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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 school in a suburban setting in Worcester, Massachusetts. Holy Cross was founded in 1843 and enrolls 2,997 undergrads and no graduate students. Holy Cross provides housing for up to 2,507 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 90% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Holy Cross! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Holy Cross's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Holy Cross students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Holy Cross, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Holy Cross has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Holy Cross on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Holy Cross on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Holy Cross for Fall 2022 is January 15.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by March 30.

2021 Holy Cross Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 38%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 76%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 40%
Tuition $55,800

Is Holy Cross a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at to get a clearer idea of what Holy Cross offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for College of the Holy Cross

It is very difficult to get into Holy Cross. Holy Cross admitted 38% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 7,087 students applied to Holy Cross and 2,698 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Holy Cross

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Holy Cross, around 89% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 93% of students who started at Holy Cross earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Holy Cross Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 62% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Holy Cross grads have an average starting salary of $57,170 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Holy Cross's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $760.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $21,614 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Holy Cross

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Holy Cross meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $44,288 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,258 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Holy Cross. Based on this information, how does Holy Cross sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Holy Cross a good school for you?

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Where is Holy Cross?

Holy Cross is located in the suburban setting of Worcester, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Boston.

If you want to see Holy Cross for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Worcester, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Logan International Airport, Boston.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Holy Cross and Worcester are like without leaving home.

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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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Holy Cross ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Holy Cross is 30. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Holy Cross. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Holy Cross SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1410


Math SAT Range

650 - 720


Reading SAT Range

640 - 710

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1410 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Holy Cross students is 1360. Applicants with SAT scores of 1410 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Holy Cross, while applicants with SAT scores between 1300 to 1410 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1300 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Holy Cross is like? There are approximately 2,997 students enrolled at Holy Cross. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 40% percent are from MA and 60% percent of students are from other states.


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