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 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
  • 10 intercollegiate club teams
  • 20 intramural sports programs


  • $186 Million


U.S. News & World Report

In 2012 Stonehill ranked in the top tier of schools at #112 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges group of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review in 2011 lists Stonehill College among the best in the country. Stonehill appears in "The Best 376 Colleges" guide, and is named as one of the best colleges in the Northeast.

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 #197 on its 2011 list of America’s Top Colleges – and #75 in the Northeast.

National & Community Service

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

Institute for International Education

In 2011 Stonehill’s semester-long study abroad programs were ranked #18 in the nation for mid-length stays among baccalaureate institutions by the Institute for International Education.

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.

The Carnegie Foundation

The Carnegie Foundation awarded Stonehill College its 2010 Community Engagement Classification for Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships.