Chestnut Hill College: Narrative Description

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9601 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
Tel: (215)248-7000
Free: 800-248-0052
Admissions: (215)248-7004
Fax: (215)248-7056
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates (profile includes figures from both traditional and accelerated (part-time) programs). Founded 1924. Setting: 45-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $5.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7952 per student. Total enrollment: 1,679. Faculty: 230 (69 full-time, 161 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 9:1. 1,092 applied, 72% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 721 students, 74% women, 26% men. Part-time: 281 students, 75% women, 25% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 9 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 40% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 41% 25 or older, 67% live on campus, 15% transferred in. Retention: 61% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at La Salle University, Thomas Jefferson University, Sisters of St. Joseph College Consortium Student Exchange Program, Temple University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for students in the Chestnut Hill College ACCELERATED program for working adults. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $27,880 includes full-time tuition ($19,660), mandatory fees ($720), and college room and board ($7500). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $450 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $37.50 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Hispanics in Action, African American Awareness Society, Campus Ministry Community Service Group, Mosaic of Cultures Club. Major annual events: Fall Fest/Homecoming, Christmas celebrations, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 350 college housing spaces available; 314 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Logue Library with 128,489 books, 203,958 microform titles, 484 serials, 2,089 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $499,465. 101 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Chestnut Hill College is located in a 45-acre suburban setting of Philadelphia. Historic homes, a regional art museum, a well-respected arboretum, stables, and quaint specialty shops are within two miles of the campus, which is 30 minutes from Center-city Philadelphia. Villanova University, Saint Joseph's University, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and LaSalle University are nearby.

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