See what students say:


This small, Jesuit liberal arts school in Massachusetts operates under a selfless mission statement of “men and women for and with others.” The school’s strong academic tradition marries with “countless opportunities to learn through internships, speaker series,” “strong student life,” and “small classes” to focus on shaping the student as a whole person. Academics at Holy Cross are “rigorous, and the main priority of students on campus”; a caring faculty and administration foster “an incredible learning environment for students,” and through their experiences, students receive “a broad-based foundation to be successful in a variety of careers.” “From the acceptance letter alone, I knew that my entire application was read thoroughly and that my character was closely examined,” says one happy student. At Holy Cross, “you’re more than just a number in the classroom and on the field.” Professors here are “dedicated to creating an exciting learning environment.” They are “always accessible and more than happy to help,” and they “get to know you on an individual and personal level.” Students are encouraged “to reflect on their experiences and continue to better himself/herself as a whole person.” “There are endless opportunities despite the fact that it is a small college,” one student says. “It is a place where like in the parable of the mustard seed one can grow.” In addition to a “fantastic alumni network” spread across several fields in various industries, there is a strong science program that includes plenty of research opportunities. The college “demands enormous amounts of work from its students, but puts them in a great position to succeed.” “Holy Cross equips their students with an intangible set of skills that not only prepares them for a job, but for life,” says a student.

Student Body

Many students here are “preppy” and from New England, and most all of this “uncommonly friendly” lot is “studious with an activity or two that defines their interests and what they do during the weekend”; in fact, it is rare “to find someone with no extracurricular responsibilities.” Everyone tends to be “very put together” and “generally articulate,” and “there is a tremendous sense of community.” There is “a diverse set of interests” among the whole student body. In general, “all love being here.” “If you want to do well academically, have fun on the weekend...study hard and play hard, then you will fit in at Holy Cross.”

Campus Life

Holy Cross has “a multitude” of groups and activities available to its students, as well as a plethora of community service opportunities. Everyone loves “going to sporting events, especially football and basketball.” Though the “exceptionally beautiful” campus has a lot of fans, all agree that the college “could update some of the residence halls.” Holy Cross has added new dining venues and was named among Bon Appetit’s “healthiest dining halls” for its food fitting all kinds of dietary restrictions. The community among freshman dorms is “outstanding,” and “many of the friends you make your first year will stay with you for years to come.” During the week and on Sundays, “people take their work very seriously,” and the library is generally pretty full, but parties are popular on weekends, and “that nerdy chem major you see working hard all week can turn into the girl riding the mechanical bull at a local bar.” For those who choose to abstain from the party circuit, “SGA-sponsored events such as karaoke or dances are a blast.” Worcester is a fun little town (and Boston a free weekend shuttle ride away), and the restaurants in the area are “amazing.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Lynn Verrecchia
Director of Admissions

Admissions Office
1 College St.
Worcester, MA 01610



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Smith Hall
Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center ("The Jo")
Anthony S. Fauci Integrated Science Complex
Hogan Campus Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shrewsbury Street Restaurants
Worcester Art Museum
Wachusett Mountain

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Varies
Times: Generally M-F; 10AM, Noon, 2PM and 3PM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mid-Feb., April, July, August, Labor Day, Columbus Day

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Logan International Airport in Boston is a 1-hour drive from campus. Worcester Airport Limousine provides service from Logan to the Worcester area; call 800-322-0298 (in Massachusetts), 800-343-1369 (outside Massachusetts), or 508-756-4834. (You can make advance reservations or call on arrival). Greyhound/Trailways and Peter Pan buses serve Worcester.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-90 (Massachusetts Tpke.), take Exit 10 (Auburn/Worcester) to I-290 E. From I-290, take Exit 11 (College Square). To reach campus, make the first right turn after exit.

Local Accommodations
LaQuinta Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites in Auburn; Beechwood Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester All offer special rates to Holy Cross visitors


Applicants: 8,670
Acceptance Rate: 10%
Average HS GPA: 0.00



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