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Reviews 380 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Worcester is a little sketchy, but because there are a lot of colleges and it is a city, there is pretty much any food you could want. Blackstone is a great place.

4 College Freshman

Administration: There are not major problems with pub safe or RAs unless you are taking things too far. Only on a few occasions would I say that pub safe was being ridiculous with rule enforcement.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is expensive. I feel like every time financial aid deadlines roll around, I'm panicking and it's very difficult to figure out what exactly needs done.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Kimball is underrated. Be creative. Campion House cookies are the most underused resource on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like that housing theoretically gets nicer as you get older. So freshman year the housing options aren't great (mulledy has a terrible location; wheeler has a great location in proximity to class but isn't on easy; hansel just isn't a great dorm). Junior year you can get a sweet and senior year (fingers crossed) you can get an apartment of live off campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Closeted homosexuality runs rampant at Holy Cross. Dating is not super common, but it usually starts to happen more towards junior and senior year. "Consistent hookups" are the closest thing to dating (hooking up for 3+ weekends in a row/during the week), it's very casual.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: health services is the worst. The school takes sexual assault very seriously. As far as I can tell, it is not a major issue at the college.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I am a part of the track team and it is a huge advantage to life on the Hill. Being on a team is super important to social life. Some of the teams are really good, some are sub-par. It's cool to go to a small school where you actually know the other athletes too.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is definitely a huge divide between athletes and non-athletes (NARPS). Parties off and on are fun if you know who lives there/you're a girl so you don't (usually) get kicked out. The school is small so getting to know people is easy if you make yourself available. Some nights are dead which is a bummer. Bars are always fun.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Internship opportunities are way too competitive, but otherwise the academics are the best of the best.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: A+ academics. It is a struggle, but worth it in the end.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is stunning, especially the science building.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Worcester is a rough city. It has some bright spots, but has a long way to go.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a science major, I can say the academics are top notch. The professors are brilliant and mostly helpful. A degree from this school is hard work, but worth it in the end. I have made some good friends, but overall Holy Cross can be very cliquey and like a giant high school. The competition for anything is fierce - even applying for a position on campus (like being an orientation leader) that is unpaid and just a generous donation of your time is hardly worth it because you get rejected more often than not. The employees in housing, health services, study abroad office, and the like are usually useless. From personal experience, you have to constantly pester them just to get a response if you have any issues with rooming, etc, and it makes me wonder what they do at work all day. Overall, this is a good school with a good name and lots of nice people, but it is only mediocre in some areas that should be stellar considering how much students pay to go here.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I had mono, and health services checked in with me once. Then when someone has a minor incident like a twisted ankle, they blow everything out of proportion and make them get an x-ray. Quite incompetent.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Holy Cross has a lot of pride for athletics, so the games are fun to go to.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus, but have heard mixed things about the experience from other students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Shrewsbury street is full of great restaurants such as Nuovo and VIA, the Flying Rhino, etc.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: Public safety is typically incompetent if you need anything, and they will break up parties.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Kids like to party, but they often get busted and it just becomes the same old same old after a while. Holy Cross used to be a party school, but not anymore.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Holy Cross provides financial aid, but no merit scholarships. I had a stellar GPA in high school, but was offered no merit scholarship, so if you did really well in high school, don't expect to be rewarded for it by this college.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining hall, Kimball, is pretty horrible. They put out canned strawberries and try to claim that they are fresh. The salad is often brown or tastes like chemicals. The science cafe and the pub are the best options on campus, but of course, they are the most expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm bathrooms are atrocious, and the size is just average until you're a senior.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms range from old to new. They're rather spacious and they're perfectly located within a reasonable distance to classes and all other facilities.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: For a liberal arts school there seems to be a lot of conservatives here. My best guess at the median income of HC families is probably 200k...everyone here seems to come from a lot of money.

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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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