Congratulations on your acceptance to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). We know that you will be a great addition to our learning community and we look forward to seeing you on campus.
We invite you to use this portion of the website as a resource to help you prepare for your new role as a graduate student here. You will find the necessary information and contacts to get you started. We strongly encourage you to read the SGS Catalog, which is updated annually on our website. It is important to know the policies and procedures so you are prepared and knowledgeable about your program.
We welcome you to the School of Graduate Studies. Remember: we are available if you have any questions or concerns during your time here. Please feel free to contact us. We wish you luck as you begin your journey at Chestnut Hill College. For assistance with general questions, please contact the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.248.7170.
Again, congratulations and welcome!
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Office
The School of Graduate Studies Front Office is a resource you should feel free to utilize. The School of Graduate Studies is located on the third floor of St. Joseph Hall, Room 378. SGS Office hours are Monday-Thursday (8:30 am-6:00 pm) and Friday (8:30 am-4:30 pm). Summer hours differ on Friday (8:30 to 1:00). The SGS Office staff will be happy to assist you with any issues or forward you to someone who can. For assistance with general questions, please contact the staff at email@example.com or 215.248.7170.
Applicable course registration dates and deadlines are posted and viewable on the online Academic Calendar. You will be able to register for your first term as a matriculated student by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the Graduate Course Guide for further information; it is available on the web at www.chc.edu/graduate. The online course guide provides the class schedule, academic calendar, tuition, fees, and discounts, as well as other information such as drop/add, withdrawal, and refund dates and deadlines for your application for graduation. Many classes fill very quickly, so please register as early as possible for the best selection of classes. Please refer to our Registration FAQ--also available on the Registrar's page, here -- for more information. For real-time course availability, please go to My.CHC and fill in the drop-box prompts.
Technology Accounts (CHC Webmail, My.CHC Portal, & Blackboard Accounts)
All SGS students are assigned three separate technology accounts at the time of first course registration. Please note that your CHC Webmail and My. CHC Portal accounts are connected, so if you change your password for Webmail, your password for the My.CHC Portal will also be changed, and vice versa. Blackboard is a separate entity, and changing your Blackboard password will not affect your CHC Webmail or My.CHC Portal accounts, and vice versa.
- On Campus Log-in: This allows you to log on and use any of the designated computers on campus. Your log- in credentials are connected to your CHC Webmail and My.CHC Portal accounts.
- My.CHC Portal: This utility functions as the student’s official record of enrollment and attendance at CHC. Functions include, but are not limited to, accessing semester course schedules (including classroom assignments) and grade reports, online course registration (certain programs excluded), access to unofficial transcripts, and student financial account access.
- CHC Webmail: This utility functions as the student’s institutional email account. It is a CHC School of Graduate Studies policy that every student be assigned a CHC email account. It is the student’s responsibility to check this account. Updates, reminders, newsletters, and other information will be sent out to SGS students via their CHC email addresses only. Instructions are available to set up an automatic forwarding feature to the student’s personal email account.
- Blackboard: This utility functions as a learning management tool for SGS students. It is an optional LMS tool; not all courses and/or instructors decide to utilize it. Students should consult with the instructor to see if it is being utilized. Concurrently, it is the instructor’s responsibility to enroll their students in their course shells on Blackboard.
We will be sending you your log-in credentials for CHC Webmail, logging in on campus, My.CHC Portal, and Blackboard via email soon after you register for the first time. You will also be supplied with instructions for how to forward your CHC Webmail to your personal email address if you wish to do so. If, after following the directions in the email, you have problems accessing your accounts, please contact Kristen Dittrich (email@example.com) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check your CHC Webmail account regularly for important information and updates from the School of Graduate Studies
All forms that you will need are found on the Registrar's page, here. These include applications for graduate assistantships, transcript requests, tuition discount forms, drop/add/withdrawal and transfer of credit forms, and applications to request graduation (please note deadlines and signature requirements).
Your Academic Advisor is here to guide you as you pursue your degree. If you should ever require academic advising and/or program-specific questions, please reach out to your assigned academic advisor.
News & Updates from the School of Graduate Studies
A weekly email, entitled News & Updates from the School of Graduate Studies is sent out every Friday to your CHC email account. Updates, reminders, and other information is sent out in these emails. It is strongly encouraged that you check your CHC email on a regular basis and read this weekly email to stay abreast as to what is happening at the SGS. Thank you for your cooperation.
You will need to complete the CHC Institutional Application (available online) and file a FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) before you can register using financial aid. Full-time status for graduate students is nine credits, but financial aid is available for part-time students taking 4.5 credits or more each term. Some certificate/certification programs are not eligible for federal aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office with further questions and concerns at email@example.com or by calling 215.248.7182. The financial aid office is located on the first floor of St. Joseph Hall.
CHC ID Card
All CHC students are required to carry a valid photo identification card for use of the college library, for admission to campus buildings and events, and for presentation upon request of a college official or security at any time. Also, you will need your CHC ID card to sell used books back to the bookstore. During the first week of the term, security staff will be located in Fontbonne Hall (Basement Level) to assist you with your photo ID, which you must carry with you whenever you are on campus. Please bring your college ID number with you; the security guard will need it to process your ID card. We will notify you of these times via your CHC email. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire as to your CHC ID number.
Buildings may be abbreviated in the following way on schedules and course listings:
Fournier Hall - FR
Logue Library - LL
(Barbara D’Iorio) Martino Hall – MH
St. Joseph Hall - SJ
You will obtain your classroom assignments via your course schedule, which is available for you on the My.CHC Portal. For your convenience and reference, an updated list of classroom assignments is also available at the Security Desk in Fournier Hall, and at the Security Desk in the Lower Level of St. Joseph Hall.
Enrollment Fee (formally Matriculation fee)
This a one-time administrative fee charged to all new students when enrolling for their first graduate course, regardless of matriculation status. The fee remains at $175.
Every academic year (fall through summer), parking permits are available for purchase online. Click here for further application instruction. Permits cost $135 per year; please note that students are also responsible for a $5.95 processing fee. For Vehicle Registration guidelines and information, see the SGS Parking Information page. Please direct any further questions/concerns to email@example.com. Please be prepared with your ID number, vehicle make and model, and your license plate number. To seek a refund for the terms not attended, please contact the Student Accounts office (215.248.7116) at the conclusion of the academic year.
School Closing/Emergency Notification Service
School Closing information can be found on our website and at www.kyw1060.com. The School of Graduate Studies’ number is KYW 2155. An announcement will also be recorded on our graduate office number, 215.248.7170.
We strongly encourage your to sign up for the school’s Emergency Notification System, E2 Campus. This service provides the opportunity for the College to send emergency announcements via text message, e-mail and telephone voicemail in the event of a College emergency or cancellation of classes due to weather. The College is providing this service at no cost to you. Please contact your cellular provider about voice or text fees that may apply. If you are interested in participating in this service please click here for further information and to register.
We strongly encourage you to keep your syllabus for every course you take here at CHC. If you decide to apply for a doctoral program and/or to pursue state licensure, you will need to provide your syllabi and course descriptions.
The CHC Bookstore is located in the basement of St. Joseph’s Hall. You may access it online, here. Make certain to order the correct edition of the required text for your particular course section if you are purchasing books from an alternate source. Check return policies in advance.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Student Services and Resources
Chestnut Hill College’s School of Graduate Studies is dedicated to providing a supportive atmosphere of academic excellence for all graduate students. This is precisely why the School of Graduate Studies recognizes the need to provide another crucial element for student success and satisfaction: quality of life. There are a number of facilities on campus including the CHC Bookstore, Academic Computer Center, Dining Hall, McCafferty Lounge, and Griffins Den, Logue Library, and Rosemary Murphy Gulati Complex, (our Fitness and Recreation Center). Please see the Graduate page on our website at http://www.chc.edu/graduate/services/ for more detailed descriptions of the services and facilities offered.