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Holy Cross at a Glance

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The College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts institution and is ranked among the nation's leading four year liberal arts colleges.

Enrollment

Fall 2019
Total Full-Time Enrollment 3,142
% Male 47%
% Female 53%
% Minority & International 27%
% From Massachusetts 39%
% Out of State 58%
% International 3%
   
Residents of:  
# of U.S. States & District of Columbia 47
# of Foreign Countries 22

 

Admissions

Class of 2023 Total %
Applicants 7,200  
Accepted 2,464 34%
Enrolled 829 34%
Middle 50% of test scores Range  
SAT- Math 640-710  
SAT - Reading and Writing 640-710  
ACT- Composite 28-32  

 

Student Life

Percent of Students (Fall 2019)
Housed on Campus 90%  
  Number Participants
Varsity Sports 27 754
Intramural Sports 12  
Club Sports 22  
Student Organizations 88  
Honor Societies 20  
Freshmen Retention Rate 93%  
Percent of junior class studying abroad 22%  
Average class size (2018-2019 academic year) 19  

 

Faculty

Fall 2019
Full Time 299
Part Time 37
Percent of FT with Terminal Degree 95%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 10:1

 

Alumni

2018-2019
Holy Cross Alumni of Record 37,885
Alumni donors 16,225
Total Alumni Donations to the Annual Fund $10.7 million
Number of Active Alumni Clubs 25

 

Campus Setting

2019-2020
Population of Worcester (estimated, 2018) 186,000   
Miles west of Boston 44
Miles north of Providence 39
Miles northeast of Hartford 61
Acres 174
Number of Campus Buildings 35
Annual Capital Budget $17.9 million

 

Student Fees

2019-2020
Tuition $54,050
Room & Board (standard) $15,070
Mandatory Fees $690
Total $69,810

 

Financial Aid

Fall 2019
Percent of Need Met 100%
Percent of Students Aided 63%
Percent of Students with Grant Aid 59%
Average Grant Award $38,500
Total Financial Aid - Fiscal Year 2019 $66.1 million
Average Debt at Graduation $25,700

 

Information Resources

2018-2019
Library Holdings (books, serials, periodicals) 648,546
Computers for general student use 298
Residential rooms with network access 100%
Student computer purchase program Yes
Number of multimedia classrooms 16
Number of computer labs 8

 

Financial Resources

(Fiscal Year Ended 6/30/19)
  $ Millions Per Student
Total Net Assets $1,037.0 $333,224
Endowment Market Value $785.9 $252,523
Operating Expenditures $191.7 $61,610

 

Student Outcomes

2018-2019  
Four-year graduation rate:  
For students who graduated 2018-19 90%
Six-year graduation rates:  
For all students who first enrolled in fall 2013 90%
   
For all students who enrolled in fall 2013, by financial aid status:  

Students who received a Pell Grant

88%

Students who received a subsidized Stafford Loan

93%

Students who did not receive a Pell Grant or subsidized Stafford Loan

89%
   
Number of degrees awarded: 698
Number of Fulbright Scholars: 6

 

 

Most popular major at graduation
Economics 14%
Psychology 13%
Political Science 10%

English

8%

Biology

7%
Professional school admissions
Percent admitted to medical school 81%
Percent admitted to law school 88%

Last updated: December 20, 2019 (figures updated annually in November/December)