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Colleges / College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate36%

About Holy Cross

As one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, Holy Cross attracts students who thrive on challenge. Whether by daring to ask (and answer) complex questions in their classes and labs, studying in another country or pushing themselves on the playing field, our students embrace opportunities to go further. And those opportunities are abundant. Our liberal arts approach, combined with our Jesuit identity, creates an environment where students can openly explore their intellectual interests and beliefs — and do so in a community that values service to others and the pursuit of purposeful, passion-driven lives.

College of the Holy Cross is a private, religious college in the suburb of Worcester, Massachusetts. Holy Cross was founded in 1843. The college currently enrolls around 3,233 students a year, including 3,233 undergraduates.

Holy Cross Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Holy Cross. The acceptance rate at Holy Cross is 36%. In 2022, 7,036 students applied to Holy Cross and 2,558 were admitted.

College of the Holy Cross Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 36%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 81%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 35%

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College of the Holy Cross is located in the town of Worcester, Massachusetts, near Boston.

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College Info

Holy Cross Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Holy Cross is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Holy Cross is Apr 1.

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Holy Cross SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1270 - 1420


Math SAT Range

620 - 710


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1420 and Above


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1270 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Holy Cross students is 1340. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Holy Cross, while applicants with SAT scores between 1270 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1270 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Holy Cross.

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Wondering what life at Holy Cross is like? There are approximately 3,233 students enrolled at Holy Cross. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 39% percent are from MA and 61% percent of students are from other states.


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