Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

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Scholar | Citizen | Leader | Disciple

Holy Cross College offers a contemporary liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition—forming scholars, citizens, leaders, and disciples. Small class sizes allow for a unique experience with academic, social, and spiritual growth at the heart of the mission. 

Students dive into the Catholic intellectual tradition with a core curriculum that forms you into a true scholar known for critical thinking, clear communication, and deep wisdom on a wide variety of subjects. We invite students to become scholars in their first semester through courses such as the College Seminar, where your professor gathers a small class around a table and guides a discussion of great books and big ideas. From this starting point, you’ll grow in confidence as an active learner—not just a note and test taker—someone able to participate in intelligent discussion about our world.

Students aren’t isolated but immersed in the local and global community. These exciting experiences will form you into a true citizen of your city, country, and world. Your journey starts with the Common Good Seminar, where students are sent out in teams with a mentor to help solve a community challenge. As a junior, you can choose to travel in a small group with a professor to one of our global immersion sites in Africa, Asia, or Latin America.

We’re among the first colleges in the country to have 100% of students complete a professional internship. This, along with our Compass Career Program, gives students resources and mentoring to find the right career. In the Senior Capstone Seminar, your mentor will prepare you to share how your journey is launching your career as an emerging leader in your field with professors, peers, and community guests.

One of the trademarks of the College is that students learn to be Catholic in the fullest sense. At Holy Cross, you’ll develop a deeper appreciation for spirituality and sacramental life while growing a passion for social justice and service. Plus, you’ll benefit from conversations with those of other traditions, gaining a fuller sense of what it means to be a disciple in today’s world. 



Ranked #2 for student excellence, #2 for alumni giving rate, #27 for “Best Value Schools in the Midwest,” and #34 among “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest” | U.S. News & World Report


Recognized for excellence in inclusion and outcomes for low-income and first-generation college students | Strive for College


18 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes and 5 Scholar Team award distinctions in 2020 | National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics


Recognized for a commitment to the Champions of Character initiative and awarded the Five-Star Gold-Level Award for a character-driven approach to athletics in 2019–2020 | National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

The Holy Cross Curriculum

Holy Cross College offers three-year accelerated bachelor’s degrees in Business, English, Psychology, Theology, and liberal studies. Students get a valuable college experience with significant savings on cost and time and are ready to enter a career or graduate studies sooner. These programs help decrease potential student debt by eliminating the fourth year of undergraduate study—and students are less likely to need additional loans.

The curriculum is rigorous, ideal for students who are prepared to declare a major and take upper-level courses immediately. Similar to a four-year degree, our programs require the completion of 120 credits. 

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Becoming an educator is something I’m extremely passionate about, and I was attracted to the small class sizes at Holy Cross and the opportunities for hands-on experience.”

    • Lauren Cernak ’22
  • “Holy Cross offered me the chance to receive a high-quality education at a small school, become engaged in student life activities across the tri-campus, as well as have access to some of the best tennis facilities in the nation.”

    • Dominic Gibson ’21
  • “I chose Holy Cross College because of the small student-faculty ratio. I love that you get both the small-school and big-school environments with the University of Notre Dame right next door."

    • Sara White ’22
  • “With the help of my advisor Dr. David Lutz, Dr. Mike Griffin, and Father Tyson, I was able to set a path where I complete my BA here and my master’s at Notre Dame in four years.”

    • Stephen Viz ’21