Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross


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Recent Reviews

Stephen
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Communicate. Students, I know you're convinced that you're an adult and can make decisions on your own, but it won't hurt to ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Communicate. Students, I know you're convinced that you're an adult and can make decisions on your own, but it won't hurt to get the advice of your parents. When it comes down to it, you really don't have to take it anyway. Parents, if you're really concerned about the way you see your child's life heading, voice your opinion. Again, that doesn't mean they'll take your advice, but you won't have to live with the notion that you could have prevented them from making a huge mistake. The college process needs to be a collaborative effort. Everything will go much smoother if it is.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is prone to panic attacks, who gets easily stressed out, or someone that doesn't really want to focus.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Sometimes it's the lack of communication between what professors actually want out of assignments/papers/exams. Some ask you to make assumptions and then grade harshly when you make the wrong ones.

Ryan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose a school based on your personal academic interests and abilities. Don't choose the school with the best name or reput...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Choose a school based on your personal academic interests and abilities. Don't choose the school with the best name or reputation, because in the end the name of the school has nothing to do with your individual self. Take your time and look at and apply to a multitude of schools, and then research further into the ones you were accepted into. Don't choose a school just because of one particular aspect (i.e. great sports teams), choose a school with various aspects well-suited to you. In the end, your college career won't be about the name of your college, it will be about the classes you took, the ways in which your mind was expanded, the friends you made, the various organizations you joined, and your overall connection with your college community.

What's unique about your campus?

The professors really take it upon themselves to make themselves available to their students outside of the classroom in office hours and scheduled appointments.

Andrew
Describe the students at your school.

Most are typically preppy caucasian rich kids who love to drink.

Describe the students at your school.

Most are typically preppy caucasian rich kids who love to drink.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go to a school with a good program for the field you are thinking of pursuing but make sure that college also provides you options for a backup plan in case what you thought you wanted to do isn't exactly what you thought it was. Don't get caught up in the social drinking and partying scene because there is always much more to a college than that. Definitely be sure to be active and participate in student organizations and other campus activities because you never know where new inspiration may come from. The final thing is live on campus and be prepared to open your mind, please learn to become independant too, it is part of becoming an adult and living at college and taking care of yourself from the most part is a good transition point. Good luck.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of diversity and difficulty in getting students to move out of their comfort zone.

Chelsea
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the colleges so you can get a real feel for the students and the community that you will be living in for four years. ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the colleges so you can get a real feel for the students and the community that you will be living in for four years. And don't be afraid to ask questions!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A laid back, relaxed person just trying to get by.

Shane
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Smart suburban upper middle class white Catholics from the Northeast who drink a lot and study a lot.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Smart suburban upper middle class white Catholics from the Northeast who drink a lot and study a lot.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Size matters. Find a school with the appropriate class size. I knew I wanted a smaller school and I really appreciated the accessibility and class size at my school. Don't worry about funding if you're smart enough to get in. If you belong at that college they will give you what you need to be there.

Maggie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Probably it's pre-med and pre-law programs. We also produce a lot of history, economics, and political science majors. We h...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Probably it's pre-med and pre-law programs. We also produce a lot of history, economics, and political science majors. We have some very well-known alumni in business and law.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When choosing the right college, it is important not to worry about what career you would like to pursue, since many graduating high school seniors will change their minds several times. Rather, choose a school which will encourage you to develop socially as well as intellectually, which stimulates discussion and debate.

What's unique about your campus?

The community feeling, the close-knit campus, and the work hard/play hard mentality of the school. Students definitely value their school, and it shows after they graduate through the awesome alumni network the school has.

Kim
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Jesuit Education centers around the need to ask questions and incorporate knowledge into the world; Holy Cross exemplifies th...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Jesuit Education centers around the need to ask questions and incorporate knowledge into the world; Holy Cross exemplifies these ideals, with a particular focus on Social Justice.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is about a lot of things, but most importantly it is about learning and growing into a more educated adult and finding a job that allows you to follow a passion, yuse your mind, and add value to society. When choosing a college you need to find somewhere that allows you to both be comfortable and stretched. You learn as much from the students and professors that surround you as you do from the courses and curriculum. It is important to take each lesson you learn in the classroom -- be it political, historical, lingual, or technical -- and find away to incorporate it into your life. The opportunity to work volunteering wih refugees in Worcester allowed me to use skills that I learned in French course, in African politics courses, in psychology courses, and childhood education courses. You need take your classroom growth and make something tangible out of it in order to cement your knowledge and figure out which skills you like to use outside of the classroom. Whatever college you choose, you need to make sure that there is an infrastructure that will allow you to gain practical experience through alumni connections, internships, community service, and your peers.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The student body was a bit homogenious: white, catholic, upper-middle class, smart, aware, involved, New England, PA, NY.

Thomas
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics, academics, academics. Also, the Jesuits' influence.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics, academics, academics. Also, the Jesuits' influence.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students can be happy most anywhere as long as they're not dead-set against a place from the start because it wasn't their first choice. At most schools, you can find ways to be engaged. You won't love everything about a place, so just look for things and people that you can love about it.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who's willing to work hard and wants a college with an excellent reputation. If you're not willing to work, you can get C's and enjoy yourself.

Ashley
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Holy Cross is truly a community of men and women for each other, where students continually evaluate how they shall live as m...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Holy Cross is truly a community of men and women for each other, where students continually evaluate how they shall live as men and women for one another.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In finding the right college, a student will immediately find a sense of comfort upon stepping foot on the campus. A sense of pride in the school should be felt and the student should believe he or she will be challenged in the classroom. The parent will see the excitement in the eyes of their child and know that their child is excited about his or her decision, thus giving the parent reason to support the student's decision to attend the school.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Hard-working, determined, easy-going, compassionate.

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  • Enrollment
  • 2,720
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $48,940
  • Acceptance rate
  • 38%

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