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Chatham University
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Motto Filiae Nostrae Sicut Antarii Lapides
(That our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace.)
Established December 11, 1869
Type Private
Endowment $53.0 million[1]
President Esther L. Barazzone
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Students 1,900 (approx.)
Nickname Cougars

Coordinates: 40°26′57″N 79°55′33″W / 40.44917°N 79.92583°W / 40.44917; -79.92583 Chatham University is an American liberal arts women's college with coeducational graduate programs through the doctoral level, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Shadyside neighborhood. The campus population of approximately 2,200 includes undergraduate women and graduate women and men. The University grants degrees including certificates, bachelor, master, first-professional, and doctorate. In 2005 the University expanded its programs to include online degrees through the School of Continuing Education, now the College for Continuing and Professional Studies.



Founded as the Pennsylvania Female College on December 11, 1869, by Reverend William Trimble Beatty, Chatham was initially situated in the Berry mansion on Woodland Road off Fifth Avenue in the neighborhood of Shadyside. The campus today is composed of buildings and grounds from a number of former private mansions, including those of Andrew Mellon, Edward Stanton Fickes, George M. Laughlin Jr. and James Rea. It was renamed Pennsylvania College for Women in 1890, and as Chatham College in 1955. The name served to honor William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and namesake of the City of Pittsburgh. The school gained university status from the Pennsylvania Department of Education on April 23, 2007 and publicly announced its new status on 2007-05-01, changing its name to Chatham University[2].

With elements designed for the original Andrew Mellon estate by the renowned Olmsted Brothers, the 39-acre (160,000 m2) Chatham campus was designated an arboretum in 1998 by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. It features over 115 different varieties of species, including Japanese Flowering Crabapple, River Birch and Kentucky Coffee Tree. The Arboretum provides an outdoor classroom for students in the University’s Landscape Architecture and Landscape Studies programs, as well as an inviting place to stroll and to meditate.

In 2007, Chatham University's Creative Writing M.F.A. program was named one of the top five Innovative/Unique Programs by The Atlantic Monthly[3].


The original Shadyside Campus is part of historic Woodland Road. The Shadyside Campus now includes Chatham Eastside[4], which serves as the home for health science and architecture programs.

The University’s new 388-acre Eden Hall Campus is located north of the city in Richland Township and is the home of Chatham’s new School of Sustainability and the Environment. Programs at Eden Hall Campus include an environmental learning lab, initiatives in sustainability and environmental studies, food studies, landscape architecture, and women’s studies.


Chatham University grounds
Campus labyrinth

The University structure includes three distinctive Colleges: Chatham College for Women houses academic and co-curricular programs for undergraduate women and embodies the traditions and rituals of the traditional women's college. The College for Graduate Studies offers women and men both masters and doctoral programs. Programs within the College for Graduate Studies include concentrations in art and architecture, business, health sciences, teaching and creative writing. The College for Continuing and Professional Studies, formerly the School of Continuing Education, provides online and hybrid undergraduate and graduate degree programs for women and men, certificate programs, and community programming including the Summer Music and Arts Day Camp.


The University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the American Chemical Society, the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification program, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, and the Council on Social Work Education.

Mission statement

Chatham University prepares its students, bachelors through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to excel in their professions and to be engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious, life-long learners, and citizen leaders for democracy. The women’s undergraduate program offers superb career preparation informed by the liberal arts; other entities within the University provide men and women with undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education of the highest quality with primary emphasis on preparation for work and the professions.

Notable alumni

Among Chatham's notable alumnae is biologist and zoologist Rachel Carson (1929), after whom the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham is named. The RCI, as it is known, promotes understanding of environmental issues through conferences, lectures, discussion panels, and other methods. In honor of Rachel Carson's legacy, the College President, Esther L. Barazzone, Ph.D. and others led a campaign to rename the Ninth Street Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh as the Rachel Carson Bridge. The naming resolution was passed by Allegheny County Council on December 6, 2005. The Rachel Carson Bridge is one of the "Three Sisters" Bridges, opened between 1926 and 1928, and designed by County architect Stanley L. Roush and the Allegheny County Department of Public Works. The Roberto Clemente Bridge (formerly Sixth Street Bridge) and the Andy Warhol Bridge (formerly Seventh Street Bridge) complete the trio of bridges. They are the only trio of nearly identical bridges and were the first self-anchored suspension spans built in the United States. They are among the only surviving examples of large eyebar chain suspension bridges in the country.

Some notable alumnae include:

Points of interest


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Grant, Tim (2007-05-01). "Chatham gains university status". Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  3. ^ Delaney, Edward J. (2007). "The Best of the Best". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  4. ^ . 

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