Chestnut Hill College
Chestnut Hill College is proud to serve as a launchpad for students to develop personally, professionally, and spiritually. As an inclusive Catholic institution, CHC provides a well-rounded curriculum that challenges and inspires all students to become their best possible selves so they can lead meaningful, successful lives. Engagement with the both the local and the global community comes naturally with a CHC education, as courses and extracurricular activities emphasize service work and assisting those who are in need. Situated on the northwestern edge of Philadelphia, CHC gives students access to exciting urban resources and comfortable natural landscapes, affording them the best of both worlds.
Complementing every major with a curriculum that spans across disciplines, CHC instills in students the values of academic excellence, ethical living, and care for their community and the earth.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Get to know Chestnut Hill College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
The curriculum at Chestnut Hill College is designed to challenge students not only through the coursework itself, but particularly through an interactive classroom environment that encourages students to share and learn from their differing life experiences and perspectives. Such a campus-wide commitment to teamwork enables students to develop a confident sense of self and a true understanding of the unique skills they have to offer. Collaboration requires communication, and it is through learning both inside and outside the classroom that students develop their ability to assert their voice and share their input—a necessity in the professional world.
Chestnut Hill College was founded with a globally minded mission, and though its campus community is small, its impact extends beyond its campus into the world at large. As CHC develops its globalized culture, it continually provides a range of programs through which students can travel the world to learn and serve. And with university partnerships in more than a dozen countries, students who go abroad are sure to receive the same high-quality education and experience they receive on campus.
Even at home, Chestnut Hill College ensures that its curriculum is culturally rich and supported by a global perspective. The International Education Committee works to develop areas of study such as foreign languages, global affairs, intercultural foundations, and international business, language, and culture.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 127 | 10-19: 230 | 20-29: 62
30-39: 3 | 40-49: 3 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 36
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 413
White, non-Hispanic: 484
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0
Asian, non-Hispanic: 20
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 2
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 49
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 142
Total Enrollment: 1,286
Chestnut Hill College continuously updates its curriculum to match the needs of an ever-evolving world. Within the past year, CHC has added new majors that align with the requirements of today’s marketplace, such as cybersecurity, law and legal studies, exercise science, and forensic sciences, all of which were designed to help students find successful careers in today’s most in-demand fields.
Students who have yet to declare a major are sure to find themselves and their vocation with the help of CHC’s Academic Discovery Program (ADP). Alongside an invested student success advisor, students receive one-on-one guidance and support as they search for a foundation on which they can build their lives. No matter how much exploring they do, they are always met with a helping hand, as their advisors work to ensure their class schedules remain efficient and enable them to graduate on time.
Undeclared students also join a community in which they and others enrolled in ADP can build relationships, discover their passions, and excel toward their vocations together.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
Teacher certification program
Since its founding in 1924, Chestnut Hill College has brought meaningful change to neighborhoods both near and far. Students are able to enroll in service-learning courses that allow them to earn academic credits, customize their clubs to suit a specific area in need, and engage in a variety of service and ministry programs.
One noted service-learning program is known as the Urban Plunge, an immersive opportunity in which students can spend time serving alongside their friends during the summer or winter break. Those involved live among and provide aid to underrepresented communities in the cities of Kensington, Philadelphia, and Camden, New Jersey. Meanwhile, students can discover something new about the causes of urban poverty and the various factors that make it one of today’s most important problems in desperate need of a solution. This experience allows students to confront their own prejudices, meet and bond with new friends, and impart life-changing assistance to those who need it most.
Chestnut Hill College’s historic and tree-lined campus is located in Chestnut Hill, the Garden District of Philadelphia. Located just 12 miles from Center City Philadelphia, CHC is a quick train ride away from Philly’s history, culture, and cheesesteaks. The daily campus shuttle runs to the local train station, providing convenient access to Philly and other locations. Plus, Washington, D.C., and New York City are only two hours away, easily allowing students to explore other cities during their free time.
Chestnut Hill College Griffins
18 NCAA Division II Sports Teams and Sprint Football (run by the Collegiate Sprint Football League)
Colors: Scarlet and Gold
Mascot: Big Griff (Griffin)
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 75%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
The Office of Career Development is available to all students and alumni to provide guidance, advice, and resources to help them along any stage of their job search. Whether they are on the hunt for an internship or their post-graduate career, each student can develop career development strategies one-on-one with staff who understand and revel in their potential. One helpful resource is the FOCUS Career Assessment, a self-paced program that helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses, set clear goals for both during and beyond college, and pave the way toward satisfying employment.
Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Character/personal qualities | Geographical residence | State residency | Volunteer work
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview
Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability | First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 570
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 550
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 20
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $11,000
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