Holy Cross at a Glance

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.

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Enrollment

Fall 2022  
Total Full-Time Enrollment 3,210
% Male 45%
% Female 55%
% Students of Color & International Students 26%
% From Massachusetts 38%
% Out of State 59%
% International 3%
   
Residents of:  
# of U.S. States, Territories, & District of Columbia 47
# of Foreign Countries 22

 

Admissions

Class of 2026 Total %
Applicants 7,036  
Accepted 2,558 36%
Enrolled 903 35%
Middle 50% of test scores Range  
SAT- Math 620-710  
SAT - Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 640-720  
ACT- Composite 28-32  

 

Student Life

Fall 2022 Number
Housed on Campus 88%
Varsity Sports 27
Intramural Sports 10-12*
Club Sports 27
Student Organizations 108
Honor Societies 20
First-Year Retention Rate 95%
Percent of third-year class studying abroad 11%
Average class size (2021-2022 academic year) 19

* annually, depending on interest 

Faculty

Fall 2022  
Full Time 320
Part Time 30
Percent of FT with Terminal Degree 96%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 10:1

 

Alumni

2021-2022  
Holy Cross Alumni of Record 39,466
Alumni donors 13,395
Total Alumni Donations to the Annual Fund $11.3 million
Number of Active Alumni Clubs 25

 

Campus Setting

2022-2023  
Population of Worcester estimate 206,000
Miles west of Boston 44
Miles north of Providence 39
Miles northeast of Hartford 61
Acres 174
Number of Campus Buildings 38
Annual Operational Budget $229 million

 

Student Fees

2022-2023  
Tuition $57,600
Room & Board (standard) $16,620
Mandatory Fees $760
Total $74,980

 

Financial Aid

Fall 2022  
Percent of Need Met 100%
Percent of Students Aided 61%
Percent of Students with Grant Aid 59%
Average Grant Award $39,300
Total Financial Aid - Fiscal Year 2021 $71.4 million
Average Debt at Graduation $24,600

 

Information Resources

2021-2022  
Library Holdings (books, serials, periodicals) 651,285
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 6/30/22) $ Millions Per Student
Total Net Assets $1,273.0 $407,624
Endowment Market Value $992.6 $317,844
Operating Expenditures $224.2 $71,782

 

Student Outcomes

2021-2022

Four-year graduation rate:  
For students who graduated 2021-22 81%*

*This figure is generally closer to 90%; however, the Covid-19 pandemic interrupted the progress of several student toward their degree completion.

 

Six-year graduation rates:  
For all students who first enrolled in fall 2016 91%
For all students who enrolled in fall 2016, by financial aid status:  

          Students who received a Pell Grant

92%

          Students who received a subsidized Stafford Loan

91%

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

91%
Number of degrees awarded: 757
Number of Fulbright Scholars: 8

 

 

Most popular major at graduation  
Psychology 14%
Economics 14%
Political Science 12%

History

7%

English

6%
Professional school admissions  
Percent admitted to medical school 79%
Percent admitted to law school 83%

Last updated: December 16, 2022 (figures updated annually in November/December); Student Fees information updated March 1, 2022.