Location
Worcester, MA
Undergrads
2,891
Tuition
$43,400
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 535 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone drinks here. If you don't, no one judges you but you definitely feel awkward. Pot exists but it's not nearly as present as alcohol. People only smoke cigarettes when they're drunk. If you smoke one during the day, you definitely get weird looks and people you know sometimes even avoid you.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not much interaction between Holy Cross and Worcester. Holy Cross has a really bad reputation in Worcester. And most Holy Cross students don't give Worcester much of a chance. There's great stuff in Worcester, but you have to do some digging.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Once it gets warm, all the guys are out in their finest pastels. Everyone wears sperrys, j crew, and vineyard vines. There's a few students who go against this norm, but they're tough to seek out sometimes. Everyone is really friendly. Everyone holds doors for each other. Girls are generally more attractive than the boys here.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Holy Cross kids tend to stick to the same couple of restaurants and bars in Worcester. There's a lot of good options though if you look more.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very little ethnic diversity on campus but admissions and brochures like to pretend otherwise. Most people are straight. Most people are accepting of other sexual orientations, but words like "gay" and "faggot" get tossed around a lot casually.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Holy Cross is a small school so we only really have one big dining hall and a few other smaller options. I am a vegetarian and generally pretty food conscious so granted HC does attempt to give us options but its the same thing everyday so if you aren't creative with what you make yourself then being vegetarian at this school is very monotonous. I think my real grievance is that I my main source of protein is eggs and unless you brave the long omelet line or settle for hard boiled eggs everyday the scrambled eggs are fake... they are made from powdered eggs... I was so disappointed.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you want to get to the bar scene you are looking at a $10 cab ride to one of the few bars in Worcester. Its okay but not always worth it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: As a Varsity Athlete it is almost required that my life revolves around athletics and generally I have zero problems with that. Holy Cross does not have a Greek system so athletics basically take on their role. All of the good parties off campus are thrown at a sports' house and you really need to either be on a team, know someone on that specific team, or be a cute girl to get into the parties. The only downside to the athletics at HC is that if you are looking for a big football school then your not going to find it here. Everyone loves the football team because they are generally great guys to hang out with still, attendance at games is slacking; people generally go to the tailgate and from there stay at the game 10 minutes tops if they go at all and quickly matriculate to the closest party.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Holy Cross has a closed campus so you are always safe walking around on campus even if you are alone at night. Outside campus it gets a little more questionable but unless you are coming back from a party you aren't walking around off campus at night anyways so its not a problem. Although, since it is a small school campus police generally know where all the parties are so combined with them and the RA's parties get broken up generally like clock work at midnight.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: I only use the school computers when I need to print something in the library. Around exam times it can sometimes be difficult to find an open computer but its never more than a 10 minute wait. They computer have always seemed to do the trick for me.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the academics at my school! The only thing I would reconsider is whether I wanted to be at a school as small as Holy Cross. If you want a small school with great academics then HC is definitely a great choice, but if you feel like you may prefer a larger student body and a more socially diverse student body I would consider another school.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: We have no Greek system.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: its not the best, but not the worst

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: they are very generous with students who are low in income

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: they are very good with strictness

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I hardly see anyone drink or take drugs on campus. its very secretive

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: not the best, but satisfactory enough

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: they do a fine job

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Athletics: Even the teams are not the best, the school has some of the best school spirit around.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: The college sets up freshmen dorms so that students that are in the same area for their first year seminar classes are housed together.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Shrewsbury Street has all the best food and most students interact with other students in the area or go into Boston.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Most students dress preppy and always try to look their best when going to class.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: All meal plans are the same price regardless of the number of dining dollars or meal swipes.

5 College Student

Facilities: The college is known for its strong, rigorous academic program and its high acceptance rates into medical and law schools. Over 90 percent of the students live on campus with very few students commuting to campus.

5 College Student

Facilities: The campus resides on a hill and is filled with new greenery throughout the season.

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Audrey Gehring
Hometown
Madison, WI
Major
English/Religious Studies
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Students were mixed, though generally positive, about their overall view of Holy Cross. The social scene seems to be the victim of most criticism, but there is no question that Holy Cross provides all its students with a first-rate education.

Most students are friendly, outgoing, and fun, and making friends is not a problem. However, some students complain about the school’s homogeneity. Few students seem to want to do anything that is outside of the norm. In all though, most students are very happy at Holy Cross, as evidenced by the school’s unusually high retention rate.

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