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Honors Program

The Chatham Honors program is not your average honors program.

Most universities require you to complete more class work than your peers and offer nothing more than a distinction at graduation. At Chatham, we think an Honors Program should engage you, not just give you more work to accomplish. The Chatham Honors Program is designed as an interdisciplinary challenge, engaging you both in and out of the classroom.

To learn more, email the Office of Admission or call them at 412-365-1825. You can also follow Chatham Honors on LinkedIn.

Honors Program Benefits

  • Opportunities in research, leadership, community engagement, including an Annual Service Project, the Honors Student Advisory Council, and the Honors Program Living Learning Community
  • Honors-only sections of courses (including environmental science and a seminar course that covers fellowship applications), and preferred access to designated courses
  • Invitation to key campus events and preferred access to lectures, receptions for campus visitors, and a professional mentorship program
  • Tassel and commencement recognition

Honors Travel Benefits

Honors students will be eligible for a limited amount of funds that will be set aside each year for Honors Travel Fellowships to offset the expenses associated with travel, lodging, and conference fees for students who attend research conferences.

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Honors Program Requirements

  • First-year students: Chatham University Undergraduate Admission is currently test optional. No SAT or ACT test scores are necessary to receive full admission review. 
  • Transfer students: 3.5 College GPA
  • Current students at Chatham may qualify for the Honors Program after 15 credits earned with cumulative GPA of 3.6.
  • Students must maintain a minimum of 3.6 GPA to remain in the Honors Program (one semester grace period will be provided).
  • All students who meet the academic requirements are invited to participate.

Honors Classes

Honors courses are engaging and less-lecture based. Honors courses have included “What is Evil”, “Africa, Past and Present”, “Social Welfare and Social Justice”, and “Negotiation and Decision-Making”.

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National Collegiate Honors Council

Chatham University is now a proud member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). The NCHC provides workshops and funding opportunities for our Honors students.