(Candid academic advising shot from
Stonehill College’s First Year Experience blog.)

What do you do when someone asks for your opinion of a college? Recently I connected with a mother who was curious about Stonehill College. What did I know? Here’s the email I fired off:

Smallish, Catholic-affiliated, known for personal attention & accessible faculty. They have been making great strides towards offering more & better housing (the “knock” on Stonehill at one point was that they didn’t have enough).

Construction photos from new dorm:

Catholic roots translate mostly into a social justice /service orientation, see commencement speech:

Some of the more popular majors include business, psychology, and the social sciences. They’re also pretty serious about athletics (DII):

See also for some good statistical information.

Definitely worth checking out…

Stonehill’s coherent social media presence helped a lot. Their Twitter stream led me to their First Year Experience blog, which in turn led me to a stream of candid orientation photos and reminded me to check YouTube & Facebook. Their website is serviceable, if a little text-heavy in spots, (and hey, how about some social media callouts on the front page?), but the main thing that mattered to me was that I could pull together a student-specific, multi-media Stonehill snapshot pretty easily. Which means I could help move this mom from caring about my opinion to working on her own.


(Thanks to MS for asking the question!)

Posted on August 4, 2010, in review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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