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Academic Discovery Program

Academic Discovery Program

Are you uncertain about the major or course of study you want to pursue in college?  You aren't alone! Nearly half of all students enter colleges and universities undecided or unsure about their major or course of study.  Over 70% of all students change their major at least once. 

At Chestnut Hill College, we recognize that students need time to determine their path of study.  That's why we've developed the Academic Discovery Program (ADP), a program for up to three semesters designed for first and second-year students who are uncertain about their course of study.

As a Member of ADP, You Are Provided the Following:

1. An Academic Advisor with whom you meet regularly to discuss:

  • Academic interests;
  • Potential career paths; and
  • Customized and collaborative course registration process with ADP Academic Advisor to ensure discovery classes are chosen in the correct sequence.

2. Five Courses chosen from the list below, focused on academic and career discovery:

  • Liberal Arts Discovery Seminar (LADS 120)
  • Welcome to CHC! (WCHC 101) - required for all new first-year students
  • One Art or Music course of your choice; or
  • One Social Science course of your choice; or
  • Science, History or English course of your choice; or
  • One Foreign Language course (determined via Griffin Day testing); or
  • One Math course (determined via Griffin Day testing)

3. Meet with Career Development staff at least once per semester.

4. Engagement in service projects and participation in academic/social events, including Academic Lecture Dinners with ADP Academic Advisor.

By the end of your first year, you'll be on track to pursue a course of study that suits you!

FAQs About Being an Undecided Major and the Benefits of ADP​


How Will ADP Help Me Graduate on Time?

Here at CHC, we have designed the ADP program with your time in mind; after you deposit and take your placement tests during Griffin Day, you are registered with a customized ADP schedule built in conjunction with yourself, your ADP Academic Advisor, and the Registrar’s Office that allows you to explore various majors offered at CHC without falling behind!

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How Will ADP Help Me Save Money as a Student?

Time is money and we know your time is valuable!  This is why we focus on having our ADP students choose their major by their 3rd semester at CHC; this way you won’t fall behind and risk graduating over the four-year mark.  We want you to be successful, which to us means graduating on-time and as debt-free as possible!

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How Will ADP Help Me Meet Other Students?

Not only will you get to know other ADP students through your living community, but you will attend campus events several times a semester with your ADP Advisor and your fellow ADP peers!

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How Will ADP Help Make Sure I Get the Courses I Need for My Program?

Here at CHC, there are over 60 courses offered each semester across a variety of subject areas that do not require prerequisites.

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Meet Your ADP Advisor!

Questions? Looking for more information on the Academic Discovery Program?

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Ashley Cole, M.Ed.

Student Success Coordinator; Academic Discovery Program
Student Success Advisor, Center for Education, Advocacy & Social Justice

Ashley Cole, M.Ed., serves as the Student Success Advisor for the Center for Education, Advocacy & Social Justice at Chestnut Hill College. She is also responsible for the Academic Discovery Program. Ashley joined the college  in 2022 as the Assistant Director of Employer Engagement in the Career Development office.  She graduated from  Kutztown University (’12)  with a B.S in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and minored in Criminal Justice. Ashley graduated from Bloomsburg University (’16) with her Masters in Educational Leadership in Student Affairs. Ashley’s background in Higher Education is in Housing and Residence Life. She loves spending time with her family and the great outdoors. She is an avid reader and has a minor obsession in collecting house plants.

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