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    Stonehill College
   
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
2016-2017 HillBook (Class of 2020) 
  
2016-2017 HillBook (Class of 2020)

Admission Requirements



First-Year Candidates for Fall Semester Admission

Application Deadlines:

Early Decision - December 1
Early Action - November 1
Regular Decision - January 15

CSS Profile and FASFA Priority Filing Dates:

Early Decision - December 1
Early Action - November 1
Regular Decision - January 15

Enrollment Deposit Deadlines:

Early Decision - January 15
Early Action - May 1
Regular Decision - May 1
 

All first-year candidates for admission must submit a completed application by the established deadline. Stonehill is an exclusive user of the Common Application. Candidates must also submit an official high school transcript, a completed Secondary School Report/Counselor Recommendation, one teacher Evaluation Form, and a $60.00 application fee. The submission of standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) is optional. Any application for the fall semester received after the January 15th deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis. Spring semester first-year candidate applications must be submitted by November 1st.

The high school requirements are such that 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.

Although Stonehill College is test optional, students are encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores if they believe the scores will be valuable supporting information to the review process. Information concerning their respective testing organizations can be obtained on-line at www.collegeboard.com or at www.act.org. The Stonehill College code numbers are 3770 (SAT) and 1918 (ACT).

A student’s application cannot be acted upon until the Committee on Admission receives the official high school transcript including grades for 9, 10 and 11 for early action and early decision candidates and the first semester of 12th grade for regular decision candidates.

The Early Decision Plan is an early binding program intended for the student for whom Stonehill is their first-choice school. Under the Early Decision Plan, students are permitted to apply for regular admission to other institutions, but may apply to only one institution for Early Decision. If admitted to Stonehill, students agree to enroll, submit a non-refundable $750.00 commitment deposit by January 15th, and withdraw all other applications. Applicants not admitted for Early Decision will be denied or deferred to the Regular Decision Plan. To be considered for financial assistance, file the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE form by December 15th. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no earlier than January 1st and no later than February 1st. As a financial aid candidate, students are not required to submit an enrollment deposit until the receipt of their financial aid award.

The Early Action Plan is a non-binding program. This plan notifies a student in early January if they have been admitted without requiring a non-refundable $750.00 commitment deposit until May 1st. The deadline to file a PROFILE form for financial aid consideration is December 1st. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no earlier than January 1st and no later than February 1st. Financial aid notifications are issued between February 1st and February 15th.

The Regular Decision Plan requires that all materials be sent to Stonehill no later than January 15th. Notification regarding admission is between March 1st and March 15th. The deadline to file a PROFILE form for financial aid consideration is February 1st. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no earlier than January 1st and no later than February 1st. Financial aid awards are issued between March 15th and April 1st. A $750 non-refundable deposit is required by May 1st.

Deferred Admission

Stonehill offers the opportunity for an accepted first-year candidate to postpone attendance for one or two semesters. A student who wishes to defer admission must request this in writing and explain the reason(s) for the deferral to the Dean of Admission and Enrollment, Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357-5610. Only candidates who have submitted the $750.00 non-refundable deposit may seek a deferral. Campus housing and financial assistance may not be guaranteed. Deferment is nullified if a student attends another college in the interim. A candidate who decides to participate in college credit courses while deferred can apply to Stonehill as a transfer applicant.

Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate

Stonehill participates in the AP and IB programs and will grant advanced credits to students who have taken the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examinations while in high school. (Refer here for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate detailed information.)

Transfer Candidates

A student wishing to transfer to Stonehill College from another college or university must submit the following items:

  • a completed transfer application. Stonehill is an exclusive user of the Common Application.  Candidates must also submit a Stonehill Supplemental Information Form for Transfer Applicants,
  • a Registrar’s Report confirming good academic standing and disciplinary standing at their prior institution(s);
  • two College Instructor Evaluations;
  • a $60.00 filing fee;
  • an official high school transcript;
  • an official transcript from each post-secondary institution which the student attended;
  • course descriptions for all courses a student has taken at post-secondary institutions. Course descriptions can be submitted by sending in a college catalog with the student’s name on the front cover and the courses taken marked, or course descriptions can be downloaded from an on-line catalog and submitted as a Word document;
  • the short answer essay and the personal essay described in the Transfer Application.

Transfer applications should be filed no later than November 1st for the spring semester and April 1st for the fall semester. Transfer candidates that apply after the November 1st and April 1st deadlines will be reviewed on a space available basis.

High School Dual Enrollment

Students seeking college credit for courses taken while in high school must submit an official college transcript listing the course(s) for which credit is sought, along with a Dual Enrollment Request for College Credit Form signed by the College issuing the transcript.

In order to be considered for credit, courses taken by high school students must meet all of the following conditions:

  • The course was offered by a college whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), regardless of delivery method.
  • The course was not offered as part of a college-in-high-school program taught by secondary school teachers with enrollment limited to secondary school students.
  • The course was taught by a regular member of the college faculty.
  • The course was offered as part of the College’s regular curriculum, is published in their catalog, and is also available to their regular college degree candidates.
  • The course is worth at least three semester-hour credits or four quarter-hour credits.
  • The course was comparable in nature and content to courses offered at Stonehill.
  • The student received a grade of “C” or above in the course.

Students must also provide the Stonehill Registrar’s Office with a course description taken from the issuing college or university catalog.

Transfer Candidates

A student wishing to transfer to Stonehill College from another college or university must submit the following items:

  • the Common Application for Transfer Students along with the Stonehill College member questions;
  • the Registrar’s Report from the most recent institution attended reflecting both academic and disciplinary good standing;
  • one College Instructor Evaluation;
  • the $60 application fee;
  • an official high school transcript;
  • an official transcript from each post-secondary institution which the student attended;
  • course descriptions for all courses a student has taken at post-secondary institutions. Course descriptions can be submitted by sending in a college catalog with the student’s name on the front cover and the courses taken marked, or course descriptions can be downloaded from an on-line catalog and submitted as a Word document;

Transfer applications should be filed no later than November 1st for the spring semester and April 1st for the fall semester. Transfer candidates that apply after the November 1st and April 1st deadlines will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Massasoit Community College Dual Degree Program

Massasoit Community College students who transfer to Stonehill College under the Dual-Degree Transfer Agreement can apply up to 60 Massasoit credits toward a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill-as long as a grade of C or higher is earned in each course. Students who enroll at Stonehill prior to completing all their coursework toward a degree at Massasoit will be able to transfer the credits back to Massasoit to be applied towards the requirements for an associates degree.

Additionally, Massasoit students with an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher who transfer to Stonehill under the Dual-Degree Transfer Agreement will be eligible to receive a $10,000.00 Massasoit Transfer Scholarship.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transfer credit is only granted for college-level, credit-bearing courses taken at other institutions whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), regardless of delivery method (e.g. on-line courses, hybrid courses, MOOCs, etc.). Credits may also be awarded through the College Board Advanced Placement Exam Program, International Baccalaureate Program or through approved abroad programs.

Credit will only be granted for courses in which the student has received the equivalent of a grade of “C” or better. An earned grade of “C-” or below will not transfer.  However, since Stonehill lecture/lab courses are graded with a single grade, transfer lecture/lab courses for which each component is graded separately may be accepted even if one of the grades is lower than a “C” if the weighted combined average grade is equivalent to a “C” (2.00 at Stonehill) or better. Pass/Fail courses will only be accepted in transfer if the official transcript indicates that a passing grade is the equivalent of a “C” or better.

Only credits hours are transferred. Transfer grades are not recorded on the Stonehill transcript and are not included in the computation of the cumulative grade-point-average. Credits transferred in from quarter hour, trimester, or other non-semester hour institutions may be adjusted to make them equivalent to a Stonehill semester-hour credit.

Transfer students with first‐year standing (fewer than 25 credits) must complete all General Education requirements, with the exception of those fulfilled through approved transferred courses.

Transfer students with sophomore standing (transferring in 25-55.9 credits) are exempt from the First-Year Seminar requirement but must complete all other General Education requirements, with the exception of those fulfilled through approved transferred courses.

Transfer students with junior standing (transferring between 56-62 credits) are exempt from the First-Year Seminar and Learning Community requirements but must complete all other General Education requirements, with the exception of those fulfilled through approved transferred courses.

Since students must complete at least 62 credits at Stonehill, a student may not transfer in at a level higher than junior standing.

Transfer credits may be granted for coursework completed as part of advanced or occupational military training that is comparable in nature and content to courses and credits offered through Stonehill College programs. Credits earned for Basic Training are not transferable. Students wishing to transfer in credits for military courses must provide Stonehill with an official college transcript from an accredited institution of higher education or from The American Council on Education (ACE).

Stonehill does not grant transfer credit for:

  • completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam;
  • life experience;
  • remedial courses below the 100-level or college transition/study skills courses;
  • directed or independent study/research and internships, unless taken as part of a Stonehill sponsored program or abroad experience; or
  • courses taken in the natural and computer sciences more than 10 years ago.

Upon admission to Stonehill a student will receive a preliminary evaluation of transferable credit. Once the student has committed to Stonehill College a more comprehensive evaluation will be forwarded to the student.

Transfer students may be asked to submit course syllabi to ensure the appropriate evaluation of courses. Final articulation of transfer credits in a major or minor sequence and in the Cornerstone Program is determined by the Associate Registrar in consultation with the appropriate academic department.

Transfer Student Residence Requirement

In order to qualify for a Stonehill degree, a transfer student is required to complete at least 62 credits at Stonehill College, with their final two semesters taken at Stonehill or in a Stonehill sponsored program. At least 50% of courses required by the Stonehill General Education Cornerstone Program, a major, or minor must also be taken in residency at Stonehill or through a Stonehill sponsored program. Individual academic departments may further restrict which major or minor courses may be transferred into Stonehill College.

International Candidates

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States should submit the following items by January 15th for the fall semester or November 1st for the spring semester:

  • a completed international application and a $60.00 application fee. Stonehill is an exclusive user of the Common Application.
  • an official copy of a secondary school transcript, leaving certificate or national exam results with an official English translation if necessary;
  • international transfer students should submit university transcripts and course descriptions from each university attended;
  • those students whose native language is not English must have official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) sent to the Stonehill Office of Admission. More information about registering for the TOEFL can be found on-line at www.ets.org/toefl/;
  • the submission of official SAT or ACT scores is optional;
  • the International Student Financial Statement along with financial documentation of the ability to meet educational and living expenses at Stonehill.
  • Please note that there are two different financial forms that are required depending upon whether the applicant is seeking need-based financial assistance.
    • Students seeking consideration for need-based financial assistance are required to submit at the time of application:
      • International Student Financial Aid Application
      • International Student Certification of Finances
      • Current bank statements (dated within three months of submission)
    • Students not seeking need-based financial assistance are required to submit at the time of application:
      • International Student Certification of Finances
      • Current bank statements (dated within three months of submission);
  • Since Stonehill has limited need-based financial assistance available for international students, financial need is a consideration in the review for admission.