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Chances of getting into College of the Holy Cross

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
34.2%
Admission Difficulty for College of the Holy Cross
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Holy Cross and can I get accepted? The school has a 34% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,464 out of 7,200 applicants were admitted making Holy Cross a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Holy Cross SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1260-1430
Applicants Submitting SAT
-
SAT Scores for College of the Holy Cross
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1260
SAT Scores for College of the Holy Cross
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1430
Average SAT Score 1350

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 requires applicants to be in the top 17 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1260 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 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. The school ranks #13 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 0 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >47%
1345 to 1430 Avg + 34%-47%
1260 to 1345 Avg - 23%-34%
1175 to 1260 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 1175 Low <15%
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Holy Cross ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
-
ACT Scores for College of the Holy Cross
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
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 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 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 #12 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 0 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to College of the Holy Cross.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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 >47%
30 to 32 Avg + 34%-47%
28 to 30 Avg - 23%-34%
26 to 28 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 26 Low <15%
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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

57% 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 57%
Top 25% of class 90%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

College of the Holy Cross admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,965 3,235 7,200
Accepted 1,307 1,157 2,464
Acceptance Rate 33% 36% 34%
Enrolled 462 367 829
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 32% 34%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2021.

Admission 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 Admission Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
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?

34% 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 1260 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 28 and 32. 0% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.