Chatham University


About Chatham

Founded in 1869, Chatham University is a fully coed institution with an enrollment of over 2,200 students and over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability; health & wellness; business & communications; and the arts & sciences. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson (Class of '29), and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS); and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living."

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world's first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus. Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciencesthe Falk School of Sustainability & Environmentthe School of Arts, Science & Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Mission Statement

Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.

Two Campuses

Chatham's Shadyside Campus is the University's historic, original location and is one of the country's most unique and picturesque, urban college campuses consisting of the 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum. The Shadyside Campus expanded in 2008 with the renovation and opening of the LEED Silver building, Chatham Eastside, near the Bakery Square development in Pittsburgh.

Chatham became the largest university by land mass in Allegheny County in 2008 with the gift of the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township, approximately 19 miles north of the Eastside Campus. Eden Hall Campus, home to Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment is the first academic community in the world built from the ground up for the study of sustainable living, learning, and development. Using the latest in environmentally responsible technology, design, and innovation, Eden Hall will be self-sustaining in every way by emitting zero carbon emissions, managing all waste and storm water on-site, and producing more energy than it consumes. It is designed to one day serve more than 1,500 students in the fields of sustainability, health sciences, business, and more. By protecting valuable watersheds, incorporating surrounding land and agricultural resources, and rehabilitating existing farm structures alongside developing new green buildings, Eden Hall will be a one-of-a-kind venue for education, conferences, community outreach, and ecotourism. 

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Shadyside Campus

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Eden Hall Campus

Thinking Outside the Box

Throughout its history Chatham has been innovative and entrepreneurial in its growth from a small women's college 145 years ago to the dynamic, coeducational University of today. Some of these forward-thinking initiatives include:

  • The Integrated Degree Program allows an undergraduate student to begin a Chatham graduate program during their senior year and earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in as few as five years.
  • The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and the Chatham University Women's Institute each work to level the playing field by building leadership skills that can propel women into executive-level positions in areas that are traditionally under-represented by women.
  • The Bachelor of Immersive Media is one of the first undergraduate degree programs of its kind in the United States, preparing students to be on the forefront of the technology and development of virtual and augmented reality design.
  • The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is noted for its problem-based learning pedagogy and interprofessional training of its students. 
  • The Master of Arts in Food Studies is unique in its emphasis on a holistic approach to food systems and is the only graduate food studies program in the U.S. to offer both sustainable agriculture and culinary arts and cuisine within a liberal arts environment.
  • The Gateway Program was one of first undergraduate programs in the U.S. designed exclusively for women over the age of 23 who want to return to college and earn a bachelor's degree. 

Awards, Honors, and Recognition

The University has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its innovative programs, service, growth and sustainability, including:

Academic & Service Excellence

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A Best College in the Northeast

Chatham is consistently ranked among the top master's-level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

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College of Distinction

Chatham repeatedly has been named to a list of Colleges of Distinction, which recognizes schools that do a great job keeping students engaged. This distinction also lauds Chatham's focus on preparing students for long, rewarding careers in fields that inspire them, while limiting the debt they incur.


The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Chatham University has been admitted to The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

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Military Friendly School

Because Chatham University demonstrates leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, it has earned Military Friendly recognition for consecutive years from various publications.

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A Top 3 College for aspiring Women Leaders

Chatham was named to a list of the Top 10 Colleges for Aspiring Women Leaders by College Magazine, ranking at #3. Learn about Women's Leadership at Chatham »

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A Best Online College in PA

Chatham was named one of the "Best Online Colleges" in Pennsylvania by for its collection of online undergraduate and graduate programs.

Nursing Programs Recognition

Chatham University's Graduate and Undergraduate (RN-BSN) Nursing programs earned a "Best Online Program" ranking by U.S. News & World Reports in their 2018 Best Online Programs edition. Chatham's graduate nursing program, consisting of the MSN and DNP online programs, was ranked in the top 100 of all programs.

MFA in Creative Writing Program Recognition

In 2007 Poets & Writers named Chatham's MFA 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 “4 top schools you should consider."

Andrew Heiskell Award

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

Institution of Distinction

Recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2002).



The Princeton Review Guide to 322 Green Colleges

Chatham is perennially named to The Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" and was named a Top 50 Green College in North America. 




Chatham received STARS Gold Rating for sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


Sierra Magazine's "Cool Schools"

Chatham has been honored by the Sierra Club as one of the top 25 greenest colleges in America in their yearly "Cool Schools" publication.

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Climate Leadership Award

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.


ISCN Sustainable Campus Excellence Award

Chatham was honored at the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Sustainable Campus Excellence Award Ceremony for our exceptional integration of sustainability efforts with academics.


Tree Campus USA

Chatham has three times been named a Tree Campus USA in recognition of the University’s commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

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EPA Green Power Conference Champion

Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Chatham is a Bicycle Friendly University

Bike Friendly University

Chatham was the first university in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bike Friendly University.