College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

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Pursue a life of meaning and discovery at the College of the Holy Cross

Get more than an education—gain a new perspective
In a diverse community connected by hope, you’ll live, learn, and serve with fellow students and faculty who support and empower one another at the College of the Holy Cross. You’ll solve complex problems, dive deep into what you’re passionate about, and find every opportunity to get involved. Ready to experience life on The Hill?

Experience more than your college years—start your journey to self-discovery
Through volunteer work, lively academic discourse, and a thriving social scene, you'll be challenged and supported by lifelong friends, learning and growing side by side.

Life on campus
Enjoy a meal with friends at one of the healthiest dining halls in the country according to Bon Appétit magazine. Join SPUD, our largest student organization of more than 30 diverse community service partnerships. Catch one of the regular a cappella performances at the campus coffee shop. However you spend your time at Holy Cross, you’ll find friends and fulfillment.

Explore freely
Our academic programs are both rigorous and varied. Research opportunities are plentiful and available to students both during the academic year and the summer. At the intersection of liberal arts and our Jesuit tradition, you’ll have every opportunity to explore your interests and dive deep in your chosen path.

Cheer and compete
Looking to compete in sports at a high level? With 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, it’s no wonder our campus is filled with Crusader spirit. And if you’re a casual athlete, you can join a club or intramural team. If you’re a fan, there’s always something to cheer for.

Do good
Life at Holy Cross means opportunities to participate in dialogues, identify and pursue your passions, and engage in meaningful community service. Guided by our commitment to be "people for and with others,” we’re determined to leave an impact on those around us.



"A" among the “Best Colleges in America” | Niche, 2022


#1 among “long-term study abroad programs” | Institute for International Education


Among the “50 most beautiful college campuses in America” | Architectural Digest


#5 "Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges" | Money magazine


#4 among the “best Catholic colleges in America” | Wall Street Journal


One of the “Best Colleges in America 2023 | Money Magazine

Holy Cross by the Numbers

100% of demonstrated student need is met

3,210 students at an undergraduate-only institution

10:1 student-faculty ratio

95% first-year retention rate

19 student per class on average

27 Division I varsity athletic teams

0 classes taught by teaching assistants

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I chose Holy Cross because students here find authentic ways of serving those around them."

    • Ameer P.
      Boston, MA
  • "I chose Holy Cross because a physics professor took the time to answer my questions and made me feel at home during my tour."

    • Emily W.
      Philadelphia, PA
  • "I chose Holy Cross because I could see that the heart of the school is its incredible student community, and everyone here made sure I felt like a part of it even before I enrolled."

    • John M.
      Washington, DC
  • "Because I chose Holy Cross, I've met and formed connections with a range of diverse, like-minded individuals—and not just students here in Worcester but alumni too."

    • Vanessa K.
      New York City, NY