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Colleges / College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate43%
Acceptance Rate43%

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 the suburb of Worcester, Massachusetts. Holy Cross was founded in 1843. The college enrolls around 3,138 students a year, including 3,138 undergraduates.

Holy Cross Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Holy Cross. The acceptance rate at Holy Cross is 43%. Out of 6,498 applications received in 2022, 2,786 students were offered admission.

College of the Holy Cross Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 43%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 82%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 40%

Click below to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.


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College of the Holy Cross is locatedin the town of Worcester, Massachusetts, in the city of 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.

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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

College of the Holy Cross is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Holy Cross SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1240 - 1420


Math SAT Range

610 - 710


Reading SAT Range

630 - 710

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1420 and Above


1240 to 1420


1240 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Holy Cross students is 1330. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Holy Cross, while applicants with SAT scores between 1240 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1240 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Holy Cross is like? There are approximately 3,138 students enrolled at Holy Cross. 99% 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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