Chestnut Hill College

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9601 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693

Phone: (215) 248-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#131 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Chestnut Hill College is a private institution that was founded in 1924. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,581, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 75 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Chestnut Hill College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 131. Its tuition and fees are $31,170 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The Mission of Chestnut Hill College is to provide students with holistic education in an inclusive Catholic community marked by academic excellence, shared responsibility, personal and professional growth, service to one another and to the global community, and concern for the earth. Chestnut Hill College is a close-knit community offering personalized one-on-one contact between faculty and students. The college is growing: two new buildings have been constructed in the past seven years, land has recently been acquired that almost doubles our campus size, and two buildings on the new property have been extensively renovated for use by the college community. A unique collaborative opportunity is the Sisters of St. Joseph Association of Colleges Student Exchange Program (ACSSJ), which offers students the opportunity to study at one of seven other U.S. colleges sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The College is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), a consortium of eight independent higher education institutions in the Greater Philadelphia region. Positive outcomes for students include extensive course offerings through cross registration plus the richness of sharing in the resources of seven excellent colleges. Our campus location combines the best of center-city Philadelphia, only a short train ride away; the charm of colonial Chestnut Hill, just up the hill; and the sylvan beauty of Fairmount Park, directly across the street. Chestnut Hill College was founded in 1924 as a Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college for women and opened its full-time undergraduate program to men in the Fall of 2003. Since its inception, the College has offered a rigorous liberal arts education that provides students with a broad background in the humanities, social sciences,and natural sciences. The College has a history of preparing students for careers in the sciences and education and has developed a strong technology focus as well as strong programs in business, education, and psychology. Chestnut Hill College prepares students for life's challenges by helping them to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and socially.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1924
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $6,025,158


When applying to Chestnut Hill College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at Chestnut Hill College is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Chestnut Hill College is 9:1, and the school has 82.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Chestnut Hill College include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Public Administration and Social Service Professions; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 22%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 16%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 12%
Psychology 11%

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Student Life

Chestnut Hill College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,581, with a gender distribution of 29.9 percent male students and 70.1 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Chestnut Hill College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,301
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Chestnut Hill College offers a number of student services including placement service, health service, and health insurance. Chestnut Hill College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Chestnut Hill College, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Chestnut Hill College.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Chestnut Hill College, 81.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,291.

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Tuition and fees $31,170 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,875 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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