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International Students

Our international students bring diversity and vibrancy to the Holy Cross community. We welcome you to visit our campus at any time to experience our inclusive culture and see the many opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. (And if you can’t make the trip, be sure to check out our virtual tour.) Take a look below for some more information about applying as an international student.

Who Is an International Student?

At Holy Cross, an international applicant is a student who is not a natural born citizen of the United States, nor a Permanent Resident of the United States, whether living internationally or in the United States. [United States citizens living abroad, Permanent Residents (Green Card holders), and Dual Citizens with one citizenship being from the United States are considered to be domestic applicants.]


We seek academically talented students from around the globe who are eager to explore and experience unique learning opportunities — in and out of the classroom. You’ll experience excellent teaching by talented faculty in small classrooms with plenty of opportunities to conduct original research. Our immersive liberal arts experience at Holy Cross is an excellent foundation for your life beyond college as a curious, driven member of society.

Jesuit Identity

Holy Cross is one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States — and the only one that devotes its resources exclusively to the undergraduate, liberal arts experience. We welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds who are interested in exploring, reflecting, and debating life’s fundamental questions.

Current international students at Holy Cross hail from 16 countries around the globe.


Although not required, we strongly encourage you to interview. We know that traveling to campus from another country isn’t always possible, so we’ve given you several different interview options from abroad — keep in mind that interviews must be completed by January 15:

  • The deadline to request an international student interview has passed. Students who are unable to schedule an interview can submit an additional written supplement by filling out the Holy Cross Response form. Admission candidates for Fall 2021 can request an international student interview beginning in Fall of 2020.
  • For Chinese applicants who attend high school in the Chinese mainland, you can also interview using InitialView no later than January 15. (You do not need to fill out the interview request form.)

Financial Aid

Complete the CSS Profile for International Students found on the College Board's website at and carefully follow their directions for submission. Holy Cross offers limited funding for international students. If the fee for submitting the CSS Profile is a financial burden to the applicant, we will accept the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA).

Feel free to call us (508-793-2443 or 1-800-442-2421) or email us ( if we can answer any other questions for you.

Process & Deadlines

International students may choose to apply either as a Regular Decision or Early Decision candidate. You must submit all documents listed in the "Required" section of the corresponding type of application you are submitting. International students may also submit the documents listed in the “Optional” section.

The application should be completed in English; originals or notarized copies of all secondary school records and recommendations should be submitted with certified English translations if necessary.

In addition to Regular Decision and Early Decision requirements, International students are also required to submit the following:


(Your application cannot
be reviewed without these documents)
Decision I
Early Decision II Deadlines Regular
Regular Decision OR
Early Decision application.


January 15 January 15
Certification of Finances November15  January 15 January 15
Bank Letter or Financial Affidavit November15  January 15 January 15
(for non-native English speakers only)
November15  January 15 January 15


Please complete either the Regular Decision OR Early Decision application.

Certification of Finances 

The Certification of Finances (PDF) form helps us to obtain complete and accurate information about the funds available to international applicants who want to study at Holy Cross. All sources of support must be listed in U.S. dollars and indicate a student’s ability to cover the full cost of attendance for each academic year they would be enrolled.

Federal financial aid is not available for international students (candidates who are not United States citizens or permanent residents). Aid is awarded to United States citizens and permanent residents only based on a need analysis. Academic merit scholarships are also extremely limited.

As a result, it is important the Certificate of Finance Form reflects the ability to afford Holy Cross for all four years. When preparing the Certificate of Finance Form, take into account that personal expenses, such as travel to and from the College, spending money, and necessary course supplies are not included in the official cost of attendance. This year's current cost of attendance, including mandatory fees but excluding books and personal expenses, is $72,080. A breakdown of individual costs can be found here.

Bank Letter or Financial Affidavit 

A bank letter or financial affidavit written in English detailing total assets in USD must be included in the application for consideration.

All non-native speakers of English must submit the results of either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS. Competitive scores are typically 600+ for the Paper Based (PBT) TOEFL exam, or 100+ for the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL Exam. A competitive score for the IELTS exam is typically above a 7. The College Board code number is 3282.

Applicants have the option to provide additional information about their English ability by submitting a score on the Duolingo English Test. This is an optional supplement that may assist us in evaluating your application. The TOEFL or IELTS test is still required.