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Stonehill College: Preparing students for lives of purpose



College is a time of exploration, a chance for students to investigate the world and discover new ways to think about themselves and their futures. Stonehill College—a Catholic institution founded in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross—gives talented and motivated students the chance to do just that. 

A Stonehill education encourages students to develop a lifelong desire for self-discovery and commitment to service that will lead to purposeful and rewarding lives.

Our faculty, committed exclusively to undergraduate teaching, strive to build an environment that promotes rigorous academics, cooperative learning, and personal responsibility along with physical and emotional health. Says Keara Lavallee ’16, “You always know that you have someone that you can look to for support, and you’re there for someone else too. And I think that’s the core of everyone’s purpose here, to be the best you can be for others and for yourself.”

A foundation built on faith
Inspired by the educational philosophy of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Stonehill is committed to developing the moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social competencies of its students as well as fostering the determination to bring those competencies to bear on matters of social justice.

Through study of the core disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences, Stonehill students explore the wisdom and questions that are the foundation of an educated mind.

The intellectual and moral ideals at the heart of a Catholic education guide Stonehill students as they immerse themselves in long-standing traditions of free inquiry and engagement with transcendent theological values. They also help them come to appreciate the inherent dignity of each person and their obligation to commit themselves to moral ends.

Stonehill educates the whole person so that each graduate thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world.

Exceptional liberal arts education on a beautiful campus
Located in Easton, Massachusetts, a residential community just 22 miles from Boston and 37 miles from Providence, Stonehill ( offers students a safe, beautiful 384-acre campus that’s perfectly situated for internships, service opportunities, and employment after college.

Above all else, Stonehill is a place where students gain an education that will shape the rest of their lives. Stonehill offers students 39 majors and 49 minors with a liberal arts foundation that encourages them to become intellectually engaged and achieve personal growth.

Stonehill also recently earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, joining an elite group of colleges that includes fewer than 5% of the world’s business schools. AACSB accreditation is an especially distinctive recognition for a liberal arts college that focuses solely on undergraduate education.

Ryan McDonough ’16, an accounting major, says Stonehill allows him to study business in a distinguished program and gain from the broader perspectives of the liberal arts. “I can explore different ways of thinking,” Ryan says. “It’s good to have a well‑rounded [foundation] because in the future when you’re the head of a company, you’re going to be making the best decisions for society, not just you.”

Stonehill’s emphasis on one-on-one learning is clear. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, Stonehill students have the benefit of professors who nurture them inside the classroom and out. In fact, two of Stonehill’s professors were recently named among the country’s best, according to The Princeton Review’s The Best 300 Professors.

Experiential learning and effective career preparation
As our students begin to shape their views of society, it’s increasingly important for them to gain practical experience locally and abroad. At Stonehill more than 50% of our students travel abroad, and more than 85% complete a local, national, or international internship.

And because Stonehill is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of undergraduates, our students are exposed to opportunities they might not find elsewhere. The Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year to perform significant, publishable full-time research in collaboration with an experienced faculty member.

Experiential learning opportunities such as these are key indicators of future success—students who engage in internships, service learning, and study abroad receive and accept more job offers at higher starting salaries. Employers seek graduates who can actively apply what they have learned in the classroom with a more global perspective.

Stonehill’s deserved reputation for the quality of its liberal arts education is enhanced by top-notch career preparation. About 90% of Stonehill students utilize the Office of Career Services for individual consultations on career advising, mock interviews, access to on-campus recruitment fairs, and more. And it works—98% of Stonehill grads over the past five years were employed, in graduate school, or volunteering within one year.

A unified community of global citizens
Stonehill students are prepared to take on the world with advanced skills and a unique global perspective, leading them toward lives of meaning and success. Says Austin Alfredson ’15, “The relationships I’ve been able to form with faculty have taken my passion for learning to the next level, and I’ve seen my education climb to a level higher than I ever thought possible.”

Adds Lauren Esposito ’16, “Personally, I couldn’t be happier at Stonehill College. I chose Stonehill for its campus atmosphere and student-athlete ideals, but it’s been so much more for me. I love my professors, teammates, and coaches, and I feel that Stonehill is the perfect fit and will help me attain all my goals and aspirations.”

Financial aid
When choosing a college, families have to consider cost along with fit. Higher education is the investment of a lifetime, and we are committed to making your investment in Stonehill affordable. Stonehill is a nationally recognized undergraduate college offering an invaluable education with impressive career preparation, and one that is competitively priced, with many opportunities for financial assistance.

Last year 94% of full-time students received some form of aid. On average, students received $27,528 each in scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. On average, approximately 80% of Stonehill students graduate in four years—double the national average. The investment in a Stonehill education has a proven record of cost-effective success.

Plan a visit to Stonehill College
The best way to decide if Stonehill College is the right fit for you is to plan a visit. Contact the Office of Admission at 508-565-1373 (toll free at 888-694-4554), or plan your visit online at