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.
- One of a select group of colleges (fewer than 100) that meets 100% of each student's demonstrated financial need
- Families with a total income of $75,000 or less and typical assets receive a full tuition grant
- Received an “A” on Niche's list of 2022 Best Colleges in America
- Among the 53 most beautiful college campuses in America, according to Architectural Digest
- One of "27 great schools that don't require SAT or ACT scores," according to Insider.com
- Included on the Princeton Review's list of "Best 388 Colleges" and "Colleges That Pay You Back"
- Among the "best and most interesting colleges" in the Fiske Guide to Colleges
- Average class size: 19 students (2022-2023 academic year)
By the numbers
- No. 1 on the Institute for International Education's list of long-term study abroad programs
- No. 4 on Wall Street Journal's list of 2022-2023 best Catholic colleges in America
- No. 5 on Money Magazine's list of "Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges" and Niche.com's list of best Catholic colleges in America
- No. 10 on PayScale's list of best religious schools by salary potential and No. 12 for best colleges in Massachusetts by salary potential
- No. 12 on WalletHub's list of 2022’s best colleges in the U.S.
- No. 15 on Kiplinger's list of best value liberal arts colleges "where you can get a quality education at an affordable price"
- No. 16 on PayScale's list of best schools for humanities majors by salary potential and No. 18 for best value liberal arts colleges in the country
- No. 22 on Kiplinger's list of best value colleges (among private universities, private liberal arts colleges and public universities) "where you can get a quality education at an affordable price"
- No. 24 on PayScale's list of best liberal arts colleges by salary potential
- No. 27 on Niche.com's list of best liberal arts colleges in America and best small colleges in America and U.S. News & World Report's list of best liberal arts colleges
- No. 32 on Money Magazine’s list of Best Colleges in America 2022
- No. 33 on Newsweek's list of best liberal arts colleges in America
- 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
- 92% of respondents to our survey of the class of 2022 report being employed in a job or internship, in graduate school, engaged in service work, or on a fellowship seven months after graduation
- Average starting salary for 2022 graduates: $64,235
- 79% medical school acceptance rate
- 83% law school acceptance rate
- Among colleges with the best return on investment, according to U.S. News & World Report
- As one of the top producers of Fulbright students in the country, eight Holy Cross students received fellowships during the 2021-2022 academic year, pushing the College’s total to 26 in the last four years.
- Distinctive Alumni
- 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
- A top “Schools for Service” in the United States, as identified by the Catholic Volunteer Network
- 1 in 12 students (or 250) devote 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 500 participants and is connected to more than 40 schools and community organizations
Sustainability and Stewardship
- Named One of World’s Most Environmentally Responsible Campuses in Princeton Review’s 2023 Guide to Green Colleges
- Charter signatory of Second Nature's Climate Leadership Commitment
- As part of the commitment, Holy Cross aims to be carbon neutral by 2040
- Surpassed our initial campus carbon emissions reduction goal years ahead of schedule
- Holy Cross is a registered arboretum, a collection of maintained specimen trees
- Recognized as a 2020 Tree Campus Higher Education institution for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals