Higher Standards for Higher Learning
Jan 27, 2000
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by the Epinions community
Pros:Lovely campus, Good old fashioned values taught, Vast curriculum
Cons:Antiquated library, not as technologically advanced as some schools, overactive heater in the dorms
I attended Chestnut Hill College for my freshman year, and the start of my sophomore year. At that point, I met my husband and have not had the opportunity to continue my education.
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During my junior and senior years of high school, my parents and I started inquiring into various local colleges. I had a wonderful experience at my all-girls high school, and wanted to attend the same type of school as I continued my studies. Having a student body of "girls only" built closer friendships, lifted serious peer pressure and competition, and helped myself and other students feel more free to be ourselves.
The small size of the student body also contributes to a feeling of closeness among students. The student-teacher ratio is excellent. In several classes, there were only six students or in one class, three! Smaller numbers stimulated more meaningful discussions of the topics being covered, and fostered relationships among students as well.
The campus is lovely! Buildings that have stood the test of time stand proudly in their fine architectural majesty. The dorms and classrooms are surrounded by gorgeous greenery. The entire campus expresses the enduring moral values on which the school was founded.
Chestnut Hill College offers a liberal arts curriculum, with a wide variety of classes to choose from. Students can participate in a fine athletics program. Cafeteria food, as at any institution, leaves something to be desired. But the staff are friendly and students happily greet and chat with them as they choose their food at each meal. The library is not the most modern, though for all but science students it certainly suffices. On that note, the science labs and instructors are quite superior.
The college was remodeled recently, and offers a computer lab, among other benefits. On campus is a coffee shop, open almost daily. Several student lounges offer areas to chat or study. Video games, television and pool tables offer entertainment. Several times a year, a jewelry peddlar stops by to display her wares. Classic "Philly-style" soft pretzels are sold in the halls weekly.
A bus station is directly across the street, and the train station is not far -- in walking distance. The quaint cobblestone streets of downtown Chestnut Hill are also in walking distance. Young ladies can ride the bus to the nearby Plymouth Meeting Mall. Several inexpensive eateries are also close to the campus. Of particular interest is Bruno's, a student hangout, just across the street. Fairmount Park is another attraction students can walk to quickly.
Girls can also take advantage of a plethora of extra curricular activities. Drama, Choir, Pro-Life Organization, Yearbook, Newspaper, and many others are already available. If a student wishes to propose a new group, she is encouraged to do so by the kindly sisters who manage the college. Parents and students alike will quickly get to know these women as they proceed with the application process.
The dorms themselves offer private and double rooms. They are, as anywhere, small. But comfortable. A bed, desk and chair, and at least one dresser are provided. As an RA (Resident Advisor), a student can serve as one floor's advisor for the year, reserving for herself a double room. Several of my classmates tried this option and enjoyed it.
A final note -- the school is very generous with its financial aid. I can't recall a single friend who did not have some sort of scholarship, grant or loan to help cover her tuition and room and board costs.
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