This is the time of year where college students cram for those final exams, hurry to pack their bags, and head home for a long Christmas vacation with friends and families.
The research, however, shows us that after all the celebrations are done and the Christmas decorations put away for another year, many college students choose not to return to that same college in January.
Some are overwhelmed with academic challenges. Others simply can’t justify, or even afford, the high cost of tuition, room and board. Many just need a break. In today’s world, this is not unusual, as available data confirms that only 19% of college students complete their bachelor’s degrees in the “traditional” four years (www.completecollege.org).
And that’s okay! Today’s “traditional” student is now in the minority, while what we used to call “non-traditional students” make up the majority of college attendees.
What is important is that you continue your education in some way while you take a break from the school where you started. That’s where Chatfield College comes in to play. As a regionally accredited college, Chatfield’s credits will likely transfer to any other college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC.) We have articulation agreements with 24 other colleges representing many different academic programs. This means that our classes are reviewed and pre-approved for transfer by one of these partner colleges and universities.
Chatfield is affordable, too, and has generous privately endowed financial aid available to those who qualify. In fact, many students transfer here, and enjoy our small classes and individual attention so much, they choose to stay and earn their associate degree. At that point, the credits they have earned for the associate degree will almost always transfer to any four-year institution.
Now we don’t have basketball or football teams, cheerleaders or food courts. Chatfield is about teaching and learning and you! Our students are the reason we are here and all our efforts are directed towards making you successful.
We are a liberal arts school for men and women of any age or experience. Proud of our Catholic and Ursuline tradition, we are open to people of any and all faiths and religions. All are welcome at Chatfield.
So if you want to take a single class to keep your head in the game, we can handle that. If you want to pursue your associate degree with us, even better. Or if you thought you never had the chance to go to college, it’s not too late. Give us a call. (513-921-9856 ext.215 in Cincinnati, or 513-875-3344 ext.115 in Brown County.) Or check us out on the web at www.chatfield.edu. You’ll be glad you did!
See you at Chatfield!
John P. Tafaro, President