Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

Holy Cross College is a four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution founded in 1966 by the Brothers of Holy Cross. Its 150-acre campus is located in Notre Dame, IN.

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Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

Scholars. Citizens. Leaders. Disciples.

Holy Cross College is serious about our Catholic mission to develop your passions into skills that will make a big impact on your world. We do that through small classes, personal attention, and all the resources that come withbeing part of the tri-campus of Notre Dame, IN 46556.


Unique Enrollment Options: 4, 3, 2, 1!
• 4-year degrees recognized for our excellence in experiential learning and academic mentorship
• 3-year accelerated degrees in select majors (Business, English, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Theology)
• 2- and 1-year honors curriculum for those seeking to transfer to Notre Dame or other top-tier research universities

A Unique ZIP Code in Catholic Education: 46556

The University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College share a common history, mission, and even the same post office! Together, we form a tri-campus in which many amazing resources—clubs, classes, sporting events, a student newspaper—are shared. For Holy Cross students, this means the best of both worlds: a small college with big access.

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

Experiential learning
Holy Cross students are not isolated but rather immersed in the local and global community. These exciting experiences form you into a true citizen of your city, country, and world. Your journey starts with the Common Good Seminar, in which students are not only gathered around a table with their professor but are also sent out in teams with a mentor to help solve a community challenge. As a junior, if you wish, you can travel in a small group with a professor to one of our global immersion sites in Africa, Asia, or Latin America.

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

Distinctly Catholic, open to all
One of the trademarks of Holy Cross College is that students learn to be Catholic in the fullest sense. You will develop a deeper appreciation for spirituality and sacramental life and at the same time grow your passion for social justice and service. Plus, you will benefit from conversations with those of other traditions and gain a fuller sense of what it means for you to be a disciple in today’s world.