Learn more about Odyssey

Odyssey FAQ's

The Odyssey program is a transitional program and community building opportunity in your first year. The Odyssey program invites incoming first year students who are first-generation college students, people of color,  and students eligible for the Pell grant to enroll in the program. 

The Odyssey Program consists of three parts: summer mentoring,a one-week retreat, and a peer mentor for your first year at Holy Cross. Take a look at the information on our homepage to learn more about  the two parts of Odyssey!


Odyssey 2027 will take place Aug. 20 - 25, 2023.

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,  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!

The Odyssey Program is FREE for all participants.

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 odyssey@holycross.edu with any questions or concerns.

We'll be inviting students to participate in Odyssey, including instructions on how to apply, through postal mail and email. Please contact us with any questions at odyssey@holycross.edu.

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 odyssey@holycross.edu and we’ll help you out.

We’re happy to help you out! Email us at odyssey@holycross.edu for how to navigate the planning process.

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.


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 www.therta.com


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.amtrak.com. 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.