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College of the Holy Cross Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on College of the Holy Cross, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is College of the Holy Cross Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

College of the Holy Cross was awarded 81 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general psychology.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Holy Cross as #31 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, Holy Cross is ranked at #6.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Holy Cross?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at College of the Holy Cross is a competitive 40%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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College of the Holy Cross Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Holy Cross it is much better at 10 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at College of the Holy Cross is 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at College of the Holy Cross

Freshmen Retention Rate

College of the Holy Cross has a freshmen retention rate of 95%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  95 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Holy Cross the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 89%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  89 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Holy Cross

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,939 undergraduates at Holy Cross with 2,913 being full-time and 26 being part-time.

Holy Cross Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 91.89 out of 100, Holy Cross is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  91.89 out of 100
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How Much Does College of the Holy Cross Cost?

The overall average net price of Holy Cross is $35,692. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Holy Cross

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,533 $16,466 $18,090 $29,220 $47,106

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Holy Cross, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Holy Cross, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $6,547 a year. That adds up to $26,188 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Holy Cross is 1.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Holy Cross Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Holy Cross make about $71,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Holy Cross graduates since it is 78% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of College of the Holy Cross

Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, College of the Holy Cross is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of College of the Holy Cross

Contact details for Holy Cross are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One College Street, Worcester, MA 01610-2395
Phone: 508-793-2011

College of the Holy Cross Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 120 $60,900
General Psychology 107 $36,800
Political Science & Government 82 $44,400
General English Literature 67 $40,200
General Biology 60 $39,100
Mathematics 48 $53,800
History 44 $41,200
Romance Languages 40 $39,300
Sociology 34 $39,800
Chemistry 33 $45,800

Learn more about the majors offered at College of the Holy Cross along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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