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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 2020
Total Enrollment 2,997
% Male 45%
% Female 55%
% Students of Color & International Students 26%
% From Massachusetts 39%
% Out of State 57%
% International 4%
   
Residents of:  
# of U.S. States & District of Columbia 42
# of Foreign Countries 17

 

Admissions

Class of 2024 Total %
Applicants 7,087  
Accepted 2,689 38%
Enrolled 735 27% *
Middle 50% of test scores Range  
SAT- Math 640-710  
SAT - Reading and Writing 650-720  
ACT- Composite 29-32  

 

Student Life

Percent of Students (Fall 2020)
Housed on Campus 8% *  
  Number Participants
Varsity Sports 27 728
Intramural Sports 12  
Club Sports 22  
Student Organizations 88  
Honor Societies 20  
First-Year Retention Rate 89% *  
Percent of third-year class studying abroad 0% *  
Average class size (2019-2020 academic year) 19  

 

Faculty

Fall 2020
Full Time 295
Part Time 35
Percent of FT with Terminal Degree 97%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 10:1

 

Alumni

2019-2020
Holy Cross Alumni of Record 38,511
Alumni donors 14,207
Total Alumni Donations to the Annual Fund $10.3 million
Number of Active Alumni Clubs 25

 

Campus Setting

2020-2021
Population of Worcester (estimated, 2019) 185,000   
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 $14.0 million

 

Student Fees

2020-2021
Tuition $54,050
Room & Board (standard) $15,560
Mandatory Fees $540
Total $70,150

 

Financial Aid

Fall 2020
Percent of Need Met 100%
Percent of Students Aided 62%
Percent of Students with Grant Aid 60%
Average Grant Award $37,100
Total Financial Aid - Fiscal Year 2020 $67.5 million
Average Debt at Graduation $24,700

 

Information Resources

2019-2020
Library Holdings (books, serials, periodicals) 653,901
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 6/30/20)
  $ Millions Per Student
Total Net Assets $1,022.3 $324,139
Endowment Market Value $760.3 $241,059
Operating Expenditures $190.0 $60,250

 

Student Outcomes

2019-2020  
Four-year graduation rate:  
For students who graduated 2019-20 87%
Six-year graduation rates:  
For all students who first enrolled in fall 2014 93%
   
For all students who enrolled in fall 2014, by financial aid status:  

Students who received a Pell Grant

90%

Students who received a subsidized Stafford Loan

93%

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

94%
   
Number of degrees awarded: 708
Number of Fulbright Scholars: 7

 

 

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

English

8%

Biology

6%
Professional school admissions
Percent admitted to medical school 76%
Percent admitted to law school 91%

* Figure has been negatively impacted by the substantial campus closure in fall 2020 created by the COVID-19 pandemic and is not typical of Holy Cross.

Last updated: November 16, 2020 (figures updated annually in November/December); Student Fees information updated July 24, 2020