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| I had an excellent experience at Chestnut Hill but like everything else in life you get out of if what you put in. In my first semester I joined several clubs and campus organizations and while there isn't the social atmosphere that one might find in a large degree factory like Temple, there is amazing individualized attention given to every student that asks for it. I think CHC is making all the right moves to be a more respected and sought after college experience and I like to think my involvement helped them in this regard. As the college grows I think more and more people will begin to value what it has to offer. As a side note, my biggest classes were maybe 15 students so you are definitely not just a number here. The administration also worked with me to graduate quickly and career development was always emailing opportunities for summer jobs and internships. Awesome experience! |
|May 06 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| LOCATION: If you're a city person like me, I suggest going somewhere else (unless your a Junior or Senior with a car). There's a SEPTA bus that takes you to the mall or the little shops on Germantown Ave, but other than that, there's nowhere to go really. The school has shuttle buses that can drive you over to a couple other locations, but they aren't that reliable when it comes to arriving on time.|
RESOURCES: The writing, math and foreign language centers are useful. The student activities office definitely is the one place I visit most frequently. They have cheap movie tickets, free tokens, and $3 independence passes.
CLASSES: The classes are small which is good. The professors for the most part are cool. Unfortunately, you have to take two religion classes in order to graduate.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Swim test, computer proficiency test, math proficiency test.
DORM LIFE: Eh if you're a first-year student. You'll get put in fontbonne or fournier which are pretty old. When you're a sophomore you can apply for a room in fitz or sugarloaf which are a lot nicer, but more expensive. Sugarloaf is about a mile away from the school though. There's lounges to watch tv in if you can't afford cable. There's also pool tables, ping pong tables, and foosball tables in some.
ACTIVITIES: There are a lot of different things you can get involved in. The only bad criticism I have about the clubs is the quidditch team. They don't give everyone equal opportunity to be on the field. They just throw their favorites in as much as possible rather than eliminating people off of the team. THE PEOPLE: Are all really nice. Some of the girls are immature, but that's probably going to be the case no matter where you go.
|Mar 19 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| Until 2003, CHC was an all-woman's undergraduate college. I excelled while I was there. Those people who choose to be actively involved in the community tend to enjoy life at the school much more. While there may not be a ton of clubs to choose from, there are the basics, which leads to many opportunities for student leadership, and starting a club is easy if you find people who are interested. I was extremely involved in the drama club (Mask and Foil), the singing groups, and Student Government; and was also a member of the community service group and the ecology club. Many students are local, so the weekends do get quiet at times; however, I always had friends around on the weekends - in general, those students involved in campus life and committed to their studies stayed on campus most weekends. The social life may seem dull, but it's what you make of it - make good friends at the school, hang out with them, and get out of your dorm to the surrounding areas.|
Academically speaking, the student's can range. I am a highly motivated, very intelligent student and I found similar students in my classes. However, I was mostly in the science and math classes. There were some "not so smart" students in my Freshman classes, but those students generally either failed/dropped out or went on to less academically challenging courses/majors. Classes are small and professors want you to succeed. If you study and apply yourself, you will learn a lot and do well. For the traditional undergraduate school, most of the professors are full time and have doctorates (at least in the computer, math, and science departments).
The biggest advantage for me at this school was in addition to learning what I needed to learn, I grew as a person, became more confident, and developed into a conscientous, responsible adult during my 4 years. This may be seen as a negative by many: CHC is a Catholic college and is a DRY campus. Therefore, there are some rules that may seem antiquated, such as having someone of the opposite sex stay over night. In general, some people may comment that the rules are strict, and they are; however, if you played it smart, and were courteous to your RA's, other students, and security, you often aren't caught and/or fined for indiscretions.
| Starting Job: Postdoctoral Fellow, Preparedness: B, Reputation: C- |
|Feb 09 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |