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Chances of getting into College of the Holy Cross

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
38%
Admission Difficulty for College of the Holy Cross
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 
How hard is it to get into Holy Cross and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Holy Cross is 38%.  It ranks #16 in Massachusetts and #138 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Holy Cross is a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,689 out of 7,087 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 11 percent (SAT 1290/1430 ACT 29/32). Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 27% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Holy Cross application fee is $60 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to College of the Holy Cross. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. .

Holy Cross SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1290-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT 
-
SAT Scores for College of the Holy Cross
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1290
SAT Scores for College of the Holy Cross
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 710
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1430
Average SAT Score 1360

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to College of the Holy Cross?

College of the Holy Cross typically prefers applicants to be in the top 13 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1220. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. Holy Cross ranks #13 in Massachusetts and #77 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 0 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

College of the Holy Cross admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1430 and Above Good >54%
1360 to 1430 Avg + 38%-54%
1290 to 1360 Avg - 24%-38%
1220 to 1290 Reach 15%-24%
Less than 1220 Low <15%
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Holy Cross ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
29-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
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ACT Scores for College of the Holy Cross
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for College of the Holy Cross
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Holy Cross?

Admission data indicates that Holy Cross regularly accepts students with ACT's of 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in Massachusetts and #84 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 0 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to College of the Holy Cross.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

College of the Holy Cross admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >59%
30 to 32 Avg + 38%-59%
29 to 30 Avg - 29%-38%
28 to 29 Reach 21%-29%
Less than 28 Low <21%
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Holy Cross GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

College of the Holy Cross has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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High School Class Rank

61% of College of the Holy Cross freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted College of the Holy Cross students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 61%
Top 25% of class 86%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

College of the Holy Cross admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,907 3,180 7,087
Accepted 1,479 1,210 2,689
Acceptance Rate 38% 38% 38%
Enrolled 429 306 735
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 29% 25% 27%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
110

Applicants have 110 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to College of the Holy Cross is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to College of the Holy Cross and what student information is used for admission decisions?

College of the Holy Cross Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at College of the Holy Cross
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=166124 IPEDS survey data for College of the Holy Cross.

FAQs

What is my chance of getting into College of the Holy Cross?

38% of those who apply are granted admission to Holy Cross. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for College of the Holy Cross?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1290 and 1430. 0% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for College of the Holy Cross?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 32. 0% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.