Students Say

This small, Jesuit liberal arts school in Massachusetts operates under a selfless mission statement of “men and women for others.” The school’s strong academic tradition marries with “countless opportunities to learn through internships, speaker series,” “strong student life,” and “small classes” to focus on shaping the student as a whole person. Academics at Holy Cross are “rigorous, and the main priority of students on campus”; a caring faculty and administration foster “an incredible learning environment for students,” and through their experiences, students receive “a broad-based foundation to be successful in variety of careers.”

Overview

Applicants
5,302
Acceptance Rate
43%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 690
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Interview

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

This small, Jesuit liberal arts school in Massachusetts operates under a selfless mission statement of “men and women for others.” The school’s strong academic tradition marries with “countless opportunities to learn through internships, speaker series,” “strong student life,” and “small classes” to focus on shaping the student as a whole person. Academics at Holy Cross are “rigorous, and the main priority of students on campus”; a caring faculty and administration foster “an incredible learning environment for students,” and through their experiences, students receive “a broad-based foundation to be successful in variety of careers.” “From the acceptance letter alone, I knew that my entire application was read thoroughly and that my character was closely examined,” says one happy student. At Holy Cross, “you’re more than just a number in the classroom and on the field.” Professors here are “dedicated to creating an exciting learning environment.” They are “always accessible and more than happy to help,” and they “get to know you on an individual and personal level.” Students are encouraged “to reflect on their experiences and continue to better himself/herself as a whole person.” “There are endless opportunities despite the fact that it is a small college,” one student says. “It is a place where like in the parable of the mustard seed one can grow.” In addition to a “fantastic alumni network” spread across several fields in various industries, there is a strong science program that includes plenty of research opportunities. The college “demands enormous amounts of work from its students, but puts them in a great position to succeed.” “Holy Cross equips their students with an intangible set of skills that not only prepares them for a job, but for life,” says a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9.7:1
Total Faculty
332
with Terminal Degree
310

176
Men
156
Women
43
Minority
19
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Clarence Thomas
Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

Ann Dowd
Actress - TV, film, stage

James Collins
MacArthur Fellow; Biomedical Engineer

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dir., Nat. Instit. of Allergy and Infect. Disease

James D. Power III
President, J.D. Power and Associates

Edward P. Jones
MacArthur Fellow; Pulitzer Prize

Christopher Matthews
Host, MSNBC ("Hardball")

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

“Holy Cross equips their students with an intangible set of skills that not only prepares them for a job, but for life,” says a student. There are a ton of good connections to jobs after college, and students “have a lot of good programs to prepare us for those opportunities.” Alumni networking, research and internship opportunities and career planning services all make going to Holy Cross “a fulfilling and active experience.” The Career Planning Office’s annual fall career fair and the “Crusader Connections” portal help students link up with employers, and the Career Advisor Network helps them to network with alumni. Of those Holy Cross graduates who visited Payscale.com, 48 percent said they felt their job had a meaningful impact on the world. The average starting salary for these same graduates is $45,600.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
92%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$45,600

Median Mid-Career Salary
$106,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
48%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
91

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

At Holy Cross, the total cost for tuition and fees and room and board comes to about $58,200 annually. Don’t fret; financial aid is generous here. The average need-based financial aid package for freshman includes gift aid totaling approximately $30,000. Additional aid is available in the form of work-study and loans.

Bang For Your Buck

No student or family should be dissuaded from applying to Holy Cross because of the price tag. Holy Cross is need-blind in its admissions policy, which means the decision to admit students to this highly selective liberal arts college is made without regard to a student’s ability to pay. Additionally, Holy Cross meets 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need with a combination of scholarship grants, loans, and work-study.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,991

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,207

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,441

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,354

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,940

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,550
Required Fees
$626
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,870
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Many students here are “preppy” and from New England, and most all of this “uncommonly friendly“ lot is “studious with an activity or two that defines their interests and what they do during the weekend”; in fact, it is rare “to find someone with no extracurricular responsibilities.” Everyone tends to be “very put together” and “generally articulate,” and “there is a tremendous sense of community.” There is “a diverse set of interests” among the whole student body. In general, “all love being here.” “If you want to do well academically, have fun on the weekend…study hard and play hard, then you will fit in at Holy Cross.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,937
Out of State
63%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

4.95%
Asian
3.87%
African-American
10.94%
Hispanic
70.55%
Caucasian
5.93%
Unknown
1.46%
International

50% female
50% male
63% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Holy Cross has “a multitude” of groups and activities available to its students, as well as a plethora of community service opportunities. Everyone loves “going to sporting events, especially football and basketball.” Though the “exceptionally beautiful” campus has a lot of fans, all agree that the college “could update some of the residence halls,” and there have been complaints about the lack of dining options, which the school has addressed with upgrades to its Main Dining Hall. The community among freshman dorms is “outstanding,” and “many of the friends you make your first year will stay with you for years to come.” During the week and on Sundays, “people take their work very seriously,” and the library is generally pretty full, but parties are popular on weekends, and “that nerdy chem major you see working hard all week can turn into the girl riding the mechanical bull at a local bar.” For those who choose to abstain from the party circuit, “SGA-sponsored events such as karaoke or dances are a blast.” Worcester is a fun little town (and Boston a free weekend shuttle ride away), and the restaurants in the area are “amazing.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
5

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

41% participate in intramural sports
24% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Crusaders)
14 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Crusaders)
15 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sustainability

A signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the College of the Holy Cross is well on its way to realizing its goal of becoming carbon neutral by the year 2040. As of 2012, cumulative sustainability efforts at Holy Cross have reduced the school’s carbon footprint by 41 percent. Under the leadership of selected faculty, staff and students, the Holy Cross Presidential Task Force on the Environment is responsible for overseeing the college’s response to the challenge of sustainability,. Renewable energy initiatives on campus include a partnership with TransCanada, a renewable energy supplier. New construction on campus adheres to a strict green building policy, with the intent of LEED Silver on all major construction and renovations. The two most recent buildings on campus — the Integrated Science Complex and Figge Hall, a 156-bed residence hall — achieved LEED Gold. The Integrated Science Complex uses an energy recovery wheel to capture and reuse heat and humidity from air exhausted from the building. The Kimball Main Dining Hall servery was renovated with sustainability in mind, and student dining halls regularly feature “slow food” dinners, where cooks prepare locally grown and locally purchased meat and produce. Internships and projects working with environmental organizations and not-for-profit groups throughout the Worcester area are plentiful, and many students participate through Holy Cross’ environmental studies program (which students can major or minor in), and student-run environmental groups like Eco-Action.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
135

Average Number of PC's per Lab
17

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Discount pricing on HP computers through college bookstore. Students can purchase Apple computers directly from Apple with an educational discount.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ann McDermott
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610

Phone
8004422421

Email
admissions@holycross.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Library
Smith Hall
St. Joseph Chapel
Smith Science Labs
Hogan Campus Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shrewsbury Street Restaurants
Worcester Art Museum
DCU Center
Boston
Providence

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:30am-5pm
8004422421

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Generally M-F; 10AM, Noon, 2PM and 3PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Fall, late February, and April

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Spring dates

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is a 1-hour drive from campus. Worcester Airport Limousine provides service from Logan to the Worcester area; call 800-322-0298 (in Massachusetts), 800-343-1369 (outside Massachusetts), or 508-756-4834. (You can make advance reservations or call on arrival). Greyhound/Trailways and Peter Pan buses serve Worcester.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.), take Exit 10 (Auburn/Worcester) to I-290 E. From I-290, take Exit 11 (College Square). To reach campus, make the first right turn after exit.

Local Accommodations
LaQuinta Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites in Auburn; Beechwood Hotel, Courtyard by Marriot, Crowne Plaza in Worcester All offer special rates to Holy Cross visitors
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Key Stats

5,302
Applicants
2,937
Size
43%
Acceptance Rate

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