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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Passport for ALANA (African-American, Latin American, Asian-American, Native American) students only?

No. Admissions selected those students whose educational backgrounds indicate they would likely benefit from extra assistance during their transition to college life, particularly to the academic expectations at Holy Cross. This includes, but is not restricted to, first-generation college students, students who come from underresourced high schools, and students who are English language learners or for whom English is a second language.

Is my admission to Holy Cross contingent on my participation in Passport?

No. All students invited to Passport are academically promising and have received full acceptance to Holy Cross. There are many benefits to Passport, however, and it is up to you to choose whether to participate.

How much does Passport cost?

Passport is free; there is absolutely no cost to students or their families. Holy Cross pays for meals, room, books, and all activities or field trips during Summer Passport. There is no additional charge for the January Retreat.

What happens on the weekends during Summer Passport? Can I go home?

Summer Passport is a residential program and the weekends are an important part of the experience, too. Students are expected to remain on campus at all times for the duration. During the weekends, there are field trips and other group activities. Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis for religious or medical reasons by contacting the Passport Director.

Will I earn college credit for the course I will take during Summer Passport?

Yes. During Summer Passport students will be enrolled in either Math Functions or The Elements of Writing Argument. Students will earn one Holy Cross credit for the successful completion of their Summer Passport course. This course will appear on their college transcripts, be included in the calculation of cumulative GPA, and count toward the total needed for graduation.

For additional questions, contact the Passport Director, Justine Fisher, at Passport@holycross.edu.