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Chestnut Hill College

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chestnut Hill College is proud to serve as a launching pad for lives of excellence. As an inclusive Catholic institution, the College provides a well-rounded curriculum that challenges and inspires all students regardless of major. It’s no wonder why over 90% of alumni find a job or graduate school straight out of college; engagement with the surrounding community and professional world comes naturally with their CHC education. Its prime location is situated on the northwestern edge of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, giving students access to both exciting urban resources and comfortable natural landscapes.


Complementing every major with a curriculum that spans across disciplines, the College instills the values of academic excellence, ethical living, and care for their community and the Earth they inhabit. At CHC, students take to heart a Mission of growth and compassion.


“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”



Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
1,318 undergraduate students
83% of undergrad students are full time
40% male — 60% female
39% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
82 full-time faculty
215 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
82% of first-year students live on campus
51% of all students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


78,6% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)


55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Black or African American 35%
White 40%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 8%


Chestnut Hill College Griffins

18 Division II Sports Teams

Academic Programs

Biology And Environmental Sciences
Majors: Biology, Forensic Biology, Environmental Sciences Molecular Biology, Sports Medicine | Minors:

Majors: Accounting; Business Administration and Management; International Business, Language, and Culture; Marketing | Minors: Accounting; Business Administration and Management; International Business, Language, and Culture; Marketing; Sports Management

Chemistry And Physics
Majors: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry | Minors: Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry

Computer Science And Information Technology
Majors: Computer and Information Sciences, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Systems Management, Cybersecuirty, Digital Forensics | Minors: Computer Science, Computer Systems Management, Digital Forensics, Information Management, Programming, Web/Multimedia Design

Majors: Pre-K–4 Education, 7–12 Secondary Education | Minor: Pre-K–8 Special Education

English Literature And Communication
Majors: Communication, English Literature, English Literature and Communication | Minors: Communication, Creative Writing, English Literature, Film Studies and Production

Foreign Language And Literature  
Majors: French, Spanish | Minors: Latin and Classical Civilization, French, Spanish

Health And Exercise Science
Majors: Exercise Science, Health Sciences

History And Political Science
Majors: Global Affairs, History, Political Science | Minors: Global Affairs, History, Legal Studies, Political Science, Women’s Studies

Mathematical Sciences
Majors: Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Mathematics | Minors: Mathematics

Majors: Music (BA), Music Performance (BM)| Minor: Music

Major: Psychology | Minor: Psychology

Religious Studies And Philosophy
Minors: Religious Studies, Peace and Justice, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Philosophy

Sociology, Criminal Justice, And Human Services
Majors: Criminal Justice, Human Services, Sociology | Minors: Criminal Justice, Human Services, Sociology, Social Gerontology

Active Learning

The curriculum at Chestnut Hill College is designed to challenge students not only through the coursework itself, but also through the 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 what unique skills they have to offer. Collaboration requires communication, and it is through the classroom that students develop their ability to assert their voice and share their input—a necessity in the professional world.

Global Learning

Chestnut Hill College was founded with a globally minded mission, and though its campus community is small, its impact reaches across international borders. As the College 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 of education that they are privileged to experience in their own corner of Pennsylvania.

Even at home, CHC ensures that its curriculum is culturally rich and supported by a global perspective. The International Education Committee works to develop such areas of study as foreign languages, global affairs, intercultural foundations, and international business, language, and culture.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X
Yearbook X

New Programs

The College is proud to remain responsive to an ever-evolving society. As the demand for professionals in the health sciences and cybersecurity has risen, CHC has constructed new majors that are up to date with the issues of today’s marketplace. Majors within such new initiatives as the Cyber Sentinels Program exemplify CHC’s commitment to providing an education that is current, worthwhile, and impactful.

Undeclared Undergrads

Students who have yet to declare a major are sure to find their passion with the help of CHC’s Academic Discovery Program (ADP). Alongside an invested Student Success advisor, these students get one-on-one guidance and support as they comb through their options and get a feel for what interests them. No matter how much exploring they do, they are always met with a helping hand, as their advisors work to ensure that their class schedules remain efficient and enable them to graduate on time.

Undeclared students are also able to reside in a living-learning community with others who are exploring their interests as well. Together, those who take part in ADP build relationships, discover their passions, and excel toward their vocations.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Orientation, Intro to the Liberal Arts, Global Awareness, Religious Studies, Public Speaking, Ethics, Physical Education, Senior Seminar


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 180 236 69 2 0 0 0 487

Community Outreach

Since its founding in 1924, Chestnut Hill College has brought meaningful change to its own neighborhood as well as to neighborhoods far beyond campus. Students are able to enroll in service-learning courses that earn them academic credit, organize their own clubs to reach out to a specific area of need, or engage in any variety of service and ministry programs that the College has to offer.

One noted service-learning program is the Urban Plunge, an immersive opportunity during which students can spend some 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, they are sure to discover something new about the causes of urban poverty and the various factors that make it so difficult to escape. This experience brings students to confront their own prejudices, meet and bond with new friends, and impart life-changing assistance to those who need it most.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Career Development

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.



1,286 total applicants
1,231 total admissions
207 total freshman enrollment

95.72% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Character/personal qualities
Geographical residence
State residency
Volunteer work

Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 590
SAT Math 480 560
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 23
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    




Tuition $35,950
Fees $230
Total $36,180
Room and Board (on campus) $11,000
Estimated Total On Campus $47,180


Average Financial Aid Packages 2017-2018

$30,165 first-year students
$8,336 all undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2017-2018

92.2% on average, the percentage of need that was met
30% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,336 average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,468 average need-based loan