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

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
  • 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
  • 96% 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