#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

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College of the Holy Cross overview
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Online holycross.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
College of the Holy Cross overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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College of the Holy Cross, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, is an exclusively undergraduate liberal arts college that offers a Jesuit, Catholic educational experience. Founded in 1843, it stands as the oldest Catholic college in New England and is situated on a picturesque 174-acre campus approximately 45 miles west of Boston, showcasing distinctive Collegiate Gothic architecture. Holy Cross enrolls a diverse student body and maintains a highly selective admissions process. Students have access to a wide array of majors, with notable strength in programs such as economics, political science, and psychology. The institution places a strong emphasis on small class sizes and a high level of interaction between students and faculty. Campus life includes a variety of housing options, with the majority of students living in residence halls and apartments on campus. Holy Cross competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the Crusaders, with a particularly strong tradition in men's basketball and women's soccer.

In the most recent statistical year 7,036 prospective students applied, and 2,558 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 903 enrolled in the school.  3,062 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 21 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $57,600 plus fees of $760. Holy Cross is ranked 86 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Holy Cross is rated within the top 18% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
College of the Holy Cross overview
SAT 1260/1430
ACT 28/32

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for College of the Holy Cross
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$760
Room and Board $16,620
Budget for Other Expenses$900
Total One Year Cost$76,880

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$80,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

91% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by College of the Holy Cross students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 33%
Psychology 11%
English and Literature 11%
Foreign Languages 9%
History 8%

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