Alisha Collins ’07, director of corporate and community engagement, The Greater Boston Food Bank

Local Service Opportunities

In the Holy Cross tradition of educating the mind and heart, Stonehill provides students many opportunities to serve the common good both on campus and in surrounding communities.

Community Engagement Program

The Community Engagement Program provides opportunities for students to learn from, foster relationships with, journey alongside, and advocate for members of our local community.

The Farm at Stonehill

The Farm at Stonehill was established in January 2011 in response to food access issues in the neighboring city of Brockton, Massachusetts. Since its inception, The Farm has donated more than 80,000 pounds of fresh organic produce to our four community partner organizations.

Mobile Market

The Farm’s Mobile Market gives residents who do not live near grocery stores access to healthy eating options, and shares information about other efforts to increase wellness in the community.

Compassionate Leadership Through the Arts

The Arts Outreach program pairs under-served children from the nearby city of Brockton with Stonehill mentors. Because most of the Stonehill students who participate have little experience in art, the projects they undertake – ranging from photography and videography to painting and sometimes dance – provide an opportunity for the mentors and mentees to learn and do something new together.

Community Engagement by the Numbers

Service done right is mutually beneficial and Stonehill provides a wide variety of ways to engage. The numbers speak for themselves.

Learning Communities

Stonehill Learning Communities feature linked or collaboratively taught classes from different disciplines or perspectives that foster students’ ability to integrate learning across courses, over time and between campus and community life.

H.O.P.E. Participants

H.O.P.E. service immersion participants last year served in 13 domestic and international H.O.P.E. experiences during winter, spring or summer break.

Pounds of produce

Student volunteers have helped grow and harvest more than 80,000 pounds of produce on our campus farm and helped distribute it to our four community partner organizations.

H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program

H.O.P.E. seeks to engage members of the Stonehill community in cross-cultural service experiences. H.O.P.E. further endeavors to challenge the Stonehill community to grow in love of God and neighbor by embodying the Church's commitment to a preferential option for and with the poor.

Postgraduate Service: Stonehill Service Corps

During service experiences in India, the Dominican Republic, or nearby Brockton, Massachusetts, graduates assist their communities in various capacities and advocate the program's four core principles of service, simple living, community and spirituality.

  • Brockton

    Stonehill Service Corps - Brockton is a postgraduate service experience in which graduates live in nearby Brockton, Massachusetts, and serve full time in the community.

  • Dominican Republic

    Stonehill Service Corps - Dominican Republic is a cultural service experience in which Stonehill graduates live in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and work at Hogar del Nino, a daycare and school that serves more than 1,500 local children from newborns to teens.

  • India

    Stonehill Service Corps - India is an 10-month postgraduate cultural service experience. Corps members teach at Holy Cross School, a K-12 school with 450 students serving Aymanam in Kerala State.

Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning (CBL) links civic engagement (service, research or action projects) with coursework, lectures and discussions to create deep and integrated learning experiences for students and meaningful community impacts for our local partners.

Students from an Introduction to Sociology course work with homeless individuals to help them organize and improve their status.

  • Community-Based Learning

    The Office of Community-Based Learning provides faculty and students with the opportunities and resources to work with a variety of community partners.

  • Center for Service and Social Justice

    The Stonehill Center for Service & Social Justice (CSSJ) provides community-based learning courses and community-based research along with service and justice opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

  • Justice Scholars Program

    The Justice Scholars Program is a developmental journey toward active citizenry that engages students in the work of justice, scholarship and service in the spirit of Holy Cross.

Applying for Admission

The Common Application

The Common Application is an easy-to-use college application system. You’ll need to provide some basic information about yourself and your family; and some more detailed information about your education and your extracurricular activities. You’ll also be asked to write a 500-650 word essay.

Application Deadlines

Students should choose the application option that best suits their interest and complete their applications by the appropriate deadline. Please know that information and materials submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admission cannot be returned to students.

  • Early Action: November 15

    Early Action is a nonbinding application option. If you choose to apply to Stonehill as an Early Action applicant, you’ll be considered for admission earlier than students who apply as Regular Decision applicants, but you’re not required to enroll if you’re admitted. You will be notified of the decision in early January, and have until May 1 to enroll.

  • Early Decision: December 1

    Early Decision is a binding application option. If you choose to apply to Stonehill as an Early Decision applicant and you’re admitted, you must enroll. As an Early Decision applicant, you’ll be considered for admission earlier than students who apply as Regular Decision applicants. Early Decision applicants must complete the Early Decision Agreement.

  • Regular Decision: February 15

    Regular Decision is a nonbinding application option. If you choose to apply to Stonehill as a Regular Decision applicant, the grades from your grade 12 first semester or trimester will be considered in our review. You will be notified of the decision early to mid-March, and have until May 1 to enroll.

May Hall – 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357

The Office of Undergraduate Admission assists students and families as they learn more about Stonehill and navigate the college application process.