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.