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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  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.

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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
40%
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
$27,005/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$36,963/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
73%

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
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
23%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,827Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
28
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    38%
  • Intelligent
    29%
  • Friendly
    17%
  • Nerdy
    4%
  • Outgoing
    4%
  • Pompous
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.56 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    43%
  • A Growing Experience
    26%
  • Jesuit
    22%
  • Fast-paced
    4%
  • Limited
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $71,000/ 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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    My experience at College of the Holy Cross has been wonderful so far. Both the school and the campus are breathtaking. The view from the “hill” never ceases to grow old even after three years. I have also loved every professor I’ve had at the college. Being in the sciences I’ve taken some difficult classes, but my professors are always there to help me with problem sets or questions I have regarding the lectures. There are definitely perks to going to a small school. I truly feel as though I am receiving an amazing education. I've grown and am learning so much from my classes it’s hard to believe that I will be a senior this year. Last semester I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Peru and it was definitely one of the most incredible opportunities Holy Cross has offered me. Overall, the education I am receiving from my school has exceeded all expectations both academically and spiritually.
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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!
    The College of the Holy Cross is the perfect example of a New England liberal-arts college. The classes offered, of which there are many, are small enough to feel recognized among the masses. The professors are available to meet with and take a real interest in the students who take their classes. The best thing to say about Holy Cross is that the ability to form longstanding relationships with professors is easy and recommended. With them on your side, it becomes so much easier to succeed in life; they are more than willing to write recommendations.