Points of Pride

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.

Students are walking up the stairs to the Library

College Excellence

By the numbers

Student Achievement

  • 96% first-year retention rate
  • 93% six-year graduation rate
  • Tied for No. 1 in the nation for highest graduation rates (99%) for student-athletes among NCAA Division I schools
  • One of the highest four-year graduation rates at 91%, according to U.S. News & World Report

Success After Graduation

Alumni Engagement

  • Alumni and other members of the Holy Cross community gifted $38.8 million to the College during the 2022-23 fiscal year
  • Power of Purple: More than 4,400 donors gave a record $1.7 million on the College’s eighth annual day of giving.


  • All courses are taught by faculty members; none by teaching assistants
  • 96% hold terminal degrees
  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio

Service and Social Justice

Sustainability and Stewardship