Admission Standards

Stonehill students are individuals who crave moral, spiritual, intellectual and social growth. Leading with courage and compassion, they combine rigorous academic inquiry and cooperative learning with personal responsibility and the will to act.

Application Review

Each student has a unique background and we want to put your academic record into the proper context. The following factors are the primary focus of our consideration.

Common Application and Supporting Documents

All students applying for undergraduate admission must submit a completed Common Application. Candidates for admission must also submit an official high school transcript, a completed secondary school report or counselor recommendation, and one teacher evaluation. The submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional.

High School Curriculum

Part of our review will include the courses you have taken in each subject area within the context of what your high school offers. The curriculum must meet both the general requirements of a college preparatory program and the particular requirements of Stonehill College. Most successful applicants have prepared for the rigors of Stonehill by taking a demanding college preparatory program in high school including: 4 units of English; 4 units of mathematics; 3 units of science; 3 units of foreign language; and 4 combined units of history, political science, and social sciences. In addition to these units, 2 academic elective subjects should be taken.

Cumulative GPA

A student's application cannot be acted upon until the Committee on Admission receives an official high school transcript including course grades for grade 9, grade 10 and grade 11 for early action and early decision candidates. Course grades from first semester of grade 12 will be included in our review of applications from regular decision candidates.

Standardized Test Scores

Stonehill College is test optional in the application review process. However, students are encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores if they believe the scores will benefit their application for admission. The Stonehill College code numbers are 3770 (SAT) and 1918 (ACT). For more information on average SAT and ACT scores for successful candidates for admission, please see the Student Profile section below.

Other Factors Considered in Our Review

  • Class rank, if provided
  • Recommendations from your guidance/college counselors and at least one teacher
  • Extracurricular activities: we are an active campus looking for active students
  • Personal statement (essay): the personal statement is a chance for us to hear your voice and learn more about you as a person

First-Year Student Profile

Class of 2020

  • 725 freshman, 42% men, 58% women
  • 30% enrolled as liberal arts majors, 23% enrolled as science majors, 20% enrolled as business majors, 7% enrolled as education majors, and 20% enrolled undeclared
  • average recalculated GPA (4.00 scale): 3.30
  • average recalculated GPA for middle 50% (4.00 scale): 3.04-3.57
  • average rank-in-class for middle 50%: 12%-37%
  • average ACT* composite score for middle 50%: 22-28
  • average SAT* Reading, Math, and Writing combined score for middle 50%: 1500-1810

In High School

  • 70% completed at least 1 Advanced Placement (AP) course
  • 35% completed 3 or more AP courses
  • 78% took part in community service or volunteer work
  • 67% played a varsity sport
  • 34% served as captain for their varsity team
  • 85% participated in student government or leadership activites
  • 30% were involved in dance, music and/or drama
  • 63% held a part-time job

*Stonehill is test-optional in the review for admission and merit scholarships. The test ranges above reflect the 92% of the class of 2020 who reported their scores to the Office of Admission.