A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  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-
College of the Holy Cross is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01602

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

Acceptance Rate
38%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1230-1370
ACT Range
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
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

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%
  • Diverse
    0%
  • Nerdy
    0%
  • Outgoing
    0%

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%
  • Fast-paced
    0%
  • Home away from home
    0%
  • Strict
    0%

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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The College has an exceptional tradition and especially high academic standards. Its alumni are close and tightly-knit... a great thing for friendship and professional interests. The campus is among the most beautiful in the country and if Worcester is not Boston, it is lively and within easy travel not only to Boston but to ski country to the West and North. Though (like Boston College and Georgetown) it has a Catholic history, kids who are not Catholic will find it a hidden treasure and on a par with New England's finest liberal arts colleges. Not to be overlooked!
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Holy Cross is very socially cliquey and culturally northeastern. Most friend groups are formed within the first few weeks of freshman year and remain the same until graduation, and many social cliques are based off of high school friend groups. It is extremely difficult to make friends after the very beginning of the school year, as a lot of people are not very willing to accept new and different types of people. Unless you're an athlete or over 21, there are very limited social options both on and off campus. Holy Cross does not take its Catholic identity seriously at all, so avoid this school at all costs if you want a meaningful Catholic education. If you're not from the New England region and are not socially outgoing, DO NOT come here. This school can be a very lonely and isolating place, and although the academics are top-notch, in the end it's truly not worth it.
I love the friends I have made and the opportunity for success after graduation that is made available to me. The alumni network is extremely helpful and always willing to meet with you, give you guidance and extend a hand! One thing I might change is the access to Worcester with shuttles and the food in the dining hall.