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 2021  
Total Full-Time Enrollment 3,114
% Male 45%
% Female 55%
% Students of Color & International Students 25%
% From Massachusetts 39%
% Out of State 58%
% International 3%
   
Residents of:  
# of U.S. States, Territories, & District of Columbia 43
# of Foreign Countries 22

 

Admissions

Class of 2025 Total %
Applicants 6,498  
Accepted 2,786 43%
Enrolled 819 29%
Middle 50% of test scores Range  
SAT- Math 640-720  
SAT - Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 650-720  
ACT- Composite 29-33  

 

Student Life

Fall 2021 Number
Housed on Campus 87%
Varsity Sports 27
Intramural Sports 10-12*
Club Sports 25
Student Organizations 110
Honor Societies 20
First-Year Retention Rate 96%
Percent of third-year class studying abroad 7% **
Average class size (2020-2021 academic year) 19

* annually, depending on interest

** International travel restrictions have significantly reduced study abroad participation this year. In the five-years preceding the COVID-19 pandemic, study abroad participation for the third-year class averaged 23%.

Faculty

Fall 2021  
Full Time 306
Part Time 36
Percent of FT with Terminal Degree 95%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 10:1

 

Alumni

2020-2021  
Holy Cross Alumni of Record 38,925
Alumni donors 14,333
Total Alumni Donations to the Annual Fund $11.6 million
Number of Active Alumni Clubs 25

 

Campus Setting

2021-2022  
Population of Worcester (actual, 2020) 206,500
Miles west of Boston 44
Miles north of Providence 39
Miles northeast of Hartford 61
Acres 174
Number of Campus Buildings 35
Annual Operational Budget $213.6 million

 

Student Fees

2021-2022  
Tuition $55,800
Room & Board (standard) $16,080
Mandatory Fees $740
Total $72,620

 

Financial Aid

Fall 2021  
Percent of Need Met 100%
Percent of Students Aided 63%
Percent of Students with Grant Aid 60%
Average Grant Award $37,800
Total Financial Aid - Fiscal Year 2021 $64.3 million
Average Debt at Graduation $25,500

 

Information Resources

2020-2021  
Library Holdings (books, serials, periodicals) 654,213
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 6/30/21) $ Millions Per Student
Total Net Assets $1,314.5 $438,749
Endowment Market Value $1,043.3 $348,227
Operating Expenditures $175.0 $58,425

 

Student Outcomes

2020-2021

Four-year graduation rate:  
For students who graduated 2020-21 86%
Six-year graduation rates:  
For all students who first enrolled in fall 2015 93%
For all students who enrolled in fall 2015, by financial aid status:  

          Students who received a Pell Grant

91%

          Students who received a subsidized Stafford Loan

93%

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

93%
Number of degrees awarded: 730
Number of Fulbright Scholars: 7

 

 

Most popular major at graduation  
Economics 16%
Psychology 13%
Political Science 13%

English

7%

History

6%
Professional school admissions  
Percent admitted to medical school 72%
Percent admitted to law school 92%

Last updated: November 18, 2021 (figures updated annually in November/December); Student Fees information updated March 1, 2021.