College of the Holy Cross

467 reviews
  1. Worcester, MA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
College of the Holy Cross is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Patriot League
Address
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610

College of the Holy Cross Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
43%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$26,172/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,808/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,152/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,098/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,718/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,016/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
97%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.35 responses
39%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
24%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,754Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
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  • Ambitious
    50%
  • Friendly
    22%
  • Intelligent
    22%
  • Pompous
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
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  • Work Hard Play Hard
    47%
  • Jesuit
    29%
  • A Growing Experience
    18%
  • Limited
    6%

After College of the Holy Cross

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$63,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.19 responses

Reviews

467 reviews
  • Excellent
    100
  • Very Good
    159
  • Average
    164
  • Poor
    27
  • Terrible
    17
I have absolutely loved my Holy Cross experience thus far. Financially, it is extremely difficult to stay at the school, and I'm going to be in debt for quite a while. However after having completed 2 years on the hill, I have faith that it is all truly worth it. My only other issue is that there are very few LGBTQIA+ students on campus that are confidently "out," and it saddens me to see it especially when almost every student I have met has been extremely welcoming to me and other out individuals. I'm hoping that I see more and more students feel more comfortable with themselves on campus, and more LGBTQIA+ students enrolling! If you are one of these students, definitely be aware that there may not be as many students like you and I on campus, but it is still an extremely welcoming atmosphere and I did not have any problem at all being my true self.
  • College Junior
  • 6 months ago
Reading through some of the negative comments in the overall experience, I feel the need to justify some of the Holy Cross atmosphere. My greatest concern upon arrival at HC was the stereotype of the rich, snob who only wears Vineyard Vines. Since I have come from a different background, I was scared I would feel left out or just left among a group of shallow people. And the answer to that is, yes there are shallow people here. HOWEVER, there are plenty of people who are not only concerned about parties and looks. I've learned that rich kids can be really down to earth, so as much as I thought they would judge me, I was the one being judgmental. Every student at every school has to forge their own friendships with the people they find similarities with, and its no different at HC. Same goes for partying...if you're into that scene you'll have a fun time, but if not their are like-minded people to hang out with! You just have to take the opportunities to meet these like-minded people.

Sure its a rich kid school, but it has offered me the greatest education I can imagine. I know all my professors on a personal level and two have already put me in contact with colleagues for internships, just out of the concern for my success. My course load has been a wide range in subjects, which I love. It has given me the opportunity to explore subjects I was not considering. Overall, I love my school, but just as with every other school, it is what YOU make of it.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
Punishments Are a BIG DEAL! The Campus Safety, a.k.a. Public Safety, is usually very lenient when enforcing noise/alcohol/party policy. However, if in case any Non-Senior Dorm is raided, be WARNED you will be booked and have a First-Time Offense with possible probation and possibly affecting any Holy Cross Scholarship status. The school takes underage drinking VERY SERIOUS, so DO NOT GET CAUGHT, and if you do expect severe punishment. Mostly, however, this happens when a dorm party is being TOO LOUD or has more than 10 PEOPLE in a single room. As long as you keep the Music/Noise level to a minimum and not have people showing reckless behavior in public hallways or outside the room you are fine. For those as Seniors, well PARTY ON, most Seniors are around 21 so Public Safety is more lenient. Therefore, have fun, there are SO MANY PARTYS, but be mindful of the people at the party because you don't want to get busted because one person had to be reckless and ruin it for everyone else there. First-time offenders I believe have their parents/guardians notified, and any other continued offense usually means grounds to loosing on-campus housing. Any ACADEMIC policy breaking is VERY SERIOUS! I have rarely heard of the consequences because everyone is sure not to commit academic dishonesty. This is because at every first day of any academic class, the Prof. is sure to warn that academic dishonesty is paid with a big FAT &quot;F&quot; on a transcript and possible academic/scholarship suspension.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Aug 1 2011