Holy Cross College

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54515 State Road 933 North; PO Box 308

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 239-8377
2012-2013 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Holy Cross College is a private institution that was founded in 1966. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 450, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 150 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Holy Cross College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $23,900 (2012-13).

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

Holy Cross College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts college located across the street from Notre Dame and next to Saint Mary's College. Founded by the Brother of Holy Cross, we are Catholic by mission and open to all faiths. What sets us apart as a liberal arts college is our experiential learning curriculum. Each student at Holy Cross shares four core experiences while earning their BA degree: a service learning experience, a global immersion, a professional internship, and a senior capstone presentation. The four core experiences were intentionally designed and implemented to be transformative for our students. Our students learn about their community through service and discover talents and interests they never knew they had; they develop a tangible understanding of various needs in our society and become keenly aware of ways to address those needs. Additionally, students at Holy Cross can travel abroad to places like Ghana, Peru, or India to live and work along-side the Brothers of Holy Cross in their mission, or they immerse themselves in regional communities to experience a culture that is significantly different from their own. Together with the service learning, this intensive global experience challenges students' perceptions of the world and presents an opportunity to complete their college degree with a level of social maturity that often provides a deepened understanding of their vocational plan. Next is an internship in the student's chosen field of study. Through the internship, students continue to identify their interests and develop their skills. Our students have been placed in Washington DC as congressional aids, in large hospitals as health-care assistants, in multi-national corporations as marketing assistants, and in television stations as assistant producers. Finally, in the senior year, students prepare a Capstone Presentation that serves as a reflection of the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they have acquired at Holy Cross. In a 45-minute multi-media presentation, students share what they have learned, how their experiences changed them, and discuss their future plans. Students who complete all four experiential components of the curriculum at Holy Cross are not only prepared to graduate, but are able to confidently take steps toward a career that they have discerned through service, global immersion, and a professional internship. We have an enrollment of five hundred students, half living on campus. Because of our size, students enjoy benefits typical of attending a small school: smaller class sizes, increased student-faculty interaction, opportunities for involvement in a variety of student activities, and a strong sense of engagement. Also, Holy Cross' location in proximity to Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College allows our students to share the many resources and social opportunities found at larger institutions. Students are able to take classes at Saint Mary's, join organizations (including the Notre Dame Marching Band), attend academic conferences and lectures, and attend athletic events at all three campuses. Our experiential curriculum, smaller size, location, and relationship-based educational opportunities all contribute to the unique effectiveness of Holy Cross College.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1966
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Holy Cross College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 81.3 percent.

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

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 81.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Holy Cross College is 14:1, and the school has 66 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Holy Cross College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 49 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 36%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 17%
Education 10%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10%
Psychology 10%

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Student Life

Holy Cross College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 450, with a gender distribution of 59.8 percent male students and 40.2 percent female students. At this school, 79 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 51 percent of students live off campus. Holy Cross College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 450
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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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 NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Holy Cross College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and placement service. Holy Cross College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Holy Cross College, 25 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Holy Cross College.

Students who have cars on campus 25%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $23,900 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,400 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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