It has been a banner year for Stonehill as organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities repeatedly singled out the College as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place.
Stonehill’s Dean of Faculty, Maria Curtin, said the recognition from organizations that include The Princeton Review and the Carnegie Foundation is a welcome affirmation of the culture and values that have long defined the College.
“The greatest reward for us is seeing the extraordinary impact we have on our students,” she said. “But being frequently singled out as among the best in the country is fantastic. I am proud that we are recognized for what really matters at Stonehill, and I’m grateful to work with faculty and staff committed to our mission ‘to educate the whole person.’”
Here are some of the accolades Stonehill received this year:
The Princeton Review named Stonehill one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price in it's new, “200 Colleges That Pay You Back Edition.”
The Princeton Review surveyed students nationwide, and Stonehill has once again been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, earning placement in the latest edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, “The Best 380 Colleges.”
National Public Radio undertook an in-depth analysis of the federal government’s new College Scorecard and concluded that the return on investment for students who graduate from Stonehill was among the best in the United States.
The nationally renowned compensation information company analyzed cost and outcomes data from 76 of the best liberal arts colleges in America and judged Stonehill’s return on investment to be among the best.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Stonehill as one of only 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, which honors schools that have shown a strong commitment to engaging with local, regional, national and global communities.
ETC, a national clearinghouse of college and university data, examined 1,182 U.S. colleges and universities for workforce preparedness and employability and determined Stonehill’s outcomes record was strong enough to warrant being listed in the top 5 percent.
The College’s commitment to protecting the environment is reflected in initiatives that include numerous student clubs and organizations that promote environmental sustainability, as well as installation of a 2.7-megawatt solar field that generates roughly 20 percent of the electricity used by the College. Those efforts combined with dozens of others earned Stonehill inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.
When researchers at Business Insider gathered data from two of the most well-known college ranking organizations and sorted them based on reputation and future earnings, Stonehill stood out as deserving more attention.
When Money magazine analyzed 1,500 colleges and universities based on education quality, affordability, alumni earnings and graduation rates, Stonehill ranked in the top 10 percent and was selected for the magazine’s list of 736 colleges that provide the best value for your tuition cost. Stonehill earned its place on the list based on providing “a great education, at an affordable price, that helps students launch promising careers.”
Stonehill College, a Catholic college founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, encourages students to discover what truly moves them and then helps them gain the knowledge and experience they need to build a life around that passion. It’s a process that unfolds through a four-year plan that allows students to explore a rich and diverse curriculum rooted in the liberal arts with robust business, science and pre-professional programs. The results are often extraordinary and are why Stonehill continues to be recognized year after year by groups that make critical and independent assessments as to the value of colleges and universities.