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Reviews 648 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Alumni network is outstanding. They make sure they take care of alums.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is ridiculous. You will be assigned a ton of work and all of it is hard. It is imperative that you stay on top of your work and don't think that you can get a good grade without studying...Professors here challenge you greatly. You will definitely feel smarter after taking any course.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is really cool. You'll find yourself walking and randomly looking around to admire the atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of hidden gems at this school. Many hot girls but if you're an underclassmen, you can find them with the upperclassmen, so you're sh*t out of luck.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Facilities could definitely use some work. Athletes definitely have it a lot better in terms of weight room and exercising facilities but even those could use work too. Soccer, hockey, and basketball are big on campus, but other than that sporting events aren't that huge of a deal.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: Public safety says they are there to help you if you're in need of assistance, but really they don't give a sh*t and will get you in trouble for anything you do that is in the slightest bit wrong.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Off-campus parties are usually very crowded. You will be asked several times, "who do you know here," or just be kicked out if you're an underclassman. Police usually bust the parties around midnight so there isn't much to do after that besides get sh*tfaced back in your dorm room. Kinda lame to be honest.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Unless you are going to Bowdoin you shouldn't expect great college food, however Holy Cross has really good food in terms of the quality amongst other colleges.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very close to all academic buildings. In terms of having fun, Hanselman or Mulledy are the better freshman dorms, but Wheeler is closer to everything.

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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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