Located on historic Woodland Road in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Chatham College is one of the oldest women’s colleges in the United States, and the only nationally ranked liberal arts college in Pittsburgh.
Chatham is a private, selective, fully accredited, nonsectarian institution, offering baccalaureate degrees only to women. Master's degrees, continuing education programs, and teacher certification are offered to women and men.
Founded on December 11, 1869, by the Reverend William Trimble Beatty and a group of Pittsburghers, it was then called Pennsylvania Female College. Their intention was to provide women with an education comparable to that of men at the time.
With cutting-edge educational programs, the college prepares its students for success in their personal and professional lives. Chatham is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the American Chemical Society, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification program.
The 32-acre campus offers undergraduate majors, graduate programs in a wide range of subjects, certificate programs, international programs, and five-year master's programs. Its academic curriculum consists of seven divisions: art and design, business and entrepreneurship, global and public policy studies, health sciences, human development, natural and physical sciences, and writing, literary and cultural studies.
The campus comprises the Rachel Carson Institute, Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy; Regional Women's Initiative, Three Rivers University Consortium for the Environment, Pittsburgh Teachers Institute, and Center for Women's Entrepreneurship. The School of Continuing Education offers educational opportunities to students at various locations.
The Jennie King Mellon Library on campus houses more than 90,000 monographs and 1,000 journal subscriptions. In addition, it houses the college's archives and unique collections of African-American monographs and Mesoamerican titles.
College housing offers a variety of residence hall options designed to meet individual students' needs. A living/television room, dining room, residential computer lab, kitchen area and laundry facilities are the special features provided.
To encourage creative and independent thinking and to promote group interaction, Chatham College offers such outdoor activities as horseback riding, biking, running, canoeing, badminton, and volleyball. An athletic and fitness Center is provided on the campus.
Transfer programs, community service programs and health and counseling service are available. The college offers financial aid and awards scholarships to deserving full-time students.
The campus arboretum features 100 species, including the Japanese flowering crabapple, river birch, and the Kentucky coffee tree.
As a widely respected and dynamic institution of higher learning, Chatham College provides educational programs to meet students' changing needs while maintaining the intellectual integrity of liberal arts.