International Students

Our international students bring diversity and vibrancy to the Holy Cross community.

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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?

A student who:

  • Does not hold U.S. citizenship
  • Does not hold U.S. Permanent Residency (green card holders)

Application Materials

All application materials should be submitted in English. Please submit your original documents as well as certified English translations, if necessary. 

Applicants should submit the required application materials using our application checklist

In addition, all international applicants are asked to submit:

  • Holy Cross Certification of Finances Form
    • This form is used to verify student financial information. International applicants should fill out the Holy Cross Certification of Finances form using the Applicant Status Portal. Applicants will get access to the Applicant Status Portal after submitting an application.
    • When filling out the Holy Cross Certification of Finances form, please keep in mind:
      • All amounts must be listed in U.S. dollars.
      • List all funding available for all four years (and indicate a student's ability to cover the full cost of attendance for each academic year the student plans on being enrolled)
      • Take into account personal expenses including travel to and from the College, spending money, and necessary course supplies which are not included in the official cost of attendance
  • Bank Letter or financial affidavit
    • A bank letter, bank statement, or financial affidavit listing total assets in U.S. dollars (must be written/translated in English)

English Proficiency

Students who do not attend an English-speaking high school, and who are not native English speakers, must submit one of the following exams: 

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and TOEFL Special Home Edition
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and IELTS Indicator
  • DET (Duolingo English Test)

Our most competitive applicants score 100+ on the TOEFL, a 7+ on the IELTS or a 120 on the DET. 


Although not required, we strongly encourage you to interview. The interview deadline for Fall 2021 applicants has passed and no additional interview slots are available. If you have information to share with the Admission Committee, please submit the Holy Cross Response form on your Applicant Status Portal. 

Interview Deadlines

  • Holy Cross interview: Request by Dec. 1, 2021 

  • InitialView interview: Submitted by Jan. 15, 2022  

Financial Aid

Holy Cross meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted international students. Funding is limited, so financial aid for international applicants is very competitive. 

Financial Aid Forms:

*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). (PDF).

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.

Nov. 15

Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Holy Cross Certification of Finances Form Nov. 15  Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Bank Letter or Financial Affidavit Nov. 15  Jan. 15 Jan. 15
(for non-native English speakers only)
Nov. 15  Jan. 15 Jan. 15