Stonehill was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross whose members established the University of Notre Dame (1842). In the Catholic tradition, the Holy Cross Community seeks to broaden and enrich the horizons of students. This spirit is reflected in the mission statement of Stonehill College:
"It is the mission of the College to provide education of the highest caliber, grounded in the liberal arts, comprehensive in nature, nurtured by Catholic intellectual and moral ideals and committed to the creation of a just and compassionate world..."
Education in the Holy Cross tradition is education both of the mind and the heart. The founder, Father Basil Anthony Moreau, C.S.C., wrote in 1849 that "we shall always place development of the whole person side by side with the acquisition of knowledge; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart."
As a College in the Holy Cross tradition, Stonehill seeks to help students to develop their abilities and to cultivate concern for the dignity of every person and care for the victims of every prejudice. In fulfillment of its motto, Lux et Spes or Light and Hope, the College fosters the competence to see and the courage to act. Stonehill fosters a quality of life on campus that forges strong bonds of community and a tradition of service off campus.
Situated in Easton, Massachusetts, a suburban community of 23,329 people, Stonehill is located just 22 miles south of Boston on a 375 acre campus, the original estate of Frederick Lothrop Ames. The campus map highlights 29 buildings that compliment the original Georgian-style Ames mansion.
The Stonehill shuttle service provides transportation to the Boston T and surrounding shopping.
Degrees and Academic Programs
As a College of Arts and Sciences and pre-professional studies, Stonehill awards on the undergraduate level the B.A., B.S., and B.S.B.A. degrees and confers a Masters of Science in Accountancy (M.S.A.).
Stonehill offers 29 major programs, the opportunity to double major or participate in one of the College's 37 minor programs. On average, more than 330 academic courses are offered each semester.
The academic program at Stonehill consists of a minimum of forty courses embracing the following three areas:
The Cornerstone Program (core curriculum)
Concentrations (Major and, typically, Minor)
Students develop knowledge and skills through general education, master at least one major area of study, and have the flexibility to explore other coursework, study abroad, internships, independent research, and other experiences unique to their own educational plans.
The College has an enviable location: 22 miles south of downtown Boston, 40 miles north of Providence, and approximately 50 miles from Newport, Rhode Island. Stonehill sponsors a shuttle service to the Quincy Adams T station as well as to area shopping and a local cinema megaplex. The Student Activities Office also manages a van that can be reserved for group activity.
Stonehill sponsors more than 60 student clubs and organizations including a very active SGA under the umbrella of Student Activities. The Athletic Department fields 20 competitive NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports. In fact, Stonehill students have consistently posted the highest grade-point-average in the Northeast Conference! The Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex is home to the College staff that sponsors 8 intercollegiate club teams including rugby and golf as well as an extensive intramural sports program offering racquetball, flag football and volleyball, just to name a few.
Over 70% of our students enroll at Stonehill having already experienced community service while in high school. To advance both the mission of the College and to heighten our graduates commitment to community outreach, Stonehill sponsors the Into The Streets Program, the H.O.P.E. Program and the Center for Non-Profit Management. The Campus Ministry Office welcomes students of all faiths and extends to everyone the opportunity to get involved as liturgical ministers, Chapel Choir members, and to participate in student-run retreats.
On average 4,928 high school students apply for 610 first-year openings with a general acceptance rate of 49%. According to various college guides, Stonehill has a competitive student admissions profile.
The College offers the Early Decision Plan (application deadline of November 1st) and the Regular Decision Plan (application deadline of January 15th). The review process for each candidate is comprehensive. Generally speaking, the admissions indicators are:
Strong performance in a rigorous secondary school program including 4 units of English, 3 units of foreign language, 4 combined units of history, political science, social sciences, 3 units of science, and 3 units of math.
Results from the SAT or ACT
Weighted positioning in class (for example, class rank, scattergram, or histogram)
Recommendations (guidance counselor, teachers)