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Chatham College: Narrative Description


Woodland Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232-2826
Tel: (412)365-1100
Free: 800-837-1290
Admissions: (412)365-1290
Fax: (412)365-1609
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, women only. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1869. Setting: 32-acre urban campus. Endowment: $54.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $9000 per student. Total enrollment: 1,249. Faculty: 75 (70 full-time, 5 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 469 applied, 62% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 54% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 1 class president, 5 valedictorians, 22 student government officers. Full-time: 413 students. Part-time: 252 students. Students come from 34 states and territories, 19 other countries, 21% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 12% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 20% 25 or older, 60% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 65% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: biological/life sciences; business/marketing; psychology. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $29,046 includes full-time tuition ($21,780), mandatory fees ($216), and college room and board ($7050). College room only: $3690. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $530 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $9 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 28 open to all. Most popular organizations: Chatham Student Government, choir, Chatham Feminist Collective, Students of Community Service, Activities Board. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Fickes Eggnog, Battle of the Classes. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, self defense education; well lighted pathways and sidewalks. 406 college housing spaces available; 247 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: women-only housing available. Jennie King Mellon Library with 95,480 books, 7,748 microform titles, 392 serials, 354 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.3 million. 265 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Pittsburgh.

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