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College of Holy Cross

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About College of Holy Cross

The College of the Holy Cross was founded in 1843 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Holy Cross is a highly selective, four year, undergraduate, liberal arts institution and is ranked among the nation's leading four year liberal arts colleges.

Campus information

The 174-acre Holy Cross campus is a registered arboretum, mixing classical and modern architectural styles within a picturesque New England setting. The residence halls of the college has high-speed Internet access. It also offers science laboratories, pool, basketball courts, performance theaters, art galleries, and so on.

When you leave your hometown to attend Holy Cross, you’ll quickly discover a new home here on campus, and your circle of lifelong friends will widen. Whether you’re debating philosophy over coffee at Cool Beans or catching a new release atSeelos Theater, our campus thrums with activity and abounds with opportunities to meet new people and try new things — or just to enjoy a laidback evening.

Living and learning alongside friends who become like family, you’ll soon be putting your passions into action — whether it’s spearheading eco-friendly initiatives on campus, serving hot meals to the homeless, or taking up horseback riding. Our more than 100 student groups and organizations offer unlimited ways to make your free time truly memorable.

The college is located atop Mount St. James in Worcester, Massachusetts. 


Living on campus is the best way to experience and be a part of the Holy Cross community. That’s why more than 90% of Holy Cross students live in the residence halls. By spending time outside the classroom with peers, students become immersed in a 24/7 learning environment that constantly encourages them to ask more. On one hall, a literary discussion spills over into the common area, where a group of science majors weigh in with a different perspective. In another, a chance conversation in the hallway leads to a new thesis for a paper. This process begins during Montserrat and continues throughout your time on campus.

Holy Cross students live in one of 11 residence halls, which include a variety of living options — from singles to suites. All of the residence halls also have study areas, community living rooms, and shared kitchens. Each floor is staffed by a Resident Assistant (RA) who helps maintain a healthy environment that promotes academic success, individual growth, and respect for others. In addition, Community Development Coordinators, who are full-time live-in staff professionals, help create an environment that fosters principles of academic excellence, student development, and community responsibility.

New students must sign the Statement of Obligation and complete the First Year Student Survey before being assigned on-campus housing.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 Mandarin (Chinese Language) 1


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