Stonehill Named One of Nation’s Top “Colleges That Pay You Back”

February 8, 2016


Stonehill is one of the nation's best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price according to a new book released by The Princeton Review, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.

The Princeton Review chose the schools on the unranked list based on ROI (return on investment) ratings it tallied for 650 schools last year. The ratings weighted 40 data points that covered everything from academics, cost, and financial aid to graduation rates, student debt, and alumni salaries and job satisfaction.  The Princeton Review editors culled data from the company's surveys of administrators and students in 2014-15 and from PayScale.com's surveys of school alumni conducted through April 2015.

“It is not surprising that the College continues to be recognized for the way in which our faculty and staff provide our students with an outstanding and challenging education, one that really prepares them for life and career after graduation. This speaks to the strength and vitality of our mission which is focused completely on educating whole person,” said Stonehill’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Joseph Favazza.

In the book's profile of Stonehill, The Princeton Review editors praise the College for its numerous career and international opportunities as well as its internship program, noting that “internships don’t just come from a database, but from alumni connections and students reaching out to community members.”

The Career Information section of the profile lists an exceptional ROI (return on investment) rating score of 87 for the College.  It also cites PayScale.com figures reporting Stonehill graduates with at least a bachelor's degree have a median starting salary of $43,600 and median mid-career salary of $91,500.

"We highly recommend Stonehill, and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools.  They stand out not only for their outstanding academics but also for their affordability via comparatively low sticker prices and /or generous financial aid to students with need – or both," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher and lead author of the book.  "Students at these colleges also have access to extraordinary career services programs from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of alumni connections and post-grad support."

The book also has an introductory section identifying "Great Schools for the Highest Paying Majors" and tips for getting financial aid, scholarships and grants from colleges. In addition to the profiles of 200 (66 public and 134 private) tuition-charging schools, profiles of nine tuition-free schools are in the book. 

Higher ed organizations like The Princeton Review continue to single out Stonehill as among the best in the nation.

Last January, Stonehill received the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, signifying the College’s strong commitment to serving others. In April, the White House once again recognized Stonehill for its commitment to service as the College was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Other accolades the College received in 2015 included its inclusion in The Princeton Review’s guide to the most environmentally responsible schools, NPR's list of “Schools That Make Financial Sense,” and Business Insider’s top 50 list of America’s most underrated colleges where Stonehill ranked 18th. The College was also included in a list of the top Catholic colleges in the U.S. by College Factual.

About Stonehill College

Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity. 

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH).  For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.