College Of The Holy Cross

College Of The Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. It was founded in the year 1843, and Benedict Joseph Fenwick, the second Bishop of Boston, played an important role in its establishment. College of the Holy Cross is the oldest Roman Catholic college in New England. It is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Students can choose from many academic programs including biological psychology, education, political science, mathematics and computer science, and naval science.

College of the Holy Cross sponsors men's sports teams which participate in basketball, baseball, football, cross country, swimming and diving, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, track and field, rowing, tennis and soccer. They also sponsor women's teams which participate in field hockey, cross country, basketball, track and field, ice hockey, golf, softball, volleyball, swimming and diving, tennis, and rowing.

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Contacting College of the Holy Cross

College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester , MA 01610-2395
General Phone: (508) 793-2011

College of the Holy Cross Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts442Russian language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, interdisciplinary studies, economics, ...
Therapy and Counseling71psychology
Science70biology, chemistry, physics
Religion and Philosophy24philosophy, religion
Art Studies17visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts3drama

Number of programs and degrees for College of the Holy Cross in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree67022

College of the Holy Cross Student Body

In 2007-2008, College of the Holy Cross had a total enrollment of 2,847 students (3,015 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 70%
Black 5%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 48%
20-21 46%
22-24 4%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%

College of the Holy Cross Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %

College of the Holy Cross Room and Board (2007)

College of the Holy Cross offers campus housing for 2,342 of its 3,015 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Worcester, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

College of the Holy Cross Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal580670
SAT Math600680

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT52%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

College of the Holy Cross Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,242
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,242
Room and board $ 10,260
Room charge $ 5,130
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,130
Books and supplies $ 700
Other expenses $ 900

Financial Aid:
College of the Holy Cross participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 214100)

College of the Holy Cross Faculty

College of the Holy Cross has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2831
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1828

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year42$110,20520$106,898
Associate professoracademic year53$81,21141$81,311
Assistant professoracademic year39$60,03950$58,278
Instructoracademic year2*5$44,090
No academic rankacademic year2*3$40,333
All faculty totalacademic year138$83,089119$73,337

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

College of the Holy Cross Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Patriot League
Basketball Patriot League
Baseball Patriot League
Track Patriot League

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports185775

College of the Holy Cross Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (navy)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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