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.

Website: www.holycross.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,051
Undergraduate
Students
(52.1%) 1,589 Women
(47.9%) 1,462 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
40% of 6,622 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
665 average
640-710 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
669 average
630-700 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30 average
28-31 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$66,220
Tuition and Fees
$50,630
Room and Board
$13,690
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$40,451
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$26,258
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
278
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 53% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Worcester Population
182,669
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Crusader
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.9% Asian
4.5% Black/African-American
10.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.6% White
3.5% Unknown
International Students
3.1% from 24 countries
First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
91.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted February 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted February 1
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1 College Street
City, State, Zip
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
Phone
(508) 793-2443
Fax
(508) 793-3888
E-mail
admissions@holycross.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
December 15
Early Decision Notification
January 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
40% of 6,622 applicants were admitted
Women
36% of 3,628 applicants were admitted
Men
44% of 2,994 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
819 (31%) of 2,622 admitted students enrolled
Women
427 (33%) of 1,300 admitted students enrolled
Men
392 (30%) of 1,322 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
78% of 445 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
1,109
Students Accepting Wait List Position
444
Students Admitted From Wait List
0

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
665 average
640-710 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
30%
Score of 600 - 700
58%
Score of 500 - 600
12%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
669 average
630-700 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
34%
Score of 600 - 700
57%
Score of 500 - 600
9%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
30 average
28-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
56%
Score of 24 - 29
43%
Score of 18 - 23
1%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 57%
Top quarter: 90%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
1%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$66,220
Tuition and Fees
$50,630
Room and Board
$13,690
Books and Supplies
$1,000
Other Expenses
$900
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
financialaid@holycross.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002141
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
612 (74.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
474 (77.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
474 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
474 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$40,451
Need-Based Gift
Received by 401 (84.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,511
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 432 (91.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,105
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 10 (2.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
5 (.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $23,008

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,945 (64.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,593 (81.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,593 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,593 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$40,304
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,324 (83.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,836
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,494 (93.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,393
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 39 (2.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
42 (1.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $33,023

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
52%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$26,258
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • History, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Psychology, Biological/life sciences, Mathematics and statistics, English, Foreign languages and literature
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
278
Part-Time Faculty
40
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
83%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 53% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 6% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 52% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 36% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 12% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
982,669
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
485
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Worcester Population
182,669
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
174 acres

Weather

Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
133 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Worcester
Nearest Train Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Worcester

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
91% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
9%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Crusader
School Colors
Royal purple

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x x x x
Crew x x x  
Cross-Country Running x x x  
Field Hockey x x    
Football     x x
Golf x   x  
Ice Hockey x   x x
Lacrosse x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x x x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x x x  
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Crew x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Field Hockey x x
Football    
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x  
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x x
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x x
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
football, softball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, spud (community service organization), choral and music groups, campus activities board, student government association, purple key society
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,051
Women
1,589 (52.1%)
Men
1,462 (47.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,020
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.9% Asian
4.5% Black/African-American
10.8% Hispanic/Latino
3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.6% White
3.5% Unknown
International Students.
3.1% from 24 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
95.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
91.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
92.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
92.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Average Starting Salary
62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Law 6%
Arts and Sciences 8%
Medicine 2%
Veterinary Medicine 1%
Education 3%
Other 1%

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