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COVID-19 Considerations

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The college search process can be frustrating — and current circumstances make it even more challenging. We understand that your educational opportunities have been disrupted by COVID-19. Please read on to find answers to some frequently asked questions. We hope this information provides some clarity during these unpredictable times. Feel free to email us if there is any other way we can help at

1. How will pass/fail grades be assessed and how will a pass be computed into a recalculated GPA?
When reviewing an applicant’s transcript, we always keep in perspective the context in which the student is studying — courses available, grading structure, requirements, etc. We know full well that schools have adapted to remote learning with a variety of different instructional and grading models. We will look to understand how courses and grades have been impacted. No student’s chances at admission will be impacted by the changes in learning and grading that have been out of their control.

2. Is your college considering dropping the SAT/ACT requirement if they have not already and how will test scores be evaluated?
We have been test optional for over a decade and during that time, we’ve left it up to the applicant to decide if they would like us to use their standardized test scores in our review of their application. When submitted, standardized testing is but one of many factors we weigh when evaluating a student’s application. When testing is withheld, we simply focus our review on all of the other parts of the application without judging the student’s decision to withhold the scores.

3. Given the cancellation of many extracurricular activities this spring and summer, what is your advice for students?
First and foremost, we want students to be thoughtful about their health and well being, and the health and well being of their family and friends. This is a time to focus on creating a caring community — not for building a list of accomplishments and extracurricular achievements. 

But we do recognize that some students look to activities as an outlet for expression and as a contributor to their own mental and physical health. We encourage students to follow the path that suits them best and when appropriate, pursue opportunities for activities in a safe and thoughtful manner.

4. Will there be changes to the review process due to COVID-19, including the
application timeline for both Regular and Early Decision I and II?
At this time, we do not expect any changes to our application timelines but we will continue to monitor public health, school calendars and the availability of test dates and grades in the fall.

5. How will demonstrated engagement be viewed in light of the cancellation of all on campus events?
We are offering a variety of virtual opportunities to prospective applicants, including information sessions, virtual tours and essay and interview workshops. We encourage prospective applicants to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about the application process and Holy Cross. 

In addition, we are offering virtual interviews which are strongly recommended. We offer a variety of options to fit your schedule. Please keep in mind that students may only interview once and interviews are reserved for rising or current high school seniors only.