#25 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Chatham University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Chatham University overview
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Online chatham.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Chatham University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Chatham University is a private institution nestled in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, located approximately 3 miles east of downtown. Established in 1869, originally as a women's college, Chatham has since grown into a coeducational university with a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Known for its strong emphasis on sustainability and global awareness, Chatham offers distinctive degrees such as the Master of Sustainability and Master of Food Studies, alongside popular majors including health sciences and business. With a campus marked by Victorian architecture, Chatham University provides a scenic environment for its students, featuring the Chatham Arboretum, which spans across campus, offering green spaces and a serene setting. The university has an inclusive admissions process with a holistic review of applicants. On-campus living is available for students through multiple residence halls, fostering a closely-knit learning and living experience. Chatham fields a number of athletic teams known as the Cougars, though the university is not predominantly recognized for its athletic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 3,514 prospective students applied, and 2,331 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 306 enrolled in the school.  1,853 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 534 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $40,625 plus fees of $1,500. Chatham is ranked 288 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Chatham is rated within the top 35% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Chatham University overview
SAT 1060/1270
ACT 21/29
GPA 3.86

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Chatham University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$1,500
Room and Board $12,719
Budget for Other Expenses$2,000
Total One Year Cost$57,844

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$36,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

60% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Chatham University students
Subject Percent of Class
Psychology 13%
Health Professions 13%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Biology 9%
English and Literature 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211556 IPEDS survey data for Chatham University.

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