Chestnut Hill College

Chestnut Hill College

Chestnut Hill College is a co-educational Roman Catholic college located in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. The Sisters of St. Joseph established the school as Mount Saint Joseph College in 1924. It was renamed Chestnut Hill College in 1938. The campus is spread across an area of 45 acres. Chestnut Hill College is organized into the following academic schools:

  • The School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • The School of Graduate Studies
  • The School of Undergraduate Studies

Chestnut Hill College's athletics department sponsors more than 10 men's and women's sports teams, which are nicknamed the Griffins. The college is a member of NCAA Division II and participates in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

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Contacting Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia , PA 19118-2693
General Phone: (215) 248-7000

Chestnut Hill Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching135education, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, education courses
Therapy and Counseling95psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology
Family and Social Work56child care management, human services
Business and Management47business management, accounting, finance, human resources, marketing
Liberal Arts31French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, political science, sociology, history
Security and Law Enforcement28criminal justice and administration
Media17communication and journalism, communications tech courses
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science courses, computer science
Science7biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Religion and Philosophy7religion, pastoral counseling and ministries
Medical Administration4health care administration
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science
Fine Arts1art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Chestnut Hill in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree23529
Master's degree18511
Doctor's degree181

Chestnut Hill Student Body

In 2007-2008, Chestnut Hill had a total enrollment of 2,062 students (1,676 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 61%
Graduate 39%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 29%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 19%
20-21 12%
22-24 15%
25-29 16%
30-34 10%
35-39 8%
40-49 12%
50-64 7%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey19%
New York3%
(International Students)2%

Chestnut Hill Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %

Chestnut Hill Room and Board (2007)

Chestnut Hill offers campus housing for 562 of its 1,676 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Chestnut Hill Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math420530
SAT Writing440540
ACT Composite1721

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT98%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT9%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Chestnut Hill Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,000
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,000
Room and board $ 8,550
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,100

Financial Aid:
Chestnut Hill participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 324500)

Chestnut Hill Faculty

Chestnut Hill has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track38
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1315

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year1*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$66,2492*
All faculty totalcalendar year7$77,2415$72,922

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year2*4$67,299
Associate professoracademic year5$56,6338$65,440
Assistant professoracademic year8$53,56815$44,025
Instructoracademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year16$57,56329$53,054

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Chestnut Hill Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Baseball Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference
Track Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference

Chestnut Hill Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Family And Social Work
Child Care and Support Services Management
Human Services, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Communications Technologies/Technicians & Support Services, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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Chestnut Hill Highlights

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What Sets Chestnut Hill Apart:

% of degrees in family and social work
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Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 8%Chestnut Hill Female % of student body
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Chestnut Hill % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Chestnut Hill % of degrees in education and teaching
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Chestnut Hill Dorm rooms per full-time student
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Chestnut Hill % students 40 years or older

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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