Awards & Accolades

Chatham is proud of the recognitions we’ve garnered locally, nationally, and internationally. This page offers a selection of our awards and accolades.


Chatham is consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report and among the top master's-level institutions in the Northeast by The Princeton Review. Chatham was also ranked as a Best Value School and a Top Performer in Social Mobility in the same category in 2021.

Chatham University has been recognized as a college that is a best place to learn, to grow, and to succeed by Colleges of Distinction. Chatham's inclusion was determined through criteria focusing on excellence in engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes – the aspects that have been shown to result in effective undergraduate education.

Chatham is one of only five universities in our region to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the most prestigious national undergraduate honors society.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society named Chatham to its 2021 Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the dynamic pathways Chatham has created to support transfer students.  

In 2021, Chatham’s graduate and undergraduate nursing programs and business administration program earned a “Best Online Program” ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

Chatham's online programs were recently ranked as one of the "Best Online Colleges for 2020" by The Best Colleges. 

In 2007, Poets & Writers named Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and the Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/ unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In January 2012, The Writer named it one of the “Four top schools you should consider” and in 2009, named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus.


Chatham routinely ranks within the top 25 universities in the world for sustainability as measured by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Chatham University was selected for the Princeton Review’s 2021 Green Honor Roll for receiving a score of 99 (the highest possible score) in the 2021 Green Rating tallies. In addition, Chatham ranked #7 in the Top 50 Green Colleges, which highlights schools that make the most exceptional commitments to sustainability from academics and career prep to campus clubs and initiatives.

In 2020, Sierra Magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, ranked Chatham University as the country’s 17th greenest university in its annual ranking of the nation's Cool Schools. This is the sixth year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 20 honor.

Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus and K-12 Program received a 2018 Best of Green Schools Award from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN).

Eden Hall Campus was recognized nationwide with a 2018 Education Facility Design Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects.

Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability & Environment at Eden Hall Campus was one of four organizations awarded the 2018 Environmental Leadership Award by the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

Chatham has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for nine years running (2012-2021) in recognition of the University’s commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

In 2013, Chatham received a prestigious Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, a nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education. Also in 2013, the International Sustainable Campus Network honored Chatham with a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award, the only North American institution so honored that year.

Chatham has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2012, 2013), and the Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (2011), and was the first university in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bike Friendly University.

Inclusion & Community Engagement

College Magazine ranked Chatham within the top three colleges for aspiring women leaders.

In 2020, Strive for College’s “Strive Five” program recognized Chatham University for excellence in Inclusion for Chatham's enrollment and support of students with Pell Grants.

Chatham University received a Military Friendly® Designation on the 2020 Military Friendly Schools list. The designation recognizes Chatham as a higher education institution that provides the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

Chatham University was designated a 2020 Voter Friendly Campus by the NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and Fair Election Center’s Campus Vote Project.

Chatham’s Women’s Business Center, hosted by The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2018 Women’s Business Center of the Year.

In 2018, Chatham University was named one of the Career Development Colleges of Distinction. This ranking is in recognition of Chatham’s integrated career exploration and preparation; accessible programs and training; and dedicated, career-centered staff.

Chatham was ranked ninth in the country in undergraduate participation in study abroad among the Top 40 Master’s Colleges and Universities (based on the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) in the 2012 Open Doors Report. It placed in the Top 50 in 2015.

For five consecutive years, Chatham University was admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Chatham received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education: Internationalizing the Campus (2003), presented by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Chatham University has been recognized as a university committed to increasing college student voting rates with the recognition of a "silver seal" award from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Additional Honors

Chatham’s Board of Trustees was one of six institutions honored with the 2016 John W. Nason Award for Board Service by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

In honor of Chatham University’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County declared November 12, 2019 as Chatham University Day.

In 2019, Chatham was proud to have celebrated its 150th anniversary.