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International Profile

At our small, historical campus, you will find a strong academic environment that teaches liberal arts learning and professional preparation. You will experience learning that prepares you for tomorrow’s economy. And you will be part of a community that’s supportive, challenging, and inspiring.

Chatham University was ranked as a best college by U.S.News & World Report, earning the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the Regional Universities—North category for 2015.

We offer more than 500 courses of study across three schools—the School of Health Sciences; the School of Arts, Science, and Business; and the Falk School of Sustainability. Our classes are small, with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1.

With our Integrated Degree Programs (IDP), you can earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years in 17 different programs, including a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). We’ve also partnered with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, so you can take classes there too. If you finish your IDP at either of these schools, you will receive your master’s degree from that institution.

Chatham’s 39-acre Shadyside Campus is nestled in a historic neighborhood located minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. It’s known for its beauty and serenity, with renovated mansions that you can live in, 115 different types of trees and plants, and a pond. Safety escort services are available at all times, and police officers are on campus.

Our Eden Hall Campus is located on 388 acres of farmland north of Pittsburgh and serves as the home of the Falk School of Sustainability. Eden Hall is self-sustaining in every way: it produces zero carbon emissions, manages all waste- and stormwater on site, and produces more energy than it consumes. Chatham is a leader in sustainability and is the alma mater of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson ’29.

Our Chatham Eastside facility, located in the trendy East End less than one mile from the Shadyside Campus, is home to graduate classes in the health sciences and interior architecture programs.   

From Shadyside Campus you can walk to several neighborhoods for shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. And with your Chatham identification card, you can ride public transportation for free and take advantage of free or discounted admission to museums, theaters, and other local attractions.

In Pittsburgh you will find easy access to transportation, a comfortable cost of living, and a ton of things to do. You will also be in an area with more than 70,000 other college students, since several other universities are located within minutes of Chatham. Pittsburgh is also located within easy travel distance of New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Boston, Massachusetts.

Career preparation
Chatham highly values experience outside the classroom as well. All Chatham students complete one internship, and many complete two. Before the internship begins, the student, faculty advisor, and internship supervisor collaborate on a learning agreement, and throughout the experience, the advisor and the supervisor stay in touch to ensure that the student is benefiting from the internship. Chatham students have opportunities to learn from business leaders and companies in the Pittsburgh area. There are also world-renowned health systems, hospitals, and research centers in the city. Working one-on-one with a mentor (who may be an alumnus or someone in the community) is also available to students.

Four Phases to Your Future is another program available to students. It allows students to begin working during their first year to systematically develop a college experience that strongly positions them for what they want to do when they are finished with their degrees. Advisors in Career Development work with students through each of these phases to help them achieve their goals for the future.

Student life
You can be part of our exciting athletic program, featuring women’s and men’s NCAA Division III teams. And you can practice your leadership skills with one of our 59 campus organizations or join one of Chatham’s centers for entrepreneurship, sustainability, or politics. Participate in community service activities on campus or in the city. Take part in one of our many traditions. Whatever your interest, you can find it here at Chatham.




Located right where three rivers join, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is consistently recognized as not only one of the most livable cities in the United States, but also one of the safest cities of its size. It is home to nine other colleges and universities and worldwide companies such as Heinz, Bayer Corporation, WESCO International, Consol Energy, and PNC. Chatham University’s Shadyside Campus is within walking distance of parks, museums, and neighborhoods bustling with activity.


Type of university: Private, coeducational, four-year university granting bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees

Size of campus: Shadyside Campus is 39 acres, and Eden Hall Campus is located on 388 acres.

Number of students: 2,100+

Number of faculty: 106

Colleges, programs, and degrees: Chatham offers more than 500 courses of study housed within the School of Health Sciences; the School of Arts, Science, and Business; and the Falk School of Sustainability.

Geographic diversity: Every year there are approximately 130 international students at Chatham from more than 30 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Japan, China, India, Canada, Vietnam, Germany, and Mexico.

International student services: Living quarters for students include Laughlin House, our Global Citizen Living Learning Community. To help international students, our Office of International Affairs can answer questions about adjusting to life in the United States as well as university and immigration policies. Chatham also offers year-round English instruction and tutors for specific subjects.

International student budget: 2015–2016: $46,106 (includes tuition and fees, room and board, books, health insurance, and other expenses)

Financial aid: Chatham offers renewable merit scholarships for international students that range from $8,000–$18,000 per year.

Test score requirements: If English is not your first language, you must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500 or above on the paper-based test or 60 or above on the Internet-based test, an IELTS score of 5.5 or above, or pre-Grade 1 on the STEP-EIKEN.

Application deadlines and fees: Applications are accepted throughout the year (rolling admission). To be considered for Chatham international student scholarships and grants, however, students should apply by March 15 for the fall term or by November 1 for the spring term.