Parents and Family Resources

Earning a college degree is an amazing accomplishment for any student! We know you want to see your student succeed, so we have put together a few resources for you to provide the best support possible.

Learn More about Stonehill College

Stonehill College was founded in 1948 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross. We are a private institution which means that we are controlled by a private, nongovernmental agency (in our case, the Congregation of the Holy Cross) and our programs are not operated by publicly elected or appointed officials. Stonehill offers 39 majors and 49 minors in the humanities, arts, natural and social sciences, business, education, and pre-professional advising programs. These various majors result in our students earning a Bachelor of Arts (B. A.), Bachelor of Science (B. S.) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B. S. B. A.) degree. Here are a few quick facts about your student’s institution:

  • 164 full-time faculty
  • 100% of classes are taught by faculty
  • 12:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Average class size is 19
  • The approximate 2400 students are 60% female and 40% male
  • 79% of students graduate in four years! This is among the best 4-year graduation rate in the country.
  • 85% of the Class of 2015 completed an internship-related experience while at Stonehill
  • 59% of students in the Class of 2015 were employed, enrolled in graduate school, or participating in a post-graduate service program at the time of graduation


Orientation is an exciting event for all incoming students. It is your student’s first chance to stay overnight in a residence hall, meet some of their classmates, and register for classes. Orientation dates vary from year to year, but are typically in late June. Your student can register for an Orientation session through their myHill login.

Registering for Orientation will confirm what days you are coming to campus, but it will not provide you with a daily itinerary. No official itinerary will be available prior to your arrival, however, a mock-schedule of what to expect at the session is available. When you look at the mock-schedule, you will note that there is a separate orientation schedule for families. While your student is away with their new classmates, you will have the opportunity to attend sessions that cover topics such as understanding your college student, student financial assistance, and many more!

There are a few things, such as Academic Placement Exams and various health forms that your student will need to complete prior to attending their Orientation session. View the Orientation Checklist to see what items need to be completed, important deadlines, and other useful information about preparing your student for their Orientation session.

Several offices are involved in the Orientation process; however, for more information or assistance, start by contacting:

Office of Student Activities
Roche Dining Commons, Room 103
Phone: 508-565-1308
Fax: 508-565-1416

Living on Campus

For most students, living at college is a great experience, and students flourish with the opportunities
and challenges they find on campus. This really is the first time they are living on their own, with peers rather than with you at home. Most students are ready for just this kind of living, and they thrive on it. As parents, you’ll hear not only about the roommate(s) but also about other friendships and activities that develop quickly throughout the school year. We are excited that you are taking the time to learn about what to expect from your student’s residential experience and want to help in any way we can. The “Res Life” section of this portal as well as the Housing section of the “Stonehill 101” handbook can provide useful information about the housing process. You can also visit the “Parent’s Guide to Residence Life” to learn about our First-Year residence halls, general information about residence life, what your student should bring to Stonehill, and our FAQ page.

What to Expect

All first-year students experience some growing pains in their transition to college life. These could include things like homesickness or high levels of stress as a result of increased academic rigor and workload. Here are some tips for supporting your student through this transition:

  • Expect your student to change. College is all about personal growth and discovery. Of course, keep in mind that pursing higher education does not mean that students will lose the values they were raised with!
  • Your student may not be able to come home every weekend if they are living on campus so this may mean renegotiating family responsibilities, often several times throughout their college career. Talk with your student about their experience on campus to better understand their academic and extracurricular workload. This will make establishing new expectations easier for both of you.
  • Be patient with each other. This is a learning experience for both of you.
  • Encourage your student to get involved on campus by attending events and joining organizations. The more your student connects with the campus, the more meaningful their experience can be.
  • Send care packages if your student is suffering from homesickness. These don’t need to be elaborate or expensive! Simply receiving a note from a loved one along with a photo or keepsake can make all of the difference in your student’s process.
  • Be proud of your student! They are embarking on an incredible journey that will shape their future. Even in those moments where you struggle to relate to their experience, let them know you are proud of their hard work and excited for their future.

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