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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
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
$29,050/ 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
$37,044/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
74%

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
42%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
23%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World

At Holy Cross, learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. The J.D. Power Center for Liberal Arts in the World is the central hub for experiential learning opportunities, including internships, student research, and community- and project-based learning. These opportunities will help clarify your career aspirations and develop important transferable skills to give you a competitive advantage.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,827Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
28
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
25%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    33%
  • Intelligent
    33%
  • Friendly
    22%
  • Outgoing
    4%
  • Pompous
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.34 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Work Hard Play Hard
    41%
  • A Growing Experience
    26%
  • Jesuit
    22%
  • At the cutting edge of liberal arts colleges
    4%
  • 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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    College of the Holy Cross Reviews

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    Holy Cross is great! It’s a small school so it’s easy to get to know each other. Huge community feel; this became especially evident after we were recently all kicked out due to Corona Virus concerns:( Fantastic professors, challenging but interesting classes (would highly recommend attending a rigorous college prep school before you come here!) You can get tons of individual attention if you seek it out! Lots of study abroad/study away opportunities! One thing I would change is the lack of diversity. As a Hispanic pell grant recipient coming from a diverse area, it was a bit of an adjustment to come to such a homogenous community dominated by the exclusive, white, not-so-self-aware upper class lifestyle. Regardless, I have met great people here and the experience is what you make it!
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    Holy Cross has been an incredible experience for me. The school does hold up to being quite rigorous academically but it is so rewarding. There are so many resources for students to succeed. Every employee is so kind and does everything they can to make sure that I have everything I need. As a first-generation student and student of color, I was a bit nervous about different challenges I might face at the college but the college has served as such a great support system. Everyone here wants you to succeed and to be happy. Very expensive sticker price but the school works very very closely with all families to meet 100% of demonstrated need and make getting a college education a reality. Highly recommend.
    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.