionally go there.... Otherwise, I really dedicate weekends to sleep and Netflix haha."
"The Shadyside campus is known as the 'Chatham Bubble'. The social scene on campus is very limited. Once students step out of campus, there are many places they can go: Walnut Street, Squirrel Hill, Oakland."
"I'd usually wake up early on the weekends and wander around campus - it's usually deserted and so peaceful to be the only one awake. I'd head to the dining hall once it opened, ate a quick breakfast, and then went off to catch the shuttle to Oakland or one of the local shopping malls. I'd usually read through the rest of the day or hang out with friends one day of the weekend, and lock myself in the library study rooms the other day to get all my homework done."
"I find the arts to be 'fun', and its reflective in my club involvement; so, I like doing installations and gallery visits with the Artist Collective. Additionally, I like to juggle poi/devil sticks with the Legerdemain juggling club."
"I LOVE REA COFFEEHOUSE READING SERIES. It used to be called "Spit Reel" for reasons unknown, but you basically submit written poetry/prose work, and people can select you to be a featured reader. I was a featured reader last year, and as a Science major, I was super scared about presenting in front of all of those English and Creative Writing people. But they loved it! And so did I!"
"I really liked hanging out with friends in the common rooms watching silly Disney movies or reading books together."
"Chatham is small so you know everyone on campus and you can start up a conversation with anyone at anytime. Even the administrators know the students. You see the University President, Dean of Students, and other administrators around campus frequently. You will get to know them by name, not just as a picture on a website!"
Photo 1 (Mara Flanagan): Chatham seniors at Opening Convocation
Photo 2 (Mara Flanagan): Chatham seniors getting silly while planting tulips during Battle of the Classes
Photo 3 (Rosemary Davies): Chatham friends having fun in their residence hall
"I love the little quirks on campus! We have stairs that go to nowhere, including trees and buildings. Additionally, the foliage is always green; there's a strong presence of life here. In the summer, it smells like a forest - which is ironic because Chatham is right in the middle of the city."
"You make friends for life in the dorm. You can attend the night events without worrying about driving home. You can hang out in your friend's dorms and watch TV or just hang out. I spent a lot of time hanging out in my friend's dorm. We would tell funny stories, watch television, and just hang out. Plus, you can hang out between classes. Between classes I would hang out with friends on or off campus. I don't think I would have had the same experience had I been a commuter."
"I love that I can knock on my neighbor's door at 10 at night and ask for a phone charger. And they gladly give it to me. I was sick once, and one of my residents knocked on my door, tea in hand, and told me she was going to make me better. Another resident taped an envelope to my door with medicine, and that's legit how I was able to fight off my cold. "
"I lived in Rea House for 2 years, and I am currently in the Chatham Apartments. I also spent a few weeks in Laughlin over the summer. I would say what I loved most was the fact that I lived in a freaking mansion, for two years. How many people can say they did that?!?!"
"I have lived in both the Laughlin and Rea houses; both dorms have a great sense of community, which bolsters their events."
"I have lived in Woodland Hall, Laughlin Hall, and Rea House. Rea and Laughlin are, by far, the most beautiful, quiet, and homey buildings on campus. They feel more like a home than a residence hall. Woodland, while larger and newer, does have the added bonus of being much closer to the classrooms and Café. When I lived there, I felt very involved with the campus!"
"Rea has the infamous Rea Coffeehouse; this has lots of history with being the first punk venue for Pittsburgh and for student expression since the '60s."
"Rea! It's a small house (actually a mansion). It's like you're living with family but they are all your friends instead. Rea also has a great environmental friendly focus."
"I love Rea House. The woodwork is absolutely stunning, and I don't know about your monetary situation, but that is the ONLY time that I am probably ever going to live in a mansion."
"Laughlin was lovely; very beautiful building. Woodland Hall was okay. But in both, I didn't like not having a kitchen to cook in. I love living in the apartments. Here I have a kitchen, and no one bugs me."
"Laughlin was my favorite - the sense of community there was beautiful. You got to know everyone and it was a great experience. It was always nice and quiet, but still sociable and fun - perfect for an introvert like me."
"Chatham is a very green campus. When my friends visit, they're always surprised to realize that such a grassy, nature-filled place exists in the middle of the city."
"I love how I can walk down the hill and literally know everyone coming in the opposite direction. That's pretty awesome."
Photo 1 (Mara Flanagan): Woodland Hall
Photo 2 (Mara Flanagan): Rea House
"It's a big city with all the great city amenities, but with a small town feel because everyone is super friendly!"
"A fun day involves museum and gallery hopping! You can go to any museum in the Carnegie system for free with your Chatham ID. Plus, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust offers some neat, free galleries to explore. Be sure not to miss their Gallery Crawl on the second Saturday of each month."
"On a day with agreeable weather, I enjoy walking around the South Side or Squirrel Hill and stopping in various shops, or else reading in Mellon Park. In unpleasant weather, I visit coffee shops and watch the day go by while I read or do homework."
"I loved going to all the different Carnegie Library branches. It's dorky, but I had this idea that during my time in Pittsburgh as an out-of-towner, I would visit every library branch in Allegheny County. I didn't get to do that, and I'm kind of disappointed, but I still had so much fun navigating the bus system and sightseeing and exploring!"
"The cost of living here is low, but there a lot of amenities."
"I love the diversity here. Where I grow up, everyone has their heads down, and you don't talk to other people. Here, you can say hi to someone on the street and they'll say hi back. "
"I loved living so close to downtown Pittsburgh and U Pitt, but still in a nice little isolated pocket. Everything was so accessible by bus!"
"I love the intimacy that Squirrel Hill provides. I also love that there are so many neighborhoods all interspersed together. I also feel super safe in Pittsburgh. I walk back from my friend's apartment by myself sometimes, and while I always bring mace and almost always travel with a buddy, when I do walk alone, I'm not terrified."
"There is a lot to do here; it's difficult to get bored."
"Hike through Frick Park, and visit the South Side and the Strip District.... Also, take a gander at that big church that's right next to the Cathedral of Learning. I can't remember what it's called. It's the one with the really huge stained glass windows that depict non-religious figures like da Vinci."
"Primanti's is a must, because it's a PGH staple. But I would say the incline is a must too!"
"Take the incline up to Mt. Washington. You can see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh."
"Pittsburgh is such a diverse city. In the span of ten minutes, you can be in the most urban setting imaginable, or a lush, green park surrounded by trees. There is a little something for everyone and the culture is rich."
"Oh my gosh, there are so many things to do in Pittsburgh! You should definitely attend a Pittsburgh Pirates game! If you can go on a day where they have on a giveaways they are so much fun! I still have my Pirates bucket hat. Oh, and Pirates Charities always looks for volunteers. You can help with the Pirates 5K Run or the Shirt off Our Backs fundraiser. You gain volunteer experience and get free tickets to a Pirates game. The Pirates also offer really cool concerts - I saw the Steve Miller Band and Train. The ticket prices are the same as seeing a Pirates game because you watch the game and there's a concert afterwards. It's the best of both worlds."
"Okay, the Benedum and the Pittsburgh CLO offer great performances! There are great concerts and theater performances. You can see Cats and other musicals. It's so awesome and the prices are super affordable."
"If you stay at Chatham during the summer and whether you identify as LGBT or an ally, you should attend Pittsburgh Pride! It's a great celebration Downtown."
"Talking about Downtown, you should definitely explore the Downtown area. It is so cool! You can see where they filmed The Dark Knight Rises. You can take the 71D or 71B downtown for free with your Chatham ID. You can explore Market Square, several historical buildings. Pittsburgh also has a great Light Up Night celebration with great musical performances. You can also see the Macy's Santa and their great window decorations.
Also explore [Pittsburgh's] subway, called the T. It is really cool! You should also ride the Gateway Clipper, the Duquesne and the Monongahela Incline."
"Pittsburgh has so much to do. You'll fall in love. I promise!"
Photo 1 (Rosemary Davies): Point State Park at sunset
Photo 2 (Rosemary Davies): A statue
Photo 3 (Rosemary Davies): A view of downtown from PNC Park, home to the Pittsburgh Pirates
HC's Complete College Guide: Chatham University
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