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Holy Cross Admissions

If you want to apply to Holy Cross, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application is $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 30.

Applying Early to Holy Cross?

College of the Holy Cross offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Holy Cross is 76%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 38%. Last year,, Holy Cross admitted 413 of the 542 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Holy Cross?

Getting into Holy Cross is very difficult. Holy Cross evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Holy Cross **accepted 38% of students, around 2,698 of the 7,087 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Holy Cross, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, Holy Cross waitlisted 1,632 students. Of those, 632 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important to Get In to Holy Cross?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Holy Cross

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Very Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Holy Cross Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Holy Cross must submit the following items. Double check with Holy Cross's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Holy Cross?

Out of all students that were admitted, 18% submitted a class rank. At Holy Cross 61% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 86% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At College of the Holy Cross, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 18%

Holy Cross is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 40% of Holy Cross's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Holy Cross?

To be competitive with other Holy Cross applicants, you should strive to earn between 1300 and 1410 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Holy Cross 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1410 and 25% of scored lower than 1300, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Holy Cross student is 1360.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Holy Cross students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Holy Cross students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Holy Cross?

To be most competitive at Holy Cross, you should strive to earn between 29 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Holy Cross's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Holy Cross students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to College of the Holy Cross

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Holy Cross.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Holy Cross during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Holy Cross Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Holy Cross?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Holy Cross.

Does Holy Cross accept transfer credits?

Holy Cross accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Holy Cross accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Holy Cross accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Holy Cross?

No, Holy Cross is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

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Holy Cross Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

38%

How hard is it to get into Holy Cross? Holy Cross is a very selective institution. The Holy Cross acceptance rate is 38%. This means that the institution accepts 38 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

Holy Cross ACT Scores

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ACT Range

29 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

29 to 32

Avg

29 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1410

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Math SAT Range

650 - 720

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Reading SAT Range

640 - 710

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1410 and Above

Good

1300 to 1410

Avg

1300 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,997

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

38%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$56,540

Out-of-State

$56,540

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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