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Admitted Student Resources

Congratulations on your admission to Chatham University, and welcome to our Admitted Student Resource Guide. Here we’ve gathered content to guide your next steps and answer your questions as you prepare for a successful transition to graduate school.

We’re excited to help you get ready for your first term at Chatham, and encourage you to connect with the Graduate Admission Team or your program’s admission representative anytime questions arise.

Deposit & Commit Today

If you haven't already, save your place in the class by submitting the deposit amount in your admission letter by the specified deadline using our secure deposit payment site.

Shortly after your deposit has been submitted, you will be notified that an IT account and Chatham e-mail address have been created for your use, enabling you to access my.chatham.edu, the University portal. Be sure to check your Chatham e-mail regularly, as this is the primary method of communication by the University.

Complete Your FAFSA 

If you haven't already, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get a jumpstart on financing your education. Contact our office with questions at 412-365-2781 or via email to Financial Aid.

Register for Classes

Course registration for the fall term typically begins in late spring; registration for the spring term typically begins in early November; registration for the summer term typically begins in early February. Your admission representative will advise you on the registration timing and protocol for your specific program.

Get Your Student ID

Your Student ID will help you gain access to the fitness center, computer labs, and on-campus printing. also includes a bus pass for the Pittsburgh Port Authority (this takes up to 5 business days from the printing of your ID to become active). Review the guidelines and submit your info for your ID here. 

Mark Your Calendar

Spring term classes begin in early January and fall term classes begin in late August. See exact start (and other key) dates on our academic calendar.


Important Updates

Visit www.chatham.edu/fall2020 for the latest campus updates, frequently asked questions, and campus communications about our ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. 

If your program admission is conditional upon submission of additional documentation, these materials must be submitted by the date specified in your admission letter. Send these materials to the Office of Graduate Admission via email or postal mail:

Office of Graduate Admission – Berry Hall
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Teaching Students: All students taking education courses are required to have current and valid Act 33 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse), Act 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal Record), and Federal Criminal History background checks in order to register for classes. This is a requirement of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Forms can be obtained here.

Health Science Students: PT, OT, and PA students are required to provide proof of immunization and physical examinations. Information on specific requirements will be e-mailed directly to the student by the program. In addition, each student will be required to complete a full background check before clinical rotations. 

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Alumni Success

We position our alumni to excel in today’s top industries and our graduates experience a 98% employment rate one year after graduation.

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  • On-Campus Students: Program-specific orientation activities will be scheduled by each department prior to the start of courses. Please watch you Chatham email for an update from your Program Director and/or Faculty. Additionally, there is a Graduate Student Welcome sponsored by the Student Affairs department for all graduate-level programs.This welcome is designed to help prepare you for general graduate student support and processes. Information about registering for this event can be found here.     
  • Online Students: An online orientation will be made available prior to the start of classes. You’ll learn what is expected of an online learner, how to use technology, as well as become oriented to all of Chatham’s resources. This is an important first step to acclimating to an online learning environment.

Photo of Cafe Rachel on Chatham University's Shadyside Campus, during autumn

Parking on Campus

Permits are required for daytime parking at the Shadyside Campus or Chatham Eastside; permits are not required after 5pm, on weekends, or for the Eden Hall Campus. Fall term starts will be notified in the summer when the online permit application opens; spring and summer starts may apply after course registration.