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Points of Pride

Students are walking up the stairs to the Library

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.

College Excellence

Student Achievement

  • 89% 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
  • Among colleges with the highest four-year graduation rates, according to U.S. News & World Report 

Success After Graduation

Alumni Engagement


  • All courses are taught by faculty members; none by teaching assistants
  • 97% hold terminal degrees
  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Four 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

Sustainability and Stewardship