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.
- 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.
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 II Athletics
At all levels of competition, athletics are a big part of life at Stonehill – more than 80% of our students participate in 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
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 recognition.
Stonehill College, a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is a community of scholarship and faith, anchored by a belief in the inherent dignity of each person.
Through its curriculum of liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs, Stonehill College provides an education of the highest caliber that fosters critical thinking, free inquiry and the interchange of ideas.
Stonehill College educates the whole person so that each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world.
Our Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Community
At Stonehill College, we believe in the inherent dignity of each person and are committed to nurturing and valuing a culture where differences are openly shared and affirmed. As mutual respect is a cornerstone of educating the whole person, we aspire to build and maintain an honest, just and compassionate community. Stonehill aims to empower each of its members to challenge and support one another and to embrace our human solidarity, which we understand as essential to inclusivity.
Honoring human difference in its many forms is the responsibility of everyone at the College, both individually and collectively. As such, we will work together to address inequities and contribute to a more just world.
Increasing the diversity of our community is an active priority. We have developed and will continue to expand and refine, engaging programs, practices and experiences that promote a culture of belonging. To learn more about the many ways in which the College demonstrates its ongoing commitment to our community and to social justice efforts both within and far beyond our campus, please visit our Diversity Resources page.
To accomplish this vision, students undertake a program of studies, which encourages scholarship, critical analysis, and creative thinking. Faithful to the Holy Cross tradition in education, Stonehill is committed to developing the moral, spiritual, intellectual and social competencies of its students as well as fostering the determination to bring these competencies to bear on matters of social justice.
Through the study of the core disciplines of the liberal arts, students engage the wisdom and the questions that are the foundation of an educated mind. Mastery of the specialized knowledge required by today’s professions provides the tools to lead productive careers and to shape the world beyond the classroom.
The presence of Catholic intellectual and moral ideals places the College in a long tradition of free inquiry, the engagement with transcendent theological and philosophical ideas and values, the recognition of the inherent dignity of each person, and the sense of obligation to commit oneself to moral ends.
In celebration of this dignity and of the unity of the human family, Stonehill supports a diversity of persons, of opinions and of cultural and religious perspectives. The College affirms that appreciation of this diversity is integral to the acquisition of personal and intellectual breadth.
The faculty, inspired by a passion for teaching, collaborate with the staff to create a student-centered climate which promotes academic challenge and rigorous inquiry, physical well-being and emotional growth, personal responsibility, cooperative learning, and authentic community.
A Stonehill education encourages students to develop a lifelong desire for self-discovery and commitment to service that will lead to truly purposeful and rewarding lives.
Donahue Hall LobbyStonehill College was founded on June 30, 1948. On that day, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized the Congregation of Holy Cross to establish an institution of higher learning on the former estate of Frederick Lothrop Ames in North Easton.
The Massachusetts college campus is strikingly beautiful. At one end sits Donahue Hall, the estate’s original Georgian-style mansion, constructed in 1905. It houses Stonehill’s administration as well as a chapel in which mass is celebrated daily. Donahue Hall overlooks a panorama of academic buildings and residence halls in a tranquil setting of lawns, woods, fields, and ponds.
Since its founding in France in 1837, the Congregation of Holy Cross has been engaged in works of education. By 1842, members of the Congregation had established the University of Notre Dame in northern Indiana. Other institutions of higher education founded by the Congregation in the United States include the University of Portland in Oregon, St. Edward’s University in Texas, King’s College in Pennsylvania, and Holy Cross College in Indiana.
Father Basil Moreau C.S.C., the founder of the Congregation, held as a primary concern that education affects the whole person. Father Moreau spoke and wrote of educating the heart as well as instructing the mind, of developing people of values as well as scholars. Typical of Moreau’s sentiments was the view expressed in an 1849 Circular Letter to members of the Congregation:
“We will always place the development of the whole person side by side with the acquisition of knowledge; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.”
In September 1948, Stonehill College enrolled its first students. In 1951, the College expanded enrollment to welcome women students. In December 1959, Stonehill received full accreditation from and membership in the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NEASC).
Until 1972, the responsibility of the College was vested in the Eastern Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In that year, responsibility was transferred to an elected and primarily lay Board of Trustees. The Congregation also transferred equity consisting of 375 acres and buildings for, and accommodated to, educational purposes.
Both the spirit and letter of the transfer called for Stonehill College to continue as a Catholic institution of higher learning.
As a Catholic College, Stonehill is committed to the mutually enriching discourse between intellectual inquiry and the life of faith. As a College in the Holy Cross tradition, Stonehill seeks to help students develop their abilities and discover the deepest longings in their lives. It seeks to cultivate concern for the dignity of every person and care for the victims of every prejudice. In fulfillment of its motto, Lux et Spes (Latin for “Light and Hope,”) the College fosters the competence to see and the courage to act. (Cf. Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Nos. 14-17).
In this tradition, Stonehill is particularly concerned to foster a quality of life on campus that forges strong bonds of community and a tradition of service that contributes to a more just and compassionate society. In 1989, a Statement of Principles was approved by both the College and the Congregation of Holy Cross to ensure the preservation of Stonehill’s Catholic heritage and to commit the Congregation to an active presence in both academic and pastoral positions at the College.
Stonehill conducted its first commencement exercises in 1952, and in 2013 the College graduated its 24,000th alumnus. The College’s vision for the future is encapsulated in its strategic plan, “Above & Beyond: The Plan for Stonehill College 2011-2015.” Stonehill seeks to provide a quality higher education that equips alumni for thoughtful reflection throughout their lives, for useful careers, and for citizenship, service, and leadership in the Church and in the world.
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