The College's self-proclaimed "geographic identity crisis" is a huge draw for students: it's across the street from Fairmount Park (the largest park system in any U.S. city), and within walking distance from a SEPTA train station to center city Philadelphia.
Among its 30 majors and 29 minors are several five-year combined Master's programs, including Education, International Business, Language, & Culture, and Psychology.
As incoming class sizes have grown, so has the campus itself. SugarLoaf Hill, an estate and conference center formerly owned by Temple University, was acquired by the College in 2006. Its former hotel now houses 60 students in a dormitory, and post-renovation plans include classrooms, dining services, and more.
Student leadership and serving the community are part of the Chestnut Hill College experience. A few examples: its Student Government Association organized the first-ever SEPCHE Student Government conference. The College was named to the 2008 Presidential Honor Roll for community service. Its activities team, CHAT, made the College the first in Philadelphia to play human Quidditch (and later placed third at the College Quidditch World Cup at Middlebury College). A 2009 graduate had her first book published by age 22. Its chapter of Phi Beta Lambda consistently wins in national competitions.
To quote the College's first President, Maria Kostka Logue, “Chestnut Hill will prepare you to learn how to earn a living because you must. But you are here to learn how to live."
Because of this unique characteristic, students and faculty alike are enabled to truly be themselves, and not generic, pop-societal influenced robots. However, many first-year students often find the school to be completely boring, because it isn't their definition of the "typical party school".
Chestnut Hill College (and this is important, all you manufactured, bleached-blonde tools out there) is NOT a party school. It is what you make of it. If one want to throw a party on Thursday and not get busted, have to attend a judicial hearing, face possible fines, etc..., simple caution, a little maturity, and congenial relations with the guards are all one needs.
It is a place where personality and attitude are currency. If you're down to earth, honest, and have something sembling a sense of humor, you can and will (most likely) get by. If you're the average, run-of-the-mill douchebag and/or tool, chances are, you'll be exploited and eventually form a very negative opinion about the school. This is because... well... douchebags and/or tools form negative opinions about anything that doesn't completely mesh with their shallow, almost non-existant personalities.
Chestnut Hill College is a school that preaches a strict rule system for the sake of political correctness / parental comfort. The blindingly obvious truth to anybody attending, however: Chestnut Hill College is a young, constantly growing and evolving infant of an educational institution. As a student of Chestnut Hill, I can honestly say that this is a place where you can leave your mark, and that mark is substantial enough to determine the course of change and evolution at the school.
You can be whoever you want to be here. It's a fresh start for those that need it, and a perfect place to continue being the person you love. You can be someone here.
Thank God for Positivity.
Objective human beings that have actually experienced the college: "Chestnut Hill is a place to grow, and find yourself, as cheezy and cliche as that sounds. It's actually true here though, clown."
A horrible place to receive a college education because of the calibur of students that get accepted to it.