About Stonehill & Our Catholic Mission


Founded as a Catholic college in 1948 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Stonehill’s holistic approach is guided by the principles of education and faith. Our students grow into global citizens who value knowledge, integrity and compassion as they seek to create a more just society.

Stonehill professors emphasize critical analysis and creative thinking while mentoring students in more than 80 academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business and pre-professional fields.

Located between Boston and Providence, Stonehill is a Massachusetts College that provides students with an array of research and internship experiences on campus and nearby metropolitan areas. Stonehill has earned national recognition for our international study and intern abroad programs, which present our students with a world of opportunities.


Stonehill was founded on June 30, 1948, by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Rev. George P. Benaglia, C.S.C., was appointed as the first College president, and the first students enrolled on September 20.

Institution Type

  • Private
  • Coeducational
  • Confers the B.A., B.S. and the B.S.B.A.

Accreditation & Memberships

Stonehill is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Additional Programmatic Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration


  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • The Council of Independent Colleges
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Southeastern Association for Cooperation of Higher Education in Massachusetts
  • Southern New England Consortium on Race and Ethnicity

Catholic Affiliation

Stonehill is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross. Members of the Congregation share in the mission of the College as administrators, faculty members and campus ministers.

Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. is the ninth Holy Cross priest to serve as Stonehill’s president. In addition, members of the Congregation serve the College as members of the Board of Trustees, many of whom are Stonehill alumni.

NCAA Division II Athletics

At all levels of competition, athletics are a big part of life at Stonehill – more than 80% of our students participate on an NCAA Division II varsity team or play an intramural or club sport.

The Stonehill Skyhawks compete in the Northeast-10 Conference, the largest NCAA Division II conference in the country.

  • Northeast-10 Conference
  • 20 varsity teams
  • 11 intercollegiate club teams
  • 20 intramural sports programs


  • $186 Million


U.S. News & World Report

In 2014, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide ranked Stonehill in the top tier of schools (No. 115) in the category of National Liberal Arts Colleges.

The Princeton Review

Stonehill has consistently been singled out by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the country and was selected for the publication's 2015 edition of ‘‘The Best 379 Colleges.’’

Survey of Student Engagement

Stonehill is among the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide in offering enriching educational experiences according to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Forbes: America’s Top Colleges

Forbes ranks Stonehill No. 221 on its 2014 list of America’s Top Colleges – and No. 93 in the Northeast. According to the magazine, Stonehill alumni salaries rank within the top 27 percent of college graduates across the nation and the College has the 13th lowest student debt default rate in the country.

National & Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service has consistently named Stonehill to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary and innovative community service programs.

Institute for International Education

The Institute of International Education consistently ranks Stonehill among the top 25 baccalaureate institutions in the nation for student participation in semester-long study abroad programs.

Colleges of Distinction

The "Colleges of Distinction" guide identified Stonehill as one of the “best bets” in American higher education because of our engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.