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First Year Programming

First Year Programming

Great options for your first year experience don't end with New Student Orientation. Throughout your first year, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities designed just for first-year students. Some options are required and others are optional, but we encourage you to take full advantage of your time at CHC by getting involved early!

WCHC and Creating Success

All first-year students are placed into either WCHC during their first semester at CHC. The course is designed to help continue the orientation experience while also exposing new students to all of the great resources CHC has to offer. 

WCHC will help you develop essential study, critical thinking and communication skills. Your WCHC team will help you understand the expectations of your professors, the benefits of a liberal arts education and the values and Mission of the College. The course will also help increase your awareness of the many academic opportunities, resources and support services CHC has to offer.

Creating Success builds on the basics of WCHC, but is more intensive and focuses more heavily on strengthening students' academic skills and study habits. First-year students are enrolled in one of the two courses.

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Passport Program

The Passport program was designed to encourage all first-year students to get involved, utilize college resources and become intellectually stimulated by truly engaging in the diversity of college life.  

You may find what passport events are going on around campus by looking at the My CHC Portal and/or email blasts that will be sent to your CHC email from staff/faculty.  You must have your passport booklet stamped after you attend an event. 

Passport events include many of the out-of-class lectures, films, and gatherings held by various organizations and departments within the College that are advertised as Passport events. You should get in the habit of regularly checking your CHC e-mail account, the Portal (my.chc.edu) for on campus event and activities.

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Involvement Fair

Are you ready to get involved at CHC? Attending the Involvement Fair is the perfect way to start your journey at CHC.

The Involvement Fair gives you the chance to meet all of CHC's student clubs and organizations. In addition, several community organizations and CHC offices are on site to share their opportunities. The fair is a great way to find out what we have to offer!

Look out for spinr involvement fair. Date is coming soon!

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IGNITE: First Year Experience

The IGNITE welcomes first year students of all faith backgrounds and experiences to discover connections to new classmates, upperclass student leaders, and to explore belief and identity through prayer and conversation with one another.

Peer leaders share reflections and facilitate small-group conversations on topics related to transition andfinding a place of welcome at Chestnut Hill College. This retreat takes place at St. Mary by the Sea Retreat House, a sponsored work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, in Cape May Point, New Jersey each fall semester. See Campus Ministry for details!

Dates: September 20th-September 21st, 2019

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Emerging Leaders Series

The Emerging Leaders Series is an opportunity for new students to learn  leadership skills and understand what it means to be involved at CHC. The Emerging Leaders Series is an interactive program open to first year and transfer students. 


ELS is a six week workshop series that takes place in the Spring semester. The program is designed to familiarize participants with basic leadership skills, develop strong friendships, and promote self-growth. The series consists of six workshops, each with a different focus (and a free lunch!). Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to build confidence, have fun, and become engaged CHC Griffins! Contact Student Activities at activities@chc.edu.

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