Chatham University may admit male undergrads for first time

PITTSBURGH - A 145-year-old Pittsburgh university whose undergraduate college admits women only may begin enrolling male undergrads next year.

Chatham University has about 2,200 students and has enrolled men in certain graduate and specialty programs, though its undergraduate Chatham College for Woman has remained single-sex.

But school spokesman Bill Campbell says the undergraduate college is down to 588 students from a peak of 675 six years ago, so the schools trustees voted to study admitting male students to reverse that trend.

The undergraduate college was founded as the Pennsylvania Female College in 1869.

Chatham will study input from students, faculty, staff and alumni before the trustees meet again in June.

If approved, the school could enroll its first male undergraduate students by fall 2015.

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