About Holy Cross

Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year college of approximately 2,800 students.  One of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions, Holy Cross offers an academically rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit tradition.

Exclusively devoted to teaching undergraduates, Holy Cross promotes close ties between students and faculty.  In this active, friendly campus community, individual interests—from athletics to the arts, from campus ministry to student government—are pursued with intensity and passion.  Graduates go on to prominent academic and professional programs and pursue their individual talents in many careers and service activities.

Holy Cross is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a centrally-located New England city of 175,000.  The 174-acre hillside campus provides inspiring views, an inviting mix of historic and contemporary buildings, beautiful landscaping, and first-rate facilities. With a tradition of academic excellence that dates to its founding in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has grown increasingly diverse in the last decade.  Holy Cross graduates become members of a loyal alumni family; equipped with the resources and perspective to respond as thoughtful leaders in business, professional and civic life.  


Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. 

The College of the Holy Cross is an exclusively undergraduate institution, enrolling 2,872 students.  Our student population represents 47 states and 21 foreign nations.

The College of the Holy Cross is located atop Mount St. James in Worcester, Mass., the 174-acre Holy Cross campus is a registered arboretum, mixing classical and modern architectural styles within a picturesque New England setting. The College campus has been recognized with numerous awards for excellence in architecture and landscaping, including two first-place prizes for the best-landscaped campus in the nation.

The Holy Cross Library System is composed of four libraries centrally located within the campus grounds. The main library, Dinand Library, holds an estimated 601,930 books, serials, and periodicals. The three smaller libraries, ordered respectively by size and book volume, are Fenwick Music Library, O'Callahan Science Library, and Rehm Library. 

Mascot                                                                                                                                               Holy Cross's athletic teams are known as the Crusaders.

Holy Cross Colors
Holy Cross’ colors are purple and white

Varsity Sports
Holy Cross sponsors 27 varsity sports; all but two compete at the NCAA Division I level (FCS for football), and NCAA Division I Hockey. The Crusaders are members of the Patriot League, the Atlantic Hockey Association, and the Division III Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference in women's hockey. Holy Cross supports twelve men's and thirteen women's sports.  The carrying of 23 Division I varsity programs gives Holy Cross the largest ratio of teams-per-enrollment in the country. It is a founding member of the Patriot League, and boasts one-quarter of its student body participates in its varsity athletic programs.