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Awards & Accolades

Chatham is proud of the recognitions we’ve garnered, locally, nationally, and internationally. This page offers a selection of our awards and accolades.

Chatham routinely ranks within the top 25 universities in the world for sustainability as measured by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

Chatham University was selected for the Princeton Review’s 2019 Green Honor Roll for receiving a score of 99 (the highest possible score) in the 2019 Green Rating tallies. Only 26 schools out 648 colleges were selected for this honor.

Chatham University has been recognized as a college that is a best place to learn, to grow, and to succeed by Colleges of Distinction. Chatham's inclusion was determined through criteria focusing on excellence in engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes – the aspects that have been shown to result in effective undergraduate education.

For five consecutive years, Chatham University has been admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Chatham is consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report and among the top master's-level institutions in the Northeast by The Princeton Review. Chatham was also ranked as a Best Value School in the same category in 2019.

Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus and K-12 Program received a 2018 Best of Green Schools Award from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN).

Eden Hall Campus was recognized nationwide with a 2018 Education Facility Design Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects.

Chatham has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA for seven years running (2012-2018) in recognition of the University’s commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

In 2019, Sierra Magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, ranked Chatham University as the country’s 14th greenest university in its annual ranking of the nation's Cool Schools. This is the fifth year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 25 honor.

In 2013, Chatham received a prestigious Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, a nonprofit that works to create a healthy, just, and sustainable society by transforming higher education. Also in 2013, the International Sustainable Campus Network honored Chatham with a Sustainable Campus Excellence Award, the only North American institution so honored that year.

Chatham has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2012, 2013), and the Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (2011), and was the first university in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bike Friendly University.

Chatham was ranked ninth in the country in undergraduate participation in study abroad among the Top 40 Master’s Colleges and Universities (based on the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) in the 2012 Open Doors Report. It placed in the Top 50 in 2015.

Chatham received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education: Internationalizing the Campus (2003), presented by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Chatham's online programs were recently ranked as one of the "Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2018" by The Best Colleges. Chatham was also ranked #2 for "Most Affordable Online Colleges in Pennsylvania" across all accredited colleges in PA that were reviewed.

In 2018, Chatham’s graduate and undergraduate nursing programs earned a “Best Online Program” ranking by U.S. News & World Report. The MSN and DNP programs were ranked in the top 100 of all online programs.

In 2007, Poets & Writers named Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and the Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/ unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In January 2012, The Writer named it one of the “Four top schools you should consider” and in 2009, named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus.

Chatham is one of only five universities in our region to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the most prestigious national undergraduate honors society.

Chatham’s Board of Trustees was one of six institutions honored with the 2016 John W. Nason Award for Board Service by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Chatham’s Women’s Business Center, hosted by The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University, was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the 2018 Women’s Business Center of the Year.

Chatham University has been recognized as a university committed to increasing college student voting rates with the recognition of a "silver seal" award from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

In 2019, Chatham was proud to have celebrated its 150th anniversary.