Frequently Asked Questions

Visit Information
There are many opportunities to tour the campus, and meet Admission Officers, faculty and students.  Visiting the College is an invaluable experience, and will surely help you in solidifying your decision to apply. To learn about the different opportunities available to you refer to our visit Holy Cross section.

What is the deadline for international students interested in applying to the College of the Holy Cross?
Binding "Early Decision I": November 15. "Early Decision II": January 15. Non-binding "Regular Decision": January 15.  Holy Cross does not offer any non-binding "Early Action" opportunities.

When will I learn of my application decision?
Early Decision notifications happen continually throughout the months of December and January.  Some decisions may take longer due to delays in receipt of credentials from the applicant.  All decisions related to Regular Decision applications are mailed in late March or early April.

What is different about the application requirements for international students?
In addition to the required credentials all candidates must submit, international students who are non-native English speakers must also send a set of either TOEFL exam or IELTS exam scores.  All international candidates must also send the International Student Certification of Finances Form and a Bank Letter or Financial Affidavit detailing their source(s) of financial support.  At this time-limited funding is available for international students.  For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 508-793-2265 or

As an international student interested in Holy Cross, what do I need to know about obtaining visas and financial declarations? 
A student visa (typically an F-1 student visa) is required to study in the United States. An F-1 visa can be obtained by contacting the United States Embassy or Consulate in your own country along with presentation of a valid I-20, a passport and evidence of financial support.  Candidates will receive their I-20 documents needed for the Visa application only following admission to the college.
Please visit the U.S. Department of State Web site for additional information.  

Is there an Orientation program for incoming students?
Yes, all incoming students have the opportunity to participate in a 2-day summer orientation program in June called "Gateways".  A fall "Gateways" is also held in late August before classes begin.  For more information, visit the Orientations & Information for Incoming Students page.