Worcester, MA
College of the Holy Cross


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Recent Reviews

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

Holy Cross requires a ton of effort and will inevitably result in an unfathomable amount of stress, which is generally cancel...

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

Holy Cross requires a ton of effort and will inevitably result in an unfathomable amount of stress, which is generally canceled out by a ton of drinking on the weekends; it seems to be worth it in the end, though since many employers tend to favor Holy Cross kids over other schools.

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

Honestly, I think the best way to get the most out of college is to attend a school where students are most like yourself. I do not mean in terms of race/ sexual orientation or other options requiring a politically correct term, but rather in terms of academic and social interests. If you want to work really hard academically, then go to the most challenging school you can get into. If you would rather spend your time partying then maybe a bigger state school would be best. Don't try to fool yourself; you know yourself better than anyone else and it's important to be happy during these four years. Some people use college to enter a career, others use it to learn how to drink be more social; there really isn't a right or wrong option, techincally either way your are developing. While at college, make sure you enjoy it because it goes by fast. Don't spend all your time studying, b/c you will miss out on a lot of good times and great people to meet. Learning how to balance your academic and social life is the key to success.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who is overly eccentric, as most people here are "normal," for all intents and purposes. Also, the school is not very diverese, so non-whites might feel out of place. There isn't a huge music or art program, so the artisitic types mught want to look elsewhere.

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

holy cross is too focused on a liberal education and doesn't give students enough practical education for use in the real wo...

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

holy cross is too focused on a liberal education and doesn't give students enough practical education for use in the real world.

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

You should choose a college that has a large major in your interest, so you have more support of faculty and alumni

What's unique about your campus?

The alumni connections and reputation of Holy Cross in the academic community

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

I would advise students and parents to visit schools once accepted. I think its important to see the schools again once you h...

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

I would advise students and parents to visit schools once accepted. I think its important to see the schools again once you have recieved your acceptances so you can really get a feel for the schools. I also think its important to spend time with a student on that campus to get plenty of time to have all of your questions answered. Too often applicants focus on the things they have heard from friends about features or reputations of the school instead of making their own conclusions. Its an important decision and it requires careful consideration and time.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had come in with a major because some majors have a lot of requirements and if you don't start right away your schedule gets difficult to make. You lose flexibility because certain classes are only offered one semester.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The housing selection process is maddening and doesn't make sense. They really need a better system. Its easily the most stressful day of the year.

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

I would advice students who are looking at schools to go visit the school in person. Through doing this, you can observe the...

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

I would advice students who are looking at schools to go visit the school in person. Through doing this, you can observe the students at that school and see their overall tone as they go about their day. Also, take note of schools where students are friendly and polite. My college had an unwritten rule that whenever you walk into a building, you hold the door for the person behind you. If the person was a few steps away, you still waited and held the door for them. While this may sound stupid and was sometimes annoying, it is a nice little gesture that shows the kind of close-knit community present on that campus. My second piece of advice would be to follow your gut. If you visit a school and it feels right, then go for it. I fell in love with my school on my first visit and, while other schools had majors closer to what I wanted, I found a way to make that college work for me and to get the major that I wanted. I never regretted picking that college!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Any person interested in a liberal arts education. Any person who wants to have the opporunity to participate in their school community and who does not want to get lost in the crowd at a large school. Any person who does not mind attending a Jesuit school where religion can be part of class discussions.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Any person who wants a school with great athletics or a large, diverse school. Any person who wants to study a specific field or who wants to be located in a big city. Any person how does not want to hike up a hill to get to/from class and food and who does not like adverse weather conditionc (snow/rain/wind/etc).

Katie
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Basketball. Our team generally always makes it to t he tournament but other than that we are so small we never really get an...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Basketball. Our team generally always makes it to t he tournament but other than that we are so small we never really get any recognition outside of Mass.

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

It's like a city on a hill. It's close enough to have access to the surrounding city but it's completely set apart which creates even more of a community feel. The off campus housing is awesome because it's almost all college students and no residents which makes for good party scenes.

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

Students need to find a place where they feel that they will succeed both academically and socially because grades and education is just as important for a promising future as networking and the connections you make in school. College of the Holy Cross is excellent because it is such a tight knit community. There are under 3,000 students which creates an environment that is both familiar and available all the time. It can be a blessing and a curse. Big schools are great for big parties but small schools allow you to recieve the individual attention from professors that you are denied at bigger universities.

Kevin
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school is best known for well rounded academics the provide the student a way to grow intellectually.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The school is best known for well rounded academics the provide the student a way to grow intellectually.

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

Holy Cross is unique in that the students here are well driven individuals that have there future life in mind when studying, yet at the same time know when school is too much and need time to relax. Basically, the school is a work hard, party harder.

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

When choosing a college/university, one must look at the interests of the student in mind while considering the finnancial situations the student is in. In a perfect world where money is no object for the student, the student should choose based upon what instinct. When visiting, a student should feel a sense that they could belong with those that already attend the school. In addition, the academics should play an important role. It would make no sense for a student interested in a business to attend a liberal arts school with no business programs. The four years would be wasteful as the academic interests of the student would not be meet. When finances become an issue, it sometimes becomes neccessary to avoid the top tier of schools because they cost so much. This is when it is crucial for the student to pick the college/university that allows them to grow academically yet at the same time remain affordable.

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

it's like a family - very close-knit student body

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

it's like a family - very close-knit student body

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

I, just as many other students applying to college, did not end up at my first choice school. At first I was unbelieveably devastated. I couldn't imagine how I could work toward the life I dreamed of at any other school. Now, two years into my college career, I could not be happier right where I am. I am convinced that you end up exactly where you're meant to be, whether you know it at the time or not. Enrolling at your second choice school does not take away any of your talents, acheivements, or potential. It's not where you go; it's what you do when you get there.

Torry
Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

Some kids' unbelievable run.

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

International students working and having fun together

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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Commercial, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

Marian
Describe the students at your school.

A conglomeration of mostly upper middle class kids who are consumed with work and also love to have fun.

Describe the students at your school.

A conglomeration of mostly upper middle class kids who are consumed with work and also love to have fun.

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

I would tell students that before choosing a school you absolutely must visit and stay with a student. Experiencing the campus, buildings, and social life with a student and without parents around is essential to getting a complete feel for the school. You have to be able to feel out the environment you could possibly be living in. It's the only way to know if it's the right place for you. Also, you should do this at a variety of schools. Even if you think you want a big school, visit small schools and medium sized schools, you may find they surprise you. Regarding making the most of your experience, don't hold back. Shed all bits of timidness you may have had and don't be afraid to try new things and meet new people. Talk to everyone and be friendly. Stay on top of your school work but don't forget to have fun too.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The extreme financial toll it would take on me and my family. Also the abundance of extra curricular activities available to students.

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

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