Chatham University in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

(Rating 2.6 based on 5 reviews)
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Overview

Chatham University offers 254-degree programs and 18 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 52%. 16.8% are women, and 83.2% are men. 9% percents of international students. Chatham University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Chatham University is 12154$, that is at the level of national average. Total price of living is between $37554 and $47425 per year. 53% of full-time Chatham University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $33,400, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Chatham University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).

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$12,154
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By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Chatham University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$9,608
$30,001 - $48,000$6,371
$48,001 - $75,000$2,393
$75,001 - $110,000$20,013
$110,001+$20,565

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores

Finance

Charges:

  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5416

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -

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Percent of students with financial aid

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11%

Types of financial aids

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595 of Chatham University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 64 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Chatham University number 101 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Pennsylvania.

Students at Chatham University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending

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$33,400

According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Disability services

8%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Chatham University.

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: students must complete their preparation at another institution for certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate

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53%
ABOVE AVERAGE

Chatham University graduation rate is above the national average.

53% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Chatham University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

7 : 1

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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52%

In comparison to National Average

Chatham University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 72%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 20%.

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52%
BELOW AVERAGE

In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 68%, so Chatham University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 16%.

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52%
BELOW AVERAGE

Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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32%

Total

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31%

Full time

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1%

Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate

76%

Part-time retention rate

0%

The Chatham University full-time retention rate is 76% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Chatham University is 10:1, that means that for every 10 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

10:1
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Men/Women

Number of international students

249
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9%

Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In Chatham University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Chatham University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Pennsylvania.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by Woodland Rd address in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Chatham University with 0.14% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Chatham University offers 254 programs in total: 139 are for Bachelor's degree, 100 - for Master's degree, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 48 universities in Allegheny county. Chatham University is one of the few institutions in Allegheny that offers a Bachelor's degree program.

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Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 18 distance learning programs that are offered in the Chatham University: 9 are for Master's degree and 6 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Pennsylvania state average data to help you compare.

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Chatham University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 779 students with 23359 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 997 with 23937 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 319 students.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Chatham University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Chatham University has amazing teachers. However their help desk is completely unhelpful and delayed the starting of many classes due to their incompetence. President Finegold made no inkling of help, instead made excuses and pushed aside any responsibility for the continuing shortcomings of his staff.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Expensive, and not ethical. They spread a group email of students on financial aid, and wanted them to attend rich old people parties to be grateful for donations. It is a smarmy practice. Many of the best profs have left.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Watch out for their NASTY shuttle drivers tailgating, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic without signaling, failing to stop for stop signs, not using turn signals, and more. When confronted about the issue, select members of the University (Heather Black, Assistant Dean of Students) refused to acknowledge the NASTINESS of the shuttle driver by repeatedly ignoring requests for comment and action. For a trashy college that has a virtual Bible of safety information on its website, it is certainly fascinating that its politically-correct nonsense doesn't align with actuality. The leaders at Chatham University are cowards, plain and simple. The school is non-inclusive, offers zero valuable information that one couldn't look up for free on the Internet or visit a library to learn, and certainly isn't "sustainable" (another buzz word.) Avoid this disgusting excuse for a school at all costs. Go somewhere relevant.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I am Joanne Mediate and am very interested at working at Chatham University. I have been a professional housekeeper for 40 years. I clean kitchen appliances , mop hardwood floors, water plants, clean bathrooms, do laundry and ironing, change linens on beds, wash Windows, walls. I get trash out daily and weekly and I will also do whatever my employer requests of me. I worked for a woman for 25 years that taught me every thing there is to make a home clean and shine.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Maybe time has changed things, or the people who decided to make reviews are only those who are disgruntled, who knows? Considering my experience and the dedication of the alumnae, I can't imagine Chatham has lost its luster. Chatham is not a cheap school. If your concern is affordability, don't bother. And again, I can't speak to the present or anyone else's experience, but I was full financial aid and 100% financed through many forms of payment, from academic scholarships to work/study jobs . The academics were rigorous and informative well past graduation - I continue to use the skills and knowledge from my undergraduate degree to this day, more than 30 years after graduating. In 2015, despite the protests of alumnae and then-current students, Chatham ended a 146 year tradition and broke with the school identity by opening the doors to its undergraduate program to male students for the first time ever (more correctly, male students were permitted to take individual courses at Chatham for a long time, but never permitted to matriculate, and were only permitted to live in certain dorms). Before that, with the alumnae resoundingly voting for the undergraduate program to remain single-sex, only the graduate and professional programs were officially co-ed. But no matter what, Chatham continues to have small student to teacher class sizes, where your professor really gets to know you, and can challenge you specifically to your strengths and weaknesses. My profs still remembered me 4 years after I graduated, when I applied for graduate school, and those who are still able continue to recall me and the work I did for them 30+ years later.That's all part of the Chatham experience. It's not for everyone, it appeals to a minority of people, and that's okay. It, or any school for that matter, doesn't have to pander to all. It is what it is, and for those of us for whom Chatham was/is appealing, it has a great deal of learning and networking to provide for a sound future and lifelong affiliations. Students live in old mansions converted into dorms, and take a great deal of pride in keeping their secluded campus beautiful and safe. Chatham is also now one of the "greenest" campuses in the U.S. with the addition of Eden Hall. I'm proud to be a Chatham alumna, it has opened doors I could never have dreamed as I chose it, and my education stays with me to this day. And none of this is taking into account what fun I had going to school in Pittsburgh, and the friendships I made along the way. My experience couldn't have been better.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: Woodland Rd

Place:

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Four-one-four plan

General Phone Number: +4123651100

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: chatham.edu

Financial aid office: Go to the page

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