HolyCross

College of the Holy Cross

1 College St, Worcester, United States
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  • Textbook Notes
    0
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  • Currently Enrolled
    8
  • Previously Enrolled
    3

Overview of College of the Holy Cross (HolyCross)

About this school

Holy Cross is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Founded in 1843, it adopted coeducation in 1972. Its 174-acre campus is located in a residential area of Worcester, 45 miles west of Boston.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:3,051
    • Men:1,462 Men (47.9%)
    • Women:1,589 Women (52.1%)

Location

Admission Information (HolyCross)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to College of the Holy Cross is very difficult: more than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
4
Science
-
4
Foreign Language
-
4
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
2
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Considered if submitted
February 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Considered if submitted
February 1
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1 College Street
City, State, Zip
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
Phone
(508) 793-2443
Fax
(508) 793-3888
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
December 15
Early Decision Notification
January 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
40% of 6,622 applicants were admitted
Women
36% of 3,628 applicants were admitted
Men
44% of 2,994 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
819 (31%) of 2,622 admitted students enrolled
Women
427 (33%) of 1,300 admitted students enrolled
Men
392 (30%) of 1,322 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
Not reported
375 And Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
665 average |640-710 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
30%
• Score 600 - 700
58%
• Score 500 - 600
12%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
34%
• Score 600 - 700
57%
• Score 500 - 600
9%
• Score 400 - 500
0%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
30 average |28-31 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
56%
• Score 24 - 29
43%
• Score 18 - 23
1%
• Score 12 - 17
0%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (HolyCross)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $50,630 (76.46%)
  • Room & Board: - $13,690 (20.67%)
  • Other Expenses: - $1,000 (1.51%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $900 (1.36%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


College of the Holy Cross accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification Date
On or about April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002141
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile
$25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
612 (74.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
474 (77.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
474 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
474 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$40,451
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 401 (84.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,511
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 432 (91.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,105
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 10 (2.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
5 (.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $23,008

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,945 (64.4%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,593 (81.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,593 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,593 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$40,304
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,324 (83.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,836
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,494 (93.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,393
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 39 (2.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
42 (1.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $33,023

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
52%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$26,258
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Music
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (HolyCross)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


278

Part-Time Faculty


40

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


83%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 10% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 53% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 28% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 6% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 2% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 52% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 36% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 12% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
982,669
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
485
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


College of the Holy Cross provides hearing impaired services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


95.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


91.1%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


92.1%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


92.0%

Programs & Majors (HolyCross)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (34)


  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • German Studies
  • History, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Psychology, Biological/life sciences, Mathematics and statistics, English, Foreign languages and literature

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Not reported

Master's Programs of Study (1)


  • Not reported

    Campus Life (HolyCross)

    Location & Geography

    Population


    182,669

    Nearest Metropolitan Area


    Boston

    Campus Size


    174 acres

    Weather


    Temperature
    15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
    Rain
    133 rainy days per year

    Available Transportation


    Nearest Bus Station
    5 mile(s) from campus in Worcester
    Nearest Train Station
    5 mile(s) from campus in Worcester

    Housing

    College Housing


    College offers housing to students

    Types of Housing


    Coed housing, disabled student housing

    Students of College Housing


    91% of all students

    Housing Restrictions


    Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

    Freshman Housing Guarantee


    Freshmen are guaranteed housing

    Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


    9%

    Security

    24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


    Available

    24-Hour Security Patrols


    Available

    Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


    Available

    Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


    Available

    Personal Support Services

    Health Service


    Offered

    Personal Counseling


    Offered

    Child Care


    Not offered

    Sports & Recreation

    School Athletics


    Athletic Conferences
    NCAA Division I
    Mascot
    Crusader
    School Colors
    Royal purple

    Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


    FactorOfferedScholarships Given
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Crew
    Cross-Country Running
    Field Hockey
    Football
    Golf
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Soccer
    Softball
    Swimming And Diving
    Tennis
    Track And Field
    Volleyball

    Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


    SportOfferedScholarships Given
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Crew
    Cross-Country Running
    Field Hockey
    Football
    Golf
    Ice Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Soccer
    Softball
    Swimming And Diving
    Tennis
    Track And Field
    Volleyball

    Recreational Sports


    Intramural Sports
    football, softball, water polo

    Student Activities

    Activities And Organizations


    College of the Holy Cross offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, spud (community service organization), choral and music groups, campus activities board, student government association, purple key society

    Sororities


    Fraternities


    ROTC


    Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

    Student Body

    Co-educational


    Yes

    Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


    3,020

    Undergraduates


    All Undergraduates
    3,051
    Women
    1,589
    Men
    1,462

    Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


    • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
    • 4.9% Asian
    • 4.5% Black/African-American
    • 10.8% Hispanic/Latino
    • 3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
    • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
    • 72.6% White
    • 3.5% Unknown

    International Students


    3.1% from 24 countries

    Average Age


    20

    Number of Graduate Students


    Not reported

    Student Resources (HolyCross)

    Study resources