About Stonehill & Our Catholic Mission


Welcome to Stonehill College

See the Stonehill experience in action. Get a peek at campus life and hear our community describe how Stonehill provides a special and unique college experience.

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 Commission of Higher Education.

Stonehill is currently engaged in its reaccreditation process. The public is invited to submit comments by October 23, 2019. 

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


  • $199,696,551

Recent Accolades

Stonehill is consistently singled out by organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. Read about our most recent recognitions.

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