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Catholic Profile

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, Holy Cross offers a student-centered educational experience unlike any other. As it has throughout its 165-year history, Holy Cross places a premium on high-caliber teaching and learning, close mentoring relationships between students and faculty, and service to others. Consistent with its strong Jesuit heritage, Holy Cross challenges young men and women to explore the world of the mind and to be mindful of the world around them.

Jesuit, liberal arts, exclusively undergraduate
Renowned for its academic excellence and mentoring-based, liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition, Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year college ranked among the nation’s best. An exclusively undergraduate institution with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, Holy Cross assures students of rich opportunities within its academic programs to explore and specialize. Holy Cross graduates are not only prepared for success in a rapidly changing world; they are prepared to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives.

In keeping with the Jesuits’ commitment to educating “men and women for and with others,” Holy Cross integrates faith and knowledge with an emphasis on service and justice. Students of all faith traditions are welcomed to Holy Cross and are encouraged to think deeply about what they learn, align that knowledge with their personal beliefs, and translate their understanding into meaningful action on campus and in the world. In addition to many liturgical and worship programs, there are diverse opportunities through the Chaplains’ Office for spiritual retreats, faith development, service and engagement in the local community, and both domestic and international immersion experiences in Appalachia, Guatemala, Haiti, El Salvador, and other areas.

Educating the whole person
All first-year students participate in Montserrat, a unique living-learning program that combines a full-year, small-group academic seminar with opportunities beyond the classroom to engage with classmates and professors who are exploring similar subject areas through residential life and cocurricular activities. Holy Cross has a number of innovative academic options, including community-based learning courses, full-year study abroad, cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, academic internships, and independent and self-designed majors, minors, and concentrations. There are also focused career programs for students interested in pursuing business, engineering, law, medicine, and teaching.

The College’s storied athletics tradition continues today with 27 Division I varsity sports and membership in the Patriot League, recognized for its development of scholar-athletes. While about 25% of the student body are varsity athletes, there is a host of club and intramural sports programs, open to all. 

Students run and participate in more than 100 clubs and organizations. These range from a cappella groups to the weekly student newspaper and radio station, from multicultural organizations to philanthropic efforts, and from diverse leadership opportunities centered in student government to peer education.

Centrally located in beautiful New England
Established in 1843, Holy Cross is located in Worcester, Massachusetts—New England’s second-largest city and home to nine other colleges and universities. The city and neighboring region offer diverse cultural and recreational attractions, from the Worcester Art Museum, American Antiquarian Society, and Hanover Theatre to hiking trails on Wachusett Mountain and the city of Worcester’s 53 parks. The Holy Cross campus occupies 174 beautifully landscaped acres atop Mount St. James and features striking views, traditional and contemporary architecture, and state-of-the-art facilities. There is access from campus to major airports and to rail and bus service—which makes destinations like the ski slopes of Vermont and New Hampshire and the beaches of Cape Cod and Rhode Island within easy reach. 

Life after Holy Cross
With a liberal arts education, students can pursue practically any career, and a glance at what Holy Cross alumni are doing now is proof positive. Members of the Holy Cross community—including academic and pre-professional advisors, individual professors, career planning counselors, chaplains, and coaches—are committed to helping students discover their paths and options. The Holy Cross alumni network is an extraordinary and powerful force. Many alumni offer internships within their firms and regularly return to campus for formal and informal networking with current students.




• 1843, four-year, co-ed, liberal arts

• Students: 2,904, 51% male/49% female
• Minority and international: 23%
• First-year applicants accepted: 43%
• Middle 50% combined SAT scores range: 1230–1380
• Freshman retention rate: 94%
• Students housed on campus: 92%

• Student organizations: 100
• Honor societies: 20
• Full-time faculty: 287
• Faculty with terminal degree: 96%
• Varsity sports: 27
• Intramural sports: 12
• Club sports: 21

Student Fees (2015–2016)
• Tuition: $46,550
• Room and board (standard): $12,748
• Mandatory fees: $626
• Total: $59,924

Financial Aid
• Percent of students aided: 60%
• Percent of demonstrated need met: 100%
• Percent of students with need-based scholarships/grants: 46%
• Total financial aid: $46,035,000

Professional School Admission
• Percent admitted to medical school: 91%
• Percent admitted to law school: 91%

Boston: 38 miles
Providence: 43 miles
Hartford: 56 miles
Burlington: 168 miles
New York City: 178 miles

Alumni in the Spotlight

Aimee Bell ’88, Deputy Editor, Vanity Fair
Jim Collins ’87, Biomedical Engineer; MacArthur Fellow and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Jon Favreau ’03, Former Chief Speechwriter for President Obama
Molly Taylor Jolly ’88, Senior VP of
Finance and Administration, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Edward P. Jones ’72, Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author; MacArthur Fellow
Susan Jurevics ’89, CEO of Pottermore, the online platform for author J.K. Rowling
Pete Lescoe ’99, Founder, Food Should Taste Good
J.D. “Dave” Power ’53, Founder, J.D. Power and Associates
Francine Rosado-Cruz ’94, Senior Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Microsoft
Bart Sher ’81, Tony Award–winning director
Steven Stack ’94, Emergency Physician and President, American Medical Association