Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross


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Recent Reviews

Elizabeth
What is your overall opinion of this school?

PURPLE PRIDE / SADER NATION!!! Worcester = not so hot, but what can you do? Providence is half an hour away, as is Boston. Sh...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

PURPLE PRIDE / SADER NATION!!! Worcester = not so hot, but what can you do? Providence is half an hour away, as is Boston. Shrewsbury street is ideal for when parents or visitors are in town. The vibe on campus is incredibly upbeat and friendly, you never walk into a building without the person before you holding the door open, and turning around yourself to hold the door open for the person behind you. When you pass a familiar face or a completely new one in the hallway you smile. You may have just failed your philosophy quiz, but you're still going to say hi.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Holy Cross is truly an amazing place to be. Everyone gripes from time to time, but that's human nature. Whether you want to try new things or pick up where you left off, Holy Cross has it, if it doesn't, you make it happen. You learn to be self-sufficient and how to take charge of a group when something needs to get done. You'll find your best friends, mentors and inspirations all in the same place. When you walk onto campus, you can just feel it if it's right.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

A good majority of the students fit the the stereotype of a JCrew catalogue, but on the whole snobbishness isn't anything extraordinary. Breezies? quite a few. Stairmaster/thighmaster? Why yes I got my fabulous physique climbing Mt. St. James!

What are the academics like at your school?

People tend to be neurotic about their grades, then again, I should be more neurotic about my grades. Competition isn't bad compared to what I experienced in Boarding School; most people are willing to help you out with moral support or an quick tutorial when you're in a rut. Professors range from amazing to average; the amazing ones you hold on to, but they aren't by any means scarce to come by.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There's so much to do! It's hard for me to comment because I've been here so briefly, I haven't had time to get to everything. There's a club for everything, and dorm life is so much fun, you can't make me live off campus (1. its gross 2. its not nearly as much of an experience). Don't listen to your RA when they tell you to stop playing hall sports, that's half the fun. We don't have a Greek system, but we really don't need one because everyone tends to find their niche.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Snobs on the hill, JCrew catalogue, "breezies", Stairmaster

Casey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am absolutely in love with Holy Cross. I enjoy the Jesuit teachings and am inspired by "men and women for others." The stud...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am absolutely in love with Holy Cross. I enjoy the Jesuit teachings and am inspired by "men and women for others." The students are smart, classy, nice, and a majority, have good heads on their shoulders. I feel as if I know everyone, but I meet someone new every day. For the most part, my professors have been brilliant and easy to talk to--I often have coffee with them and have gone to dinner at their homes. As an added bonus, the campus is gorgeous.

Describe the students at your school.

Unfortunately, I do not feel that Holy Cross is very diverse. When you walk into Kimball, segregation is evident--black people sit at one table and white people sit at another. However, students are aware of this and changes are trying to be made.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For the most part these stereotype are true. Except, Holy Cross does not push Catholicism on its student. Rather, it preaches the Jesuit motto of "men and women for others."

What are the academics like at your school?

The library is a hot-spot at Holy Cross and dorm study rooms are always filled at night. We are told almost weekly that Holy Cross has the highest work load in the country. Students here are success-driven and academically competitive.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

No matter what one is told at orientation, the EDGE is not popular. There is no Greek life at Holy Cross, but there are sports houses right off campus. Students love to drink here but those who do not drink should not feel pressured. On Tuesday nights there is an event called the Ten Spot where Holy Cross student-musicians can perform. Different groups also host Pub Nights on campus, which are open to those who are 21 and older.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Holy Cross is often seen as a wealthy, mostly white, very religious, alcohol-loving, and elite college.

Tara
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Holy Cross: THe students! Everyone here is so friendly and outgoing, it's easy to feel a part of any social ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Holy Cross: THe students! Everyone here is so friendly and outgoing, it's easy to feel a part of any social group... there are no real "cliques" and you can easily walk into any party, club or dorm and feel totally welcome. One thing I'd change: The Gym... it needs to be a LOT bigger. School size: I'd say it's just the right size. Small enough for small classes (no classes over 50) but large enough to pack the basketball stadium. How do people react?: Generally, impressed... it's a competitive school to be accepted into, and it has a reputation for excellent. Time on Campus: Most time on campus is spent in the dorms... people leave their doors open and come by to hang out, watch the game on tv, chat about the comedian in the campus center last night, etc. College town: Worcester is a huge city (2nd largest in New England), but unlike Boston it's not the most beautiful city around and it's not necessary easy to find what you're looking for. But if you're willing to look hard enough, it provides so many opportunities for culture, dining, volunteer work, internships, etc. HC Administration: They really care about what students think; student reps are on virtually every Administrative Committee on campus (they have a say in which professors get tenured, on campus construction, etc.) School pride: Also known as purple pride -- yes there is a lot and it's contagious!

Describe the students at your school.

Student body: is generally very accepting of all backgrounds, and is constantly becoming more diverse... surprisingly, the student body tends to be slightly more liberal than conservative. "Acceptance" is very important on campus (as seen through the Hate Not Here campaign).

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Absolutely not. Does HC have students that are generally wealthier than most college campuses? Absolutely - but there is a great deal of socioeconomic diversity, which you can see in our school's dedication to meeting 100% of financial need for accepted students. HC students are extremely down to earth, warm and friendly, so this stereotype is absolutely not true.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors: Not only do they know you by name, they know your strenghts, weaknesses, what you got on the last exam, and probably a few things about your life outside of class. Classes are generally very small -- around 18 to 20 students -- so you get to know your professors really well! (It makes recommendations so easy!) Students study: HC students have a reputation for studying HARD and OFTEN. It's tough to do well here, and students are driven to earn high marks... but it's not so much that it completely rules your life... it's a "work hard, play hard" mentality Students competitive: With each other? Not at all... they go out of their way to tutor each other, and are really only competitive with themselves. Psychology major/department: Awesome! You don't have to compete with graduate students for research positions or courses, because we don't have any grad students on campus... it's a great school to be a science major at. HC Academic Requirements: The perfect amount... they don't tell you which classes to take, just areas to study (e.g., Take one art course at some point in your 4 year, but you choose whether you take a Pottery class or History of Islamic Art or whatever you'd like) HC education: Is geared towards learning for the sake of learning, getting a career, and making a positive difference in the world (all at the same time). You feel like you get a lot out of your academics here.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Groups/Orgs: Club Sports/Intramural Sports are HUGE! Largest club is SPUD, Student Programs for Urban Development, which include volunteer organizations like Big Brother/Big Sister, Soup Kitchen, etc. Multicultural societies are also very popular Athletic events: Huge part of the social scene, especially basketball Awake at 2am on Tuesday: Studying or up with friends watching movies Traditions: Purple Pride Day (think purple balloons, cookies, sidewalk chalk, and EVERYTHING); Spring Weekened (huge concert with a big-name band, carnival, BBQ) Saturday night, no drinking: Virtually anything... go to an on-campus dance, comedian, concert, talent show, hockey game; go out into the city for a play, new cuisine, etc.; take a free shuttle to the shopping malls, or to Boston or Providence Off campus: parties at the "sports houses" (e.g., the "football house" or "hockey house", which aren't recognized by the College but the students know what they are); or head into the city and do something above;

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

One of the biggest stereotypes about HC and HC students is that the school is generally a group of preppy, wealthy, snobby individuals.

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  • 2,720
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $48,940
  • Acceptance rate
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