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College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA
Holy Cross is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Founded in 1843, it adopted coeducation in 1972. Its 174-acre campus is located in a residential area of Worcester, 45 miles west of Boston.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,941
   Women 1,503 (51.1%)
   Men 1,438 (48.9%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 38% of 6,693 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 654 average
620-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 640 average
600-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 29 average
28-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $63,765
  Tuition and Fees $48,940
  Room and Board $13,225
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $39,937
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 296
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 53% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Worcester Population 182,669
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 91% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Crusader
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.3% Asian
4.3% Black/African-American
10.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
71.9% White
4.7% Unknown
International Students 2.6% from 18 countries
First-Year Students Returning 96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 88.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 70%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 13.0%