College Mission Statement

The College of the Holy Cross is, by tradition and choice, a Jesuit liberal arts college serving the Catholic community, American society, and the wider world. To participate in the life of Holy Cross is to accept an invitation to join in dialogue about basic human questions: What is the moral character of learning and teaching? How do we find meaning in life and history? What are our obligations to one another? What is our special responsibility to the world's poor and powerless?

As a liberal arts college, Holy Cross pursues excellence in teaching, learning, and research. All who share its life are challenged to be open to new ideas, to be patient with ambiguity and uncertainty, to combine a passion for truth with respect for the views of others. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross seeks to build a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. Because the search for meaning and value is at the heart of the intellectual life, critical examination of fundamental religious and philosophical questions is integral to liberal arts education. Dialogue about these questions among people from diverse academic disciplines and religious traditions requires everyone to acknowledge and respect differences. Dialogue also requires us to remain open to that sense of the whole which calls us to transcend ourselves and challenges us to seek that which might constitute our common humanity.

The faculty and staff of Holy Cross, now primarily lay and religiously and culturally diverse, also affirm the mission of Holy Cross as a Jesuit college. As such, Holy Cross seeks to exemplify the longstanding dedication of the Society of Jesus to the intellectual life and its commitment to the service of faith and promotion of justice. The College is dedicated to forming a community which supports the intellectual growth of all its members while offering them opportunities for spiritual and moral development. In a special way, the College must enable all who choose to do so to encounter the intellectual heritage of Catholicism, to form an active worshipping community, and to become engaged in the life and work of the contemporary church.

Since 1843, Holy Cross has sought to educate students who, as leaders in business, professional, and civic life, would live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this ideal, Holy Cross endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility, pursued in classroom and laboratory, studio and theater, residence and chapel. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Cross community.


Admission Deadlines

November 15-Early Decision I (December 15 notification)
January 15-Early Decision II (February 15 notification)
January 15-Regular Decision (Mid-March notification)

Required Application Materials
Holy Cross accepts the Coalition Application and the Common Application and does not have a supplement to either applicatino.

Requirements for First-Year Applicants:
School Report and High School Transcript
Counselor Recommendation
Teacher Recommendation (1 required, additional letters optional)
Mid-Year Report
$60 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
Review full application instructions and first-year requirements.

Requirements for Transfer Applicants:
Final High School Transcript
College Transcript(s) for all completed and in-progress courses
Two Academic Evaluations from College Professors
Course Descriptions for all completed and in-progress courses
Mid Term Progress Report (estimation of in-progress grades)
Review full application instructions and transfer requirements.

Financial Aid
Education should be accessible to everyone who yearns to discover and pursue their passions, engage in service to others and lead a life of purpose. That core Jesuit belief is one reason why we offer students a robust financial support system that is based on each student’s demonstrated need. Doing so enables us to welcome talented and motivated students whose unique perspectives and contributions strengthen our community.

We meet 100% of accepted students’ demonstrated financial need. This helps make a Holy Cross education more affordable than you might realize.  Learn more about Holy Cross Financial Aid

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College of the Holy Cross
Fenwick Hall, Room 105 
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610 USA