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Points of Distinction

We are proud to be recognized by publications and organizations that cover higher education for our exceptional academic programs, top professors, and great campus experiences. Here are a few of the factors that set Holy Cross apart.

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#9 on PayScale’s "College ROI Report"

PayScale ranks Holy Cross among the top 10 liberal arts colleges for best return on investment.
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Healthy Medical School Acceptance Rate

81% of Holy Cross students and alumni who applied to medical school in 2012 were accepted, significantly more than the national rate of about 45%.
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Exceptionally Strong Financial Aid Policies

Admissions decisions are made without regard to financial need. Holy Cross meets the full demonstrated need of all students.
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#22 on Newsweek's "Most Rigorous" Colleges List

Holy Cross boasts a 95% first-year retention rate, among the best in the country. The national average is 77%.
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#34 on U.S. News & World Report's List of Best Liberal Arts Colleges

Among the 236 liberal arts colleges in the country, U.S. News & World Report ranked Holy Cross at No. 34.
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#18 on PayScale's List of Graduates' Salary Potential

In PayScale’s analysis of starting and mid-career salaries of bachelor degree graduates, Holy Cross ranked No. 12 nationally among liberal arts colleges.
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#21 on Kiplinger's List of Liberal Arts Colleges

Kiplinger ranked Holy Cross No. 21 in its list of liberal arts colleges that combine "excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum."
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#9 among schools with the most accessible professors

The Princeton Review ranks Holy Cross among the top 10 colleges in the country with the most accessible professors.
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Princeton Review: Holy Cross Among Nation's Best Colleges

The publication highlights the College's "rigorous" academics, "fantastic alumni network," "strong student life," and "exceptionally beautiful campus," among others.
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Student/Faculty Ratio:10:1

Professors — not graduate assistants — teach all classes at Holy Cross, hold regular office hours and pride themselves on mentoring beyond the classroom.
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#8 on U.S. News & World Report's "Alumni's Top 10 Most Loved Schools"

More than 52 percent of graduates made a gift to the College, significantly exceeding the national average of 12.8 percent.
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Roll Call Reports on Holy Cross in Washington

With three current members in the House and a U.S. Senator among its graduates, Holy Cross has one of the highest ratios of Congress members to student enrollment.
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A Prestigious History of Fulbright Recipients

Holy Cross has long been a top producer of Fulbright students: 9 graduates received Fulbright grants to work and teach abroad in 2014-15.
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5 Faculty Members Have Won Guggenheim Fellowships

Five faculty members (Professors Lewis, Stanbury, Phillip and Golijov) have been honored for "demonstrating exceptional scholarship or creative ability in the arts." Read more »