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Founded in 1843, College of the Holy Cross. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,720 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The College of the Holy Cross Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 277 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at College of the Holy Cross include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at CHC are considered More Selective, with ,25% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 95% were in the top quarter, and 60% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at College of the Holy Cross.
49 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.
28 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
49 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.
49 Students rated campus facilities 4.4 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
49 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 84 % gave the school a 5.0.
49 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.
49 Students rated local services 3.4 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
49 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.
10 Students rated College of the Holy Cross
It's an amazing, academically challenging school. The friends you make will last forever.
I love the environment. Being a student on Mt. Saint James, there is such a sense of community and it is surprising how diverse this Jesuit-Catholic college is. Everyone believes in you and all the students are there for one another to succeed. HC definitely lives by work hard, play hard. The academics are no joke and when you're serious on the weekdays, it's all about the fun on the weekends I plan to discover who I am and how I can share my talents with the world, just like Holy Cross plans to help you do as the school's mission.
Best school ever!
Holy Cross is a very tightly knit community. People genuinely care about seeing others succeed. It's a small enough campus that you're always seeing a familiar face, but there is also someone else to meet! Holy Cross has so many great opportunities to try new things -- the first year Montserrat seminar program encourages students to try new areas of study before declaring a major.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for College of the Holy Cross is 38%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Parents: Watch and help your children through the process, but the choice is up to them. Even if you're helping to pay for college, if they are at a university that they are miserable at, your decision will not have been the right one.
Students: Stay overnight at the college and sit in on a few classes to get a better case study of the college. This will give you a more realistic impression than any admissions-created pamphlet.
Both: Enjoy the process and think the whole thing through. It is the student's first major life-changing decision, so make it count.
Most are typically preppy caucasian rich kids who love to drink.
Definitely challenging, but the professors are attentive and students seem to enjoy helping one another.
Not at all. When I was going to Holy Cross, I thought the religious aspect was going to be overpowering, but it is quite the opposite. People are very chill and if you go to church then you go, whatev. That is the basic mentality. Of course there are pockets of conservative people, but I would say that we are a pretty liberal school, definatly the most liberal catholic school, look, we have an allies group, a gay group and a support center. Pretty progressive for a catholic school. Holy Cross is more about learning and being there for others, no matter who they are. Pretty sweet, I think. As for the other stereotype, people do like their J. Crew, but it has definatly slowed down since I first got there. Holy Cross is definatly not a snobby, rich "daddy's wallet" school like people think.
balcks and whites very segregated
I dont consider myself racist in any way and I am very open-minded, but I still have almost no black or asian friends
very intense work-load is true
As someone who was skeptical about going to Holy Cross, I absolutely love it here! There is a great community feel and almost all of the people I have met here are kind and intelligent.
Activities are a little limited here at Holy Cross. Because of the lack of transportation and the lack of things to do in Worcester, the main amusement for most of the students is drinking and partying, and drinking some more. You don't hear too much about drugs, besides pot every once and a while, but mainly Holy Cross is a drinking school. The College tries to put on events, some work out better than others. The most popular are: Last Comic Standing, Black and Gold Fashion Show, Noche Latina, Explorasia, Vagina Monalogues, and Holy Cross Idol. We also have Spring Weekend, before finals when a singer comes and there is a carnival. Holy Cross really does try to make it fun on the weekends, but if there do not make the grade for the sudents, the people who go to the others things are usually drunk beforehand.
Smaller, friendly, just undergrad.
very little research.
My school is best known for their rigorous academics and prestigious facilities. I admire every building I enter at my college and I feel that their are an infinite number of areas to study quietly and efficiently.
Study abroad, because you get to spend an entire year in a different country instead of just a semester.
holy cross is too focused on a liberal education and doesn't give students enough practical education for use in the real world.
The extreme financial toll it would take on me and my family. Also the abundance of extra curricular activities available to students.
Someone who is prone to panic attacks, who gets easily stressed out, or someone that doesn't really want to focus.
not being allowed to have a car on campus until junior year. WORCESTER SUCKS!!
The type of person who should attend this school is a person who wishes to be academically challenged and also wants to feel as part of a community. The person should be mature and caring about others. A student at Holy Cross needs to be able to feel comfortable having their ideas challenged and be able to defend their opinions. Also, teachers and students do foster relationships because of the small class sizes, so a person who attends Holy Cross must enjoy personal bonds with their professors.
Holy Cross gave me an incredible education. Because it is a liberal arts school, I was able to participate in the renowned Pre-Medical program while studying music, and still have the background to apply for the program I am in now at Boston College where I obtained my RN license in 11 months and am one semester away from finishing my master's in nursing. I also had incredible opportunities musically - I sang at Lincoln Center and at the Vatican in Rome.
In contrast, I am not thrilled with Boston College as a graduate school.
The most well known stereotypes of Holy Cross are that majority of the student body are snobby, rich white kids that come from affluent families. Another one is since Holy Cross is a Jesuit School you have to be catholic.
Sports are a fairly big part of life at Holy Cross - we're Division 1 and we're in the Patriot League for football (which we won just the other year *woot*). We're the school who produced Bob Cousy and some other big sports names so the alumni will come out to see games, which is nice. Basketball and Football are definitely the biggest draws, and it's always fun to paint up in purple and go cheer on the team. And if you don't play varsity yourself, there's lots of opportunities to still play a sport. Something like 75% of our student body was involved in varsity sports in high school so there's a lot of athletic kids on campus who are really energetic about intramural and club sports. Gyms are great, too! In one gym, there are tv's on every machine. . . not a bad thing.
Bottom Line: You wanna play a sport, you'll be fine here!
I've loved classes at HC. Generally, they're about 15-20 students (I take mostly Poli Sci and Religious Studies classes) but, that being said, I've had classes with only 3 students and have heard about classes that have about 40-50 students (those are mostly intro chem lectures). Bottom line: classes are small, which is great. The student:professor ratio is about 11:1, which really allows for a lot of interaction. I've really enjoyed seminars; these classes usually hold no more than 10-12 students and are VERY discussion based. My classes tend to be heavy with readings (like, a full book, a hundred of pages of scholarly articles, and a bunch of news reports per week...for one class) but it really pays off when we have a great discussion in class that week.
Professors will push you to work hard but classes are really rewarding if you put in the work.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
72% of students
attending College of the Holy Cross receive some sort of financial aid.
16% were awarded federal grants.
While 53% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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