About Stonehill College & the Congregation of Holy Cross
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 100 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.
- Confers the B.A., B.S., B.S.B.A., M.A., M.Ed. and MPS
Accreditation & Memberships
Stonehill is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.
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
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 I 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 I varsity team or play an intramural or club sport.
The Stonehill Skyhawks compete in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference, which provides opportunities for student-athletes to achieve their fullest potential in the classroom, in athletic competition and in the community.
- Northeast Conference
- 23 varsity teams
- 14 intercollegiate club teams
- 35 intramural leagues
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.