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
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

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
37%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1230-1370
ACT Range
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for College of the Holy Cross

Cost

Net Price
$24,728/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,935/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,045/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,203/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,093/ year
  • $110k+
    $45,364/ 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
2,698Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
17%
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
100%
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
$63,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
48%
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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Loved Holy Cross in many ways--great professors, excellent courses, beautiful campus, loved the year-long study abroad program--and frankly had an overall great experience. In retrospect, however, it's simply unnecessarily expensive for undergrad when you consider most HC students are good candidates likely to go to grad school and financial aid is low (unless you're an athlete), despite what they preach about being need based. Would have liked more encouragement to engage in more strenuous academics--esp taking/auditing extra classes or doing a capstone project (which I never heard of until it was too late).
I have absolutely loved my Holy Cross experience thus far. Financially, it is extremely difficult to stay at the school, and I'm going to be in debt for quite a while. However after having completed 2 years on the hill, I have faith that it is all truly worth it. My only other issue is that there are very few LGBTQIA+ students on campus that are confidently "out," and it saddens me to see it especially when almost every student I have met has been extremely welcoming to me and other out individuals. I'm hoping that I see more and more students feel more comfortable with themselves on campus, and more LGBTQIA+ students enrolling! If you are one of these students, definitely be aware that there may not be as many students like you and I on campus, but it is still an extremely welcoming atmosphere and I did not have any problem at all being my true self.