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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Odyssey?

Odyssey is a one-week summer program for first-year students who are first generation to college, people of color, or eligible for the Pell Grant. Odyssey helps incoming students build relationships with fellow students, faculty and administrators, and familiarizes them with  campus resources and the local communities.  


When is it?

Odyssey 2024 will be posted soon.


Why should I participate?

It’s a fun week full of exciting activities and interesting workshops. You’ll meet awesome people from all parts of the world and all types of backgrounds. Enjoy off-campus excursions, have dinner at a Holy Cross faculty member’s house, get settled into life at Holy Cross, and get to know the Worcester community! Plus, it’s the only time you’ll be on campus without the stress of classes and school work! Watch the video on the front page to get a feel for what Odyssey is about! 


How much does Odyssey cost?

The Odyssey Program is free for all participants.


I feel like I’m going to miss out on a whole week of summer and time with my family by doing Odyssey.

Yes, participating in Odyssey means you have one less week at home, but Odyssey graduates will tell you that you’ll never regret doing Odyssey. The week is an unforgettable experience that allows you to settle into college more smoothly, to make friends and have some fun before classes start! Odyssey is a time when you are able to feel more comfortable on the hill. Feel free to e-mail us at with any questions or concerns.


Okay, I’m in. How do sign up?

We'll be inviting students to participate in Odyssey, including instructions on how to apply, through postal mail and email.


Wait, I have to apply? I can't just register?

Because space is limited, we invite eligible participants to fill out a short application indicating their interest in the program. If you have more questions about this, email us at and we’ll help you out.


I’m traveling a long distance and may need to arrive early. What should I do?

We’re happy to help you out! Email us at


I am flying into Boston Logan or Providence TF Green Airport. What transportation is available for me to get to campus?

Boston's Logan International Airport is approximately one hour from Worcester by car. Shuttle service from Logan is available through Knight’s Limousine Service (800-227-7005), Worcester Airport Limousine (800-343-1369), and Boston Town Car (888-765-LIMO). Please call these companies in advance for reservations. Both Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, C.T. and T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. are located approximately one hour from Worcester by car.


What other transportation options are available?

Peter Pan and Greyhound bus services are available to and from Worcester. The station is located five minutes from campus by car.  The Worcester Regional Transit Authority/RTA provides bus service around the city of Worcester. Holy Cross is served by routes 10, 25 and 42.  Bus schedules and maps are available online at


Amtrak train service is available from Worcester at Union Station, located five minutes by car from campus.  Schedule and fare information is available online at www.
Commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston is provided by Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority/MBTA. Search Amtrak schedules and fares online using the search terms WOR [Worcester] and BOS [Boston].  MBTA schedules and fares are available on the Worcester Commuter Station section of the MBTA website.