Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you may have questions as you prepare for Passport. Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions and please do not hesitate to email us at should you have additional questions.

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 Spring Retreat.

Who is invited to Passport?

Admissions invites a select group of academically promising students that come from diverse educations, personal, and financial circumstances. This includes, but is not restricted to, first-generation college students, students who come from under-resourced 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.

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 a STEM or writing course. 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.

I wasn’t invited to Passport, but it sounds like a great opportunity. What can I do?

Participation in Passport is by-invitation only. Each year Admissions selects students that they feel would most benefit from the additional academic guidance the program provides. You are welcome to contact the Passport Director at to inquire about available spaces, however space is limited and preference is given to those students originally selected.

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