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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01602
From College of the Holy Cross

College isn’t just about what you want to be — it’s about what you want to do.

For a long time, people have probably asked you what you want to be when you’re older. Now that you’re starting to think about college, that question may seem more important than ever — and even harder to answer. At Holy Cross, we’re interested in a different question: What do you want to do?

We believe the best way to find your path and create a life that’s not only successful, but also truly meaningful, is to follow your interests and curiosity. Everywhere on the Holy Cross campus, you’ll find students doing exactly that. From the teammate who spends hours practicing free throws and the classmate who stays late in the lab mastering a formula to the roommate who devotes evenings to theatre rehearsal, Holy Cross students embrace their talents and passions wholeheartedly. Our welcoming community provides the ideal setting for exploring your abilities, and for discovering what makes you feel most alive.

College of the Holy Cross Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
38%
SAT Range
1230-1370
ACT Range
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,965/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,169/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,953/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,426/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,062/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,629/ year
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Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
97%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
39%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
24%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,689Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    50%
  • Friendly
    22%
  • Intelligent
    22%
  • Pompous
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    47%
  • Jesuit
    29%
  • A Growing Experience
    18%
  • Limited
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$65,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses
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College of the Holy Cross Reviews

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I love everything about Holy Cross, it is an all around amazing college to attend. The academics are top notch, the sports are average but a very good addition to the college experience. The teams at Holy Cross are Division one, but are not impossible to walk on, so do not let the division one title discourage you from trying out. There are a lot of clubs on campus to participate in and so much more. It is a great school!
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It's a small little college campus, which offers a good sense of community. The small size also makes you feel like a person, not just a "number" as if I attended a much larger state institution. Also, the food is fantastic! I know plenty of students at other schools that can't tolerate their college dining.
My experience at Holy Cross has been incredible and insightful. Many of the courses are interesting and contribute to developing the student's opinion, perspective, and understanding of others. For a first year, it can be a struggle to adjust and take the initiative to get involved but there are many excellent resources on campus. I would love to see more events/advertisement throughout the year towards first-year students to make them feel comfortable and confident in joining clubs or volunteer opportunities.