College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA, USA

Admissions

Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city
0
100
40%
Acceptance Rate
6,622
Students Applied
37%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
63
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
No
ACT
No
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. December 15, 2019
Fall Regular Decision January 15, 2020 May 1, 2019
Test Optional
Yes
Application Fee
$60
Fee waivers available
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
42%
Out-Of-State Students
58%
US States Represented
50
Countries Represented
24
30%
Submitting ACT
35%
Submitting SAT
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
640
75th
710
Reading
25th
630
75th
700
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
58
Top 25%
88
Top 50%
100

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: admissions@holycross.edu
Admissions Telephone: 800-442-2421
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page

What Students Are Saying

3.91 Average Rating
Be on time for everything. And interview! Holy Cross definitely puts emphasis on the interview, so make sure your interview is scheduled on time.
Kaylie from Ashburnham, MA
The interview is a HUGE part of the application process. If you can, visit the campus and schedule the interview. It will really make a difference.
Monique from Essex, MA
It's true, GPA isn't everything, but Holy Cross is looking for the best and brightest so keep your grades up and work hard to be well-rounded. Get involved in your high school, join some clubs, get into student government, volunteer your time, and never stop expanding your horizons. The more experience you bring the table the better. Be prepared to be challenged and anticipate spending some serious time in your studies. You can't just skate by. Holy Cross expects you to actively participate in your classes, so pursue what you're passionate about! And don't be afraid to leave your dorm! You should get involved as much as you can handle but be sure to budget your time wisely and save some room for sleep! There's a lot to do here and plenty of opportunities for fun and excitement.
Student from MA
For prospective students make sure you ask about career services when you attend the school for a visit for internships and job opportunities in the year and summer. Also, when you're a freshman, your dean throws so many different services, clubs, and activities at you that you become a little confused and overwhelmed. Take a breath, relax, and figure out what interests you. Research and ask questions about the school from other students walking around campus because everyone is honest.
Kody from Mount Arlington, NJ
If possible, take a tour of the campus! It is beautiful! Also, take advantage of the blogs and discussion boards that the Office of Admissions offers to prospective students if you have any questions or concerns. All the student volunteers in the office love to talk and answer any questions you can think of. Academically, be ready to work and socially, be ready to have a hundred new best friends.
Hunter from Oro Valley, AZ
I was never was a prospective student but, I have had the opportunity to meet a few. My friends that were fortunate to become host always try to bring them to the Cool Bean (the hangout), and then there is Kimball so they can meet people. Furthermore, if you ever come to visit just look at the building and view. The oldness but up to date buildings are breath taking and in a sense beautiful.
K. Hazard from Leominster, MA
Do the interview. Even if you aren't sure about whether or not you're applying or if you're doing Early Decision or Regular, do it. Also, keep in contact with your admissions counselor or any counselor in general. They keep all your e mails on file and will review them as part of the application process. Another thing is visit the school. Although you are in Worcester and it may not be the nicest area to live in, being on The Hill makes you feel as if you're in another world and makes you feel safe and not like you are in a city. It is also key to remember that their academics are very well known and rigorous which means that when you are applying they take your first quarter grades and what classes you are taking into account and have the heaviest weigh in the academics portion of your application. Lastly, if you do not feel like your SAT scores are up to par, e mail your Holy Cross counselor and ask them for advice, they will help you, they want to have you here. If you are more than 100 off of their median range, about a 1950, I suggest you don't submit them. If your over, do of course and if you're in between do it but it won't neither help nor hurt you.
Cassandra, from MA
Come tour the campus; once you see Mount St. James at any time of year, you will fall in love. Also, make sure you schedule an interview, it sets you apart and allows the admissions staff to get to know you on a personal level. Since the admission process is unlike other schools where the whole team decides a students admission, knowing one person in the room can make a huge difference.
A Current Junior
Be prepared to work hard but you will be very happy here. Dorm rooms are comfortable, clean and the staff is friendly.
J from upstate NY
Bring lots of ramen, because the dining hall doesn't have the best options.
Get ready to do a lot of walking up and down hills and stairs! Girls, don't even both bringing heels to go out in.
Be open to everything and go to all the events! So much free stuff!
Meghan

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