Stonehill was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, and our mission calls upon us to honor human difference and value the inherent dignity of each person. As admission professionals, we recognize that every student has a unique background and circumstances that impact their academic and co-curricular record. We are committed to putting your individual application into the proper context as we aspire to enroll students who will build and maintain an honest, just and compassionate community.
Primary Factors Considered in Our Review
Our review will include a look at the courses you have taken in each subject area within the context of what your high school offers. The curriculum you have completed 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
- 4 combined units of history, political science and social sciences
In addition to these units, 2 academic elective subjects should be taken.
A student's application cannot be acted upon until the Office of Undergraduate 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 the first semester/trimester of grade 12 will be included in our review of applications from Early Action II and Regular Decision candidates.
Other Factors Considered in Our Review
We review recommendations from teachers and school counselors closely for indications of a student's character, moral compass, potential for leadership and likelihood of success at Stonehill.
We require that at least one teacher recommendation be submitted alongside your application for admission, and will review as many as four letters of recommendation in support of your candidacy.
We are an active campus looking for active students! Whether you took part in community service or volunteer work, participated in an academic club, competed in varsity athletics or served as a team captain, performed in dance, music or drama, or worked a part-time job, we want to hear about your extracurricular experiences.
The Common Application Personal Statement is a unique element of your application that provides a chance for us to hear your voice and learn more about you as a person.
Your answer to the optional Stonehill College essay question in the Common Application will provide us with an important opportunity to evaluate the seriousness of your interest in attending Stonehill.
We use class rank as a way to see how your academic achievements compare to those of your classmates.
Most applicants to Stonehill are reviewed with no regard for financial aid filing status or calculated need. However, due to the limitation of financial resources and competitive nature of our awards, a first-year applicant’s eligibility for aid may be considered in the admission process for a small portion of our candidates.
We define demonstrated interest as engagement with Stonehill College faculty, staff, and admission communications, portals, and programming opportunities during your college search.
Responsiveness to requests for additional information and other outreach will be among the factors considered in our review of your application, as will participation in virtual and on-campus programming opportunities.
Standardized Test-Blind Policy
In order to ensure equitable standards for admission, Stonehill will pilot a test-blind process for all undergraduate applicants for the fall 2021 (Class of 2025) and fall 2022 (Class of 2026) entry terms.
We understand that COVID-19 continues to disrupt the ability for students to both prepare and sit for the SAT and ACT. Our hope is to alleviate any anxiety students may have regarding access to testing as it relates to eligibility among a competitive application and scholarship pool.
Considering this change, students applying for the fall 2022 entry term should not submit the results of their SAT or ACT exams when applying to Stonehill.
Class of 2023 First-Year Student Profile
- 6,958 total applications
- Early Decision: 128
- Early Action: 3,212
- Regular Decision: 3,618
- Admitted: 4,712
- 660 first-year students: 59% women, 41% men
- 0.3% American Indian/Alaska Native
- 3.6% Asian
- 3.8% Black or African American
- 5.9% Hispanic
- 78.8% White
- 2.3% two or more races
- 5.3% race/ethnicity unknown
- 27% First Generation
- 23% business
- 27% science (STEM)
- 9% education
- 25% liberal arts
- 15% undeclared
- 3.32 average GPA (on a 4.0 scale), Middle 50%: 3.10-3.56
- Middle 50% rank in class – 12%-40%
- 69% completed at least 1 AP course
- 34% completed 3 or more AP courses
- 58% took part in community service or volunteer work
- 69% participated in varsity athletics
- 31% of varsity athletes served as team captains
- 45% participated in an academic club
- 34% performed in dance, music and/or drama
- 57% worked a part-time job