College of the Holy Cross

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1 College Street

Worcester, MA 01610

Phone: (508) 793-2011
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#25 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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College of the Holy Cross is a private institution that was founded in 1843. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,926, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 174 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of the Holy Cross's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 25. Its tuition and fees are $44,272 (2013-14).

Worcester, Mass., is the second-largest city in New England and a booming college town to boot. The College of the Holy Cross is one of more than a dozen institutions in the area, so students have a variety of dining, nightlife and outdoor options. Boston, another thriving college town, is 45 miles away. On the Holy Cross campus, students can choose from more than 100 clubs and organizations in which to get involved. There is no Greek system at the Jesuit institution. All freshmen must live on campus and must participate in the Montserrat program, which clusters together small groups of first-year students who take the same classes, live in the same themed residence areas and engage in group activities. About 90 percent of students live on campus. A quarter of students play varsity sports in the NCAA Division I Patriot League. The costumed school mascot is known as the Crusader, the same name the sports teams take. Students can elect to study for a semester in another country, at another school or in Washington, D.C.

As the nation’s only Jesuit institution solely for undergraduates, Holy Cross offers spiritual activities and retreats throughout the school year. The student body is predominantly Catholic, but all faiths are welcome. The College of the Holy Cross is one of 13 schools in the Worcester Consortium. As such, Holy Cross students can take classes at other schools and often receive discounted tickets to events around the city. Notable alumni include "Hardball" host Chris Matthews; Jon Favreau, former director of speechwriting for President Obama; and, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Among America's top liberal arts colleges, Holy Cross is the only one that embraces a Catholic, Jesuit identity. And of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Holy Cross stands alone in its exclusive commitment to undergraduate education. There are no graduate teaching assistants; students receive the complete attention of an outstanding faculty, nearly all of whom have either a doctorate or other terminal degree. Students enjoy a full array of athletic facilities, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and outstanding arts spaces. Holy Cross students also enjoy some of the most attractive and well-cared-for facilities in higher education.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1843
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $589,769,388


When applying to College of the Holy Cross, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is December 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at College of the Holy Cross is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 33.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 33.5%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at College of the Holy Cross is 10:1, and the school has 65 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of the Holy Cross include: Social Sciences; Psychology; English Language and Literature/Letters; Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and History. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 95 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 90%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 31%
Psychology 14%
English Language and Literature/Letters 10%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 8%
History 7%

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Student Life

College of the Holy Cross has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,926, with a gender distribution of 48.9 percent male students and 51.1 percent female students. At this school, 91 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus. College of the Holy Cross is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,926
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

College of the Holy Cross offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. College of the Holy Cross also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at College of the Holy Cross, 37 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at College of the Holy Cross.

Students who have cars on campus 37%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At College of the Holy Cross, 58.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $30,191.

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Tuition and fees $44,272 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,960 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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