We are proud to be recognized by publications and organizations that cover higher education for our exceptional academic programs, top professors, and great campus experiences. Here are a few of the factors that set Holy Cross apart.
- A+ on Niche's list of 2018 Best Colleges in America
- Most beautiful college in Massachusetts, according to Travel + Leisure
- No. 1 on LendEdu's list of most beautiful college campus in Massachusetts
- No. 2 on USA Today/College Factual's list of best Roman Catholic colleges
- No. 4 on Wall Street Journal's list of best Catholic colleges in America
- No. 4 on Niche.com's list of best Catholic colleges in America
- No. 5 on USA Today/College Factual's list of best colleges in Massachusetts
- No. 7 on Niche.com's list of best test optional colleges in America
- No. 8 on Best Choice Schools’ list of beautiful urban college campuses
- No. 13 on Kiplinger’s list of liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost
- No. 16 on Washington Monthly’s list of “Best Bang for the Buck - Northeast" colleges
- No. 19 on USA Today/College Factual's list of best colleges in the nation
- No. 20 on Business Insider's list of best liberal arts colleges
- No. 23 on Washington Monthly's list of top liberal arts colleges
- No. 26 on Niche.com's list of best small colleges in America
- No. 27 on Niche.com's list of best liberal arts colleges in America
- No. 29 on Times Higher Education's list of best liberal arts colleges
- No. 33 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best liberal arts colleges
- No. 36 on The Economist's list of best colleges in America based on value
- Included on the Princeton Review's list of best colleges and "Colleges That Pay You Back"
- Among the "best and most interesting colleges" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges
- One of Money Magazine's "31 Great Colleges That Don't Care About Your Lousy Test Scores"
- Among both "The 100 smartest private colleges in America" and "The 101 smartest liberal arts colleges in America," according to Business Insider
- No. 1 on the Institute for International Education's list of long-term study abroad programs
- No. 3 on Accounting Degree Review's list of "Top 10 Undergraduate Accounting Programs in Massachusetts"
- No. 9 on USA Today's list of "best U.S. colleges for a major in English"
- No. 2 on OnStage Blog's list of "Top Ten Most Underrated College Theatre Programs for 2017 - North East Region"
- One of a select group of "need-blind" colleges that accept students regardless of their ability to pay and meet 100 percent of demonstrated need
- Average class size: 19 students (2016-2017 academic year)
- Among Bon Appétit's "7 Healthiest College Dining Halls in the Country"
- Holy Cross has been part of either the answer or question on "Jeopardy!" 12 times
- 95 percent first-year retention rate
- 92 percent six-year graduation rate
- No. 5 for four-year graduation rates among all colleges and universities in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report
- One of the highest graduation rates (97 percent) for student-athletes, among NCAA Division I schools
- No. 12 on Money Magazine's list of "The 50 Best Private Colleges for Earning Your Degree On Time"
Success After Graduation
- Average starting salary for 2016 graduates: $50,534
- Graduating from Holy Cross adds nearly 27 percent to an alum’s average mid-career earnings, according to a study by the Brookings Institution
- 75 percent medical school acceptance rate
- 88 percent law school acceptance rate
- 14 young alumni awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world during the 2017-18 academic year
- A top producer of Fulbright students during the 2016-2017 academic year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education
- Over the last five years, 45 Holy Cross graduates have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and teach abroad
- Three Holy Cross alumni are recipients of a Pulitzer Prize: Dave Anderson '51 (1991), Jack Higgins '76 (1989), and Edward P. Jones '72 (2004)
- For the 11th consecutive year, more than 50 percent of alumni made a gift to Holy Cross during the 2017 fiscal year
- No. 4 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of colleges based on alumni participation in giving
- No. 11 on U.S. News & World Report's liberal arts colleges with the highest giving rate
- No. 12 on Princeton Review's Best Alumni Network list
- 6,111 donors took part in a 24-hour fundraising challenge for Holy Cross on Feb. 14, 2017, setting a donor record for a liberal arts college
- All courses are taught by faculty members; none by teaching assistants
- 95 percent hold terminal degrees
- 10:1 student to faculty ratio
- No. 15 on Princeton Review's list of schools that have the most accessible professors
- 4 faculty members have won Guggenheim fellowships: Todd Lewis, professor of religious studies (2011); Sarah Stanbury, professor of English (2010); Leila Phillip, associate professor of English (2007); and Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of Music (1995)
Service and Social Justice
- 1 in 10 students devotes their spring break to immersion and service projects
- SPUD (Student Programs for Urban Development) is the largest student organization at Holy Cross with more than 700 participants, and is connected to more than 46 schools and community organizations
- Named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for strong institutional commitment to service and partnerships that produce measurable results for the community
- 15 Holy Cross graduates who have dedicated themselves to a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps during 2016-17
Sustainability and Stewardship
- Charter signatory of Second Nature's Climate Leadership Commitment (previously the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment)
- As part of the commitment, aim to be carbon neutral by 2040
- Surpassed our initial campus carbon emissions reduction goal years ahead of schedule
- Among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the Princeton Review