College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

Get to know College of the Holy Cross

School Profile

College Town campus setting

3,233 undergraduate students

903 first-year students

Students hail from 47 U.S. states and territories and 22 countries


36% applicants admitted

SAT EBRW Middle 50%: 640-720

SAT M Middle 50%: 620-710

ACT Middle 50%: 28-32

Students submitting test scores: 35%


Students enter undeclared and have the chance to design their own major or minor

Student-to-faculty ratio 10:1 

Average class size is 19 

Introduction to College of the Holy Cross

Founded in 1843, the College of the Holy Cross is a private Jesuit, Catholic liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts. In a diverse community connected by hope, Holy Cross students live, learn, and serve with their peers, faculty, and alumni who support and empower one another. Students solve complex problems, explore their passions, and find every opportunity to get involved.

Holy Cross champions diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of their community. As a Jesuit, Catholic liberal arts college, Holy Cross knows that the best way to understand the world is to embrace the full spectrum of perspectives and life experiences. Students are challenged to not only experience more during their college years, but also start their journey to self-discovery. Through volunteer work, lively academic discourse, and an active social scene, students make and are supported by lifelong friends, growing side by side.

The academic programs at Holy Cross are rigorous, and students have every opportunity to explore their interests and dive deep into their chosen academic path. Each first-year student enters Holy Cross undeclared and chooses a major, with the help of their faculty adviser, by the end of their sophomore year. Holy Cross also provides students the chance to design their own major or minor in a field of study that lies outside the current discipline-based majors or interdisciplinary concentrations. Each Holy Cross student’s curriculum consists of common requirements (which can be fulfilled by selecting from a wide range of courses), a major, and freely elected courses. 

Some of the country’s most dedicated professors find a home at Holy Cross — an institution where they can explore new intellectual terrain and bring their students along for the journey. Professors serve as inspiring mentors, transforming lives in and out of the classroom through their expertise, wisdom, and humanity. The J.D. Power Center is the central hub for experiential learning at Holy Cross, offering opportunities for internships, community-based learning courses, and research projects.

When Holy Cross students graduate, they are prepared to think critically, synthesize knowledge across disciplines, communicate effectively, and act with respect to cultural and global contexts. Across nearly every industry, Holy Cross alumni tackle complex challenges and serve as leaders of their field. The most popular industries for these alumni included health care; financial services; technology; government, politics and law; and education. 95% of respondents from the class of 2021 report being employed in a job or internship, in graduate school, engaged in service work, or on a fellowship. 

Fun Fact: As each semester draws to a close, students have a chance to take a break from late-night study sessions and refuel at Midnight Breakfast. Faculty and administrators at the College volunteer to serve students scrambled eggs, bacon, and Belgian waffles late into the night during each finals week.

With 51 study abroad programs in 30 host countries, Holy Cross proudly boasts the #1 ranked long term study abroad program.

Montserrat is an innovative first-year program that links a first-year seminar to an interdisciplinary cluster and residence hall and invites students into a lively intellectual and social community. 

Explore College of the Holy Cross through photos

Join our mailing list

Are you a current high school student interested in QuestBridge programs? Sign up to be notified when you become eligible to apply! If you are not a high school student, sign up for updates here.